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National 2014 Eastern Spring Meet - Frequently Asked Questions, Part 2


by Barb Noonan

LER members have many good questions about the upcoming 2014 Eastern Spring Meet so some of them are being published here to share with all of our members.   

Q.  What activity is planned on Thursday evening, May 29th?

A.  A Welcome Party is planned at the Marriott for everyone. Our LER members are encouraged to attend.  This is a chance for you to socialize with our LER members and help us greet our guests from other regions around the country.  You’ll make new friends and maybe even see some folks you haven’t seen in a while. If you have never been to a national show, this is where it starts and you won’t want to miss any of the plans for this weekend.  In addition, a ‘Collections’ display is part of the Welcome Party. This means that we have some special displays that will be there, e.g. Valerie Wilson has a collection of ‘Cars and Guitars’. One of our members has offered a collection of license plates – one from each of our 50 states, a demonstration of waxing techniques is planned, and a great display of pedal cars.  If you have an interesting collection, please contact Barb Noonan (716 836-3931) to make arrangements to have it included.  We would like to have you show off at this party so be sure to reserve a spot soon for your collection as there is limited space. Subs, pizza, and an ice cream sundae bar will be served and if you sign up to bring a collection, you get in free.
Cost is $25 per person and a cash bar will be available.
Time: 6:00 pm  

Q. What activity is planned on Friday evening, May 30th?

A. A “Taste of Buffalo” will be held at the Marriott and everyone is invited to this event. Activities include Buffalo’s delicious favorites – wings, beef on weck and fish fries.  Ray “the piano man” Noonan will be playing some tunes for your listening enjoyment and later in the evening, Jeff Mahl will give a presentation on the NY to Paris ‘Great Race’ in a Thomas Flyer. Jeff is the great grandson of George Schuster, who won that Great Race. This should be a fun evening of good entertainment, great food, and enjoyable socializing.
Cost is $25 per person and a cash bar will be available.
Time: 6:00 pm

Q. What activity is planned on Saturday evening, May 31st after the show?

A. The Awards Banquet is held on Saturday evening. This is a bit of a more formal affair where Thursday and Friday evenings are more casual. The menu is sure to suit your palate – a tasty crisp salad followed by a double entrée of beef and chicken, potato, vegetable and a mouth-watering dessert. You won’t want to miss this final event of the weekend and a chance to socialize again. The grand finale of the evening is the awards ceremony following dinner. Banquet seating arrangements will be coordinated at registration.
Cost is $40 per adult and $15 per child. A cash bar will be available.
Time: Cocktail hour is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and dinner begins at 7:00 pm  

Q.  Are there any tours planned prior to the car show?

A.  Yes, there are two, both on Friday, May 30th.

Tour 1: Buffalo Transportation Museum & Canalside
This tour includes a bus ride at 9:00 am from the Buffalo Niagara Marriott and travels to the Buffalo Transportation & Pierce-Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo, which includes the newly completed Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station. This tour includes a visit to Canalside, which is in the heart of Buffalo’s waterfront revitalization and across from the Naval & Serviceman’s Park. Canalside includes the original entrance, recently rediscovered, to the Erie Canal originally built in 1825. Lunch is on your own. These are walking tours.
Approx 1:45 pm arrive back at the Marriott.

Tour 2: Fort Niagara & Niagara Falls
This tour includes a bus ride at 9:00 am from the Buffalo Niagara Marriott and travels to Youngstown, NY for a tour of Old Fort Niagara, which is a National Historic Site and played an important role in the struggles of France, Great Britain and the US to control the Great Lakes regions. The bus then travels to the American side of Niagara Falls. You’ll enjoy strolling around this beautiful area and taking in the breathtaking views. Lunch is on your own. These are walking tours.
Approx 3:30 pm arrive back at the Marriott.  

Q.  I would like to volunteer to help. What volunteer opportunities are available at the show?

A.  There are numerous volunteer opportunities at our show:  

Hospitality:  We will have a hospitality room at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott. This group of people will give our visitors a warm Buffalo welcome, as well as answer questions, provide direction on any of the show activities, suggest local businesses (e.g. restaurants, shopping, etc.) and make sure snacks and beverages are available. Rich Chauvin is in charge of Hospitality and is looking for people who are willing to spend some time helping out. You would not be expected to be present for the entire time that Hospitality is open, but rather work shifts that will make sure we have the coverage needed. The hours for Hospitality are noon to 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 29th and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, May 30th. If you are interested and enjoy meeting and greeting people, please contact Rich at 716 791-3080.  

Basket Raffle:  Eileen Holden is hosting a Basket Raffle at our show and could use some volunteers to sell tickets for the raffle. The Basket Raffle will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott in the same room as Hospitality and Registration, so the hours are the same: Noon to 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 29th and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, May 30th. The basket raffle will also be held on the UB campus show field on Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. If you would like to help out, please contact Eileen at eilholden@verizon.net.  

Registration: John & Elaine Haid are working diligently on registrations for the show. They have some volunteers lined up to help hand out registration packets and provide guidance and directions to show participants. They will be in the Hospitality Room from noon to 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 29th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, May 30th, and on the UB campus show field starting at 7:00 am to noon on Saturday, May 31st. They could always use an extra pair of hands. If you haven’t volunteered to help them already, contact John & Elaine at 716 674-7351 or john@johnhaid.com.  

Show Field Setup: David Nash is responsible for the layout of the show field. Setup will be done on Friday morning at the UB Campus (north side in Governors Lots C & D & Jarvis Lots A & B). Set up includes placing the Class Markers according to David’s layout and nailing a plaque on each car show space. So if you want to help, let David know at drnfastmotorsports@verizon.net and bring a hammer with you.  Start time for the set up is 9:00 am. If you sign up for Show Field parking on Saturday, you really should volunteer for the Friday set up so that you’ll be better informed on directing cars on the show field the next day.  

Show Field Parking: Show cars are expected to start arriving as early as 6:00 am on Saturday, May 31st, and Ron Billo needs lots of help in directing cars to their proper class and location. If you volunteer to set up the show field on Friday, you will be particularly helpful on Saturday to help with parking, as you will have a general idea of where cars should park. Please let Ron (716 668-0284 or rlbillo@verizon.net) know if you can help. Be sure to sign up for the Show Field setup on Friday as well so you’ll be familiar with the setup of the show field.  

AACA Merchandise: Mark Brylinski will have a table of AACA merchandise as well as our show t-shirts to sell.  He could use help with set up and will selling to participants in the Hospitality Room on Thursday, May 29th from noon to 5:00 pm, Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and will be on the UB campus show field on Saturday, May 31st from 8:00 am to 3 pm. If you would like to help Mark, contact him at 716 837-1656 or mark.brylinski@huntrealestate.com.  

Trophy Award assembly / setup / disassembly: Bob Manke (bobantqplys@aol.com) is handling the National trophy awards and could use a couple of handy people to help assemble the trophies, as well as set them up prior to the banquet, and disassemble any leftover trophies for return to national.  If this is up your alley, be sure to let Bob know.  

Trailer Parking: Ed Ferber will be directing parking of the trailers and motor homes for the show on the UB Campus and could use a few volunteer to help out. Contact Ed if you are interested at 716 863-8421 or edferber@roadrunner.com.