Schoharie Valley Region is centered in the scenic and historic Schoharie County
of eastern, upstate New York. Located less than an hour's drive west of the
Capital District, our valley is tucked in between the foothills of the
Adirondack Mountains to the north and the Catskill Mountains to the south.
Although most of our members are "locals", we do have active members from
Our Region began due to the efforts
of our founder, John Baumgarten. In the Fall of 1990, John had articles printed
in local newspapers describing his desire to form an AACA Region. Five
Individual and nine Joint Members signed the charter application, which was sent
off to Headquarters in November. John attended the 1991 AACA Annual Meeting in
Philadelphia and came home with our Charter dated February 26, 1991. Six of the
original fourteen Charter Members are still members today.
Over the years our membership numbers
have grown steadily until recently leveling off at about eighty members. Most of
our members are husband and wife with our lady members becoming more involved in
organizing Region activities.
Our logo is comprised of two items of
local significance.... the covered bridge at North Blenheim, NY and the 1903
Rambler residing in the Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie, NY. The Blenheim Bridge
is the longest single span covered bridge and a famous local landmark. The
Rambler was the first motorized vehicle in Schoharie County and, when the
owner's wife learned to drive it, New York State had its first "Woman Driver"!
Most of our activities involve
driving our old vehicles. We've held "Breakfast Tours", "Ice Cream Tours and,
last year, we held our first "Mystery Tour". Always looking for an excuse to
drive the old iron, we've caravanned to local car shows and joined parades. Our
longest running event is the Fall Tour to Cooperstown, NY. We've taken several
different routes over backroads to arrive at the luxurious Otesaga Hotel and
enjoy their sumptuous Sunday Brunch.
Our monthly newsletter, The
Schoharie Valley Rambler, has earned numerous AACA Awards Of Excellence,
highlighted by a Master Editor Award for Ron Springstead in 2001. Our website,
hosted by AACA, is a new endeavor for 2004.
If you ever find yourself in our
corner of the world, please contact one of our Officers, Directors or Members
for an insider's view of our area. We're friendly folks and would love to meet