BSDC November 2001 Newsletter

By Fred Thompson

Hi everyone.  Can you believe November is here already?  I hate to wear out an old saying, but my how time flies. 
   I think this is the time when most people get serious about getting things around for winter. Like nailing that loose    board, maybe getting a little firewood for those chilly nights.  How about a nice apple or pumpkin pie warm from the
oven? (That's a hint Honey!) I know that there are a lot of nice Novembers, but the memories of some of the bad ones  are still in the back of our minds.   I know that there isn't much we're going to do about it but take one day at a time.  So enjoy the days you can and just turn your back to the ones you can't.

  Here's a neat November poem:

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snow.

With night coming early
 and dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost on the gate.

The fire burns
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

Clyde Watson

Oh I almost forgot--Everyone have a Happy and FULL-FEELING Thanksgiving.

   Lets talk about our last two activity from the past.  They did a complete flip-flop from one to the other this year.

   First was the Longaberger Carriage Classic on September 22nd and 23rd.   This had to be the best year yet.  All I heard about was the hospitality shown by the people of Longaberger.  A big THANK YOU goes out to Anita Rector of Longaberger for going all out and making this an enjoyable and memorial event.   Once again Black Swamp held their own in the participation department.  Of the 30 or so turnouts present BSDC showed up with 12 turnouts including Roger and Susan Murray's Spider Phaeton. Roger and Susan walked away with the Peoples Choice Award with this outstanding restoration.  There were a total of 5 parades during the weekend and all of the turnouts went on at least one parade route with many going on as many as three.  The parades were very well planned.  You might say they went on without a "hitch".  (A little diving humor. Sorry I just couldn't help myself.)  This year all of the participants received a Longenberger basket for their participation in the parade.   The weather was picture perfect which makes it so easy to have fun and fun they had.  The cone course that was set up was just great and enjoyed by everyone that ran through it during the weekend. This time we get to thank Dave McDonald for the time and effort it took to set this course up. Saturday night, Longaberger held a "Mexican Fiesta " for all of the driving clubs.  This was a taste treat that would have been hard to beat.  A little idea of how many people enjoyed watching the carriage parade; there were 4500 people that were at Longaberger for the weekend.  I have to apologize for not having any
pictures of the drive.  I simply ran out of time.  I will have them for next month.

   Unfortunately the Corn Huskers at Upper Sandusky wasn't such a success.  The entire State Corn Husking contest had to be cancelled because of a quarantine on the fairgrounds.  Considering the weather that we had that weekend it would have been a coin toss, which was worse.  On one hand we never had it, on the other we would have gotten
very wet during part of the weekend if we had it.  You decide.

    Just a rundown on our annual banquet and meeting at Henry's on November 17th.  Henry's is on US 68 on the north side of Kenton.  Social Hour will be at 5:00 p.m. with the Buffet at 6:00 p.m.  The buffet will be $11.00 for adult, $6.00 for children 10 and under and children 3 and under free.  Reservations should be made with Gary Gillfillan (419-675-3257) by November 3rd. 


November 3      Gayla Yaney
November 5      Donald Bisel
November 6      Brook Courchaine

November 13    Connie Boice
November 13    Kristi Walker

November 15    Joe Bell
November 22    David Anderson
November 23    Valerie Shapler
November 25    Anne Eadie
November 25    Daryl Hildreth
November 28    Roger Murray


December 4      Judd Porter
December 11    Kevin Deck

December 12    Dolph Courchaine
December 12    Paula Miller

December 15    Steve Knight
December 17    Russel Huston

December 18    Cheryl Crossman
December 18    Susan Murray
December 18    Mark Newman

December 28    Sheryl Pore
December 31    Gordon Hildreth

Upcoming Events:

*November 17... Annual meeting and banquet at Henry's in Kenton
*Denotes club sponsored events