September 2006 Newsletter

Greetings from the Black Swamp Driving Club. We hope you are all
staying cool in the recent heat. We are looking forward to the cool air
of fall but not necessarily what comes after. Despite the temperatures
we have some fun events to report on and some wonderful drives to look
forward to in this month’s article.

As we write this article we are preparing to have a wonderful time
driving at Sandy and Larry Young’s place on August 26^th . We are
looking forward to a wonderful drive through the apple orchard and
surrounding area.

The BSDC had a Carriage Show at Joe Bells event on 7/23/06. The ribbons
were supplied by the Roger Higgins Family. The winners were as follows:

1^st John and Sarah Hunter

2^nd Roger Higgins Jr.

3^rd Connie and Gary Gillifillan

4^th Joe and Ann Bell

5^th Julie Emmons

6^th Connie and Gary Gillifillan

Thank you to all who participated. After the official judging as stated
above, done by BSDC members, the Higgins family provided a special Blue
Ribbon to each participant. Each vehicle has a “special” meaning to each
of us. Therefore we are all winners. Every unit received a blue
participant ribbon.

We also had an add-on event that was held on August the 5^th . It was
the Civil War Days in Kenton, Ohio. It was hosted by Connie and Gary
Gillifillan. We did not have time to announce it in the Corral, but the
event was announced at the Bell’s drive.

The next drive will be the Roger and Sue Murray drive at the Sandusky
River Coonhunter’s Club near Tiffin, on Sunday September 17^th . The
potluck is at noon with the drive on public roads, although there is
almost no traffic. Be sure to remember your slow moving vehicle sign. To
get there from east or west take US 224 to SR 53 just south of Tiffin.
If coming from the north, take turnpike or US 20 to Fremont interchange,
which is SR 53 and follow that until you have gone through Tiffin and
come to US 224. Go South of SR 53 for 5.0 miles to CR 6. Look for the
Camp Glen signs. Turn left (east) on CR 6 and go 0.8 miles to TR 131.
This will be the second right. Again you will see Camp Glen signs, plus
a Walnut Grove Campground sign. Travel of TR 131 for 1.5 miles. Sandusky
River Coonhunter’s Lodge (7575 TR 131) is the big barn on the left.
Plenty of parking, nice restrooms and drinks will be provided. The drive
will be between 4.5 and 6.5 miles (your choice of routes) along the
Sandusky River on country roads. Please call Roger or Sue Murray for
questions at 419-447-0076. This drive is a wonderfully peaceful trip and
usually has many participants. We hope to see everyone there.

The next event is the Wyandot County Harvest and Corn Festival in Upper
Sandusky on October 14th and 15^th , at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds.
This event used to be called Cornhuskers. Be sure to bring a can or two
of something to add to our open-fire pot of stew. There are also many
interesting exhibits to visit and various items for sale. Last year it
was quite chilly and we ended up purchasing hats from one of the booths
selling hand made items. This is a fantastic weekend, with lots of food
and time to visit with friends. There is a great place for the horses to
stay as well as a fun obstacle course to practice in. We hope to see all
of you there. General information about the festival can be obtained at
the following website;

Upcoming Events:

    * Roger and Sue Murray Drive September 17^th , potluck at noon.
    * National Drive October 6-8
    * Drive hosted by John and Sara Hunter (formerly known as Corn
      Huskers.) October 14-15.
    * Shapler’s Drive-Date and Time TBA.
    * Emmons and Higgins-Parker Bridge Drive sometime in October-Date
      and Time TBA
    * Annual Banquet November 4^th time and place TBA.

Please, if you are hosting a drive please be sure to send (snail mail)
detailed directions and exact times to either Mary or myself. Please
document the information exactly how you would like it to appear in the
article. We will copy it word for word to ensure accuracy. We also need
pictures. *It is very important that we have this /before/ the 10^th of
the month. That is the new due date for the article. *

We’ll see all of you at the next drive. Take care and safe driving.

Mary Elliott and Julie Murphy

*_Captions for Pictures. _*

*Gene Pore and his Belgian pair.

*Julie Emmons and passengers with her Percheron Perry