Tag: Mills Mansion
Spectacular weather and gorgeous peak Fall colors were the hallmarks for Empire’s 2016 Fall Foliage event. This year the venue was moved to the Hunter Inn at scenic Hunter Mountain in the Catskill’s Greene County. On Friday afternoon, I met up with Patrick and his vintage Charger in the Bronx at a Citgo/DD stop on the Hutch. It was a lovely drive upstate for our mini-caravan. The leafy red carpet extending up the hillsides really glowed in that warm autumn sunlight!
I knew this would be my last shot this year at either top down or tops off motoring. The Firebird T/A convertible and I both enjoyed the open air- including on the trip home.
We had good member participation and our weekend kicked off at the Friday night pizza party. Inspecting everyone’s cool rides always goes with that. David K’s impressive 1968 Pontiac Executive “woodie” wagon was a fresh sight. George debuted another new baby, a 1970 Ford LTD sedan in amazing original condition. It was great that our NJ members drove up and some of the Nutmeg fellas stayed over too – adding to the fun. There were various options for spending Saturday.
After the breakfast, a bunch of us headed out to the beautiful Hunter Mt. ski resort. Fortunately, nobody fell off as we rode the lift to the top – what a view! Our hike descending down the mountain was going well until my thigh muscles gave up. Alas, I was saved with a little help from my friends. Those repeated immobilized ‘face down’ periods post assorted eye surgeries are now being compensated for with more exercise.
Next on the Saturday agenda was a fabulous feast graciously hosted by David and Michael. Their lovely historic country home actually dates 1781. You would never know that the tranquil meadow and stream in back was the scene of terrible damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The destruction of a number of their vintage cars was traumatic and debris was deposited everywhere. David and Mike also now had a new baby, a 1970 Cadillac Deville 4 door hardtop – another newbie in remarkable original condition. Thanks again guys!
The Saturday night dinner was festive (we are Gay after all!) and the food at the Hunter Inn was excellent. Sunday morning looked perfect for the Mills mansion car show. A hose was available for pre-show fluffing. George led us all on a beautiful curving back road tour to the Staatsburg “Gathering of the Cars”. I loved that. Sam did his usual excellent job with the club’s show arrangements. We therefore have the best perch over looking the Hudson. Our Nutmeg buddies turned out in force to again make us the biggest club presence. A stunning newly restored 1959 Ford Ranchero came with them. Steve T.’s knockout 1964 Bonneville really should be mine! Lots of pretty cars decorated the mansion grounds as always and without snow this time. Of course, the best part of this event is always the reconnecting with good friends.
Thanks to George and our Board for all their efforts in planning our event!!
Bill & Peter Report:
Empire Region hosted our annual autumn club event “Fall Foliage” during the weekend of October 17-19 in Upstate New York with the Nutmeg Region of Connecticut as our honored guests. Anyone who has visited the Catskill and Mid-Hudson regions in October can attest it is a picturesque part of the state at its “Fall Foliage” peak.
The Empire Region met in the heart of the Hudson Valley for our 8th Annual Fall Foliage Mills Mansion Weekend and Car Show, the crowning event of our car show calendar. Members stayed at the Rip Van Winkle Motor Lodge, and the weekend was jam=packed with activities as we toured the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Olana Mansion Frederic Church House
followed by an Evening Reception & Dinner. Sunday was the main event, a car show at the Mills Mansion in Staatsburgh.