Black Swamp Driving Club newsletter November 2005


Fall is here again and isnít it beautiful.  As you drive your carriages around, donít forget to feast your eyes upon the richly colored trees, the fields ready to harvest, and the animals busy with preparations for winter.  The crisp air brings out frisky behavior in us all, including our equine friends.   Gone are the days of mosquitoes, sunburn and egg-frying-on-the-sidewalk-heat.  Come are the days of hot apple cider, bonfires, harvest, and pumpkin pies.  We give thanks for all that the Lord has provided for us this year together in celebration.  Remember all of the blessings and learn from the troubled times.


One of our own members, Wayne Leightey, is recovering from recent surgery.  Please send your best wishes for a speedy return to health to his home.


  There have been three drives since our last article.  The first to recount is the Murray drive at the Coonhunters Lodge, near Tiffin, Ohio.  It was a cloudy day of off-and Ėon rain, but that did not stop 42 people from coming out to enjoy the drive.  Black Swamp members were joined with the Western Reserve Carriage members, as the Murrays are members of both clubs.  There was a whopping 14-15 turnouts that traveled the quiet country roads.  People in attendance enjoyed fellowship, a potluck, and a brief meeting of the two clubs.  It was discussed that the two clubs should commit to better communication, as we are all in like minds: to enjoy the hobby of driving horses.  Way to go Roger and Sue Murray for a great drive!


The second drive to account was the State Hand Corn Huskers competition in Upper Sandusky.  The annual event was held at the fairgrounds.  John and Sara Hunter hosted the drive. About 40 people turned out to the seasonably chilly weekend to drive at will, share stories, fellowship, and partake in the much fussed-over pot of Milliganís stew.  Thank heaven for that fire.  It took a half an hour for me to thaw out after sitting in the merchants building spinning wool for demonstration.  My hair smelled of campfire smoke for two days (after several washings) but it was wonderful.  Every time I smelled a whiff, I was reminded of the kind words and terrific company.  It was so nice to see faces of those whom Iíve been apart from for so long.  We had a short meeting after dinner in which our president, Roger Higgins, Jr. asked for some fresh ideas for 2006.  Please be thinking of new activities for the upcoming year and share them with everyone at the annual banquet.

The last drive of the year was held at the Parker Covered Bridge; hosted by Julie Emmons and the Higgins family.  The Higgins family ďparkedĒ (pun intended) their covered wagon at the bridge where about 25 members enjoyed a pot roast with carrots and potatoes and carry-in goodies.  Under a partly cloudy sky the members in attendance enjoyed the scenic tour of the river.  It had to be a fantastically colorful day to look at the foliage surrounding the river.   


Fall is a season of change, and so I announce the passing of the pen to two new co-writers of the corral for 2006.  Linda Spears and Mary Elliot have taken on the challenge of the monthly newsletter for the Black Swamp Driving Club. Ladies, you are going to do great!  I have had a great deal of fun writing for you all, however I have taken on a somewhat overwhelming position as 4-H advisor of the Van Wert County Young Riders Club and cannot keep up with the newsletter. 


I hope everyone enjoys a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.  May the Lord keep you until we meet again.