The Three State Chapter ME, NH, & Mass "Notches Tour"2020
(some what impromptu)
Sunday July 12th a few members of three New England Chapters got together to tour the "Notches of New Hampshire" in the White Mountains. The NH and Mass members met in Lincoln NH around 9AM and started across the Kancamagus Highway which ends in Conway NH then drove west to Fryeburg ME for a rendezvous with the Maine Chapter. Around 10:15 the Maine Chapter assembled along side the Westons Beach parking area on Rt 113, when the other two chapters arrived, everyone proceeded up Rt 113 through Evans Notch, the first of the four notches on the tour that day. We stopped at Basin Pond in the White Moutains National Forest to have lunch. Then proceeding onto Rt 2 and west to Gorham NH (half of the Maine contingent went east) and down through Pinkham Notch . The NH Chapter went west in Glen "up" Rt 302 through Crawfords Notch, then at Twin Mtn turned south down Franconia Notch onto Rt 93 and to their respective homes. Along the way a few of the members went their respective ways as it had been quite a day of touring and getting to know (at a safe social distance when possible) new members. Most of the vehicles were certainly " vintage" and Mother Nature was supplying lots of Sun (& humidity)..... It was still a FUN Day!!
Holiday Brunch 2019
A first for our chapter, Holiday Brunch, was held on December 8th at the home of our more than gracious hosts Mike & Diane Mack and their family. It was a wonderfull gathering of 18 folks and the food - lets just say everything there was really tasty. With the numbers of members in attendence our informal meeting turned formal and we went over in more detail a couple of the new items for this years calendar.
3rd Annual Fall Foliage Tour 2019
Our group of 14 folks and 8 vehicles met in the parking lot of the old "Two Trails Diner" in Standish Me., around 9 AM on Sunday Oct 13. Unlike last years tour it was a sunny and pleasent fall Sunday . We then departed following Rt 113 to Fryeburg through West and North Fryeburg to Stow and into the White Mountain National Forest. We took a long pause to enjoy Basin Pond, then drove through Evans Notch and onto Rt 2 in Gilead and down to Bethel. We enjoyed lunch in Bethel at Rooster's Roadhouse, which was a great experience!! Following some brief farewells as most folks had at least an hour or more of traveling, we departed for home. Great weather, great group of folks and a genuinely good time. Already looking forward to next year and another scenic destination!!
2019 Foreign Car Festival Owls Head Transportation Museum
Morning broke on this years Foreign Car Festival gray and overcast, a chance of showers and coolish temps. No matter, when the gates opened at 9AM our chapter had 10 vehicles sitting in our reserved parking area, by lunch the count was 20 when our chapter meeting happened at 1PM it had climbed to 22! OK - it's time for a quick chest pounding as the marquee for the event was VW and their number never exceeded 21 during the day... A big thank you to all our Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusettes and Central New York Chapter members in attendance, and not to forget the everyday Volvo owners for their attendance. The participation in this great event for the past 5 years has truly been gratifying!!
The Chapter Meeting
Lobsters at Spruce Head 5
My sincerest apologies to Naomi our Hostess. This vingetted picture of her along with one of her pups and our own "Uncle Mike" (who was this years chicken chef extraordinaire) is the only one that I have.... This absolutely (fill in the superlative) Lobster Cookout is one of our Chapter's Highlights of the Summer!!!
SCD XX Larz Anderson Museum Brookline, MA. 8/25/19
Sunday 8/25 started out a bit coolish and cloudy with the sun appearing infrequently but appreciated when it did. Temps were in the high 60's and it wasn't awful just kind of fallish, kind of refreshing with an occasional sprinkle toward the end of the day.... The car count looked to be up, more so for Saab. At this meet it seemed that some of the Volvo classes were beginning to show the "perils of generations going by". The 240 class and the P1, P2 classes were the largest, and close in numbers entered. The more classic "earlier" models were showing the "perils" deal... I apologize for not getting more Maine Chapter vehicles/member pictures but there seemed to be only two, Colin & Mike Mack and one of their vehicles came home with its Peoples Choice class award !! Included are a couple of other New England VCOA member vehicles. It's very likely we will see them at the FCF at OHTM and our Spruce Head Cookout!! The other pics are Volvos that were either interesting, different, rare and or ? It was a fun day but the Volvo count certainly could've stood bigger numbers !!!
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Swedish Car Event 7/6/19
Our second visit to Seal Cove Auto Museum was as good as our first time (2018 Fall Foliage Run). Our members certainly seemed to enjoy the day and our 2nd cookout of the summer was a hit as we fed everyone who came to our tables. To include some of the museum staff who stopped by to sample our wares! A big Thank You to our members who made a salad, desert or special dish and of course to our own Chef Mike !! We should do this again next year and as recommended by one of their curators, "plan our own Volvos at Seal Cove Day"....
Volvo's by the Sea in Scarborough II
Our first cookout of the 2019 season.... and after looking at these pics, judge for yourself if it was a great time or not.....!!