Black Swamp Driving Club September 2005 Newsletter


Hello all!  I hope everyone has had a great summer.  I know, I know, I said, “had” a good summer.  I do not want it to end either, but, as they say, all good things must come to an end.  You all know that I am a person who enjoys the heat, so this summer has been especially pleasurable for me.  Could you believe all the days that were over 90 degrees?  Well, I think that most of those sorts of days are already a memory for this year.  Too bad. 


I have had a great time so far with the drives, heat and all. Speaking of drives, there are not a whole lot of them left to attend.  However, I do want to recall a couple of the most recent drives. 

The Emmons/Higgins drive in Hepburn, Ohio was a blast. (Furnace blast?)  Yes, it was a scorcher, but we all had our own ways to cool off.  Some of us stayed behind in the Sportsmen’s club enjoying the fine food and company, others hung out under the trees on the pretty grounds overlooking the pond, and still others took cool drinks on the drive with us to sip as we meandered along the quiet countryside. In my humble opinion, by far, the best part of the drive was under the welcoming shade trees that wound around the river’s edge.  The scenery was just as pleasant, as we rolled through Amish country.  There were several opportunities to stop and shop along the route. The map Roger Higgins, Jr. provided for the drive was invaluable.  It clearly marked the routes possible and the shopping options.  The drive was a definite success, as many of our members attended, several bringing their turnouts of all sizes and styles.  Vehicles ranged from fancy wedding carriages, draft horse wagons, to a mini two-wheel cart.  What a variety this club affords its members!  The pictures provided show some of the fun we all had together this year at the drive.

Connie and Gary Gillfillan hosted the Civil War Reenactment, held at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, again this year.  About fifteen of our members came to enjoy a unique day together commemorating the battle to a new, free country.  The Blue and Gray were fully represented and took their outdoor theater production very seriously.  Julie Emmons even had the opportunity to join in on the action, as she escorted four hulking Confederate soldiers to the “battlefield”.  Considering she had her absolutely beautiful vis-ŕ-vis for the four men travel to their unit, the soldiers took a little ribbing from their commanding officer upon arrival.  The Higgins family brought their covered wagon for display.  Also, the Higgins family surprised visiting relatives with a carriage ride celebrating their anniversary in Julie Emmons carriage. 

There are a few drives left to discuss and attend this year.  Henry ZumFelde will be hosting his annual drive at Sauder Village September 10, 2005.  Please plan to attend.  Period costume is not expected this year, but it is always nice to see people in their fancy duds.  The parade through the village will begin at 1:30pm.  You must eat on your own.  A road drive to the covered bridge will follow the parade.  Please come early to mingle and eat at one of the many dining establishments on the premises.  Spectators come from all around to see us, so let’s give them something to talk about!  The park is open 10am-5pm.

In October, we have two drives.  October 8-9 is the Corn Huskers drive at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.  John and Sara Hunter again host it. Gather and drive at will on Saturday and enjoy the state hand corn husking competition and the midway style food.  Horses will be stabled in the 4-H horse barn.  Saturday evening, we will once again be enjoying Milligan’s stew.  Please bring your veggies to add to the pot. We eat at 5:30 –or close to it.   Apple butter, honey making, and other pioneer activities will be going on all weekend on the grounds.  Come and enjoy the old time atmosphere and pleasure driving. There are motels nearby (Comfort Inn 800-228-5150, Amerihost Inn 800-434-5800 and Day’s Motel 419-294-5161).  Camping with electric and water hook-up is available at the fairgrounds. Need more information? Call John and Sara at 419-396-6746.

The second drive in October is on the 16th.  The drive at the covered bridge near Upper Sandusky, hosted by Julie Emmons and Roger Higgins, Jr. promises to be a beautiful driving opportunity with a riverside view.  Pot Luck is at 12:30pm. Please bring table service, drinks and a side dish. The drive will follow.  The covered wagon will be by the river.  Directions are as follows: take SR67 to TR37 to TR40. Signs will be posted.  Or, go from SR53 south to TR29.

One last thing for the year is the annual banquet.  This year it will be held the first week of November at The Palmer House in Galion, Ohio.  The dinners are pre-pay so get them as soon as possible at one of the remaining drives or call Roger Higgins, Jr. for details.


That reminds me of a good lesson I learned from my horse: Love those who love you back, especially if they have something good to eat!  See you all soon.