Tuesday, June 8 – Early Bird Tour – Where else can you go through an old million-square-foot Goodrich tire plant converted into a home for an incredible collection of player pianos, coin operated music boxes, carousel bands and organs, vintage cars and the worlds largest slinky? Then on to Morgantown to see the rest of the collection in a shopping mall – now the “Classic Auto Mall”. Enjoy a relaxed and fun day thanks to our use of chartered motor coaches. Lunch is included. We’ll be back in plenty of time for the Welcome Party!
NOTE: PAS & PAF Board of Directors Meeting will be held Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 9 – We’ll start the morning with a beautiful drive to Hershey. There we will tour the new AACA Headquarters and AACA & PAS Libraries. We’ll board Hershey Trolleys to tour the town of Hershey, learn about the man and his vision, and sample chocolate products along the way. We will enjoy Lunch at the Hershey Region AACA HQ after which we head downtown for a tour of the Hershey Museum including many of Milton Hershey’s personal items. Optional Hershey tours will be available to AACA Museum and Chocolate World.
Wednesday evening – A visit to the Calvin High Collection of V12 & V16 Convertible Coupes to benefit the Pierce-Arrow Museum. We dare you to find a car with less than 12 cylinders! Calvin High has amassed a collection of 12 & 16 cylinder convertible coupes of all makes and models. Calvin is a wonderful host and you are in for an absolute treat seeing this incredible collection of classics.
Thursday, June 10 – There are BIG trains and little trains today! We’ll take a fun ride on a BIG train, the Strasburg Railroad, where we’ll see some beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. Next, we’ll ride thru Amish countryside for an Amish Family style lunch then head to the National TCA Toy Train Museum. We’ll finish up the day with BIG trains just a few blocks away at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. Here we will visit impressive Railroad exhibits from their locomotive restoration facility to restored beauties of time gone by. Tonight have a quick dinner on your own because we have some wonderful evening events for the ladies and gentlemen (see page 4 of this brochure for details).
The ladies of the Pierce-Arrow Society are in for a special treat Thursday evening. Local historian Janeal Jaroh of Time Traveler Trunk will entertain and educate us on women’s lingerie starting from the Colonial Period to the present.
Her hands-on historical presentations are designed to engage, inspire, and enrich understanding of American and World History. Her high energy story-telling program brings the past to life!
The audience will learn about what clothing represents in terms of cultural expectations, economics, resources, and technology. In addition to providing insight to historical events, the presentation will make connections revealing how the past and present are related. Make plans to attend! You won’t be disappointed!
We are back on the road for a short drive to learn about the casting process used to keep our Pierce-Arrows on the road. Our Gentlemen’s Tour is a visit Cattail Foundry in Gordonville, Pennsylvania. Emmanuel King is the second generation owner of this foundry located in a bank barn on his farm. His father, Benjamin, now in his 80’s, will treat us to homemade ice cream made using a steam powered 1/3 scale Traction Engine. We will tour through the pattern shop, the foundry floor, and the finishing rooms. This local Amish sect believes in being off the grid – using gas lamps, and battery and air powered tools. Horses and buggies remain their mode of transportation. This foundry produces cast iron, bronze and aluminum, and parts for the Strasburg Railroad shops, steam traction engine owners, and many award winning antique automobiles.
Friday, June 11 – Today we will tour along the magnificent mile wide Susquehanna River. We start our day with a fun coffee and donut break at the 4-story “Shoe House” – literally shaped like a shoe! We head to Jay Crist ‘s amazing Package and Milk Truck Collection next where you are in for a treat. Jay has an example of almost every manufacturers’ stand-up drive truck! Later we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch along the river in Wrightsville where you will have fantastic views of the Susquehanna, Columbia Bridge and some great antiquing around our final stop – the must see National Watch and Clock Museum. The Flea Market & Museum Silent Auction is Friday evening at the hotel.
Saturday, June 12 – Willow Valley Communities will be the site of our Annual Meet Show. Here our cars will be on prominent display for the public and nearly three-thousand Willow Valley Community residents. They are rolling out the red carpet for us on a 3 tiered paved parking lot and at their Community Center complete with live music and food trucks! What a great way to promote Pierce-Arrows and the old car hobby! Our Awards Banquet dinner will be at the hotel tonight.