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Tour to Club Picnic – Columbiana, July 14th

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Tour leaders:  Doug & Carol Leavens

This is a 3 hour ride to the Club Picnic at Bob and Betty Belding’s home in Columbiana, OH.  We will be departing from Michael’s Place, 12841 State Rd. North Royalton, Ohio at 1:00 PM sharp.  Please let Doug & Carol know if you will (1) join the tour at the start or (2) joint the tour en-route and (3) if you will join us for lunch before the tour.   Please contact Doug and Carol Leavens by email or phone: cell 440.821.0228 or home 440.734.5632.

Tour Route:  From State Rd. we will be taking Rt. 303 east till we met Rt. 82 and quickly take Rt. 534 south to Newton Falls where there will be rest break at the McDonald’s.  The tour will continue south on Rt. 534 to Rt. 14 then east to Rt. 165 then east to Rt. 46 then south to Rt. 14 then east thru Columbiana to the Belding’s home.  We expect to arrive at 4 PM.

1:00 PM Start Tour
1:20 PM arrive Peninsula
1:27 PM arrive Rt. 8
1:50 PM arrive Rt. 44
2:10 PM  arrive Windam
2:15 PM arrive Rt82/303
Newton Falls 20 minute break at MacDonalds
4:00 PM Arrive at Picnic
Also when signing up for this tour please also let Bob and Betty Belding know you are coming. They need an accurate head count for planning all the great food.



Tour and Lunch at Spread Eagle Tavern – July 28, 2018

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Hosted by Dave & Pamela Handley

Join Dave and Pamela Handley for a scenic drive to the Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn in Hanoverton, OH.  This historic tavern and inn was built in 1837 along the Sandy & Beaver Canal, which connected the Ohio & Erie Canal to the Ohio River.     Our plans are to leave from the Strongsville/Medina area, stop at the J.M. Smuckers Company Store in Orrville, then continue to the Spread Eagle Tavern for lunch.  You can choose to join us for the entire drive down, meet up with us at Smuckers (click for location), or join the group at Spread Eagle Tavern (click for location) for lunch.  For those who wish to continue exploring after lunch, we will provide driving instructions to the now abandoned Cherry Valley beehive coke ovens in Leetonia, OH.   Additional details will be in the July newsletter and on the website when available.   For those who plan to attend the lunch at Spread Eagle Tavern, please RSVP Dave and Pamela Handley via email or call 440-238-3070.

Curves to Caldwell II – Sat Aug 18, 2018

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Tour Leaders:  Scott & Mary Miller

Are you tired of Northeast Ohio’s mundane & boring roads? Then join us on Saturday August 18, for a winding, “curve” filled drive to Caldwell, OH. Aside from the kinds of roads your Miata was made for, this tour has several unique points of interest.

After lunch at a local restaurant on Caldwell’s historic town square, we will visit the Baker Glass Museum. The museum showcases one of the finest private collections of glassware and antiques in the country. Over 110,000 pieces of glassware, as well as antique guns, clocks, and many other items of yesteryear are on display in the various showrooms.

While at the Baker Museum, you will also be able to visit the U.S.S. Shenandoah mobile museum that will be on the grounds as well. The U.S.S. Shenandoah was a massive zeppelin measuring 680 feet in length and 93 feet in total height. On September 3, 1925, the Shenandoah encountered a violent storm in southeastern Ohio and  broke into two sections and the control car plummeted to the ground. The stern section floated to the ground but the bow section stayed aloft, floating for 13 miles with 7 members of the crew trapped. Fourteen members of the 43 man crew died in the crash.

While there is no set admission fee to either museum, donations are welcomed, in order to keep these places of historical information operating. The owner of the Shenandoah museum is bringing it to the Baker Museum site, specifically for the enjoyment of the Northcoast Miata Club’s Caldwell tour this Saturday. We will collect $7.50 per couple for each museum or a total of $15.00 per couple for both the Baker & the Shenandoah museums. Please send your check payable to Scott Miller, 22739 US Rt. 30, Minerva, OH 44657 by August 1. We will then make one large group donation, to each museum on behalf of the Northcoast Miata Club.

After leaving the museums, we will proceed to Miner’s Memorial Park, where we will learn about the “Big Muskie”. This was the world’s largest dragline and one of the 7 engineering wonders of the world! The bucket alone weighs 460,000 pounds empty and when loaded carried an additional 640,000 pounds. Its volume is equal to a 12 car garage. Built in 1969, “Big Muskie” could move 39 million pounds of earth every hour. There is no charge to view this site.

Finally we will drive to Cambridge, OH and enjoy dinner at Theo’s Restaurant. We will have our own private dining room, order off their regular menu and have separate checks.
The dinners are in the $10 – 18 price range. The tour officially ends here, and it is a very short hop to I-77 for your return drive to all points north.

This tour is a repeat of the tour in 2010 and is limited to the first 24 cars to sign up. Please Click here to e-mail Scott to sign up by no later than August 1st.  Also remember to send a check for the museum admission.
We hope you will join us for this back roads adventure to southeast Ohio.

Wayne County Tour – August 25, 2018

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Tour Leaders:  Rod and Bev Barkley and John James.

This tour of Wayne County begin at the Smithville Inn for lunch at noon.   Lunch will be served family style and the cost will be $15.91 (tip and tax included) per person.  We will be paying separately and they do accept credit cards.  Note that this is the 200th anniversary of the Inn.  The Smithville Inn is located at 109 W Main St, Smithville, OH 44677 (click for map).

Following lunch we will caravan to The Wayne County Museum at 546 E Bowman St in Wooster.  The Historical Society will be providing us with docents to give us a guided tour of the museum.  The museum has a nice collection including the only Allerton Steam Pumper still in existence.  There is a $5 fee for the museum.

Then we will proceed on a back roads tour of lower Wayne County ending up at Hartzler’s Dairy on route 3 just north of Wooster for the mandatory ice cream stop.

Please RSVP to Rod or Bev Barkley (click for email) or by phone at 330-334-6702 by August 19th  if you plan to join the tour.  If you have a 2-way radio please bring it with you.  Rod’s cell phone for the day of tour will be 330-571-7862 and John’s will be 216-548-1889.

Meet In The Middle Picnic and Tour – August 26, 2018

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Tour Leader:  Doug & Carol Leavens

The fourth Meet in the Middle Picnic and Tour will be held on Sunday August 26.   We will meet with the Buckeye Miata Club from Columbus  at noon for a great picnic at the Mohican State Park (click for website) (click for location and directions) .  We expect about 50 cars total.  There will be hot dogs and hamburgers provided (at a small charge to be determined, but should be under $5 per person).  Everyone is asked to bring a small dish to share along with beverage of their choice (no alcohol).

Doug Leavens will lead a tour to the Picnic starting at the corner of Marks Rd and Rt. 303 in Brunswick at a service plaza.  This is west of I-71 a few miles and will get us out of all the traffic lights.  We will depart at 9:30 AM in two groups for a nice relaxing two hour drive to the state park.

If you are driving directly to the picnic:  Drive to Loudonville, then take Route 3 south out of Loudonville for 2.7 miles. Turn right into Mohican State Park entrance.  But before the park gate, turn left and follow road for short distance and you will see the pavilion.

Please check back here for additional details as they are available.  Any questions please contact Doug via email or at 440.734.5632.

There is no limit on the number of cars but please signup either for the Picnic and Tour, or just the Picnic at the club meeting or via email to Doug so we can plan the food with the Columbus club.

Cruise Feb. 2019

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The Northcoast Miata club is planning a 9 day cruise on the Carnival Conquest, Feb 2 – 10,  2019 leaving from Ft Lauderdale.   Click here  for the information sheet.

All members, including family and friends, are welcome to join us in escaping from the Cleveland winter to warm weather, great food and entertainment and lots of fun activities both on-board and on-shore at several Caribbean islands.

Note that prices on the information sheet are early booking prices including all taxes and Port charges; but not airfare or on-shore tours.  Please contact Steve at Steve’s Travel to make your reservations or about any specific questions on costs, travel arrangements to Ft Lauderdale and accommodations at the port (hotel information will be posted later).   Also, please “sign up” for the cruise by contacting Dan Cali or Ava Singerman so we know who will be going. Dan or Ava can also help you with other questions about the cruise. Check back here for updates which will be posted as new information is available.

The Carnival Conquest has fun spots like Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar and SkyBox Sports Bar. There is also a dance club, show lounges, comedy club plus musical shows. Of course there is great dining.   Click the following links for more information on:     On-board activities    and   On-board dining.  

No matter which kind of room you choose — whether a simple Interior or Ocean View, or going grand with a Balcony or Suite — all staterooms have a room steward on duty, an attendant you can call for room service, and more sweet perks inside. All rooms convert from 2 twins to King – your preference.  Click here for room details