Founders Tour Day #2 Tuesday

From your Webmaster:

Guess what I got to ride in today? The sidecar of a Russian-made Ural motorcycle! Driving was Brian Davis, one of our volunteer parkers for the week, but he happened to have the day off to actually go on the tour. Lucky for both of us!

Our first stop for coffee and donuts was at the Fort Ritchie community center. It’s quite a large facility and the locals seem to love it. Several exercise classes were going on while we were there.

After getting a much needed caffeine boost, we were off to the Agriculture Education Center and Rural Heritage Museum in Boonsboro, Maryland. If you’ve never been there before, you need to go and plan to spend the day. They have several museum buildings crammed full of exhibits including tractors, buggies, children’s toys, plows, a Conestoga wagon… you name it. There are also several 19th century buildings on the premise including a church, country store, and school house. These buildings were “rescued” over time from the surrounding areas by being torn down and then completely rebuilt at the center. Out back is the Rural Heritage Village Homestead made up of two long homes, an outdoor drying shed, windmill, and brick wood fired bread oven. Every building was open that day and had a volunteer guide to answer any questions. Some people on the tour were enjoying themselves so much that they asked if they could stay longer instead of heading out around 12:30 as the tour book recommended. Of course they could! I’m sure that the volunteers at the center appreciated that kind of enthusiasm. I know our tour planner Annette Yost was ecstatic.

Brian and I left around 1:30 to make it to our final stop for the day: Renfrew Museum & Park. The park is quite extensive and is the sight of the 200 year old Royer-Nicodemus farmstead. They too had pulled out all the stops for our arrival. Volunteers in period dress offered tours and demonstrations at the various buildings. There was even a fire burning in the summer kitchen. Check out their Facebook page to see video of some of our cars arriving at the park.

Founders Tour Day #1 Monday

Some notes from your Webmaster:

Today was the first official day of the Founders Tour and already I’m exhausted! But in a good way.

I should start off by saying that I’m a bit of a gypsy this week as I didn’t bring a car. Instead, I’m hitching rides with whomever has an empty seat. This morning I was extremely fortunate to get a lift from Monday’s tour planner Jerry Black who’s driving a very comfortable 1948 Plymouth. This proved very convenient as Jerry already had the route memorized, so I didn’t need to navigate, leaving me free to gawk out the window at the beautiful scenery.

Our first stop was at Laurel Lake, part of Pine Grove Furnace State Park for a coffee stop. Along the way I marveled at the forests full of mountain laurel in peak bloom. It was a leisurely drive on winding roads through the mountains.

From there, we headed to Meadowbrooke Gourds. I had see their beautifully crafted gourds in stores around Gettysburg before, but I certainly gained a new appreciation for their products after going on a tour of the factory. Each little gourd is a work of art, painstakingly crafted by hand by dedicated and highly skilled employees who truly seem to love their jobs. 

After that, we were off to lunch at the Penn Township Fire Hall for some Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie. A round of applause should be given to the ladies in the kitchen who worked so hard to feed us all. The food was delicious!

By this time the rain clouds had rolled in, but it never got worse than a steady drizzle for a few hours, and it certainly didn’t seem to deter anyone from getting ice cream when we arrived at our final stop: the U.S. Army Heritage Education Center. It’s a wonderful museum currently with indoor exhibits on the end of WWI, the Soldier Experience throughout history, the War on Terror. It also has multiple outdoor exhibits stretched out over a mile long walking trail. Yes, a few souls braved the rain and walked the entire trail (I only made it about half way).

It was a long day, but lots of fun, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store tomorrow!


What a great way to kick off the 2017 Founders Tour!

Registration started around 10 a.m. and the table stayed busy as tour members from 22 states and even Canada lined up to get their information packets and goody bags full of cool giveaways. 

The hospitality room was also a hot spot of activity. Tables were full of all kinds of delicious things to eat. Lined up along the main wall were fantastic items for the Chinese Auction which will continue until the final drawing on Friday. Also in the room can be found Gettysburg Region merchandise to show off your pride, as well as fun games to play in the evenings. Many thanks are due to Bob & Martha Channell for taking charge of set-up and to everyone who helped out with organizing the room and bringing snacks (Pat Shaffer, Annette Yost, Dottie Schultz, John Wolf, Bill Seely… apologies to anyone I forgot)!

Also worthy of note in the Hospitality Room: We have artwork for sale. The beautiful picture on the cover of our tour books is all thanks to Donna Mitchell. She’s a professional artist who works in pastels and she very graciously created this masterpiece just for us. Want your own copy to grace your home? High quality, limited edition prints are available for sale at only $150 each. Check out her other work at

Later in the day, tour members were given directions for several Early Bird tours. Your Webmaster decided to go to New Oxford to see the Train Station Museum. Run by the Conewago Valley Rail Club, it’s a lovely little treasure right on Lincoln Way. Just look for the bright red caboose! My father and I got an insightful tour by the Gettysburg Region’s very own Fred Gable. Fred’s knowledge of railroads and locomotives is nothing short of amazing. And to top it all off, the experience was very interactive: we got to ring bells, play with the dinner chimes, and then Fred demonstrated how the station signals and whistles worked. Not to mention that they even fired up the model train board. It’s a wonderful place to go if you have kids, or if you qualify as a big kid, which I guess I do.

The day concluded back at the Wyndham which Chris King organized. She and Martha Channell also designed the clever table toppers of Civil War caps, flags, belt buckles, and canon balls. The banquet hall was packed full, and apart from the scrumptious sandwiches and wings, attendees were treated to a special appearance by Ulysses S. and Julia Grant (thanks once again Bob & Martha!!).


Founders Tour: Registration Day!!

Well, it’s finally here:

The first day of the 2017 Founders Tour!

If you’re joining us, here’s a list of things to look forward to on your first day in Gettysburg —

  • Registration : After checking into your hotel room or settling in at the campground, be sure to stop by the Registration table at the Wyndham. You’ll receive your tour book, window cling, and goody bag full of cool stuff like brochures, maps, and coupons. 
  • Hospitality Room : You’ll be able to pick up a T-shirt if your ordered one and grab some snacks.
  • Early Bird Tour : Check your tour book for directions and look in your goody bag for important coupons for shopping and museum admissions. Then, you can choose to visit 1, 2 or all of the following places: 
    • Gettysburg Outlets — Great for shopping and getting a bite to eat at the food court.
    • New Oxford — A wonderful town for people who love antique shops.
    • Lincoln Train Museum — Near downtown Gettysburg, this museum offers a unique look at American history. A coupon for admission is in your bag. Can’t make it on Sunday? Your coupon is good for 1 year!!
  • Welcome Banquet : Finish the day back at the Wyndham at 5:30 for a buffet dinner. 

Wanted: Founders Tour Volunteers

ATTENTION: We need additional volunteers for the Founders Tour just around the corner. We need 2 or 3 additional people each day to direct parking during the tours on Monday through Friday , June 5th through June 9th. The timing of each need will be in the morning at the first Tour stops (e.g., 8:30 AM to 10 AM) and during the Tour’s lunch stop (e.g., 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM).
You assistance will be greatly appreciated. Please contact me directly.
Thank you
Bill Sangrey

Spring Tour Wash Out!

A message from Karl Krouch:

The Spring Tour to Godshalls Machine Shops and the Pisgah Central Railroad has been cancelled for Saturday May 13, and has been rescheduled for Saturday June 17, 2017. The forecast of 1 inch of rain, high temp of 53’, and winds of 5-10 miles has made us come to this unfortunate decision.

All Region members who have signed up will be contacted by phone in the next 24 hours to confirm cancellation. When contacted, if you can confirm your attendance at the new date, we will hold your check for deposit after June 17. Other wise, we will, at your request, return your check or destroy it. Your decision to attend is not necessary when we contact you today, as the new deadline for registration will be Wednesday, June 7. Please call and leave a message when you can confirm the new date. Due to rescheduling, registration is now re-opened to all members. Because of newsletter deadlines, a new spring tour announcement and return sheet will not be in the upcoming issue. For all new attendees, the old sign –up sheet can be used, or you can make your own and return it with a check by the due date. Any questions or concerns? Please contact Karl or Mary Krouch at (717)697-9543.

Founders Tour New Arrivals!

We’re only about a month away from the Founders Tour! Things are moving fairly smoothly though, so to help get everyone excited, we thought we’d show off what arrived yesterday: T-shirts and window clings. 

Many thanks go out to Ink Splash Graphics & Apparel in Westminster, MD. 

Golden Quill Award 2016

A message from our President:

Given out yearly by Old Cars Weekly to publications related to the old car hobby. Hundreds and possibly up to a thousand newsletters apply for recognition with only a handful receiving an award. Entrees consist of AACA, CCCA and marquee clubs and are judged by professional editors, book authors, etc. Criteria for newsletters is based on use of color / or black and white visuals, quality of writing, photographs, creativity, balance of articles (human interest, technical, historical, events, ads, classified, columns, etc). All bases for a quality newsletter are covered.
The Gas Buggy Gazette is once again recognized by many in the old car hobby to be one of the best. A successful newsletter can boost a regional club and raise pride of the membership. Congratulations to John Sayler and all the region members who contribute articles to make our newsletter a success.
Ron Green      

WANTED Annual Picnic: Boat Captain & Skippers Mate

This message was recently sent out from GRAACA President Ron Green via e-mail to our club members. In hopes of generating more interest in this exciting opportunity at our Annual Picnic this year, we are re-posting it here!

Depending on the amount of interest from members wanting to take a short 30 minute cruise on the lake, I am looking for someone (or two) familiar with operating a 12 to 14 passenger pontoon boat. Tours would begin after dinner and depending on the number of people there could be 4 to 5 tours. Please email me if interested in helping Val and I out by being our captain(s) for the day. Boat tour sign up and cost will be via the registration insert in the next newsletter.
Ron Green