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2020 OVEB Meeting and Event Schedule

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Saturday
January 18th
2020 Planning Meeting
The OVEB planning session was a big success! On Saturday, January 18th, twenty members came together at the Bravo Cucina Italiana Restaurant in Centerville for our annual planning session. We enjoyed a delicious meal while planning our schedule of 2020 club events.
Pictures of event
Saturday
February 8th
British Transportation and America's Packard Museums
Even though the weather started out looking bad, we had a great turnout for our tour of two of Dayton's museums. We started out the day at the British Transportation Museum (BTM), dedicated to preserving the British motoring heritage through education and vehicle preservation. Our group was impressed with the selection of British cars and memorabilia. After our tour we headed to the Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse in Dayton's historic Oregon district for lunch and a brief meeting. After lunch, we traveled a short distance to America's Packard Museum, the only restored Packard Dealership operating as a museum.It houses the largest public collection of Packard automobiles and memorabilia in the world. The OVEB members were given a brief presentation explaining some of the history of the place before viewing the over 50 automobiles on display in the restored Citizens Motorcar Company circa 1917 Art Deco showroom, service department and pavilion.
Pictures of event
Sunday
March 8th
Tour Cincinnati Observatory - 3:00PM
A large group of OVEB members visited the Cincinnati Observatory high atop Mt. Lookout. They toured this National Historic Landmark buildings and the beautiful grounds that are home to the world's oldest telescope still in use nightly by the general public. Following the tour, group drove to Allyn's Cafe for an early bird dinner.
Pictures of event
Saturday
April 4th
CANCELLED - Butler Private Car Collection Tour.
Do to the spread of the coronavirus and government-mandated closures, we have cancelled our April 4 tour of the amazing private auto and truck collection of Mike Butler. We will reschedule this event as soon as it is safe to do so. It will be worth the wait. The collection ranges from early brass-era cars, through the classics of the 1920s and 1930s to muscle cars of the 1960s and 70s including three split window Corvettes. There is also a very thorough representation of vehicles from the fabulous 50's including some extremely rare, low production models. Featured in the collection are many orphaned marques such as Studebaker, Packard, Edsel, Pontiac, Crosley, Willys, Avanti and more. A special section of the complex is devoted to trucks. The collection is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but occasionally Mr. Butler permits groups such as ours to visit. This is absolutely an event that you won't want to miss.
Organized By: Brad and Lisa
For a copy of the Event Flyer CLICK HERE.
Sunday
May 24th
CANCELLED - LaComedia Dinner Theater "Footloose"
Do to the spread of the coronavirus and government-mandated closures, we have cancelled our May 24 visit to the LaComedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, OH to see the Oscar and Tony-nominated musical score and soundtrack of "Footloose".
Organized By: Bill S.
For more details about LaComedia's Production of Footloose CLICK HERE.
Saturday
June 27th
CANCELLED - The Historic Loveland Castle, Schoolhouse Restauran
Do to the spread of the coronavirus and government-mandated closures, we have cancelled our June 27 outing to Historic Loveland Castle, the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead & Civil War Museum and the School house Restaurant.
Organized By: Lisa
Saturday
July 18th
Annual OVEB Picnic & Gene Halderman Barn Museum Tour
This year's picnic will be held at Cathy and Art's new home in Vandalia, OH. This is our first opportunity to start socializing while practicing social distancing. We will meet at Halderman Barn Museum around 1:00 July 18 to see the collection that Gale Halderman, designer of the Ford Mustang, amassed during his career. Social distancing will not be an issue there as the facility is very large and the barn doors will be open for fresh air. Masks are encouraged but optional. It will take about an our to see the cars and view the exhibits. This museum runs on donations.

After we are finished at the museum, it's an eight minute drive west to Cathy and Art's home. Fried chicken and drinks will be provided with members bringing all the sides and desserts. If you're worried about leaving food in your car too long, Cathy can take your food to be chilled while you tour the Halderman Museum. Cathy and Art live on an acre lot, so staying apart won't be a problem. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Please RSVP by June 30 so that Cathy can place the chicken order.
Organized By: Cathy and Art
To let Cathy and Art know you will be coming Click Here.
For more details about the Gale Halderman Barn Museum CLICK HERE.
Friday - Sunday
August 21st - 23rd
Road Trip to Coshocton
Travel with us up to Coshocton, home of Historic Roscoe Village and Classic Auto Supply Co. Inc. (CASCO). More details and times are coming soon.
Organized By: Brad and Bill C.
Sunday
September 13th
Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail - NEW DATE!
We take a driving tour to drive through beautiful NKY, only thirty minutes from downtown Cincinnati, to visit a few of the local wineries. We're working on the details and will have more soon.
Organized By: Gary R.
Friday - Sunday
October 16th - 18th
Canton, OH Overnight Excursion
Some of the many things to do in Canton: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bender's Tavern - Canton's "oldest and finest restaurant", Canton Classic Car Museum, William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Hoover Historical Center, and National Historic District in Canal Fulton.
Organized By: Gary G.
Friday
November 13th
The Bicycle Museum of America and the Airstream Factory Tour
Located approximately 2 hours north of Cincinnati the Bicycle Museum of America is located in New Bremen, Ohio and has approximately 230 bicycles on display and 900 in our total collection. We will embark on a guided adventure to learn about the history of the bicycle and how it helped shape the American landscape through innovation and design. Afterwards we will have lunch and then travel approximately 16 miles for a tour of to the Airstream Factory. Airstream travel trailers have become an American icon, turning heads on the highway since the 1930s. Stop back later for more details.
Organized By: Cathy and Art
Saturday
December 5th
OVEB Christmas Party
Once again we will have our annual Christmas party at the Clubhouse at Heritage Pointe, in Mason.
Organized By: Lisa and Gail C.

Other Events of Interest

Wednesday
March 25th
CANCELLED - Afternoon Tea at Doscher's Tea Room OR Lunch at 50 W
Please Note - This event has been cancelled due to the expanding Coronavirus situation. It may be rescheduled for a later date.
Organized By: Lisa
Tuesday - Friday
May 5th - 8th
CANCELLED - 2020 CTCI International Convention
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CTCI International Convention originally slated for May 4-9, 2020 in Sarasota, Florida, has been cancelled and will NOT be rescheduled this year. On Monday March 30th CTCI sent an email out to it's members stating that there will be NO CTCI convention in 2020. The Trail Birds of Southwest Florida will begin sending out refunds for any prepaid registration or activity fees in April.
If you haven't already, you should contact the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota, Florida at 1-877-803-7534 to cancel your hotel reservations.
Sunday
June 14th
CANCELLED - Cabanna on the River
Do to the spread of the coronavirus and government-mandated closures, we have cancelled our June 14th informal gathering on the banks of the Ohio River at Cabanna on the River is a Summertime favorite for casual American fare, live music on weekends & scenic riverside views. More details and times will be coming. Hopefully we will be able to reschedule this for a later date in 2020.
To go to the Cabanna website and to see a menu: CLICK HERE.
Sunday
July 12th
CANCELLED - Sharonville Annual Car Show
On Tuesday May 19th the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce made the decision to cancel the Sharonville Car Show for 2020. This is a disappointment for all of us but the health of their participants, vendors, volunteers, and spectators is the primary concern. We look forward to seeing you on the last Sunday in April of 2021 for the 43rd Annual Classic Car Show in Sharonville!
Friday - Sunday
July 31st - 2nd
All Ford Nationals Thunderbird Reunion - New Date!
RESCHEDULED to July 31 - August 2, 2020! Come to the largest all-Ford show in the world in Carlisle, PA which features Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Euro Fords on the 3,200+ vehicle showfield. A special Reunion is planned for the iconic Thunderbird at Carlisle Ford Nationals. The Thunderbird spanned a collective total of 46 production years and is cherished in each of its generations by loyal owners and collectors. Bring your T-Bird and join the field!
For more details CLICK HERE.
For Hotel Reservations CLICK HERE.
Thursday - Saturday
August 20th - 22nd
Arthritis Foundation Car Show - New Date!
Head up to the Metro Center in Dublin, Ohio to join in on the events at the 38th Annual Classic Car Show & Cruise-In: Thursday, Rolling Legends Tour and Community Night; Friday,Cruise-In with 100 6-foot trophies,live music from Chaz & Nicki and The British Invasion, and so much more!; Saturday,38th Annual Classic Auto Show with over 350 Awards, live music from The Driving Guitars and The Avalons, Kid's Zone, Special Vehicle Tent, and much, much more!
To go to the Event website and to register: CLICK HERE.
Thursday - Sunday
September 17th - 20th
65th Thunderbird Anniversary/ITC 2020 Convention
The 65th Thunderbird Anniversary/International Thunderbird Club (ITC) 2020 Convention, hosted by ITC chapter Water Wonderland Thunderbird Club (WWTC), will be held in Dearborn, Michigan and is slated for Thursday, September 17th - Sunday, September, 20th 2020. The event will be held at the Double Tree Hotel, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, MI. The Concours Car Show on Saturday, September 19th will be held at the Automotive Hall of Fame, 21400 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI (across the parking lot from Henry Ford Museum). All Thunderbirds and Thunderbird clubs are invited to participate.
We don't have any more information at this time, but will post details when available.
To go to the Water Wonderland Thunderbird Club website to check for updates CLICK HERE.
Sunday
October 11th
CANCELLED - Spring Grove Cemetery 14th Annual Car Show
The Annual Spring Grove Car Show has been cancelled.

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