2014 June Newsletter….. By Angela Hohenbrink

On May 3rd the Black Swamp Driving Club held a picnic drive at Riverside Park in Findlay, Ohio. The club had a "Derby Day" theme since it was the same day as the Kentucky Derby. There were Kentucky Derby decorations including table cloths, favors, napkins, pictures of Kentucky Derby winners, and a rose blanket on a rocking horse.  Molly Owens brought her authentic, all domestic burgoo stew and public-park-legal mint juleps.  Potted plants were awarded by acclimation to the favorite hats. The winners were Mary Elliot, Linda Spears, Sharon Hayhurst, and Mary Thomas. A Kentucky Derby trivia contest was held.  Despite the early morning rain and brisk winds, 30 members attended with 6 turnouts featuring two pairs and 4 single horses/ponies. 
Our second drive in May was our “Stagecoach Drive” at The Overland Stage Coach Inn, hosted by Julie, MaryAnn and Travis Emmons in McCutchenville, Ohio,   This Inn is full of history and right on the Harrison Trail. The Harrison Trail was a trail mapped and used by General William Henry Harrison during the War of 1812. At the conclusion of the War the Harrison's Trail became an important stage route in Ohio. And, it was upon this stage coach route that the village of McCutchenville was founded in the early 1800s. One of the first buildings erected in this village was the Overland Inn built in 1829 by Colonel Joseph McCutchen. A famous visitor to this inn was author Charles Dickens.  The club had the potluck there and it makes you feel like a part of history thinking of who might have been standing at that same spot many years ago.   We toured the museum before heading out on the driving route in the surrounding country side.
So it’s fitting that our featured members this month are Julie, her mom MaryAnn and brother Travis.  You’ll often see Julie at our drives when they request someone to give rides.  She owns the White Rose Carriage Service and uses her beautiful black Percherons.  Julie has had horses for 45 years and has been driving for over 20 years.   Even though Julie is the main horse person of the family her brother and mom often come along and help. Her mother MaryAnn plays the piano at church and her brother Travis enjoys bowling.   The Emmons family also host the Parker Covered Bridge Drive close to Upper Sandusky in the fall.
June 1st Michele Steven & Sherry Olecki are hosting a joint WRCA and BSDC event at Infirmary Mound Park, Licking County Park System, south of Granville on SR 37 .   See our list of events below or on our website for more information. 
On June 22 our host will be Bernard & Pam Baker, Mary E Elliott & Linda Spears. We’ll have a Picnic Drive at Richwood Lake Park, Richwood, OH, Potluck at 1:00.  I bet Mary will have the song “Red Solo Cup” playing for our dinner music which is the theme for the drive.
Take a look at our list of drives and if you have any questions call 419-274-1122 or email groom@carriagedog.com   You can find more information on our website: blackswampdrivingclub.com or on our FACEBOOK page.

 One of our newest members, Linda Daniels with one of her Percherons that she brought for the Derby Day drive.


Julie's driving her restored park phaeton made by Kimball brothers in
Chicago. The Kimball family was first known for high quality sleighs then
they built high quality vehicles. After the carriage era past they became
known for manufacturing pianos. Julie's vehicle has a rain cover attached
to the dash.

Upcoming list of Events:
June 1st: Infirmary Mound Park, Licking County Park System, 4309 Lancaster Rd (SR37), Granville, OH. Hosts: Michele Steven & Sherry Olecki.  This is a joint WRCA and BSDC event. The drive will be June 1, weather permitting.  The Park does reserve the right to close trails to preserve trail footing.  Park at the Equestrian day use trailhead and meet at Shelter #5 at 11:30 for Noon Potluck.  This shelter has electric, potable water and primitive privies.  A short Driver's meeting and distribution of maps will follow the meal.    
Trails are wide, 7' -10', with natural surfaces of turf, clay, and gravel in spots.  Trails will be marked because there are a few that are not driving friendly.   Terrain is rolling hills with forest and meadow areas.  Elevation changes are mostly gradual and not very long.  There is one Park road crossing.  Last year this road was closed to cars for the day.  Driving on the Park's roads is permitted.  There are options on length of trail to traverse.  The trails make basically two big loops with a crossover at the middle.  Actual trail lengths are hard to find.  The trail system is multi-use, meaning you may encounter riding horses, hikers, dog walkers, and maybe a mountain bike.  Nothing motorized.  Horses do have the right of way, but nothing is stated in rules about driving vs. riding encounters.

July 5: Wyandot County Historical Society & Ice Cream Social, Static Display, World War 2 Theme, Patriotic, 130 S. Seventh Street, Upper Sandusky, OH
July 26: Saturday Picnic at noon with BSDC and North West Ohio Drafters & Drivers at Providence Metropark, 13200 CR424 (old State Route 24) Grand Rapids, OH.  Instead of bringing your horses, come and ride the Canal boat pulled by their mules.
August 23:  Picnic Drive, Unger Park, Bucyrus, OH
September 14: Parker Covered Bridge Drive, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, potluck at noon
September 28: Coon Hunters Lodge & Rural Drive: 7575 TR131, Tiffin, Ohio, joint drive with BSDC & WRCA.  Arrival time at 11:30 a.m. with a Potluck at 12:00.