Tin Can Tourists
1700 General Motors Rd., Milford, Michigan 48380
I love cool uses for vintage trailers and here is another one…
As most of you out there in Vintage Trailer Land are aware, Pat Ewing has changed the date and location of his wonderful Mt. Baker Rally. His new location is the Lynden Fairgrounds and the new date is September 9-13 2009. Pat is having very good feedback about his changes and we hope that everyone can make it. We are certainly planning on being there. We have been to 7 of his rallies and have had a blast at every one. We know that there are some who will not be able to make it due to life circumstances and the later date. Examples we have heard about are mainly work and school. There are a lot of people who have counted on that week in August as part of their annual vacation time. So the Log Show Grounds was contacted and that week/weekend was still available and that we would be welcome if we would like to come. So Gerry and I would like to announce that there will be an informal camping get together at the Deming Log show grounds August 14-16 2009. Camping will be available as early as the Monday the 10th. Come and stay as long as you want or as little as you want. We are not renting the shelter as Pat has done previously as it is quite expensive. We would like to try and keep a Deming log show gathering alive. As per usual it is first come first serve for the power and water, and payment will be on site. Electrical hookups are $15.00 per night, dry camping $10.00 per night. Unfortunately Iain Cameron’s WBCCI family rally in Hazelmere, BC shares the same weekend date so it would be difficult to do both. Next year, if all goes well the two rallies will be on different weekends one after the other.
Pass the word on, organize your friends and let’s have a great campout. Let us know if you would like to join us. Susan and Gerry Measures (604 929-6403) firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 14-16 2009
Deming Log Show Grounds
3295 Cedarville RD
Bellingham, WA 98226
TCT is pleased to announce that David Thornburg, author of Galloping Bungalows, will be attending the 12th Annual Gathering. The material on TCT in his book served as the historical foundation for the renewal of the Group in 1998.
Thursday – May 14, 2009
5:30 TCT Tent Chili Cook-off Set-up
5:45 TCT Tent Judging of Chili and Taste Fest & New Member Reception
8:00 TCT Tent Al Hesselbart – RV History
Friday – May 15, 2009
8:00 TCT Canopy Coffee and Breakfast Treats
10:00 TCT Canopy Lost Membership Cards $2.00
10:30 TCT Tent MEETING FOR ALL CONCOURS ENTRANTS
11:00 meet at Canopy Antiquing in Howell – drivers wanted
5:00 TCT Tent Pizza, Vino, and Door Prizes
8:00 TCT Tent History of TCT Dave Thornburg & Forrest Bone
Dusk to Dark “Friday Night Lights”
Saturday – May 16, 2009
8:00 TCT Canopy Coffee and Breakfast Treats
12:00-4:00 North American Vintage Trailer and Motor Coach Concours
PLEASE MOVE TOW VEHICLES TO PARKING LOT
TCT Members, Larry & Margaret Hollenbeck, will be by the Canopy with Hot Dogs and Pop at a nominal charge, Ice Cream available from vintage truck
5:00 1st seating at Tent – Catered Dinner – Sites 1-76 and special needs
6:00 second seating at Tent Catered Dinner – sites 77-up
Bring Meal Tickets
7:30-9:30 at TCT Tent Concours Award’s Presentation & *50/50 Drawing
Music to follow by Deep Water Bluegrass
Sunday – May 17, 2009
8:30 at TCT Canopy Coffee and Donuts
9:00 at TCT Tent Special Music & Traditional Hymns led by TCT Members – Rick & Janice Myer
I love seeing unique usages for vintage trailers…
Early snowbirds, eating from tin cans, made Zephyrhills a true destination.
By Shary Lyssy Marshall, Times Correspondent
Published March 7, 2008
ZEPHYRHILLS – Driving through Zephyrhills today, it’s easy to miss the ghosts of the past.
But Margaret Seppanen and her friends see ghosts everywhere – in the World War II-era barracks where she attended elementary school, in old records, even in the land itself.
Although they live in 2008, members of the Zephyrhills Historical Association are lost in Old Florida. And they like it that way.
“There is so much history in Zephyrhills,” said Seppanen, the association’s president. “You can know these people personally.”
Association member Bill Kustes thinks sometimes about the pine stumps that covered the landscape in the early 20th century, after the lumber companies took much of the forests and left.
Even termites wouldn’t eat the stumps, but the Hercules Powder Company found them valuable for perfumes and turpentine. So valuable in fact, that the company built 60 homes for their employees and even paid farmers for the stumps on their land.
The company’s imprint on the town is visible in the land it gave the town, with stipulations that it be used for education and recreational purposes. Zephyrhills High School, Woodland Elementary and the Hercules Aquatic Center sit on that land today.
Kustes, a former teacher and businessman, recalled how the city grew from a tiny Tin Can Tourist town into the community it is today.
Tin Can Tourists were the first snowbirds who journeyed from the North in the early 1900s to enjoy the nice weather. The story goes that they brought their food in cans and heated it on their car engines, giving them their name.
Genevieve L. Smith, another member of the association, said two roads led from the north down to Florida, with many seeking Lake Zephyr as their destination. Eventually the “Tin Can Campers of America” was formed and visitors returned each year to sing songs, exchange stories and enjoy socializing with people from various states.
“The townsfolk were happy to have them,” Smith said. “They sold eggs, fruit and vegetables to them.”
Margie Partain, who also grew up in Zephyrhills, believes understanding and knowing about local history creates an appreciation for those who came before her.
“I think about the struggles that people went through to get us to where we are now,” she said.
Members of the Zephyrhills Historical Association include those who lived and grew up in the region, as well as those who moved here later in life.
Zephyrhills Historical Association meetings and presentations are free and open to the public. The group, which has about 20 to 25 active members, is interested in sharing its knowledge and is seeking new members.
“There are people from four and five generations back,” Kustes said. “So there is a rich history here.”
On Saturday, Zephyrhills celebrates Founders’ Day. During the event, the historical association is sponsoring the History Home Tour, a self-guided tour of 18 historical homes and buildings.
If you go
Zephyrhills History Home Tour
Maps can be picked up at the Zephyrhills Historical Association booth on Main Street during the Founders’ Day Celebration.