Past Tours and Events – 2019

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This page contains posts and pictures from Tours and events completed so far this year.  Additional details are available in the newsletters.  Click here to view the 2018 Tours and Events
Annual Holiday Party 12/19/19)

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100 members joined together to celebrate the Holidays with good food and fellowship.  Greg and Judy Selby were recognized as Members of the Year, and Bob Maurer past the President’s gavel to Dennis Beckman who assumed his post as President for 2020 and Dan Splichal was elected Vice President.

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Polar Express 12/4/19
Head Elves: John & Jeanne Embree
We had a very good dinner with 26 members at Fisher’s Cafe in Peninsula to begin our Polar Express adventure.  After dinner, we walked to Santa’s workshop and were transformed into Santa’s elves to greet 1,200 children and adults on the two Polar Express trains arriving into the station that evening. When the trains arrived, we experienced the joy and wonder in the faces of the children in their PJ’s peering out of the train windows. It was a great evening to be an elf!
John and Jeanne Embree 
New Member Mini Drive – 10/12, 2019
Tour leaders:  Greg & Judy Selby

The final New Member Mini Drive for the 2019 season started out cold with a mist in the air.  But as the new members started arriving, the sun peaked out with a brisk wind; but it would not be a top down day.
There were 4 cars with new members, Kim Barkley, Paul and Jo Costo, Terry Ozan and Babs Liber, and Kevin and Carole Jones.  The leaves were were changing along the road as we headed out on an enjoyable drive and arrived at the Red Hawk Grille for a delicious lunch and socializing.  Thanks to Tony Oriti for always being available as a sweep.
We look forward to the 2020 season and if any new members were not able to join us this yeazr,  see us in May and we’ll get you on the list.

Greg & Judy Selby

Mystery Tour –  9/21, 2019

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Tour Leader: John James
On Saturday, September 21, 2019, a group of Miata enthusiasts met up at the Cuyahoga Valley Park Visitor Center to begin a final summer weekend late afternoon drive. We headed east to Madison on the lake, which is a small quiet township located in eastern Lake County.  The roads were smooth and scenic and the weather was great.  Dinner was at Roman’s IV Restaurant, a small restaurant serving a wide variety of fantastic food in Madison complete with a lakefront view from the dining area.  It was a fantastic drive that was followed by a great dinner.  A big thank you for all who attended the tour.
John James
Fall for the Alleghenies – 9/17 – 18, 2019

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Tour Leaders:  Ron & Linda Otte and Greg & Judy Selby

This two day our started with 14 members in 7 cars on a misty morning but soon the sun was out – but not quite top down weather.  We traveled to Greenville Pa. then headed to Franklin, PA for a delicious lunch at Bell Cucina’s.  Across the street was the DeBence  Antique Music World  which had many different instruments from the mid 1800’s to 1970 including music boxes, victrolas, player pianos and calliopes – all in working order.
Next up was Kinzua State Park and the Kinzua Skywalk in Mt Jewett PA.  The vistas were breath taking from the viaduct 301 feet high with a glass platform at the end.  Then we headed to Bradford, PA for our overnight stay with dinner at Beefeaters Restaurant which is housed in the old Carnegie Public Library building.  Beautiful woodwork and atmosphere held everyone’s attention.
Following a leisurely breakfast the next morning, we ventured out to visit the Zippo Lighter and Case Knife Museum which was a short distance away.  We left the museum and headed for the Kinzua Dam following the west side of the Allegheny Mountains.  We stopped to enjoy the scenic view of the lake and dam then headed back to Franklin, PA for lunch at Primo Barone’s at the Venango County Airport.  After lunch, we lined up our Miata’s in front of the restaurant so Nick (the owner) could take pictures to post on his facebook page.
Ron & Linda Otte and Greg & Judy Selby
Bourbon Trail Tour – Sept. 11-13, 2019

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Tour Leaders:  Dennis Beckman and Maryann Tower

Eight cars and 16 members participated in an enjoyable and informative tour of several distilleries and other sites along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  The group left Wednesday morning for an enjoyable ride to Frankfort, Kentucky.  After checking in at the Fairfield Inn, we visited our first distillery, Buffalo Trace, for an informative tour of one of most highly-rated distilleries, and we were interviewed by the local newspaper.

From there, the variety of restaurants and distilleries kept us busy and engaged – from the Stave restaurant, a local farm-to-table treasure, to the stately old Talbott Tavern and new, upscale (yet relaxing) Bottle & Bond in the new Bardstown Bourbon Distillery.

The distilleries ran the gamut from those with huge 30,000-gallon fermenting tanks and modern equipment to other large, medium, small and an ultra-small distillery with several-hundred-gallon fermenting cubes and partially hand-built equipment.

Special thanks to Dan & Terry Cal and Mike & Lois Kerklo for their help in keeping us in line (literally) on those highways and Kentucky back roads.

Dennis Beckman

New Member Mini Miata Tour  –  6/29/19
Tour leaders:  Greg  & Judy Selby

This was the 2nd New Member Mini Miata Tour of the season with four new members: Tony & Lisa Terlesky,  Rich & Kat Fink, Terry & Roseann Walls and Ed Saus.  Todd & Dee Tannehill also joined the tour and Tony Oriti , membership director, was the sweep for the day.  The day started out sunny and it was “tops down” except for a brief shower.  The tour ended at  one of our favorite restaurants the Red Hawk Grill in Concord, OH where we all enjoyed a great lunch and socializing.
Port Washington Road Tour, June 27, 2019

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Tour leaders: Mike & Lo Kerklo

13 Miatas departed southern Medina Co. and headed south, driving  by miles of farm fields and an occasional village to Millersburg and the beginning of the Old Port Washington Rd. We meandered over the historic road as best we could, avoiding large sections of gravel road. We pasted by beautiful vistas atop ridges and arrived at our lunch destination of Unusual Junction. The return trip was up rt.93, through Baltic, (to view the massive Jerry Jacobson Sugar Creek Ohio Round House) – then to Dalton Darr-Ett for traditional ice cream.
15th Annual Club Picnic – June 15, 2019

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Hosts:  Betty and Bob Belding

Bob & Betty Belding hosted about 80 club members at the former Firestone Homestead,  birthplace of Harvey S. Firestone, in northern Columbiana County.  A great time was had by all and the rain held off until the drive home.  Doug and Carol Leavens lead a tour to the picnic for those that preferred the scenic route. __________________________________________________________________________
The German Heritage Tour – 6/11/19
Tour Leaders:  Ron & Linda Otte & Greg & Judy Selby

It was a beautiful sunny  day as 12 Miatas left Ravenna, OH to embark on a tour to Harmony, PA.  The first stop was the Greenville Railroad Park, Greenville PA, which houses the largest steam locomotive ever built.  We were able to tour the inside of the locomotive and the caboose.    From there it was down Rt. 19 and a side road leading  to Bruno’s Fine Jewlery,  nestled in amongst  the woods overlooking  the Springfield Falls which used to house the Springfield Pig Iron Furnace.  Larry Bruno,  a nationally recognized jeweler and Goldsmith, finds pig iron pieces and makes lovely jewelry encased in gold and silver.
Then the tour continued to Harmony, PA with a driving tour of that small historic settlement.  That was followed by a delicious lunch at the Log Cabin Inn, a short distance from the settlement,  and then a relaxing ride home.

Zooming the Mountains – May 12 – 16, 2019

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Tour Leader: Bill Titley
Joining members from the Northcoast Miata Club were members from the Florida Space Coast Miata Club and the Northwest Ohio Miata Club.  A total of 18 cars 33 people had an exciting driving adventure and great Miata fellowship in and around the Great Smoky Mountains with a different drive or destination each day, including several runs on the “Tail of the Dragon“ at Deal’s Gap, which many consider to be the best sports car road in the U.S. It’s just turn after turn with 318 curves in 11 miles. Other drives / destinations were the Cherahola Skyway, Bald River Falls, Fontana Dam, parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the twisty “Devils Triangle”.

Freeze Your Butt Off Tour –  April 27, 2019
Tour Leaders: John & Donna Garsteck
On a very cold April morning, 47 cars and 87 members met in Medina for the annual “Freeze Your Butt Of Tour”.   We gathered into 4 groups led by John and Donna Garsteck, Mike and Lois Kerklo. Jan and Bob Stefancic and Gary and Char Davis and the sweeps, Art & Maureen Davis, Dan Cali, Jim &Marilyn Nenadal and Scott & Mary Miller.   Most members joined in the fun and adventure by having their tops down.  We traveled on some narrow, curvy backcountry roads with some great vistas, past Amish farms, and Amish buggies.   Lunch was at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Walnut Creek with excellent food and service.
“Designed to Ride” Tour – Feb. 12, 2019

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Tour Leaders: Ron & Linda Otte and Greg & Judy Selby

This was a tour from Mespotamia, on the east side of Cleveland, to the Packard Museum in Warren, OH.  Despite the iffy weather, 15 members met at the End of the Commons Store and after some coffee and browsing in the store headed out to the Packard Museum.

At the Packard Museum there was a Corvette Display from the Mahoning County Corvette Club which had every Corvette model change.  Overhead were banners explaining the car and the major changes in the vehicle for that model year.  Next up were the Packards that are always amazing with their majestic appearances.  Interspersed with the Packards were a variety of British & other motorcycles of different years to bring back the enjoyable memory of being in the open air (safer in a Miata).

The group then motored to the Wayside Restaurant a few miles away for an enjoyable lunch and socializing.   Thanks to everyone that braved the February weather to join us for a mid-winter outing.    Continue to think  Spring and Miata’s !!!

Ron & Linda Otte and Greg & Judy Selby

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