Contact Karen Jewett for more info at email@example.com or 661.753.6226
Contact Karen Jewett for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org or 661.753.6226
The Nethercutt Museum showcases more than 130 of the world’s greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles including many top winners of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Bear Pit’s story began in the late 1940’s, when original owner Ben Baier moved from Missouri and started a small barbeque shack in Newhall, CA. After several years the popularity of his food spread, so he decided to move to northern San Fernando Valley.
Let’s spend some time together at the Museum/Collection and then have lunch together.
Here’s what you need to know….
Meet at the Chuy’s/Outback parking lot (The Old Road)
• 9:00 AM – Meet to sign waivers
• 9:30 AM – Depart
• 10:00 AM Arrive at The Nethercutt Museum
• Three different areas to choose from and check out
• 12:30 PM – Lunch
Admission is free at all facilities
Contact Don Ceo for more info at email@example.com or 661.753.7791
The Nethercutt Museum and Lunch
SANTA CLARITA VALLEY CORVETTE CLUB EVENT
Saturday ~ June 8th ~ 9:00 AM
Join us for this fun weekday get away, there will be plenty of driving… therefore plenty of time to enjoy our Corvettes.
Book your room online or call as soon as possible!
Viejas Casino & Resort
5000 Willows Road
Alpine, CA 91901
Deluxe King Room – as of 3/5 on Casino website -> $129 Mon. $109 Tues., plus 12.5% PCT tax and $ 10. Per night resort fee
At this point we’re still finalizing the details. Here’s (tentative) what you need to know……
Contact Karen Jewett for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org or 661-753-622
A sense of fun was the air as eighteen members with ten cars gathered on a pleasant Monday morning at the Newhall IHOP for our pre-trip breakfast.
Once we were well-nourished, we held our customary drivers meeting, and immediately after that the cars rumbled to life. Following the usual radio check, we lined up for the trip that would take us several hours south on the 15 freeway to our first destination, Old Town Temecula.
In Temecula we arrived with some extra time for some pre-lunch shopping before gathering around the table at The Bank of Mexican Food restaurant for some of our south of the border favorites.
After lunch a we took a short stroll along Main Street where, wouldn’t you know it, we found an ice cream shop! After everyone was well stocked on sweets and treats, we headed back to our cars for the next leg of our journey, our hotel near Alpine, California.
Predictably, as we got closer to San Diego, we ran into some heavy traffic due to a couple of accidents, but our road captains, Dave and Karen, did a great job keeping us on track.
During the drive we also ran into more than a couple of idiots who were doing their best to generate some road rage, but it didn’t work because we are superior drivers with superior automobiles. We win!
Before we knew it, we arrived at our destination, the very impressive, Viejas Hotel and Casino. Parking was easy and check-in was a breeze. After a short break to freshen up, we gathered in the lounge before heading to the Café Restaurant in the casino for dinner.
Our first dinner at the hotel was a lot of fun, and as is usually the case, it was not without its share of entertainment. It all got started when our waitress informed us that if anyone had a Bronze Card, we would receive a substantial percentage off of our meals. So, Ed Shaver was quick stand up for the group and start digging for his, only to learn that he had misunderstood, and that she wanted a Bronze card, not a Vons card! In Ed’s defense, others in the noisy din of the restaurant also heard her to say Vons card, but hey, an “A” for effort!
It was right after that we learned they also offered a substantial discount for veterans, of which we have several, and the discount extended to everyone at the table. So, through our service members we were able to get our official Vons card discount anyway! All was good.
Other dinner highlights included Steve Hilton who ordered a tall glass of salad that arrived cleverly disguised as a Bloody Mary, and Jo Ayers who ordered apple pie alamode as her entree. Who doesn’t love these people!
As for the rest of us it was mostly salads and sandwiches, with a few potpies thrown in for good measure.
At the end of the meal, everyone was pleasantly surprised when Dave and Karen Jewett announced that they were picking up the check for dinner! Such unexpected generosity, and their actions further prove we that we have the most amazing people in our club! Thanks again to both of you, it was very much appreciated by all.
Before calling it a night, many of us stopped at the cashier’s kiosk in the casino to get our official Bronze card, as we didn’t want to make that mistake again.
The next morning, we awoke to overcast skies, light drizzle, cool temps, and the promise of wind and rain later in the day. Undaunted, we gathered in the Café Restaurant again, this time for coffee and a hot breakfast ahead of our day’s adventure.
After a quick stop to give our cars a fresh drink of T-Rex juice, we ascended up into the clouds along Hwy 79, through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park for the short, yet amazingly beautiful, thirty-five-mile trip to the little town of Julian.
Along the way the clouds had settled low into the valleys, and misted out across the lakes and into trees to make for an incredibly beautiful trip. The steep, winding road was a pleasure to drive, and felt like it was designed specifically for our Corvettes.
Once in Julian, we found it to be a charming, turn of the century gold mining town from the 1800s. Normally a busy southern California destination, it was not very crowded. Of course, it was the middle of the week, and in the off-season, and with the drizzle and unexpectedly cold wind, the weather felt like a scene right out of the movie, Ice Station Zebra. Maybe I exaggerate a little on that point, but it was darn chilly. But still undaunted, we braved the elements to make our way on foot along Main Street where many of the shops had their wood stoves going, so the warmth of the fires was very welcoming.
Lunch was at the Miner’s Dinner, a 50’s themed café located in one of the town’s many historic buildings, this one dating back 1886 when it was first opened as a general store. The food was good, plentiful, and included an old-fashioned soda fountain. They did not take Vons cards.
After lunch the plan was to go someplace and enjoy a slice of the famous apple pie that Julian is known for. But we had discovered there were many choices in which to get apple pie in Julian, and that caused what we might call some inde-slice-iveness about where we should get our pie! But in the end, we all had a piece of the pie – some had their pie at the restaurant, while others had at this place or that one, but none of the pie lovers went away pieless. Some of us even got pie to take home – yum!
Once lunch and pie-time were over, and with the forecasted rain approaching, we didn’t hang around to let any grass grow under our cars. It was a really nice ride “home”, and everyone agreed that it seemed much faster going down the mountain, then going up. Perhaps it was because we were going faster going down the mountain, then going up, just saying.
Anyway, back at the Viejas Resort, we had some time to relax and unwind before dinner at the highly touted, Grove Steakhouse located inside the casino. But wait, what’s this? Closed on Tuesdays? Okay, who does that? This a major resort, and they close their marque steakhouse on the very evening that we planned to dine there. Honestly, who does that? The other restaurants don’t close. The steakhouses in Vegas don’t close. So why this one? The audacity of these people.
On the plus side, The Buffet at Viejas was open, and provided a wide selection of items, including slow roasted beef, tacos, chicken parmesan, crab legs, and the best dessert bar this side of the reservation. Sadly, they didn’t take Vons cards. But the remainder of the evening was spent roaming the casino, enjoying some drinks, and relaxing before a good night’s sleep before the trip home the next day.
On our third and final morning, the clouds and rain had set in as we met for a pre-trip breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast most caravanned home together, while a few used the opportunity to stop and see friends, or take a short side trip. Regardless of the route home, it was a great end to a fun, enjoyable, and well-planned trip.
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Mike Woodings, Moira Moe, Google
The Holiday season is a time to join family to enjoy the traditions and festivities that go with this time of year. In that light, the invitation we received from the Simi Valley Corvette Club to join them in being part of the annual Edwards AFB Winterfest celebration was a great idea. Additionally, the concept of us and our Corvettes being part of the event was even more inviting.
Each year Edwards personnel and families gather in the Exchange parking lot for special winter activities and a tree lighting ceremony and this year, our Corvettes on display were to be an added attraction. But this year, rain came and we all anxiously watched the forecast hoping there would be no dampening of the Winterfest event.
On Friday, November 30th, 26 Corvettes and 45 participants assembled in the Kohl’s parking lot on Golden Valley Road to caravan up CA-14 for our final event of the month. We met up with caravans from Simi Valley Corvettes and Vintage Corvettes in Lancaster for a combined caravan of 65 cars onto the base.
We had already received clearance from USAF security for admittance onto the base, so our entry through the Rosamond gate went smoothly with all having already passed muster.
Edwards AFB is not only remote, it is big and spread out too, over 500 square miles. It was quite a drive just from the gate to the BX, but smooth sailing with our USAF Security Police escort.
The Winterfest celebration is organized by the 412th Force Support Squadron which this year additionally provided a tour of several sights on the base to show us where some of our taxes are spent.
The true highlight of the base tour was the up close and personal briefing we had about the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter, a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role aircraft. At $125 million apiece, the jets certainly would give our Vettes a run for the money, but our still worthy Corvettes, parked on display for interested base personnel, were a hit.
Edwards AFB dates back to 1937 when the Army Air Corps moved some bombardment exercises to Muroc and later in 1941 operations expanded with our build-up with WWII. In 1942, super-secret jet aircraft testing began. Following the war, testing continued and Muroc was renamed to Edwards Air Force Base in 1949.
The day was long, with our caravan, tours, and Corvette display and ended with the Christmas tree lighting.
Our run to Edwards can be summed up as an All-American holiday event with the coming together of our American military and our American Corvettes.
Our thanks to the Edwards staff and families and to the Simi Valley Corvette Club for including us in the Winterfest 2018 celebration.
Our club has always rolled out in large numbers for weekend activities and runs, and that is to be expected. You can’t spend all of your time doing chores, watching football or waiting for the sunset . No, I say! Leave that for the non-Corvette people.
Well then, what about the other five days of the week? They are just as beautiful as Saturday and Sunday, and there is some expensive gas in the tank. So I say let’s hit the road for a MID-WEEK run in our Vettes and the heck with work or television or whatever!
Wednesday, October 24th was just one of those days for 28 of our club people as we got together for such an escape to the Cold Springs Tavern for some driving fun and excellent eating.
It was also an excellent opportunity for Jim and Donna Webster to introduce their brand new 2019 Admiral Blue Grand Sport to the open road.
Our fifteen Corvettes looked terrific all the way outbound on CA 126, north on US 101 and up the San Marcos Pass Road on CA154 as your “road captain lead the procession. At the summit, our trusted “mountain goat” Steve Turkheimer took the lead through the curves on Stagecoach Road on to our destination since he knew every curve and also to give him his choice of the few parking spots available.
San Marcos Pass is to most off the beaten track and the Cold Springs Tavern is almost off the grid, but it is top notch with their service, food and ambiance. Our Activities Committee made a great call putting this run on the schedule as a weekday destination.
The fortunate 28 in attendance for the hump-day run were: Jim & Donna Webster, Dick Meier and Leah Granen, Steve Hilton & Jo Ayers, Dave & Karen Jewett, Dan & Marcia Stern; Les Hershberger & Mami Wong, Steve & Judy Turkheimer, Shelia Percivalle and Linda Roselund, Tom & Judy Tomlinson, Don & Connie Ceo, Gene Schmidt, Brian de Avila, Jim & Maggie Bancroft and Mike & Judy Woodings.
An informal survey of all attendees was taken and their unanimous response indicated the continued viability of the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club…none of Wednesday’s caravanners had any relocation plans on their schedule or in mind!
This mid-week trip will start early because we have a lot to do. First we’ll head up to Cold Spring Tavern and enjoy a hearty meal at this famous stagecoach stop on the San Marcos Pass in the mountains north of Santa Barbara. Here you can appreciate the true ambiance of the Old West because, as if by magic, time stands still. Savor the traditional American fare made with fresh local ingredients including our famous Cold Spring Chili, tri-tip barbeque sandwiches, and delicious steaks and ribs. After our meal, before heading back home we’ll have the opportunity to either go wine tasting in Santa Ynez at any of the dozens of wineries or gambling at the Chumash Casino. If you like, do both!
We’re meeting at Walmart on Newhall Ranch Road at 08:45 in the morning to sign waivers to be able to head out by 09:00, we have a beautiful drive to Santa Barbara planned out by your leader Mike Woodings.
SEE YOU THERE..
HISTORIC PRESCOTT CORVETTE CAR SHOW
September 20-23, 2018
For those of you who wish to join in on the weekend run to Prescott in September.
The following links will help you to get started:
Prescott Car Show entry form
Prescott hotel Information,
We will be leaving Thursday, Sept. 20, for Laughlin, NV. Staying one night, then on to Prescott Friday morning for two nights Friday and Saturday night. Meeting place and starting time to come later. Then should you wish you may extend and spend more time in AZ sightseeing.
In Laughlin we suggest you check out …
Aquarius Casino Resort, 1900 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV. 702-298-5111, ask for California Tower.
In Prescott we suggest …
Prescott Resort and Casino, 3453 Ranch Dr., Prescott, AZ. 928-433-5500
Should you wish to join in we suggest you make your reservations SOON.
We are all old enough to remember The Beach Boys and much of their music is imprinted in our minds, but one song written by Al Jardine might have slipped through the crack for most. The song is “California Saga” and starts out with big reference to Monterey. The first part of the lyrics goes:
‘On my way to sunny California
On my way to spend another sunny day
Water, water get yourself in the cool, clear, water
The sun shines brightly down on Penny’s place
The sun shines brightly down on the bay
The air’s so clean it’ll just take your mind away
Take your mind away
Take your mind away
Have you ever been south of Monterey
Barrancas carve the coast line and the chaparral flows to the sea
‘Neath waves of golden sunshine’
So, about now you are asking, what’s that got to do with the Monterey Run? Here goes then. A long, long time ago, when some of you were in diapers and others were looking for deferments from the draft, some had a short 8-week visit at Ft Ord for Basic Training. Uncle Sam sent me to the Monterey Peninsula in 1968 as a new 2nd Lieutenant on another mission of sorts. I was accepted into Language School at the Defense Language Institute on the Presidio of Monterey for a one-year Vietnamese language course. So, while you may have been listening to Joan Baez, I was appreciating Cannery Row, the Monterey Folk Festival, Big Sur, Laguna Seca and 17-Mile Drive, listening to California Saga and The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face from Play Misty for Me. I was hooked on Monterey never miss an opportunity to go back for visits as often as possible.
When our club began attending the Monterey Coast Corvette Caravan in the infancy of the event I always marked my calendar to make sure not to miss the run. As the years passes, the annual Monterey event became an every-two-year thing, alternating with the Lake Tahoe Corvette Club show each June.
This year, as in many past years, Monterey was on my calendar as it was with several other members of our club and apparently MANY members of numerous Corvette clubs throughout California and beyond with the event becoming extremely popular. Since the size of the function was limited to 200, due to venue constraints, the sign-ups filled much faster than in years past and our club only snatched up ten spots for five couples. The Woodings, Turkheimer, de Avila, Bachmura, and Meier/Granen couples attended.
Our run started early on Thursday, 5-31, with a meeting at Walmart and then north I-5 to CA-46 and into Paso Robles for lunch at Bubba’s Bad BBQ. (If you haven’t traveled CA-46 recently, it is now a great route with most of the hour ride from Lost Hills to Paso Robles now a 4-lane highway.) Then it was off to our destination at the Embassy Suites in Monterey for the next three nights.
The Monterey club really knows how to put an event together and obviously worked their rear-ends off producing an action-packed event for us all. We began the fun right away with a well-attended Hawaiian Luau in Carmel Valley, complete with 3 hula dancers. Food, spirits and company were all terrific.
The planned events for the weekend included: Monterey Zoo Tour, Monterey Wharf Treasure Hunt, Red Nines Tournament, “Car Races” in the hospitality suite, Show N Shine, Poker Run, an incredible raffle display, 50/50 Reverse Drawing, and a Mystery Gift Drawing, concluding with banquet dinner and awards presentation.
The Monterey club held a drawing from the names of early registrants and the Turkheimers were picked for an upgrade for their lodging with a spectacular bay-view room at the hotel. So, you know where we enjoyed hanging out during the free time we had!
Now is the time for the synopsis of the weekend. The Bachmuras took home one of Chuck August’s great hand-built trophies for their well-shined Stingray, Brian de Avila left some cash at the “car race” table which greatly boosted the other players’ winnings, the Turkheimers were great hosts, and the Woodings were first to sign up for the event for the second consecutive time.
Now, to tie up the loose ends; you were about to ask, “Were the Attls there?” Why, yes, they were! They say “hi” to all and hope to see you at the 40th Anniversary picnic!
And, from the song above, who is still asking, “where is Penny’s Place”? Now, for the rest of the story, you will have to ask Al Jardine, but it’s named after Big Sur Sycamore Canyon resident Penny Vieregge, an EMT, now 89, who founded the local off-cliff rescue unit
June offered yet another opportunity for club members to pack up the Corvette and head out to locations distant from our local valley. Seven Corvettes with 13 adventurers met at Walmart for final instructions the morning of May 31st for a trip north with destinations planned for Sacramento and on to the Napa Valley.
Caravan members for the run were the Dwight and Janene McDonald, Jim and Glenda Fulmer, Ron and Joyce Bergmann, John and Linda Noble, Mark Ware, Jeff Hernandez and Moira Moe, and new additions to the club, Gerald and Dawn Berry.
The route up I-5 allowed for a visit to one of the many Black Bear Diners which just opened locally and most have not yet visited in our community.
Then, it was off to Sacramento where the California State Railroad Museum was one of the highlights. Everyone loves trains, and young or old all love the museum. The trains on display are wonderful examples of the history of rail travel. The museum is a part the state park system, telling of the role of the “iron horse” in connecting California to the rest of the nation.
The trip offered some great dining which included Frank Fat’s, a Sacramento landmark since 1939. Started by an immigrant dishwasher, Frank Fat’s single-handedly created a downtown political scene, along with a tradition of legendary modern Chinese cuisine and unparalleled service. This is why the oldest family-owned restaurant in Sacramento has been thriving for over seventy-five years.
On Sunday, the group divided. Half headed south to return home while Jeff, Moira, Ron, Joyce, Gerald and Dawn continued north for the Napa Valley, known for hundreds of hillside vineyards and gourmet food.
Just like Sacramento, what happened in Napa, stays in Napa, but a picture is worth a thousand words. You will have to ask the caravanners for their stories.