July 2014 BSDC Newsletter, by Angela Hohenbrink

First I’d like to thank Bernard and Pam Baker, Mary Elliott, and Linda Spears for hosting the drive at the park in Richwood, OH on June 22th.  I was surprised to learn that Bernard & Pam who have been members of the BSDC for 5 years started out as horseless members that just enjoyed the fellowship of the club and liked watching the horses.  Bernard is retired and Pam is a medical assistant. Three years ago they decided it was a good time to buy a mini of their own. They put him to a cart and started driving in club drives too.    With the two of them together having 11 children, 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren they may have to consider driving an Omnibus in the future.

On July 5 we will have a static display of carriages at the  Wyandot County Historical Society during their Ice Cream Social  It will have a World War 2 Theme.  It’s at 120 S. Seventh Street, Upper Sandusky, OH.  Please have your carriages in place by 11:00am.   The Social starts at noon.
The Wyandot Museum is considered to have the largest and most varied Indian and Pioneer collection of any independant museum in the State.  The Wyandottes were the last organized band of Indians to leave Ohio. They broke up their homes in Upper Sandusky and moved to a reservation in Kansas in 1842.  It’s always fun having a club get together and learn a little bit of history.

On Saturday July 19th Gary & Connie Gillfillan are inviting the club to a non-horse get together at Indian Lake.  It’s at Cherokee Landing, 10950 Cherokee Drive, Lakeview, Ohio.  They will be giving boat rides at 10:00am in the morning so come early.   The potluck will be at 12:00 noon.  There is an old boat and car show that day with Fishers Flea Market open.  From Roundhead, Ohio, take State Route 235 toward lake about 5 miles to Indian Lake State Campgrounds, then just past campground watch for Cherokee Landing sign on same side as campgrounds.  Turn left at the drive and follow a short distance till you see a metal gate in the distance.  Park on the grass area to the right and walk past the metal gate.  Club house on left.  If you need help call cell 567-674-0151.

On Saturday July 26th we’ll meet around noon at the Miami Shelter house where the BSDC and North West Ohio Drafters & Drivers will have a joint picnic at Providence Metropark, Then Come and ride the Canal Boat pulled by mules like it was in 1876.  Step back in time aboard The Volunteer, an authentic 1800s, mule-drawn canal boat, for a trip along a restored stretch of the original Miami and Erie Canal.  Glide along in an authentic canal boat drawn by mule power.  The ride represents life on the canal as it was experienced 150 years ago.  The boat passes through one of the original canal locks in front of the historic Isaac Ludwig Mill and Interpretive Center, a restored and working canal-era sawmill and grist mill.  Tickets can be bought that day if you want to ride the canal boat.  It is located on CR 424 (old SR 24) at SR 578 across the Maumee River from Grand Rapids.  There are also antique shops to visit in town.


Pam Baker driving her mini, Linda Spears, passenger

Other Events for 2014:
August 23  Picnic Drive at Unger Park, Bucyrus, OH

September 14: Parker Covered Bridge Drive, Upper Sandusky, Ohio arrival at 10:30 am, potluck at noon, port-a-potty provided, hosted by Julie Emmons’s

September 28: Coon Hunters Lodge & Rural Drive: 7575 TR131, Tiffin, Ohio, joint drive with BSDC & WRCA. Hosted by, Roger & Susan Murray, & Kim & Joe Mack assisting. Arrival time at 11:30 a.m. with a Potluck at 12:00