October 2010 BSDC Newsletter

By Jackie Minges

The summer has flown by!  Despite the heat, we enjoyed some very nice events in August.
 Thanks to Will Stevenson for hosting our nice day trip to Grabill, Indiana August 14.  We really enjoyed the harness shops, buggy maker and antique shop.  Thank you to your wife Shirley and your entire family for having us to your home – what gracious hosts you all are.
John and Stephenie Miles hosted the Back Street Days August 21 at the Hancock Co Historical Society.  We had a lovely turnout of vintage carriages and sleighs.  The Museum was open for tours while Julie and Ted gave carriage rides.
As I write, I am looking forward to a busy September.  I’ll report next month on

We have great plans to finish out the year, starting October 9-10 with the Corn Huskers Festival at Wyandot Co. Fairgrounds, 10171 OH 53, Upper Sandusky, OH hosted by John and Sara Hunter.  There are so many activities planned for all ages.  Kiddy tractor pulls, craft show, flea market, corn husking contest and lots of wonderful food.  Black Swamp Driving Club will have carriage rides during the weekend, fun games, log pulling and cones course for club members to participate in.  Saturday afternoon and evening is our campfire and mulligan stew, as well as great fellowship.  Stalls, camping and driving throughout the Fairgrounds are available at no cost.  Please feel free to bring Fall decorations.  Pork chop dinners are available for $8.00 Saturday evening from 4-6 PM to benefit the Wyandot Co. Corn Huskers and the Wyandot Co. 4H Advisory Council.  Contact John and Sara Hunter at 419-396-6746 or 419-348-4436 or Julie Emmons at 740-361-3885.
Ann Bell is again this year be taking orders for 2011 calendars.  You can order Driving Horse, Mule, Donkey or Draft Horse.  The price is $9.00.  Ann will place the order after Corn Huskers Festival and the calendars can be picked up and paid for at the Annual Banquet.  Any questions, please contact Ann Bell:  419-694-2085.
October 17 is the Parker Bridge Drive hosted by Julie Emmons and family.  This beautifully cared for covered bridge built in 1873 over the Sandusky River will certainly make for a great Fall drive in Upper Sandusky.  Thanks to the Higgins family for bringing their covered wagon.  The drive is approximately 5 miles with an option of driving to Indian Mill for an additional 4-5 miles.  Pot luck is at 12:00.  Directions:  US 23 at OH 53 turn right to 67, turn right at the brown Parker Bridge sign, turn left at TH37, go to TH40 (1st road to the right), covered bridge parking is on the left in the big field.  Watch for BSDC signs.  Contact Julie Emmons:  740-361-3885.
October 30 – October will wrap up with a family Halloween hayride at the Emmons family farm, 9863 Harding Highway W., LaRue, OH  43332.  A draft team will take us for a drive around the farm in an antique coal wagon, followed by campfire, wiener roast and Halloween snacks.  Please do not bring horses.  Halloween costumes are optional.  Time: 3:30.  Directions:  From the west Rt. 68 to Kenton, 309 East 11 ½ miles.  After passing the Hardin Co Line it is the 4th house on the right.  From the East: take 309 west (15 miles from Marion).  Big Island is 5 miles, then another 5 miles to Meeker, then 5 miles to the farm.  When you pass the grain elevator it is the 7th house on the left.  Contact Julie Emmons:  740-361-3885
November 13 – Annual Banquet and auction will be held at the Golden Corral, 1843 Tiffin Ave., Findlay, OH  45840.  Social time is 5:30-6 PM.  Remember to bring items for our auction.  Please call and let me know if you plan on attending the Banquet so the restaurant can plan the seating.  Jackie Minges:  734-856-6122
In closing, we want to thank you Stephenie for all your efforts in writing the column for the Corral.  And, John we all keep you in our prayers.
If you are a carriage driver, carriage collector, or even a non-horse owner that enjoys horses and carriages the Black Swamp Driving Club always welcomes new members.  Whatever your equine preference may be, horse, pony, mule or donkey we would enjoy having you at our club functions.  For detailed information about club activities please check our website at www.blackswampdrivingclub.com and the members’ Fall BSDC Newsletter, or contact Julie Emmons, Club President at 740-361-3885.