This is the latest news I've received from our monthy newsletter in the Equine Journal. For more current information see our summer newsletter here. The latest list of events for 2011 can be viewed here.

 

Get ready to roll!!!!!  Its time to get the carriages dusted off, harness shined, and the horses cleaned up and ready to go!!! Things are happening and changes are being made. With that being said, lets get started. We had some additional drives submitted, so I am going to start with that. This is the complete listing of the drives as of March 14th, 2011. The new drives added will be marked with *** beside them. 

 
          May  14 - Civil War Days in Kenton, Ohio  ***
 
            May  22 - Independence Dam, Defiance, Ohio Joint Drive hosted by Henry Co Draft Club and BSDC
 
            June 3-5 Carriage Roundup at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
 
            June  18 -  Higgins Drive at Beechy/Gingerich Farm, Kenton, Ohio
 
          July 9 - Wyandot County Museum, Exhibition Only, Upper Sandusky, Ohio ***
 
            August   21 - Carriage Display - Cedar Cove, Ada, Ohio
 
            September 25 - Coon Hunters Drive, Tiffin, Ohio
 
            October 4-9 - National Drive at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
 
          October 8 - Hites' Homestead Drive, Kenton, Ohio *** 

            October 16 - Parker Bridge, Upper Sandusky, Ohio 
 
          November 5 - Maumee Bay State Park Drive, Oregon, Ohio ***
 
          December 17 - Christmas at the Farm, Kenton, Ohio ***
 
We still have a few drives and exhibitions still pending, please watch for details and updates in the BSDC Newsletter.  I just received this information regarding the Civil War Days in Kenton. I do realize that this event may be over when this issue is received, but it will provide you what kind of event was/or will be held on May 14th depending when you receive this issue. 
 
          On Saturday May 14th, the Hardin County Farm Museum will have its opening day at the Yost Farm next to the fairgrounds in Kenton, Ohio. There will also be a Civil War Reenactment, soldiers with muskets, actual working cannons, celebrating 150 years. The BSDC will be displaying carriages and sleighs around the authentic log cabin, with dress of the period if possible. Please note, there will not be any places to eat at this site. The time of the exhibition is 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.. Demonstrations will be open to the public, free of charge. Directions to the farm are as follows: take St. Rt. 68 S. thru Kenton, Ohio to Fairground Rd., turn left to the Yost Farm which is just past the fairgrounds. You can also take St. Rt. 31 S. thru Kenton, to Fairground Rd. and turn right. The Yost Farm is on the left just before the fairgrounds.
 
This is a extraordinary event that takes you back into time, reliving what took place in that era. The log cabin, the carriages, it puts everything together. 
 
I also want to keep everyone updated on the highlights from the March board and membership meeting.
 
The board finalized plans for the Bowling Green Swap Meet in Bowling Green, Ohio and our Safety Clinic at the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay, Ohio. There were some other general issues discussed also.
 
At the regular business meeting the updates to the Bi-Laws were approved by the membership. There are a few changes so please watch for those in the newsletter. If you need a copy of the changes, please let us know. 
 
A special "Thank You" to Mike Minges in getting the Bi-Laws updated. It took a lot of time and patience to get this job accomplished. 
 
At the membership meeting we had our usual reports from our officers and at this meeting we had a special speaker. Thom Mezick, publisher of the Driving Digest gave a presentation to the club. He gave us some background of himself and the magazine. "Thanks" Thom for coming to the meeting and your presentation. We appreciate you making time for us. 
 
I have also made a request to the hosts of the events this year. If you have a description or any information that would describe your event, please let me know. Directions would be really great, if we don't get them in the article because of timing,  we still would like to keep them on file. We are in the process of compiling the information for future use.
 
It has been a busy year for the club so far and we are just getting started. It's an exciting time of the year, drives are starting, events are being planned and implemented, people organizing and fine tuning their events to make their drives pleasurable for everyone. It takes alot of time and effort in hosting an event. We appreciate everyone that hosts the drives, the members, and the general public that attend them. If anyone has questions please feel free to call any of the officers (the contact numbers were in the February issue) for additional information.   It takes everyone to make these events successful.
 
I do believe that I have reported the most recent happenings of the club. If you would like to send any information that you would like to appear in the article, please email me at higgy122@msn.com , and if anyone would like more information about the club, send me an email as well.
 
As always, everyone is welcome to attend, our doors are always open. Until the next issue,
 
Enjoy!
 
Roger Higgins Jr.
Reporter