What’s New?

Following are the recent posts to the website – click the link to go to the page with the new post and select Upcoming Tours and Posts from the menu to return here.
Upcoming Events – AWD Creekside – 9/25       (posted 7/13)
Past Tours – New Member Mini Tour – 6/26       (posted 7/13)
In The Garage – Tuning ECU for higher HP         (posted 7/7)
Members Only – (requires password)
– Newsletter, Roster & Financial Report  (posted 7/1 – 6)

This page has Posts about upcoming Club Events including Around the World Dinners (AWD), Tours, Social Events and other items of interest to members. Everyone is welcome at these events but please notify the designated Hosts by the stated RSVP DeadlineEspecially important, please let the Hosts know as soon as possible if you must cancel. Since our dinners often have 40 people, the restaurants often bring in additional staff – so we must give an accurate count.

Tour to Club Picnic – Columbiana, July 14th

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.



Annual Club Picnic, Sat. July 14, 2018

Hosts  Bob & Betty Belding

Betty and Bob Belding are again hosting the Annual Northcoast Miata Club Picnic at the former Firestone Homestead, birthplace of Harvey S. Firestone in northern Columbiana County.

Join us at the Belding Homestead at 45459 State Route 14, Columbiana, Ohio 44408 for the Picnic.   Their home is located one half mile east of the State Route 7 and State Route 14 intersection on the south side of SR 14 (right side), directly across from the entrance to the Links at Firestone Farms GC.  The house is the first house on the right after you pass the traffic light going eastbound. Look for the sign. Everyone is welcome! There are some neat Miata Roads to travel if you wish a leisurely drive and more direct routes also. Doug and Carol Leavens are planning a group to convoy to the picnic. Click here for details if you are interested.



Arrive any time after 4:00, we will eat around 5:30 PM.  Bring your favorite side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share along with copies of your recipes (unless they are secret), your favorite beverage and enjoy the afternoon. The club is again generously furnishing hamburgers, hot dogs, kielbasa, soft drinks, table service, plates and cups.

You can bring your goodies to the house and then park along the road to show other folks what they are missing by not owning a Miata.

Please let Bob and Betty know by July 7th, by email or phone 330.482.3752, that you are coming so we can order enough food.   Also, Bob’s cell # is 330.853.8112 if you should get lost. The latchstring is out. ALL ARE WELCOME!!


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

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.

AWD Creekside Restaurant, Brecksville – Take Two – 9/25/2018

Hosted by Wayne Baker & Marsha Showalter

Tuesday September 25, 2018
8803 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, OH 44141 (440) 546-0555

Click here for menu and directions.

Cocktails at 6:30pm  and Dinner at 7:00 pm
We had a wonderful dinner here on 6/13/18; but the restaurant could not accommodate all that wanted to attend.  So, the AWD is being repeated with priority given to those that were on the wait list for the 6/13/18 dinner.  There is a limit of 24 people; but now that the prior wait list has been accommodated, there is capacity for some additional diners, so you may sign up by Emailing  Marsha.

AWD Moosehead Hoof & Ladder, Olmstead Falls, Aug 7, 2018

Hosts:  Mike and Lois Kerklo
Gathering: 6:30 PM
Dinner:        7:00 PM  (note, limited menu)
Please join us for an Around the World Dinner at the Moosehead
Hoof and Ladder restaurant in historic downtown Olmstead Falls. Located at 7989 Columbia Rd., Olmstead Falls (click for map),  and housed in the former fire department building, the décor is rich in tradition with various pieces of vintage fire fighting equipment on display. The back patio area overlooks the scenic Rocky River ravine – great view- take a peek while you are there.  For our AWD we will enjoy the private dinning  room for our use only.
The restaurant boasts a great and varied beer selection and specialty drinks are available.
To sign up for this event, contact Mike Kerklo  330-336-5797 or email  Hope to see you there !

Curves to Caldwell II – Sat Aug 18, 2018

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

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

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.

Sundaes on Mondays

Yes it is almost time for Ice Cream.   Doug and Carol Leavens have put together another season’s worth of ice cream events in interesting places.   No reservation are required — show up and enjoy being with fellow lovers of Miatas and ice cream.   Each of these events is included in the Club Calendar and you can get the complete list by clicking on one of the following links for:  Excel file or printable pdf.

Connecting Miata Enthusiasts in North & Central O-H-I-O since 1990