by Barb Noonan
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.
What activity is planned on Thursday evening, May 29th?
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
What activity is planned on Friday evening, May 30th?
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
What activity is planned on Saturday evening, May 31st
after the show?
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
Time: Cocktail hour is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and dinner begins at
Are there any tours planned prior to the car show?
Yes, there are two, both on Friday, May 30th.
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
Approx 1:45 pm arrive back at the Marriott.
Tour 2: Fort Niagara &
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.
I would like to volunteer to help. What volunteer
opportunities are available at the show?
There are numerous volunteer opportunities at our show:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 email@example.com)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
assembly / setup / disassembly: Bob Manke (email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.