History of Tall Pines
The Story Behind…
At their November 2015 meeting the Vintage Board of Directors approved going forward with the final phase of Tall Pines Cafe – construction of a permanent dining pavilion.
After members and guests were so pleased with the new concrete floor at AirVenture 2015, a number of Vintage members started a capital fundraising campaign to construct the final phase. Enough contributions have come in to begin this project. We expect that if this level of member participation continues, we will open the brand-new Tall Pines Cafe debt-free at AirVenture 2016.
As we did with the Vintage Hangar, a professional contractor will construct the shell and Vintage Volunteers will use their 2016 work weekends to complete the electrical, trim carpentry and final details.
The dining pavilion design is similar to the pavilion at the EAA Nature Center with overhead doors which can be opened in good weather with a perfect view of the Vintage Showplane area and the airshow runway.
As a permanent building, this pavilion will have multiple use. Once breakfast service is over, the pavilion can be used for type club meetings, the Vintage Picnic, Volunteer Party and more. During the off-season this permanent facility will provide much-needed storage for the growing Vintage area of AirVenture.
Tall Pines Phase I: The year was 2002. Our convention had been growing and the only way Vintage could expand was to keep moving south. In the entire history of the EAA Convention, even when parking for transient aircraft is full, we always find room for Showplanes. Except the open spaces kept moving south. Our pilots and their families, usually without ground transportation, found they had no place to eat which wasn’t miles away. Vintage Volunteers, led by Steve Nesse, John Berendt and George Daubner, found a solution for our camping members — a breakfast tent.
Tall Pines Phase II: In 2004 the next step was a modern permanent kitchen to meet all safety and health codes. The menu expanded and the people kept coming. Dozens of Vintage Volunteers continued to get up before dawn each day to prepare breakfast for other members. With no commercial vendors willing to operate on the south end of the field, Tall Pines began to open for both breakfast and supper the weekend prior to convention as we still do today.
Tall Pines Phase III: Funded by member contributions and completed in time for AirVenture 2015 – a permanent concrete seating area also designed to become the foundation for a permanent dining pavilion.
Tall Pines – The Final Phase: As you plan for AirVenture 2016, consider a contribution to the final phase – our permanent dining pavilion fund. Members helping members. This is the spirit of Vintage.