Fall Great Time for Black Swamp Driving Club

November 2015 Newsletter, By Mary Thomas


Two wonderful fall drives highlighted September for the Black Swamp Driving Club.  The popular Parker Bridge drive Sept. 20, hosted by Julie Emmons, attracted nine turnouts and nearly three dozen members.  After a sumptuous lunch, the drive began through the historic covered bridge, onto quiet rural roads, and along the Sandusky River, before a return to the bridge. As an added attraction, Tom Shirk brought his “converted buggy” to demonstrate.  He had taken a hooded buggy, added a battery, drive train, and a steering mechanism to make his “horseless carriage.”  The battery powers the vehicle for about three hours, and if needed, shafts can be attached for old fashioned horsepower.

Roger and Susan Murray returned from their trip to Sweden with the Carriage Association of America in time to host their combined Black Swamp/ Western Reserve drive Sept. 27 at the Coon Hunters Lodge, Tiffin, OH.  A delicious potluck lunch was served to two dozen members after a brief meeting was conducted by President Roger Higgins, Jr.  He reported that Darlene Higgins’ health was improving, and Kim Mack gave an update on the progress of her new grandchild, still in neonatal care. 

Five turnouts hitched and took to the routes mapped out by the Murrays.  Both the 4.5 and 6.5 mile drives were well-marked with possible “scary” spots noted.  The scenic roads went by the Sandusky River with pastures and farm fields (complete with a very large, moving combine and monster orange gravity wagons).

Several Black Swamp members traveled to the Kentucky Horse Park for the National Drive Oct. 6 – 11.  Al and Angie Hohenbrink drove their Morgan mare, Jackie and Mike Minges brought their new pony, and Mary Thomas had a Dartmoor in tow.  Bobbe Polvony, Susan and Roger Murray enjoyed the Carriage Association of America activities held in conjunction with this year’s event.

The annual banquet will be held Nov. 14 at the Lutheran Church in Arlington, OH.  Bring a dish for the potluck and an item for either the silent or live auction.  To get into the spirit of the season, holiday songs will be done, with accompaniment by Mary Ann Emmons.  Julie Emmons is in charge of decorating and door prizes while Mark Newman will provide a beautiful sleigh to enhance the holiday mood. For more information about the event, see the website.

Coming up in December is Christmas on the Farm, held at the fairgrounds, Kenton, OH, Dec. 12.  Members bringing sleighs or vehicles for display should have them there by noon.  Refreshments and entertainment will be on tap in the schoolhouse, and weather permitting, sleighs will be driven around the area close to the schoolhouse.