Christmas Gala 2018
What a lovely evening and a great turnout for our Christmas Banquet and award presentations. I believe we had 51 participants. Tom and his helpers did a super job keeping the evening going. Many wore ERA Fashions, not only did the ladies look exquisite but some of the men looked pretty spiffy in their attire. We got some great shots of the many wonderful outfits. Apparently Louise actually wore one of Simone's dresses. The food was super and plenty of it. Besides the normal Roast Turkey Dinner, they added a small meat pie to our plates and too top it off, homemade Butter Tarts and cake for dessert, I think everyone went away full and very satisfied. Excellent choice for a caterer.
The evening started with drinks and socializing in one room and we moved to another room for the banquet. There were some door prizes for the ladies and gents and then the presentations. I will let Tom list all the recipients for each award. I took the pictures but forgot what the name of the trophy was and why each person received it. I was very surprised and very thrilled to receive the award for Most Valued Member. What an honor to be recognized by the club. I felt there were numerous individuals that were as deserving but thank you all. Much appreciated for doing something’s for a great club and great membership.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All
Vintage Clothing Sale in Carleton Place April 2019
Even though the weather was the pits (pouring rain), six ladies ventured out to attend an Antique Clothing Sale at the Heritage Museum in Carleton Place on April 26th. Everyone met at my home (5 mins. from the museum). In attendance, Keitha, Pam, Catherine, Cathy, Heather and me...Unfortunately Barb and Patti had to opt out.
For a small town it is a pretty good sale, clothes, jewelry, shoes, accessories, linens, gloves, purses and even men's clothing, Everyone bought something except Keitha who likes to browse. We arrived just after it opened at 10:00 - the old saying applies, the early bird gets the worm. An hour and a half later, we were ready to move on and headed towards Almonte to the ACE store. It sells farming supplies but it has clothes, jewelry, hats, home decor and outdoor decorations etc.. Again success, several of our group left with shopping bags. Next on our outing, a Consignment Place on the main street in Carleton Place - new and used clothing, home decor, jewelry etc.. A few more purchases and now time for lunch and a cup a tea. During our driving around, we did get to show the ladies some of the flooding around town and the effects of the mighty Mississippi.
Thanks to Keitha for sharing the driving duties with me and thanks to the ladies for coming to Carleton Place. I enjoyed the outing as I hope they did too. This is an annual event, so maybe next year we can persuade a few more ladies to partake.
2019-05-04 Wheelers Pancake Visit
First tour of the season to Wheeler's Pancake House in McDonalds Corners (no relation to Harry and I).
Finally the weather co-operated and we were able to take a drive with our Model A's. It was a bit cool but warmed up nicely. The Ottawa folks met at Tim Hortons in Richmond and proceeded on Hwy 10 to Franktown picking up the Carleton Place contingent, then off to Perth to pickup the Portland gang and then off to our main destination. Not sure exactly how many Model A's, but at least 11 or more, with 1 volkswagon and several modern cars along for the ride. No breakdowns, clear sailing all the way. The food was good, the pancakes great. After partaking of food and drink, everyone headed back and in different directions. Some back thru Lanark, some thru Balderson etc..Hoping everyone made it home safely.
Thanks to Dan for setting this up and guiding us accordingly. Looking forward to our next big outing "Ladies Appreciation" in June.
Ladies Appreciation Day 2019
From all the ladies in attendance, thanks fellows for providing an enjoyable outing. Big thanks to Barb Welch to organizing this for us. A great turnout, good food, and another funtastic show. The weather co-operated, not to to hot. One minor problem - Dan's car broke down at the restaurant and Steve and Dave stepped up to the plate to get him going again although they missed the show...I think we had over 15 cars and couples in attendance.
Garage Tour 2019 press> for additional pictures
Again a good group of people came out for an interesting and unique experience for the Garage Tour to Shawn Haywards home in Mountain Ont.. We started with breakfast at Kemptville Restaurant. Only a few Model A's in attendance as a lot of members brought modern transportation due to the hot weather. I expected a big garage with lots of vehicles but was surprised at the number of barns and sheds with lots of treasures in them....It was a bit of an adventure maneuvering thru all this but worth it in the end. Besides inside articles, the fellows kept finding treasures in the grass outside...thanks to Shawn for letting us visit and explore his property.
Kempville Farmers Market 2019
The club was contacted with a request for some Model A's to participate in Kemptville Farmers Market for their Roaring Twenties Day Theme. We had 8 Model A's show up and everyone came in ERA Fashion. The organizer was ecstatic with the vehicles and our fashions. They provide a tent for us to sit under and lots of water for us. While there we all did some shopping - Harry had to have a homemade butter tart (not on his diet), the ladies found some interesting crafts and the vegetables were plentiful and scrumptious. Some Theater people were there posing as Al Capone and his Maul. They borrowed a Tomy Gun from our group to add to their presentation. We were there from 11:00 until 2:00 but departed in a hurry as they told us a storm was moving in. We all left and ten minutes after we got home, we had 2 minutes of rain.. Good end to a fun day....Tom received a letter of thanks from the organizer.
Perth Rib Fest 2019
2019 ANNUAL CORN BOIL
Carleton Place 200th Year Parade
Steampunk Ottawa is a social group in the Nation’s Capital that like to cosplay Victorian clothes with a twist on industrialization. It is a group to sit and have a coppa (tea!) with. Steampunk Ottawa was created in 2009. We just celebrated our 10th Anniversary in May 2019.
2019 MODEL A DAY
First a big Thank You to Dave and Barb Welch for organizing and leading some of our members on a tour to commemorate Model A Day – Sept. 14th.
The day started out cloudy with a bit of rain but by late morning the sun broke out with some clouds making it a pleasant day for a leisurely drive. We had 7 cars partake the tour starting in North Gower. First stop the North Gower Farmers Market (nearest washroom facilities – some had already driven more than an hour). We left there and headed on quaint back roads to Burritts Rapids, then Merrickville and off to Kilmarock Locks for a photo op, then a stop at Kilmarnock apple orchard where some left with a bag of apples and apple cider. We then proceeded to Easton's Corners, quaint old village not far away and again a photo-op in front of an old Garage that used to be a Carriage House....we made our way back to the locks at Burritts Rapids for lunch at Lock 17 Restaurant. Good lunch and from there we all went in different directions, on our way home. A pleasant day, good company, a nice drive in our favourite cars what more could we want.....
PS. No breakdowns on this run to the disappointment of the guys.
Westport Carriage Museum 2019-09
2019 Annual FALL Leaf Tour
Flaming Leaves Tour by Barb Welsh
A wonderful day with 14 cars. The leaves and even the cars were in fine shape with no breakdowns. Amazing weather, great friendship and lots of laughter. After the drive we went to a great restaurant in Chelsea with the best fish and chips I have eaten in a long time. Garry showed me his new hip with a grease bolt in it. His wife Kathy had glued the grease bolt into the bandage. It looked so real. It brought a lot of laughter. A special thank you to Omer for organizing the tour and helping us out with our French.
Who Doesn't Love a Garage Sale ?
Garage Sale of Model A Parts
What do you do on a freezing Saturday morning in November in Gatineau, you participate in a garage sale of Model A parts from the estate of Doug Hahn. I went with Harry for the drive (and to help him control his spending). Colin was helping Doug's wife Lise with the sale. About 10 club members attended. I believe everyone left with some treasures. Some more than others. Watching the guys it was like watching kids in a toy store. They kept finding treasures, "did you see this, what is this, anyone need a horn, will this part work in a 30 or 31?". Harry ended up with 3 bags full - not sure of what but he was happy. When we left the fellows were still exploring boxes and cupboards but I think Lise did get rid of a chunk of stuff.
Happy Birthday 100 Years Young
I was thrilled to see so many club members make it to Real's 100th Birthday Party. Louise and family were really pleased with the turnout. They put Real's Model A in the Lobby of the Retirement Home with Real seated beside it to greet all his visitors. Some of the club members came in ERA Fashion. I don't think he stopped smiling the whole time. His two younger brothers were there and he had a surprise visit from one of the fellows that he worked with, years ago at the GM Plant in Oshawa. There was a small band to entertain, lots of food and drink and two huge cakes..There was a poster showing the 37 cars Real has owned + 5 Motorcycles + 1 Rickshaw and 1 Walker. There was a letter from the Queen on display. Louise gave an emotional speech to thank all the people that helped make the party happen and all the participants. I personally never thought I would ever be attending a 100th Birthday Celebration, what an honour to be part of this special occasion and for such a great Gentleman.
What a party. What an evening. One of the best since we joined. Thanks to Tom and his helpers (I think Gary had a hand in finding our entertainment) for getting Tony True One Man Band. He was great. Got everyone up and dancing from the get go. Although I could have just sat and listened to his singing but I did not as Louise got a lot of the ladies up once the music began. Tony read the crowd well and played the right songs. It was wonderful to see everyone up on the dance floor - a lot of couples looked really good up there. Honourable mention to Helene Lachapelle, she still can cut a rug with the rest of us. Louise even got Real up several times. Oh if only I could make it to 100 and be as fit and active as Real. He said he contributes his longevity to being a non-smoker. Glad to see a lot of ERA fashions on display and not just the ladies but some dapper Gentlemen. Honourable mention to Susan Huyghebaert in her gorgeous Flapper outfit, loved the colour and she looked great in it...awards were given out but I will let Tom cover those. Tom and Denise provided each table with a couple of Christmas carols and we had a sing along. Tony said afterwards he was surprised with such lovely voices that we didn't use our own group to entertain...nice compliment and folks we did sound great. All in all a fabulous evening; fun, laughter, socializing, drinking (thanks Tom and Denise for providing a non-alcoholic punch) and super entertainment. We were one of the first to leave (no babysitter for my doggy) but I am betting that most hung onto the end as it was such a good party. Hope to see more of the club members partake next year. You don't want to miss out on a great evening.