Region One News – August 2018

Region One News – August 2018

Published: August 1, 2018

By J. Rick Cipot

Greetings from Region One and the wonderful part of our country we call New England. But then I may be prejudice towards other parts of the country in thinking New England is the best place to live. OK, I admit, there are known pockets of people scattered around the country that think a cacti in the sand with rocks scattered about is far better than sitting under a great pine next to a cool flowing stream during the Dog Days of Summer. I would suppose the mixed diversity is what makes our club such a great organization to belong to. And speaking of diversity has anyone been able to check out the two new members of our Airstream Family; The Nest and the Atlas? Definitely worth a look for sure.

By now we have had our International Rally and our Region One business rally and now we can focus on what we do best, traveling and attending rallies. Options for rallies these days are by far so much better than just ten years ago. Now I am not saying that if you hosted a rally ten years ago you did a bad job at it, no! Any rally and an opportunity to be with fellow Airstreamer’s is a great rally. My point is that we have more rally options than ever before with greater attendance (more members makes for a great Happy Hour). Fellow members are realizing hosting a rally is not only a lot of fun but very rewarding as well. It’s not rocket science. When units would hold three rallies per season, we now see six rallies on their schedule. More rallies being held hold a theme and offer all sorts of ways to participate in new activities. Happy Hours have transitioned from an adult beverage and a Triscuit cracker with cheese in a can. Snacks have transitioned into Hors d’œuvres and even to the fringe of being a whole meal. I want to thank all those who have signed up to host a rally this year and say, job well done. As of right now Sandi and I have five more rallies on our schedule with an additional two that we are either hosting or co-hosting. Get out there and make some new friends and enjoy the comradery of owning an Airstream. And as always, be safe on the road and keep the shiny side up!

Region One News – June 2018

Region One News – June 2018

Published: June 1, 2018

By J. Rick Cipot

It’s hard to believe that we are now settled into warmer weather and our camping season in Region One is well underway. Hopefully everyone has been able to get those cobwebs not only out of our furnaces and hot water heaters but our brains too. I always find it hard to get back into our usual routine of setting up camp and taking down the first few weekends of camping. Long winters have a habit of erasing what we take for granted once the season has started. Fortunately nothing serious like leaving the jack stand down and pulling out of our site has happened. Well at least not to us.

June is another one of those busy months with Father’s Day (hint, hint Sara), Flag day, Graduations along with weddings and the first day of summer, hurray. I just recently had also learned that June is “Fight the Filthy Fly” Month, who knew. Busy also is the rally schedule for Region One which we are all looking forward to. It is a wonderful feeling pulling out on a Friday morning with our bikes and my kayak mounted on top of the truck. If you have not yet sent in your registration for the Region One Rally, Jamboree please do so. There is plenty of room for everyone at the fair grounds and the committees have put together a really fun schedule of events from great food to real Cowboy entertainment. Sandi and I always look forward to seeing so many of our friends whenever the region gets together. Come join us for fun with friends and new friends alike.

Looking forward, we see so many opportunities for everyone this year to join up and make new memories and friends. I would encourage everyone to not only review the rallies being offered in our region but other regions as well. I am also happy to report that several of the National Caravans have sold out. Good news for some, not so good for those of you who procrastinated. If you have yet been a participant in a National Caravan you should absolutely add that to your bucket list. Many of your fellow Airstream Club members have put a lot of thought and time into creating a travel experience you’ll never forget.

Enjoy the coming events and as always, drive safe and keep the shiny side up!

Region One News – May 2018

Region One News – May 2018

Published: May 1, 2018

By J. Rick Cipot

Rather than harp on the May flowers I thought perhaps we could take a quick look at other things that have happened in May. To be honest, with the winter we have had here in New England I’m a bit surprised that we even have any flowers blooming this month. We did have plenty of mud last month but that’s expected in our neck of the woods.

It was May of 1937 when my father was a young cadet at Farragut Academy in New Jersey when the famous airship Hindenburg burst into flames in Lakehurst, New Jersey. I could never tell you how many times I heard the tale but I do know it was May 6th. Allan Shepard became the first American in Space aboard Freedom 7, May 5, 1961, we certainly have come a long way since then and we may even see the first manned Mars landing in our lifetime.

Way back in 1865, May 5th was the first time Decoration Day was observed in the United States. The tradition began decorating soldier’s graves from the Civil War with flowers. Sometime later the date was changed to May 30th with the addition of WW I and WW II graves of American soldiers, and became known as Memorial Day. In 1971 Congress moved Memorial Day to the last Monday of May creating a three day holiday weekend.

It was back in May 1869 when the tracks of the Central Pacific railway and the Union Pacific railway linked up in Promontory, Utah. It is said a golden spike was driven by the president of the Central Pacific railway, Leland Stanford and that he actually missed the spike in the first swing.

May 20th, 1927 Charles Lindberg took off for Paris from Roosevelt Field, Long Island in his airplane Spirit of St. Louis, attempting to win $25,000 for being the first solo nonstop flight between New York City and Paris. 3,600 miles and thirty three hours later Lucky Lindy landed at Le Bourget, Paris. Oh by the way; in today’s inflated economy the prize would be $348,197.74.

So what the heck does any of this have to do with Airstreams and the WBCCI? Absolutely nothing. Every now and then it’s important to remember there are other things to talk about than just Airstreams. Well, I don’t totally agree with that but a few of my friends insist on it from time to time. As we flip yet another page in our monthly calendars I see we are getting closer to the Region One Jamboree Rally. At last count there were a few spots still available so do get your registration form in quickly. If you still haven’t signed up, check it out on the website as there are plenty of great reason to attend other than the fact you will make new friends and have a good time. Speaking of a good time, each unit in our region has a full schedule of wonderful rallies to attend from now through October. So get out there, have fun and please keep the shiny side up!

Region One News – April 2018

Region One News – April 2018

Published: April 1, 2018

By J. Rick Cipot

By now I’m sure everyone has heard that Airstream has brought back the 345 Classic under its new moniker “The 345 Modern”. The first few finished coaches are off the assembly line and on their way to two very lucky Airstream dealers. Production goals of fifteen units before July is pretty aggressive considering the NEST and the new Atlas are also in the mix along with Airstreams already extensive travel trailer line. No wonder Jackson Center is working seven days a week.

We were very fortunate that we were able to test drive one of the first 345 Moderns coming off the line and all I can say is; WOW! First and foremost, the classic styling of the original 345 is intact save for the new style windows, and the appliances up on the roof. That iconic silhouette is still a sight to see coming down the road. The new Mercedes Benz L6, 10.7 Liter diesel engine has power to spare with the six speed automatic transmission with extremely smooth transitions. At 2,500 RPM all you hear is a whisper as the double walled sound barrier separates you from the engine compartment. Along with the water cooled exhaust exchange you have a powertrain that is perfectly suited for the new 345 Modern.

Open the door and a whole new different world awaits you. Classic-modern with a touch of yesteryear surrounds you with perfection. A bold union of woods, vintage style Formica and of course aluminum set the tone for the interior. The forward cockpit is exactly what you would expect from Airstream from a digital instrument cluster to lane departure and built in Rand McNally GPS. Working our way back is a wonderful lounge area with a love seat and two additional swivel captain chairs all covered in Aventguard material for a long lasting stain resistant finish. Next a dinette large enough for four adults, full galley three burner stove top and micro-wave with plenty of counter space for cooking and serving. Moving toward the rear of the coach is of course the full size shower curbside and porcelain toilet and Corian counter with designer sink bowl. The Master bedroom fills out the rear with a full size queen, under bed storage, wardrobe closet, along with nightstand storage. Full wrap around panoramic windows. Actually there is so much to say about the new 345 Modern that you will have to wait a few weeks for Airstream’s official launch and promotion of this incredible coach.

By now Sandi and I have already dewinterized and have one four day weekend under our belt for the 2018 camping season and look forward to the joint rally Pets & Paws hosted by Cape Code and New England units. Speaking of rallies, if you haven’t yet signed up for the Region One Rally you may want to get that check in the mail. It’s going to be a wonderful event with the Cowboy theme well played. Hope to see you there. So keep the shiny side up and by the way, April Fools!

Region One News – March 2018

Region One News – March 2018

Published: March 1, 2018

By J. Rick Cipot

Gather up your Airstreams and pull up a bale of hay . . . . . The Region One “Airstream Country Jamboree” is shaping up to be one of those events you don’t want to miss. You can’t do much better than spending four days in the hills of New Hampshire in the early summer. That’s right, polish up your spurs, pull out you best western shirts and join your fellow Airstream Club members celebrating one of the finer things in life; cowboy boots and Airstreams.

Four days of scheduled events and have fun on your own with five planned meals, Square Dance with live music and all that North Haverhill, NH has to offer. Hiking trails, bike trails, kayaking, local farms, covered bridges and plenty of New England shopping and sight seeing to go around. Meet up with old friends and make a few new ones. For more information visit the Region One website or send your questions and comments to: airstreamjamboree@gmail.com.

This is the time of year when Sandi and I pull out the calendar and start blocking out days for rallies and trips. No matter how hard we try there just aren’t enough vacation days to do everything we want. Perhaps some day that will change but for now we, like a lot of others do the best we can. Funny thing is, I don’t remember having this problem before we purchased our first Airstream. Funny how things change. Of course the second week of August this year is all booked as are several other Rally Weekends. Of course we still enjoy going out on our own and visiting new places and making new discoveries. And as we all know, that’s the Airstream way. So start blocking out the rally dates and get ready for another great season in Region one and yes, please keep the shinny side up.

2018 Region One Rally

Region One Rally 2018

 
2018 Region One Rally
The New England Unit proudly presents an Airstream Country Jamboree for your enjoyment August 9-12, 2018, centrally located at the North Haverhill Fairgrounds in North Haverhill, NH. The theme is country and the food is local. There will be activities that range from our own private train car on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway to hiking, biking, kayaking, farm tours and the local culture of Hanover NH, the home of Dartmouth College. We also plan a range of seminars for your learning enjoyment.

We will source nearly all of our food from local farms. The corn and tomatoes will be grown for us by 4 Corners Farm in nearby South Newbury Vermont and the eggs for your breakfast will be laid by chickens at Green Bough Farm only ten minutes from your plate. King Arthur Flour of nearby Norwich, VT will supply the flour for the pancakes and the maple syrup will be produced from nearby trees. The ice cream is the best you have ever tasted by Hatchland Dairy in North Haverhill. Coffee, by its very nature, is not local and it will be supplied by Peet’s Coffee and Tea of Berkley, CA, the original craft coffee purveyor. Picture 200 Airstreamers at one long table as afternoon turns to evening, enjoying a farm to table dinner featuring a pig roast starring a formerly local pig. Add a few instruments and a caller and a square dance will cap off the entertainment on Saturday night.

We are planning on having a private car on the Cog Railway on the New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

This promises to be a memorable event so sign-up today and then shine up those boots and get out your cowboy hat. If you have questions just ring the virtual triangle and I will be in touch. -Doug Hart

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Spring is in the air. St. Patrick’s Day and the Vernal Equinox this month promise good luck and the start of camping season is near. With that said, any good cowboy will tell you that the music and dance is a grand tradition.

Music and Dance

The R1R will be providing superb music and dance in keeping with our Country Jamboree theme. As Saturday evening’s entertainment we have planned a “Barn Dance” with a live multi-piece band and a caller who is successful at helping inexperienced dancers have a great time.

Just for your reference, here is our caller, David Millstone’s philosophy:

“A few words about my philosophy for calling these events: At weddings and other private parties, the greatest number of people are not experienced traditional dancers. My aim is to get everyone moving as quickly as possible and as much as possible. In my opinion, this is not the appropriate venue to teach some complicated series of dance figures; people are not there to learn the latest hot, complex move. People are there to have fun, not to get a difficult brain workout! Consequently, unless I know that there will be a lot of experienced dancers there, I pick dances that can involve all ages, from youngsters through seniors. It’s helpful to let women in particular know to bring some comfortable shoes for the dancing; swinging on a barn floor in high heels isn’t fun!”

David has procured a renowned regional band that he has worked with before in calling dances such as ours. They play traditional instruments including twin fiddles, banjo , guitar and mandolin. Their repertoire includes New England tunes, Appalachian tunes and Quebecois tunes.

Region One News – February 2018

Region One News – February 2018
Published: February 1, 2018
By J. Rick Cipot

February, an odd little month when it comes to Airstreams and camping. Why you may ask? I haven’t a clue! If anything I may not be the best person to write about February and how that fits into our wonderful club. But there are a few things I would like to share that have absolutely nothing to with anything.

According to a popular legend, July was named after Julius Caesar and hence it had 31 days. Later, when Augustus Caesar took over the Roman Empire, he wanted August, the month named after him, to have 31 days as well. So two extra days were taken from February, which was then left with 28 days. However, some historians don’t agree with this reasoning. They believe February always had 28 days ever since the time of King Numa Pompilius. He decided that a year would have 355 days, the length of 12 lunar cycles. Back then, even numbers were considered unlucky. So, he created seven months with 29 days, and four with 31. Since he now needed one short even-numbered month, he chose February, as it was considered the least favorite month for it arrived during the middle of winter. And hence, it was given only 28 days.

Before 2002, Super Bowl Sunday was held the last Sunday in January, but since 2002 it is more commonly held the first Sunday of February. Now that’s pretty exciting. First Lady Louisa Adams along with Abraham Lincoln were born in February. However when in 1879 Frank Winefield Woolworth opened his first 5 cent store in Utica, NY neither were still alive. Other than the obvious, President’s Day, Ground Hog Day and Valentine’s Day, there is always the opportunity for a New England Nore’Easter. That’s when everyone runs to the local grocery store to purchase milk, eggs and bread. I always found it very strange walking down the bread aisle and not a single loaf to be found. It wasn’t until recently did I discover that in New England during a winter storm you are supposed to eat French Toast!

Well I have probably worn out my welcome by now and I do look forward to an exciting camping season for Region One 2018. Of course we have our Regional Rally being hosted by the New England Airstream Club along with a very busy calendar of rallies from all of our Regional Clubs. Also worth noting, several of the Region One Clubs do have open spots rank and file. Please do consider stepping forward to fill one. I know you will be rewarded with knowing that you too are helping keep our great club alive. Till next month, Keep The Shiny Side Up!

2018 Region One Rally Online Registration

Airstream Country Jamboree Registration
 
2017 Region One Rally
Sign-up for the Airstream Jamboree by filling in and submitting the form below. If you prefer to mail in your registration, download and fill out the sign-up form.

2018 Region One Registration Confirmation

We have received your registration and payment.
 
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Thank-you for registering for the Airstream Country Jamboree! We look forward to seeing you at the event!