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

Joanne 

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. 

 

Joanne.

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2019-05-04 Wheelers Pancake Visit

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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.

 

Joanne.

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.  

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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

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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

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2019 ANNUAL CORN BOIL

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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.

 

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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.

Joanne

Westport Carriage Museum 2019-09

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2019 Annual FALL Leaf Tour

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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 ?

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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.

 

Joanne  

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.  

 

Joanne

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Christmas 2019

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.

Joanne

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Merrickville Car Show July 9th 

Breakfast, Beer and Field of Dreams

 CCA members that attended the breakfast, beer and Field of Dreams in Pakenham on July 18th will not soon forget this event. The morning started with a hearty breakfast at the Centennial Restaurant who managed to sit the 20 plus attendees and serve gallons of coffee, eggs, toast and bacon in short order. Yours truly neglected to notify the restaurant we were coming and a skeleton staff of one server and a single cook managed to fulfill the orders as quickly as humanly possible. The owners expressed their appreciation that everyone was patient and took any delay in stride.

Dan Dunwoodie made the arrangements for the tour and sampling of carbonated malted beverages at the Cartwright Springs Brewery. This establishment is quickly making gains in the craft beer market and based on the samples consumed it is easy to see why. Many bottles of their beer was purchased after sampling the various products straight from the tap. I personally enjoyed the Maple Porter. 

Our next stop was the Field of Dreams. Our hosts; Mike Nuggent, Jim Lunney and Don McMillan provided a bbq of hamburgers, hotdogs, salads and liquid refreshments to the group and "opened the doors" to acres of relics from the past. Primarily Model T and Model A vehicles and parts all which were collected for over 40 years  by former CCA member Monsignor Leonard Lunney. 

Msgr. Len Lunney was born in Pakenham, Ontario and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Ottawa in 1959. He was appointed to work in the field of secondary education at that time, and was a high school principal for fifteen years. He holds a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. In 1996, he was honored by Pope John Paul II with the title of Prelate of Honour. He was also the chaplain for the Ottawa Fire Department and was the chaplain of Council 7873 of the Knights of Columbus. He also served as chaplain of many other parish organizations.

A tireless worker he led by example fulfilling the duties at one of the largest Catholic Parishes in Canada. I have a special connection with “Father Len” in that he officiated the funeral services for my Dad and he was the Principal at St. Pius X High School where my Mom taught.

 

When not busy at his pastoral duties, he would arrive at his Pakenham forest retreat every late Sunday until Monday evening where he could be found tinkering with one of his vintage automobiles. Spending every Monday for over 40 years, he collected, stored and restored a treasure load of antique automobiles and parts.

Len as he was known to his family and close friends became the Episcopal Vicar for the English sector of the Archdiocese of Ottawa in Sept of 2001 and is now retired from his pastoral duties. There is something special when you walk through the vast property and enter the various sheds and structures filled to the rafters with parts; you feel a sense of calm and respect for this Man; it’s his footsteps you are following.

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Cumberland Museum 2017 July 28th

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This was a tour to Dave Heggie's place in L'Orignal to see his newly restored 1930 Model A Tudor and lunch in Hawkesbury. The tour was made by 6 club members on July 28th.

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Annual Corn Boil August 2017

Brockville Railway Tunnel Opening August 2017

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BROCKVILLE RAILS TO TRAILS FESTIVAL

After a stormy and rainy night before, the parade to officially open the newly restored Brockville Railway Tunnel looked like a washout.  However the skies broke about 8:30 on Saturday to make way for a beautiful day and a great parade.  Lawson, Latimer, Codes, MacDonalds and Mordasewicz’s made their way to the starting point for the parade on Courthouse square and helped to ferry some of the surrounding township mayors to the grand opening of the tunnel.  The parade followed the original route that was taken in 1854 when the cornerstone of the tunnel was officially laid.  The tunnel is the oldest in Canada and now a restored and preserved piece of national and local history.  Check out the pics below and if possible make a trip to Brockville to walk the full length of the tunnel.  It will certainly be an interesting time.

 

http://www.brockvillerailwaytunnel.com/tunnel-history.php

https://easternontarionetwork.com/2017/08/12/brockville-railway-tunnel-parade-grand-opening/

Out and About ! A collection of rides to various places.

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North Conway 61st New England Meet