VAC National and Region Rallies
June 9 – 12, 2016: VACmidwest Rally – The Moonlight Serenade Rally, Lake of Three Fires Campground, Bedford IA – contact Tom and Shirley Herron at ShirlsCookin@gmail.com
Why Moonlight Serenade? “Moonlight Serenade” is a beautiful song by Glenn Miller. The marvelous 41st Annual Glenn Miller Festival coincides with the VACmidwest June Rally. While we won’t attend the entire festival, it provides more fun weekend opportunities in nearby Clarinda, Iowa. We will share the VACmidwest rally schedule soon. Here’s a link to 41st Annual Glenn Miller Festival schedule: glennmiller.org/festival-2/festival-information/
June 20 – 26, 2016: VAC Rendezvous, Beckley and Durbin WV.
Please note that this event has been cancelled.
Only a few people signed up for the rendezvous at Beckley and Durbin. We could no longer hold campsites and had to release them back to the campground. It’s peak season and campgrounds need to be able to fill their sites.
Both the city of Berkley WV and Mark at Durbin WV went out of their way to work with us on this rendezvous, so please consider staying at their campgrounds and visiting the local areas.
Exhibition Coal Mine, Beckley WV www.beckley.org/exhibition_coal_mine Call 304-256-1747 to make your reservation at the Exhibition coal mine campground.
East Fork Campground, Durbin WV www.eastforkcampgrounddurbin.com Call Mark at 304-456-3101 to make your campground reservation. Ride the Durbin Rocket Train. It is adjacent to the RV park. The train was built in the 1840’s, and there are only 3 left in the world. To reserve tickets for the Rocket, call 866-741-0012. See the town of Cass, 30 minutes away, or take a scenic ride on the Cass train for 4 1/2 hours with lunch.
July 7 – 10, 2016: Rocky Mountain VAC Rally, Westcliffe CO. Dry camping on a private ranch during Westcliffe’s annual bluegrass festival. Watch for details and rally information at rmvac.org
July 15 – 18, 2016: VAC Region 10 Vintage Rally, Farragut State Park, Sandpoint ID. Rally hosts are Rob and Diane Nicol, VAC Region 10 representatives. For registration information/questions contact them at email@example.com or call 541-745-7761.
Cost for 3 nights, including dinner on Sunday is $120, the cabin is $185 for 3 nights and dinner on Sunday. In addition, Idaho State Parks charge a $5/day vehicle fee for non-residents which is collected upon arrival.
New this year! Payment of $120 for campsite and rally fee needs to be made in advance to rally hosts.
Farragut State Park is located on the south end of Lake Pend Oreille, in western Idaho. We have 23 water/electric sites (includes 2 “companion” sites). There is also a cabin available if someone would like to come but can’t bring a trailer.
Farragut State Park is the former site of Farragut Naval Training Station during World War II that trained nearly 300,000 sailors in 30 months of operation. It also housed a POW camp for captured German soldiers. The museum at the Brig honors that legacy and includes restored vehicles, memorabilia, and films on area history and geology.
There are over 40 miles of trails to explore, plus swimming, boating and disc golf available in the park. Silverwood Theme Park is a short distance away.
September 15 – 18, 2016: VACmidwest Autumn Built Like a Rock Rally, Backbone State Park, Dundee IA. Rally hosts are Ed and Eileen Pauley
“Nature reserve with climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, cabin and boat rentals.” (sure hope we don’t have snowmobile weather!) www.iowadnr.gov/places-to-go/state-parks-rec-areas/iowas-state-parks/parkdetails/parkID/610105
We will be camping in the modern South Lake campground with electric and some full hookup sites to accommodate those with small vintage tanks. The campsites can be reserved, 90 days in advance, June 15th. Sites 1 – 23 preferred. Cable rentals and tent sites are also available. Make your own reservations at http://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com
Please let us know you are coming!
Until July 31, 2016, contact Kathy Allen at KathyAllen3534@gmail.com or 515-473-0256
After July 31, 2016, contact Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-827-3167
The area offers fishing (with Iowa license and trout requires the additional trout stamp). Trout fishing in Iowa! Let Scott know if you’d like to join him. Also hiking, mountain bike trails, rock climbing, and canoeing on Maquoketa River are possibilities.
There is a lot of CCC era infrastructure in the park. CCC is the Civilian Conservation Corps. They were people, generally young men, who needed a job during the depression years. The government hired the young men, led and housed them, and paid them to build government projects like park buildings, trails etc. The men were expected to send part of their pay back home to their families. They worked long hours at hard exhausting work, which also kept them tired and less likely to create mischief/lawlessness. CCC also hired artists to paint murals, of which many can be seen in old post offices.
Cedar Rock, one of the most complete designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, a Usonian house is nearby. Eileen could arrange a group tour Saturday morning. It’s our rally theme: “Built Like a Rock Rally”
For meals and happy hours, bring your own chair, place settings, cups, and utensils.
Thursday night: welcome campfire with popcorn
Friday: day on your own to explore, relax, bike, hike, fish, canoe. Happy hour with shared munchies about 4 to 6pm, campfire following.
Saturday: Morning breakfast – blueberry pancakes, bring your own coffee and orange juice. Morning drive/carpool to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Cedar Rock. Open house in the VAC tradition 2 to 4pm, bring your restoration photos. Happy hour with shared munchies about 4 to 6pm, campfire following. “Rock the Crock” potluck at 6pm, bring a one-pot dish to share (not necessarily crockpot) – main dishes, sides or dessert
Sunday: Morning breakfast – VAC Midwest famous biscuits and gravy, bring your own coffee and orange juice. A breakfast vintage presentation is being planned. Details to follow.
WBCCI Rallies with vintage parking
June 28 – July 5, 2016: 59th WBCCI International Convention/Rally, Lewisburg WV. For more information or to register visit wbcci.org/2016-lewisburg-wv
VAC activities at the international rally are posted here: VAC International Rally Schedule