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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.
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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.
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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.
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Saturday
April 4th
Butler Private Car Collection Tour - CANCELLED
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.
Sunday
May 24th
LaComedia Dinner Theater "Footloose" - CANCELLED
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".
Saturday
June 27th
The Historic Loveland Castle, Schoolhouse Restaurant - CANCELLED
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.
Saturday
July 18th
Annual OVEB Picnic & Gene Halderman Barn Museum Tour
This year's picnic was held at Cathy and Art's new home in Vandalia, OH. The weather cooperated, being a wonderful sunny day. We met at Halderman Barn Museum in Tipp City to see the collection that Gale Halderman, designer of the Ford Mustang, amassed during his career. Social distancing was not an issue since the facility was very large.
After we finished at the museum, we took an eight minute drive west to Cathy and Art's home. Fried chicken and drinks were provided with members bringing all the sides and desserts. Cathy and Art live on an acre lot, so staying apart wasn't a problem.
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Friday - Sunday
August 21st - 23rd
Road Trip to Coshocton - CANCELLED
This event will hopefully be rescheduled on a future date. Travel with us up to Coshocton, home of Historic Roscoe Village and Classic Auto Supply Co. Inc. (CASCO).
Saturday
September 12th
Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail
The weather was great and the company was excellent as twenty-one members took a driving tour through beautiful N.Kentucky. We started with lunch by the Licking River at Fredrick's Landing Park. After lunch we headed out to three Northern Kentucky Wineries for tastings. The first two were Camp Springs Winery and the Stone Brook Winery in Melbourne KY. The final stop was the Seven Wells Winery in California, KY.
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Saturday
October 17th
Carillon Brewing Company Lunch - Dayton, OH
Mother Nature smiled upon the Ohio Valley Early Birds and granted the club a lovely, sunny autumn day for the October meeting. Twenty-three members met at the Carillon BrewingCompany, located on the grounds of the Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday, October 17. President Brad Nogar held a brief business meeting in the restaurant parking lot prior to lunch. He welcomed two new OVEB members, Stefanie and Lynn Darbyshire of Middletown, Ohio.
Following the meeting, members sampled the Carillon Brewing Company's great variety of handcrafted beers and enjoyed their delicious food.
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Friday
November 13th
Airstream Tour & The Bicycle Museum of America - CANCELLED
At the current time, the Airstream Factory is not giving tours to the public due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. When it is safe to do so, we hope to reschedule this event.
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.
Saturday
December 5th
OVEB Christmas Party - CANCELLED
Unfortunately, due to the expanding pandemic, we have been forced to cancel our annual Christmas party. It was to have been held this year at Bennett's Publical Family Sports Grill in historic downtown Miamisburg. Because we won't be able to hold elections for 2021 club officers at the Christmas party, our members will be send an electronic ballot with which they can vote for or against the slate of candidates.

Other Events of Interest

Wednesday
March 25th
Afternoon Tea at Doscher's Tea Room OR Lunch at 50 W - CANCELLED
Please Note - This event has been cancelled due to the expanding Coronavirus situation. It may be rescheduled for a later date.
Tuesday - Friday
May 5th - 8th
2020 CTCI International Convention - CANCELLED
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
Cabanna on the River - CANCELLED
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.
Sunday
July 12th
Sharonville Annual Car Show - CANCELLED
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
The largest all-Ford show in the world in Carlisle, PA featured Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Euro Fords. The iconic Thunderbird was showcased at the 2020 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.
To see pictures of the event CLICK HERE.
Thursday - Saturday
August 20th - 22nd
Arthritis Foundation Car Show - CANCELLED
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!
Thursday - Sunday
September 17th - 20th
65th Thunderbird Anniversary/ITC 2020 Convention - CANCELLED
The 65th Thunderbird Anniversary/International Thunderbird Club (ITC) 2020 Convention which was slated for Thursday, September 17th - Sunday, September, 20th 2020 has been cancelled.
Sunday
October 11th
Spring Grove Cemetery 14th Annual Car Show - CANCELLED
The Annual Spring Grove Car Show has been cancelled.

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