120th Anniversary Celebration Schedule of Events
Celebrating 120 Years of Family Fun
June 1-3, 2018
Ruttger’s is turning back the clock to different eras at the resort by bringing back events, activities, features and specials from the past. The weekend will include:
- 120th celebration open house and all employee reunion
- A Ruttger’s museum (and antique road show type of event)
- A car show
- Hickory shaft long-drive contest
- A slip n’ slide
- 50’s Malt/Soda Shop Burger Lunch
- Wacky hat contest
- Talent show featuring the triumphant return to the stage of magician Chris Ruttger.
There will be a special 120th Anniversary $120 Special will be available to guests.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 2, 2018
(Ruttger’s Antique Road Show)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The library will be converted into a museum featuring artifacts from throughout history. The museum will be open throughout the weekend, but at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, you are invited to bring in YOUR Ruttger’s artifacts. Jack, Ann, Chris or other family members will be there to review the items.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Garrison Car Club will bring out the cars to display in the east parking lot.
Antique Club Shaft Long-Drive Contest
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Can you bomb it like Bobby Jones? The driving range will host a long-drive contest using a hickory-shafted club. Winner receives a prize.
Slip n’ slide
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
We can’t bring back the Green Lantern slide, but we can do the next best thing. Slip and slide into Bay Lake from west beach.
50’s Malt Shop & Burger Lunch
Noon – 1 p.m.
Since the open house will not include food (cake only), the resort will host a traditional 50’s lunch on the west deck and lawn – 1950s style. Burgers, fries, malts, fizzies, etc. will be served.
120th Anniversary Open House
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
This is the signature event of the weekend. The open house will take place on the West Deck and Lawn, and feature cake and a cash bar. History displays highlighting the unique aspects of each decade at Ruttger’s will be scattered throughout the area.
All Employee Reunion
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
All employees who have worked at Ruttger’s are invited to come to the event. Each employee will wear a name tag that lists the years and position(s) they worked. An all employee photo will be taken.
2:30 – 4 p.m.
A photographer/archivist will collect stories from you and former employees. What’s your favorite Ruttger’s memory?
Wacky Hat Contest
4 – 5 p.m.
Back in the day, the resort used to host Wacky Hat Contests. It’s back! The Country Store will host the event.
Formal Dinner at Ruby’s
5:30 – 8 p.m.
No hats and everyone must dress up, just like in the old days.
9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Another beloved tradition returns. Guests and employees can perform. Event will take place in the ballroom.
Ruttger’s Through The Years
Pictures from Ruttger’s early years.