1 Sherlock Holmes appeared for the first time in print in "A Study in Scarlet." (1887)
1 In Montgomery, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her her seat in the front section of a bus. (1955)
2 Barney B. Clark receives the world's first artificial heart transplant. (1982)
5 The 21st Amendment repeals Prohibition. I'll drink to that! (1933)
7 Martin Van Buren becomes the eighth President of the United States, and the first president to be born in this country.
7 Thomas Edison exhibited the phonograph in 1877
7 Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise Japanese attack. It marked the U.S. entry into WWII.(1941)
8 John Lennon, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and poet for the Beatles, was assassinated in New York City by Mark David Chapman in 1980.
10 Wyoming, a territory of the U.S., allowed women to vote and hold office (1869).
10 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize. (1964)
13 The Clip-on tie is created. (1928)
15 The Bill of Rights are enacted, amending the U.S. Constitution (1791)
15 Sioux Chief Sitting Bull was killed by Indian police.(1890)
15 Gone With the Wind premiered in where else but Atlanta, Georgia. (1939)
15 Infamous band leader Glenn Miller died in a plane crash over the English Channel.(1944)
16 Boston residents protesting British taxation threw tea overboard on a British ship . The Boston Tea Party was the beginning of the American fight for independence.
16 The famous World War II "Battle of the Bulge" began. (1944)
17 The Wright Brothers made their first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. (1903)
19 Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol". (1843)
21 The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. (1620)
19 Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol. (1843)
21 "Snow White" premiered at theaters. (1937)
23 The transistor was invented by U.S. physicists John Bardeen, Walter H. Brittain, and William Shockley. (1947)
24 Franz Joseph Gruber composed "Silent Night". (1818)
25 Jesus Christ is born in a little town in Bethlehem (0)
25 William the Conqueror is crowned the King of England. (1066)
26 James Mason invents the coffee percolator. (1865)
27 Radio City Music Hall in New York City opens. (1932)
28 William F. Semple patented chewing gum. (1869)
30 Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galactic systems. (1924) Yes, the Hubble telescope was later named after him.
American Pickers Volkswagen bus heaven
Bustoberfest at Blue Rocks
There are photos in the Photo Album
The following is a write-up by the hosts of Bustoberfest at Blue Rocks
5am Friday morning Brad and I left home and picked up 3 other vans along the route before heading over the bridges and off the island beating morning rush hour traffic.
We made several stops prior to arrival, including Dietrich's Market (where we picked up a pallet of firewood- divided up between the 4 vans) and Cabelas. We rolled into the campground at 1pm. The weather was cool and pleasant. Campers, buses, and vans continued to roll in all afternoon and evening. By the end of the evening we already had 15 vehicles.
Saturday morning started off with a small group of 3 adults (me, Missy and Bryan) and their children climbing up to Pulpit Rock. Members of the Astronomy club were up at the top on their adjacent land and invited us into the observatory to look through telescopes. Nice bonus. We also did a geocache up at the top too. We had nice views from the Pulpit Rock.
Back at camp now, others were going out to hike, climb the blue rocks, and play at the campground....and just wait until the afternoon for the Bustoberfest activities to begin...and then they did. 2pm beer, wine (and juice tasting for the kids) began. We enjoyed watching as Sandy Riley's supply of hiking sticks kept selling to folks hiking past the campsite (her husband Bob makes them). She sold over 20 sticks!
Now, somehow...perhaps with multiple fire tenders on staff, we went through more than half the wood Friday night, so while Dennis and Kathy were out Saturday shopping, Dennis offered to pick up more wood for us as he went into town. Thank you Dennis. And thank you LiMBO for the donation to help fund the weekend's firewood supply.
As Bustoberfest was in full swing, the raffle sales began. With prizes donated by myself and Go Westy (thank you Go Westy), we were able to raise approx. $235 for Katy Feddish's food drive to donate to PACS (a local food pantry in Phoenixville, PA area). This was added to the large quantity of canned food everyone brought as well for Katy.
We pulled the raffle winners at 5, and then the children dressed in their Halloween costumes for trick or treat time around the campground for an hour. Many folks who came to our site to trick-or-treat were definitely impressed with the display of VW's. Even one of the campground owners came over and told me he was excited we were here! I gave him a couple of Bustoberfest T-shirts. He asked me to send him some photos of our group for his website.
Upon return from trick or treating, we then had our potluck dinner. It was so fun to watch everyone converse and mingle around the campfire during and after dinner. It was harmonious and happy....and what could top that...well how about Oatmeal and Bluebird finally arriving (marking the 25th registrant, and 2nd Eurovan to event)...now the party begins....
....and so did the rain.....but we were only interrupted by hard rain for about an hour, but not to fear, we already had that taken care of with a huge tarp strung up to take shelter under- I think we laughed the most during the rain. The skies eventually cleared up and once again we took our seats around the fire. I found myself next to my pal Oatmeal where we discussed nuclear physics, politics, religion, and Sponge Bob as well as our favorite recipe for tuna casserole. Dave and Bryan entertained us with an acoustic jam session. I brought my own bacon this time and cooked some up before midnight. During a break from the music, Brad and I turned in...sad to see another amazing weekend coming to a close.
Sunday morning was beautiful and we did not hurry to leave like we sometimes during the summer at 7am to beat traffic back to the island. We took off finally at 11:30 am and got back over the bridges and onto the Long Island Expressway with little trouble- adjusting our route a few times due to traffic jams....there are several highways and bridges to take east (thank goodness for live traffic on the smart phone).
The final recap:
And thank you full moon, for shining bright this past weekend at our event.
Check out photos in photo album -- A.R.
Westies at Watkins XII
Westies at Watkins XII
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102 Registered vehicles showed up this year.
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Buses by the Buoy 2013
Callie brought her owners to Buses by the Buoy 2013. He had a bowl of water and some Alpo and uploaded his photos. Check out the photo gallery.
Volkswagen Microbus gets special edition before retirement
The VW Bus is retiring, but before it does, 600
Last Edition Kombis produced with powder blue paint..
The Last Edition Kombi, pictured, will be the final limited production of Volkswagen's iconic Type 2 microbus, which has remained in production in Brazil since 1957 under the name Kombi. (Credit: Volkswagen)
Empire VW Camping Club.
The Empire State VW Camping Club is a group dedicated to Camping around New York State. Everyone is welcome to come and join the fun. The main way we communicate is through postings to a Yahoo Group. Below is a sampling of the posting to the Group. Please feel free to join in the conversations and to come camping with us.
A musical tribute
OK, so maybe it isn't greatest thing to happen to Rock & Roll. But it is this web page editor's indulence. I created the music and had major lyrical assistance from my friend Binns Handy. Give it a listen.
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