The 2015 Swigart Museum Meet Honors Its Founder
From the dash plaque featuring his favorite automobile, to a party with ice cream cake, and lots of old cars, the 46th Swigart Museum Meet was a real birthday bash for its founder, William E. Swigart, Jr. This year marks the 100th anniversary of William's birth and while he was not present, the party with his friends and their automobiles was a fitting tribute to him. The Meet was held on The Museum's campus August 7th, 8th, and 9th. The meet began with a hospitality event; an ice cream social on Friday evening. This year was special, because participants celebrated William's birthday. "This truly was a great way to remember William," said Marge Cutright, executive director of Swigart Museum. "He loved sitting around with friends, old and new, and talking about cars. And that's what we did. The meet is a great way to keep in touch with our long-time friends and get to know new ones."
William E. Swigart, Jr. - Founder
Pat Swigart's recently restored 1952 Verrill Wolf Wagon
The Old and the New
Saturday was a perfect day, sunny and warm, to enjoy the automobiles and their owners. Kars and Koffee, a group of car enthusiasts who meet each Saturday morning on the Museum grounds, were on hand to welcome and share coffee with early arrivals. Assisting with parking were Aaron Snook, the Museum's high school car care person, and Ryan Haslett, summer intern from Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Price Motors, from Cassville, added to the richness of the day with a display of three new Chrysler Corporation vehicles. With the vehicles brought by attendees and Price Motors, along with those of the Kars and Koffee members, the lawn in front of the museum was filled with a virtual living automotive history. Once again, Phil Scott, from Meguiar's, presented seminars on car care and, along with his wife, demonstrated various products and answered questions. Their tent, set up in front of the Museum, was a busy place all day.
Following a mouth-watering lunch by chef John Barley and his crew, Nicolée, a representative of the 125th PA Volunteers, Descendants of Union Veterans and dressed in period clothing, regaled meet-goers with a presentation on women's clothing during the time of the Civil War.
Another of the successful events of the day was the basket raffle. Ten baskets, donated by the Museum's staff and members of the Board of Trustees, were on the block. Not only does the raffle offer fine merchandise to the winners, but also the proceeds benefit the museum, a win-win event! Baskets were distributed to the lucky winners during the Awards Presentation as well as many door prizes. Since there was no judging of cars this year, awards were presented in four different categories:
The One Who Drove the Farthest Distance, William Budner, 180 miles.
The Oldest Driver, Jack Sleasman, 82 years young.
Oldest Car Driven to the Meet, George Drobnock's 1922 Ford Model T coupe.
The People's Choice Award, the beautiful, blue, 1940 Nash Ambassador truck-back sedan, owned by Paul and Virginia Supan.
Herb Detrich in front of his ever-popular Orchestrion
The People's Choice Award, 1940 Nash
Food, Fun, and Conversation on Lake Raystown
To conclude the day, attendees who made reservations enjoyed a cruise aboard the Princess on Raystown Lake. During the cruise, a delicious dinner was served.
"The cruise is proving to be very popular. Everyone really enjoys the relaxed atmosphere, beautiful scenery and the good food," Cutright noted. "It's a wonderful end to a fun, but busy, day!"
The final event of the weekend was the Sunday morning worship service, held at the Cutright Funeral Home in Huntingdon. The service was led by Pastor John "Fuzzy" Fosbrink.
Mrs. Cutright said, "Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend our 47th Swigart Meet on August 11th, 12th and 13th, 2016. It's such a fun time seeing old friends, renewing acquaintences and meeting new friends, as well as a great exhibition of automotive vehicles. Come for the weekend or come on Saturday. We'd love to see you!"
In Remembrance of William E. Swigart, Jr. 100th Anniversary of His Birth 1915-2015
About William E. Swigart, Jr. (02/02/1915-07/10/2000): A veteran of WW II, he led an active life as a businessman, community leader, and avid antique car collector. He was nationally respected for his efforts to promote the collection, cars, and appreciation of automobile history. For more details, visit the Founder's Page.
|The Officers, Board of Directors, and staff of The William E. Swigart, Jr. Antique Automobile Museum gratefully acknowledge and thank all persons and organizations which helped to make the 46th Swigart Museum Meet a success. We appreciate your generosity and support.|
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