November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time for the holiday season to begin and time for us to give thanks for another great driving season. The Black Swamp Driving Club still has a few things left for the remaining season.

Here is the list of remaining events for the BSDC:

Annual Banquet, November 11, Royal Buffet, Findlay, OH (Confirmed)

Christmas on the Farm, Kenton, OH, December 15. (Confirmed)

Please watch the BSDC Newsletter for updates and confirmations of events and activities. Some events may be confirmed or changed at the last minute and I may not have the chance to get the information in the article.

The Annual Banquet will be held at the Royal Buffet in Findlay, Ohio on November 11th. The buffet has something for everyone. We will meet at 5:30 and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m.. We are having the auction again this year, so everyone please bring your donated items to make this a success. Please remember this is one of the important activities that helps fund the club for the year. So please bring your donations and bid. The auctioneer will let you know when your bid it too high! There are some other things in the planning stages as well for the evening activities, so please plan to attend. Please refer to the BSDC Newsletter for more details. You can contact any board member for information.

There is another important part of the club that is fast approaching. We are looking for anyone interested in becoming a Board of Director. We have a total of three positions open. There are two, three year terms, and one, one year term. Please let any Officer or Board of Director know if you would like to be added to the ballot. The new Board of Directors will be voted on at the banquet. This is your club, so please step up and make a difference.

I realize the information for the banquet and the Board of Directors are the same as last month, but these items are very important to the club and I feel they were needed as a reminder for this issue. Some members may receive their issue before the banquet.

In this article I am adding something for another interest that we don’t often address. The club also addresses the conservation of horse drawn vehicles. There are several people in the club that have a carriage collection and others that like to restore and preserve the history of carriages. The club offers a variety of areas and information of driving and restoration of horse drawn units. It varies from each person as to what is collected. I know in my family we have a wide variety of units from wagons, to sleighs, to carriages. When collecting carriages this opens up other possible avenues. Some people will also collect accessories such as carriage or sleigh robes, carriage lamps, sleigh bells and even vintage clothing that was worn in that era. I know in our family we collect tools, wagon and buggy jacks, anything that is in connection with horse drawn vehicles. The club combines both driving and conservation in its activities. The members can help with the information and contacts that they have gathered over the years.

We have had a great driving season and should reflect on how thankful we are. During this holiday season give “Thanks” to the many blessings that we encounter. Please keep an open heart and mind to the world and the elements in it. We are truly blessed and we have a lot to be thankful for. Sometimes we take a lot for granted, let it be thanksgiving everyday.

If anyone has pictures of club activites, or pictures you would like to submit,  please send them to me via email.  I know there are several members that takes pictures, so please send to my email address. If anyone has any news that you would like to place in the article, please email me at or call-me at 740-251-7193.