Category Archives: Past Events/Thank Yous

Fall Foliage Tour 2014

foliage tour10Today, October 18th, proved to be a perfect day for our annual Fall Foliage Tour. A few gray clouds but overall sunny with a brisk autumn chill in the air set the scene for a pleasant drive through farm and apple country of Cumberland and Adams Counties.

 

Cars of all eras came on the tour

Cars of all eras came on the tour

Our day began bright and early around 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 262 in Biglerville, PA. This is the second time Post 262 has played host as a coffee and doughnut stop for one of our tours, and we thank them heartily. After getting our directions and a good dose of caffeine, we set out at 9:30 at a leisurely pace along moderately quiet back roads. The tour, carefully organized by John and Janet Wolfe, and Marlin and Brenda Wood, stretched for approximately 50 miles and lasted about 2 hours. In addition to breathtaking scenery, we passed by some interesting landmarks such as the historic Russell Tavern which housed George Washington in 1794 during the Whiskey Rebellion.

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Lunch at Green Ridge Village

Our drive ended with a buffet meal of chicken and lasagna at Green Ridge Village Retirement Center. In addition to good food, everyone got a chance to show off their cars to the residents who voted on their favorite automobiles. Winners received trophies. We also would like to thank everyone at Green Ridge Village for their wonderful hospitality.

The resident hall where we enjoyed lunch

The resident hall where we enjoyed lunch

With over 30 cars and almost 60 members in attendance, it’s safe to call this yet another successful tour. We all look forward to next year and invite everyone to join in. Remember, you don’t need to be a GRAACA member to come, all you need is to register and bring your antique car.

 

Members cars on display at the village

Members cars on display at the village

 

 

Mt. Holly Springs Antique Car Social

Something a bit different this time…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Sunday, September 14th the Church of God in Mt. Holly Springs, PA hosted an antique car show and social. The show was free and open to the public. Thanks to the efforts of Pastor Reese and our own Gettysburg Region club members Jim Yemzow and Pat Shaffer, all who attended were heartily welcomed and got to enjoy ice cream and hot dogs under the pavilion in addition to, as always, good conversation and camaraderie.  On the whole it was a much enjoyed relaxing day spent with good company and old cars.

 

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is our first post on this site regarding a local antique car event not officially sponsored by the GRAACA. If you know of any antique automobile related events going on in the Maryland/Pennsylvania area and would like to spread the word through our site, feel free to contact the webmaster directly or simply leave a comment below. Our members would love to hear about it!

Summer Tour ’14 = A Blast!

100_2971 Saturday, August 9th marked our annual GRAACA Summer Tour for 2014. Our hosts, Jim Yemzow and Pat Schaffer, told us that they had something new in store for us, and they didn’t fail to surprise. Our day began around 10:30 AM when we all met up at Marty’s Auto Sales in Carlisle, PA. We had such a great turn-out for this event that we nearly filled up the lot, so we heartily thank Marty and his daughter for being so gracious.

 

Jim Yemzow serves up locally raised chicken

Jim Yemzow serves up locally raised chicken

From Marty’s, we headed over, parade style, to the U.S. Army War College. Pat and Jim had ready for us a full spread and we stuffed ourselves with homemade foods, locally raised chickens, and lots of other delicious delights. Pat’s macaroni salad was such a hit that she kindly provided everyone with her own recipe which can be found here.

 

Our tour guide for the day, Matthew March (left)

Our tour guide for the day, Matthew March (left)

After lunch, Matthew March from the Cumberland County Historical Society gave a highly informative and interactive talk about the history of the Carlisle Indian School. After his presentation which actually took us from the days of Christopher Columbus to the present day, Matthew led us on a walking tour of the original school so we could get a better visual understanding of the school’s importance. Thanks to Matthew’s in depth knowledge and enthusiasm, everyone walked away with something to talk about and perhaps ponder.

Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Around 3:00 PM, we left Carlisle Barracks to finish our day at Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located about a mile up the road. There we were met with great excitement from the community and residents for seeing all our antique cars. Nancy Hahn, Claremont’s activities coordinator, truly out did herself organizing everything. Everyone got to enjoy ice-cream, snow cones, a live DJ, and even films of automobile advertisements from the 1950s. I won’t forget to mention that there was also an informal car show judged by all attendees as well as a fun quiz. For anyone who missed the Q&A, here it is with the correct answers:

How many car manufactures were there in the U.S. in 1916?
140
Where was the first wood-paved race track in PA?
Altoona
When was the first Indy 500?
1911
What was the MPG of the Stanley Steamer?
1 gallon of WATER per mile

Many thanks go out, once again, to all who helped make this year’s Summer Tour a success, especially Jim and Pat. We had such a wonderful turn out, and everyone truly enjoyed themselves. All we have to do now is wait patiently (or impatiently) for the next great event!

Additional Images:

At Marty's Auto Sales waiting for all to arrive

At Marty’s Auto Sales waiting for all to arrive

On our walking tour of the Indian School

On our walking tour of the Indian School

Outside the original school entrance

Outside the original school entrance

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Enjoying food, music, and cars

Enjoying food, music, and cars

 

Summer Picnic 2014

Codorus State Park

Codorus State Park

Last Sunday, July 20th, the Gettysburg Region held its annual summer picnic at Codorus State Park amidst the beautiful rolling hills of York County in Pennsylvania. It seems we’ve had nothing but good luck this year in regards to the weather. There were a few clouds here and there, but it was a perfect day for sailing as the lake was full of boats. It also turned out to be a perfect day for car enthusiasts as well.

 

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Lunch began around one o’clock, though a few people showed up well in advance to help set up. A special “than you” goes out to them. We should also extend thanks to everyone who remembered to bring a covered dish or dessert. Everything was delicious, and though we ended up having more than enough food, the dessert table was demolished by the end of the day.

 

 

codorus 14 2Above all, we greatly appreciate the efforts of Annette Yost who made all the necessary arrangements for the day and Butch Saltzgiver and Jeff Amspacher who were our “grill masters”. Again, we thank you all for helping to make this possible.

 

 

We had such a great turn-out, and so many stayed ’til late in the evening to chat and soak up the atmosphere. With luck, next year will be just as good, if not better.

*Photos courtesy of Annette Yost

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Latimore Valley 2014

Well, it rained, and it rained, and it rained, but the show must go on.

Latimore Valley '14

Latimore Valley ’14

The 39th Annual Gettysburg Region antique car show at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on June 14th was preceded by days of downpours and flooding that would’ve sent Noah into a frenzy. Thank goodness, just when we thought we’d have to break out rowboats and Amphicars, the sun came out on Saturday! Sure, things were a bit soggy, but GRAACA members are not easily deterred and we ended up with a pretty good turnout.

 

1926 Ajax

1926 Ajax

This year’s featured class was the Mercury in celebration of Mercury’s 75th year. Of course, as always, a wide variety of vehicles were in attendance and the winner of this year’s President’s Award was a unique and rare 1926 Ajax.

 

 

 

The York Springs Lions Club

The York Springs Lions Club

There was an abundance of food including delicious desserts and homemade barbeque donated by our members as well as sundaes and French fries made fresh by the Lions Club. A special thanks goes out them for helping us year after year.

 

 

 

So, in spite of damp feet, the weather didn’t dampen our spirits. We came, ate, and of course enjoyed all the antique cars and trucks. There were lots of awards and new faces, and we can pray for better weather and an even better turnout at the 40th annual GRAACA car show. Hope to see you there!

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Ladies’ Day 2014

ladies day3    ladies day4Saturday, May 17th was our annual Ladies’ Day at the Gettysburg Outlets and what a day it was! We not only had good weather–a bit breezy, but no rain–and a great turn-out, but there were a few unexpected pleasant surprises as well. First of all, we arrived to find that the Farmer’s Market was set up which became a top priority stop for some shoppers. Second, thanks to the efforts of Annette Yost and the new public relations management at the Outlets, we were able to pitch our tent right at the front entrance where all members who arrived were each given their own reusable bag full of coupons and free giveaways from the various shops. A lot of us made sure to take advantage of those deals!       ladies day8

 

Finally, Annette not only made sure to bring a few snacks for everyone, she also made a lovely flower planter as a “tent prize” which was given away to one lucky lady in a random drawing. We owe many thanks to her and the Gettysburg Outlets’ staff for making this year’s event a success and impatiently await the next Ladies’ Day in 2015.

 

Spring Tour ’14

Some of our members' antique cars outside the museum

Some of our members’ antique cars outside the museum

Well, I think I can safely say and everyone who attended will agree with me that this year’s Spring Tour was a success! The sun was shining, nobody got lost or broke down, and we had an excellent turn-out of 30 cars and 62 people. We even saw some new faces amongst our crew.

Part of the Rural Heritage Museum

Part of the Rural Heritage Museum

 

To briefly recap today’s events for all those unable to make it or who are curious about what goes on at a Gettysburg Region day tour, our day started bright and early at 8 AM at the American Legion in Biglerville, PA where we all met to enjoy coffee and doughnuts and to receive directions. From there we took a relaxing scenic route through apple farms and state forests to the Rural Heritage Museum in Hagerstown, MD. There we got to explore three enclosed buildings filled with artifacts showing what life was like over a hundred years ago in Washington County. In addition, members were encouraged to view the outdoor village composed of various 18th and 19th century buildings rescued from places throughout Maryland. It was quite apparent that everyone was enjoying themselves as the most common question asked of Annette Yost who hosted the tour was not, “How soon can we leave?” but, “How much time do we have left?” After the museum, we made our way over to the Fireside Restaurant to tuck into a laid back buffet style lunch and conclude the day’s events.

Spring Tour '14

Spring Tour ’14

On behalf of the club, I would like to thank everyone who helped make today a success including the employees and volunteers of the Heritage Museum, American Legion, and Fireside Restaurant, as well as our hosts Howard King and Annette Yost who organized the tour.

As a reminder to all current members and a note to anyone who has never been to a GRAACA event, there is still the summer picnic and fall tour to look forward to, in addition to the Latimore Valley Car Show which is right around the corner. Please check our events page or The Gas Buggy Gazette for information and updates, and don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a message on this site if you have any questions.

~Angelica Yost, GRAACA Webmaster

*Photos are courtesy of Annette Yost and myself. Please disregard the date on the bottom of my photos. I was in a hurry and didn’t bother to set the correct date and time.

Covered Dish Dinner

March 9 – We just wanted to thank everyone who came out to our Covered Dish Dinner at the East Berlin Community Center today. Everybody’s dish was delicious, and Bingo was a big hit. So again, thank you everyone who brought a dish, dessert, door prize, and/or Bingo prize, and to those who lent a hand with set up and clean up. We look forward to having another successful dinner next year.

Annual Dinner ’14

We’d just like to say thank you to all who were able to attend last night’s Annual Dinner at the East Berlin Community Center. It seems that everyone enjoyed themselves as we were served a delicious family-style meal and got to witness the antics of our very own Outhouse Players. Once again, we extend a hearty welcome to our 2014 officers and thank everyone who came and made last night possible.