Monday, March 28, 2011

Hoosier Cruisers Invade Georgia

Great turnout for the Hoosier Cruisers -- 22 units in attendance. We had a fun-filled time. A call went out for volunteers and in typical HC style, a lot of members stepped up to help . We had an impromptu dinner get-together one night and a couple "Happy Hours". Enjoyed the entertainment - Pianist and his band/singers, Lori Morgan, and a side-spliting comedian -Jeanne Robertson, a "must see". We arrived early and enjoyed visiting the Perry, GA area. Visited the Andersonville Historial National Park, Prison & Museum and Plains, GA - President Jimmy Carter's hometown. Six coaches continued the fun at Post Perry Rally in Nashville, TN. Visted downtown Nashville area - Farmers Market, Music Row, Honky Tonks, enjoyed really good BBQ and went to Grand Ole Opry. Cassie & I have really enjoyed our time with Hoosier Cruisers and thanks to all attendees for making the Rally such an enjoyable and a memorable experience.

Steve & Cassie

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Something for Everyone at the April/May Rally 2011

The Wessel’s and the Ruster’s have planned a rally that should appeal to everyone whether you are new members or seasoned veteran members. For those who enjoy learning about history there is a tour that will immerse you in the culture and politics of the period when Indiana was a fledgling state. The community of Corydon respects the events from the past and has worked to maintain this heritage. Friday morning members may take a tour of Indiana’s First State Capital (circa 1816-1825) and Governor Hendricks Headquarters, a two story federal style brick building was built in 1817.

On Friday, a tour of the Zimmerman Art Factory is planned. It is a unique place to visit where Kerry Zimmerman continues the family tradition of making handcrafted items made of glass. Products made in the factory include 110 different pieces of art like paperweights, fruit and holiday ornaments. While at the Visitors Center the rally masters marveled at the walking stick that was made from glass. Be prepared to be amazed at the variety of items available at this one of a kind factory.

For those who enjoy a fun loving challenge, one can test their skills at the 18 hole miniature golf course. But, this is no ordinary golf course; Golf Shores provides a unique golfing experience indoors. The interior has been painted by local artists and is illuminated by black lights. Whoa, this experience should give you something interesting to add to any conversation with your friends.

Everyone enjoys food and each member will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy fine food cuisine as well as food prepared by the great cooks in the club. As you arrive on Thursday, members may choose to eat at the Overlook Restaurant which has beautiful views of the Ohio River. Each morning the rally masters and asst. rally masters will provide coffee and a continental breakfast. Nancy Ruster, for one breakfast will provide her “world famous” fresh donuts. Another breakfast will include muffins from the Leavenworth General Store. The general store is an interesting stop. It even has an old button making machine.

On Friday, members may indulge in excellent food at Magdalena’s Restaurant. A buffet will be provided with two main dishes, vegetables, salad, desert, and beverages. The restaurant has maintained the historic charm of the area with leaded windows. One of the first hand dug wells in Corydon is located in the restaurant. Following the meal a business meeting will be held. You do not have to eat dinner at the restaurant to attend the meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

For the aspiring chefs in the club, you will have an opportunity to attend a cooking class at the Stone Mountain Winery. This award winning winery is situated on 35 acres of land. The property has 100 apple trees, unique heirloom vegetables, herbs, and plants. The bed and breakfast cottage was built in the 1920’s and is a great location for the fourth winery in Harrison County. You won’t want to miss this experience.

A carry-in dinner is planned for Saturday in an old white clapboard church. The meat dish will be provided by the club and the sides will be provided by members. The Hoosier Cruisers have some excellent cooks and after each carry-in you always hear members exclaim, “I loved your dish, I just have to have that recipe.”

The rally will conclude on Sunday with a church service lead by a local itinerant pastor in the same little white church at 10:30 a.m. The pastor was pleased that his congregation would increase several fold on that Sunday.

Please help the Wessel’s and Ruster’s by completing your reservation form and returning it by April 4th. The rally will be held at O’Bannon Woods State Park, 7234 Old Forest Road SW, Corydon, IN 47112. Camping reservations can be made by phone (1-866-622-6746) or on the web ( ). When reserving a site on the web go to the bottom of the page and click “start”, when selecting sites choose motor home 35+ feet or smaller. There are only a few sites for larger motor homes. The 35+ sites appear to be able to handle up to 40 foot coaches. If you want to be near the action, select a site near #60 or #62 where the rally masters will be camping.  Click below to print the registration.

Plan to attend this exciting rally and enjoy the fellowship of your friends after a long winter.