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.
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.
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.
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?
Where was the first wood-paved race track in PA?
When was the first Indy 500?
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!