BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB
                                                                            EARLY SUMMER 2010 NEWSLETTER


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Greetings,
We the members of BSDC wish to thank the Higgins family and the Beechy/Gingerich families for hosting our first drive of 2010 on May 8.  The weather was cold and rainy but spirits were high with good company and lots of good food for the forty in attendance.  We really enjoyed our hosts sharing information about their lifestyle.
Because of high winds we only had three turnouts.  Ted and Ruthie did a great job and what a picture to see those four minis in their team harness heading down the lane.  Thank you Tom and Annetta for bringing them.
I would like to dedicate this newsletter to our very special founding members Becky and Henry whom without them we might not be sharing  our reason to be here……good company and a love of our equine and carriages.
We have so many outings planned this year and I hope to share them with many of you.  I always appreciate new ideas so please don’t hesitate to call and let me know what you think  and what we can improve.   Cell PH:  740-361-3885
Have a great summer, Julie
p.s.  I would like to thank Jackie and Mike Minges for all their efforts with the newsletter.  I feel it will provide our club members a good source for information.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Special thoughts go out to the zumFelde family at the loss of their mother Loretta “Becky”  on  May 2,2010.   We remember fondly  when they were at Angie and Al’s Drive last summer.  Becky and Henry will be sadly missed by everyone that was fortunate enough to know them.

Linda  and Mary, we are thinking of you at this time with the loss of your brother.
Joanne Shapler would like to thank everyone for the cards, phone calls and best wishes  during  her convalescence.

THANK YOU
 Molly & Dale, Mary & Linda, Sandy, Jackie & Mike for representing the BSDC  May 22 to set up the booth, harness demo, and hands on driving at Big Rock Stables, Defiance, Ohio.  “Archie” was beautifully presented .  Thank you Mary, Molly, Dale and Archie for the presentation.  It was so nice to have our new members Glenn and Tammy Bennett stop and visit with us that day.
Dale, thank you for the direction signs you made and donated to the club.  They look great !

COMING SOON
Carriage Round Up – It’s almost time to head to the beautiful Kentucky bluegrass June 4-6.  The tailgate theme is “memories”.  Please bring any childhood pictures that you have to share for our display.
Julie will have a campfire at her campsite Friday evening.  Please come for weiner roast,  marshmallows, and good company.
Our hosts at the Carriage Round Up would love to have volunteers to help them set up the planned activities.  Please let Helaine Winfield know if you can help.     *REMEMBER COGGINS AND 30 DAY HEALTH CERTIFICATE*


Wyandot Co Historical Society  Carriage Display – Saturday, June 12, 12-4 PM
130 South 7th Street, Upper Sandusky, Ohio (one block west of the Courthouse)
This is a horse drawn vehicle display with  period dress.  Please arrive on time for carriages to be displayed at noon.  A couple of the members will be giving carriage rides.  Antique cars will be displayed and a tour of the museum free for members and a donation for non-members.  Soup and sandwiches will be available for a donation.  Please bring your lawn chairs.  For any questions or further directions contact John and Sara Hunter at 419-348-4436 or 419-306-2086.


York Hills Horse Park  - June 27th we have been invited to join the Carriage and Sleigh  Association of Northwest Indiana for their drive at York Hills Horse Park, Albion, Indiana. More information can be found on the park at www.yorkhillshorsepark.com.  The club is hosting coffe and doughnuts at 9 AM Sunday and then a pleasure drive through their 650 acre park with 25 miles of trails.  Their potluck is 12-12:30.  Please bring a dish to share and then more driving in the afternoon if you wish.  Camping and stalls are available for those who wish to go Saturday, June 26.  Albion is near Ft. Wayne and about 120 miles from Findlay.    Fees at the Park are $10 per rider per day and horse-drawn vehicles are $10 per horse & driver, $20 per 2 horse team and driver.  Stall rental is $10 per bedded box stall per night. Camping  $15 per night, $30 for site with electric.  For camping or stall reservation call  260-564-0305. Julie, Angie & Al, Jackie and Mike are planning to go on Saturday.  Please let us know if you are coming.  We can plan a pizza get together at the campsite Saturday evening.  Other questions please call Julie Emmons at 740-361-3885.

Kenton Old Fashioned Days July 3 – Yost Farm Museum (next to the Hardin Co Fairgrounds) Kenton, Ohio.  Time 12-5.  There will be a carriage and sleigh display (period dress if possible please).  A hog roast will be at 5 PM followed with entertainment provided by the Whitaker Brothers gospel/bluegrass band. The Farm Museum will be open all day for tours.  If you would like to drive and/ or display a carriage please call Gary Gillfillan at 419-675-3257.

Riverbend Park Drive – July 10, Findly, Ohio (located by the reservoir) hosted by John and Stephenie Miles.  The potluck is at 12:30. This is a beautiful drive around the reservoir and a covered bridge.  Questions,  please call  John and Stephenie Miles at 567-208-3322 or 567-208-3094.

Hohenbrink’s Farm Drive –  July 18 –  BSDC/Henry County Draft Club: Continuous Drive/Scavenger Hunt,   Hohenbrink’s, D529 Road 10,  Hamler, OH (419-274-1122), Potluck starts at noon. The directions are as follows: Take State Route 109 to south edge of Hamler, turn west on Hubbard Street (also called County Road E), go one mile, then turn lef on Twp. Road 10. It will be the second house on the right side of the road. If questions please call 419-274-1122. If it has been raining or if it is raining call or check website for status.. I will send a postcard a few weeks ahead with RSVP to get somewhat of a head count.   We will have an adult and youth trophy.  (Just trophy's I don't want to dust anymore)   But this is as much chance as it will be skill.  It's not a show but will be patterned somewhat like an ADS Continuous Drive.   This will be completely explained and no one will need to train extra for it.   Any harness or vehicle as long as it's safe and sound. Carts may be better across the field but any vehicle can be used, pair or single.

 
HELP WANTED
We would love to have volunteers to help with the different events this year.  This is your chance to really participate and help make the club successful.  Please let Sandy Young know of your interest in helping.  PH: 419-562-4712
Slyoung18@embarqmail.com

 

YOUR BOARD MEMBERS

President:  Julie Emmons – PH: 740-361-3885
Vice President:  Angie Hohenbrink – PH: 419-274-1122 –groom@carriagedog.com
Secretary:  Stephenie Miles-PH: 567-208-3322  john_and_steph06@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Jackie Minges-PH:734-856-6122- JMinges@hotmail.com
Board Member:  Gary Gillfillan – PH: 419-675-3257
Board Member:  John Hunter – PH: 419-396-6746  jshunter22@verizon.net
Board Member:  Mary Elliott – PH: 419-468-6016
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