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.
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.
For almost four decades, Linvilla Orchards has partnered with the Historical Car Club of Pennsylvania for their Annual Spring Meet. Skip back in time and stroll through our field filled with history and nostalgia for all. Car enthusiasts will enjoy more than 250 spectacularly restored and maintained antique, classic, muscle cars and more! Previous meets included a 1913 Ford Model T, 1938 Ford Woody Wagon, 1958 Chevy Impala and a 1962 Chevy Corvette! Awards will be presented for the best-maintained cars in a variety of classes, such as Best Brass & Best Restored Pre-1929 vehicle. For more information visit www.linvilla.com.
OTHER THINGS TO DO:
Fishing At Orchard Lake: Trout fishing begins late March, until the water gets too warm in May, when the action switches to Hybrid Striped Bass, Crappies, Bluegill and Catfish. Trout fishing resumes in the fall and continues through early November. No fishing licenses required! Hours of operation 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Garden Center: May is spring planting time and Linvilla will have a plethora of colorful flowers and plants.
Playland Playground: Wooden structures in the form of trucks, boats, tractors and trains allow children to have a fun and safe place to exert their energy while letting their imaginations run wild. Hours of operation 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Bakery: The Bakery is open year round offering freshly baked pies, breads, cakes, cookies, hors d’oeuvre trays, as well as our legendary cider donuts. Hours of operation 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Barnyard: Our Barnyard features white tailed deer, calves, goats, emus, peacocks, and our adorable pot-bellied pig. Our barnyard friends are out everyday and will enjoy your company.
Well, after months of hard work, the new bylaws of the GRAACA have finally been completed and were approved by our members on March 14, 2017. Many thanks should be given to our President Ron Green!
The bylaws contain important information about how our club is run including rules and guidelines for officers, elections, membership, dues, audits, and much more. We believe that such information should be available to all our members. Therefore, they may now be viewed by anyone interested by visiting our About page and clicking on the link to download a PDF of the document. Or, simply click here: GRAACA Bylaws.
Once again, the AACA held its Annual Meeting in Philadelphia at the Sheraton Hotel from February 9th – 11th. However, Gettysburg Region members got to experience one slight change, as we had our own booth at the trade show!
That’s right. The 2017 Founders Tour is creeping closer, and closer. So, to get the word out about what we all know is going to be a fabulous week, our Tour Chair and Co-chair, Howard King and Annette Yost showed up early on Thursday to set up. With our banner hanging high, visitors to the booth got to view a slideshow highlighting some of the tour’s events, ask questions, take a brochure on the tour or a flyer about the Latimore Valley show, or maybe just grab a piece of candy (always a good “hook”).
Also, thanks to Destination Gettysburg, we held a drawing for a signed print of the historic Gettysburg train station. It was a huge hit, and we would like to congratulate Linda MacFarland who got to take this beautiful work of art home.
By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, so many people had stopped by the booth that every single brochure was gone! Lots of folks seemed extremely enthusiastic about all that we have planned, and some have already booked their hotel room. If you happen to be one of these eager beavers, please make sure you send in your request for registration information to the AACA National Headquarters as soon as possible. Some registration packets have already been sent out. We have 150 spaces to fill.
One of the stops on the 2016 GRAACA Fall Tour (October 13-14) was Ron’s Antique Radio Service Station. Whether you were able to attend or not, we highly recommend that you stop by and see all that Ron has to offer!
Located in Bedford County, PA, he has an extensive collection of antique radios dating from the 1920’s to the 1960’s on display as well as a 1950’s service station. There’s no charge! He even repairs old radios.
What better way to kick off the new year than with ice cream?!
On Saturday, January 21st, the GRAACA met at the Mt. Holly Springs Church of God. Pat Shaffer once again acted as our gracious hostess.
As usual, everyone got to enjoy much more than sundaes. There was a raffle, a wacky glove contest, and a trivia game where people had to guess how certain minerals are primarily used in cars (tricky!). In addition, thanks to our previous Historian Ken Myers, all were treated to a slideshow highlighting the club’s events during 2016.
Many thanks are due to everyone who came out and helped make this day a success whether it was with set-up, clean-up, planning, or through donations of raffle items, snacks, table-toppers, etc. We would also like to extend a special “thank you” to the Mt. Holly Springs Church of God for allowing us to use their amazing facilities.
The GRAACA Fall Tour 2016, hosted by Jim Yemzow and Pat Shaffer, took us from Mechanicsburg to Bedford, PA and was a great opportunity for even natives of the area to explore some uncover some wondrous gems!
The tour began bright and early at 8 a.m. on the 13th at the Rolls Royce Museum. Mike was a wonderful tour guide and informed us that the museum now houses all the records for tracking previous owners by the serial numbers of each car. For more information, you can visit their website: www.rollsroycefoundation.org. We also recommend checking out www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk.
The next stop for the day was the Train Museum in Everett, PA. We traveled on the Lincoln hwy Route 30 to get there. The town of Everett was previously known as Bloody Run. In 1852, the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad was chartered and built to bring coal, timber and other commodities as well as passengers to Bloody Run. The caboose was refurbished about two years ago. You can read more about the history of the railway here: www.bloodyrunhistory.org.
Our third stop was at the Fort Bedford Museum (www.fortbedfordmuseum.org). In the photo you will notice a flag. It’s the one and only Fort Bedford flag from the French and Indian War, 1758. The museum also houses a Conestoga wagon, civil war cannon, 19th century women’s clothing, documents signed by the Penn family, a cooper disc shot out of the air by Annie Oakely, and a Bedford Springs ledger signed by President Buchannon.
The fourth stop, in the evening, was the Omni Hotel Bedford Springs Resort, a fabulous resort that seems to go on forever with 4 stories and multiple corridors. It is completely refurbished and refinished to the 1920’s style, from the woodwork to the furniture. Even the indoor pool has been restored to it’s original decor. Visitors can also enjoy photos located everywhere of previous guests that stayed there. In addition, some of us took note of the window pane glass in the lounge areas: ladies etched their initials and names by using their diamond rings! Our stay finished with a ghost tour. A few people said they could smell cigar in the men’s only smoking room (spooky!).
Day 2 was just as packed full of exciting stops and kicked off with a stop at Ron’s Antique Radio Museum. There were radios of all kinds, everywhere!
Next, we stopped at the American Legion for a quick stay which included a covered bridge. Other stops for the day included a visit to Bison Corral Store, Juniata Trading, the Coverlet Museum, and of course, the Flight 93 Museum.
The tour covered approximately 250 miles, and was well worth the trip! Many thanks are due to Jim and Pat, the Bedford Quality Inn where we stayed, and to everyone else at the various stops who helped make this possible.
This article was written with the help of Dan and Annette Yost. More photos can be found on our Facebook page.
On Saturday, August 20th, the Gettysburg region had its annual Summer tour. I think our participation keeps on growing as we had 51 people (27 cars) attend! And what a gorgeous day it was, too.
The day kicked off at the American Legion Post #262 in Biglerville where everyone met up to get their sugar fix and directions. Thanks are owed to Krista, the manager and hostess of the American Legion, and to Stew Gardner who knows where to get the best donuts.
From Post #262, everyone traveled through orchards and the cooling shade of the Michaux forest to arrive at Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro. The park allows visitors to step back in time to the late 17- and early 1800s. The Royer family Pennsylvania German farmstead is interpreted with historical accuracy by costumed guides. The museum also includes the Nicodemus collection of decorative arts and Bell pottery collection. The park itself sits on 107 acres, 50 of which are designated as a wildlife preserve.
The day concluded at the Keystone Family Restaurant with a fantastic lunch buffet offering good food and yummy homemade desserts.
Extra thanks are due to Dade Royer, executive director of Renfrew Park, and to Annette Yost for planning the lovely excursion.