Lititz Spring Fling 2016

Congrats to Kathy Jack for winning Best of Show with her stunning 88 Formula!
Congrats to Nate Williams for winning Best Daily Driver with his awesome 86GT!
STAY TUNED FOR MORE RESULTS.

As per the club vote, this year’s Spring Classic will again be held at the Lititz Spring Park in Lititz, Pa. (about 9 miles north of Lancaster) at the Reedy Pavilion as in the past.  We will continue to explore venues in a broader geographic area…your input and experiences in that regard would be appreciated.  We moved the event to an earlier date due to Carlisle Productions moving of the All GM Show to June 18th.  So mark your calendars for this May 15th Spring show.  As in the past this event is a “bring-a-plate” picnic and the event, as always, is oriented toward the Fiero owners and family members.  The event is open to both MAFOA Club Members and non-members as well.  The day is planned as follows:

Pre-registration for your car is $10 for current club members and $15 for non-members.  At the event registration table, you will be charged an additional $5 if you do not bring a “plate”.  Non-members, of course, can receive another $5 discount if they join the club at that time.  Day of the show registration is $5 in addition to the above.

Vendor pre-registration fees are $5 for current club members and $10 for non-members.  Similarly at the event registration table, vendors will charged an additional $5  if a picnic “plate” was not brought.  Non-members can also receive a $5 discount by joining the club at this time.  Day of the show vendor registration is $5 in addition to the above.  There is no vendor fee for those club members who wish to swap / sell a box-sized lot or less.  We just ask that you place these items at your car.

Show:

8:00 A.M. till Noon.    The show field opens at 8:00 A.M.  Registration starts at 9:00 A.M.  Judging is done by the show participants, and runs from

11:00 A.M. till noon. 

This year’s classes will be Stock Notchback, Stock Fastback, Custom Notchback and Custom Fastback…..and there will be a Best Daily Driver trophy and Best of Show trophy as well.  Please take care to park in your class…. and don’t run over any of the ducks. 

Swap Meet:

8:00 till 2:30 P.M.  The club will again be renting the very large Reedy pavilion.  The pavilion has ample table space for both the picnic and for the display of Fiero parts, toys or literature to swap or sell.  This is a good time to wheel and deal some of those unwanted or unused items that have been taking up space.  It’s also a good time to pick up a few more desirable pieces for your collection. .

Picnic:

Noon till end.  Each participant is asked to bring one dish for the Club Table.  Those who do not bring a “dish” will be charged the additional $5 mentioned above toward the event admission.  You may also bring as much of your “own” food as you like.  Please check with Tom Derr (tom6derr@yahoo.com) and use subject line of “Picnic” who will be coordinating the Picnic Tables.  The club will be cooking dogs and burgers for $1 each to help cover the expenses of the Spring Classic.

The Raffle:

2:30 till 3:00 P.M.   The raffle format will be our usual Chinese Auction.  The raffle is one of the primary sources for our club’s income, and without it we would not be able to afford our shows.  The raffle table will have the usual array of new and used Fiero parts, and other miscellaneous items.  Help support your club with donations of new or used Fiero parts, Fiero collectibles, car care products or even tools. 

The Setting:

Repeating from past years, Lititz Spring Park is, well, just one gorgeous setting.  It is very historic too.  In spirit, the park began in May 1778 when its peaceful beauty and qualities were recognized and used by Tobias Hirte, who laid out a special place for the town musicians to play, and was also used by convalescing Revolutionary soldiers from the nearby Moravian Church.  As early as 1811 Fourth of July celebrations were held at the park and continue to this day as one of the oldest and best known celebrations in the country.  I could do a chapter here, but for the sake of brevity check it out at www.lititzspringspark.org.  The park features a confluence of underground springs that emerge at one point.  This point is enclosed by tall limestone walls and a stoned-banked oval is formed that creates a stream (Lititz Run) that flows through the park.  The stream is fabulous with stone arch bridges, and lots of ducks.  The bank is lined with mature trees and the grounds are well groomed and include a band shell, toddler area, sand volley ball courts, a large gazebo, etc.  At the entrance of the park, beautiful in its own right, is the old historic train station, now serving as a park and railroad museum.  Behind the building is a restored caboose that may be toured

 The Town:

Absolutely fabulous.  This town was founded in 1756 and is world renowned for not only the Park, but also for the historic houses.  You can step back

to the 1700’s by touring some of these homes;  the Sturgis Pretzel House, the first pretzel bakery in America still set up as in days of olde………and you can even twist your own pretzels; the Johannes Mueller House which is maintained inside and out in that time era; the Schropp House next door which has become the home of the Lititz Historical Foundation and contains a collection of early Lititz artifacts; The Woerner (Community Cooper, Bleeder and Tooth Drawer) House which is as built except for the dormers added; the Zum Anker Inn 1764 (now called the General Sutter Inn) which is one of the longest continuous operating Inns in the US of A; the General Sutter House, built in 1871 by John Augustus Sutter……..he’s the fellow that had a Mexican land grant (now the city of Sacremento) in the Sacramento Valley, he was deprived of his land when the US government did not recognize his claim……(the fact the “California Gold Rush” was on his property might have had a little to do with it)…..in poor health and nearly bankrupt he moved to Lititz in hopes of finding some relief for his ailments in the park springs; the Linden Hall School for Girls founded in 1746 is the oldest girls’ resident school in the U.S, this school was and still is run by the Moravian Church; the Moravian Church which was deeded 491 acres in 1756 by John Klein for the purpose of organizing a church settlement to be named Lititz.  For its first 100 years only members of the Moravian Church were permitted to live in town.  The Moravian Square features the Brothers’ House, the Church, the Parsonage, and the Sisters’ House, as well as more modern building used in support of the church and Linden Hall.  There are a lot more historic homes to be viewed, but not to be missed is the fine array of antique stores, arts and crafts shops and small businesses throughout the town…….great shopping.  There is much history to be absorbed, but rest assured this town is rich in history and tradition and is proud of its heritage.  It is a walk back in time in a town filled with charm where folks all know one another and community is still alive.  Check out www.ShopLititz.com for more details and directions.

 All of the above is easily within comfortable walking distance as the Park is in the town itself, and hey………for you chocolate lovers…..the Wilbur Chocolate Factory/Museum/Store is right beside the Park (admission free).  While the factory is now closed, the store front and museum are still in operation.  It is a great place for the chocolate-phials to go while the Fiero folks talk car and shop.  Check it out at www.WilburBuds.com. 

Closing:

So dust ‘em off and clean them up and bring your baby to the “show”…you can bring your spouse too.  Lititz Springs Park is a perfect setting to rub shoulders with your Fiero friends and family and share problems / solutions, modifications, opinions and stories…some even true.  This show always brings a smile to our faces and hearts…it’s a good one.  See ya there.


 

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