Bi-Staters' Coffee Talk Sharon Cordrey 846-3396
Delores Outten from Delmar and Bernie Miller from Galestown, Md., recently returned from Las Vegas, Nev., where they attended a Moose convention. They visited the Grand Canyon where Bernie took a helicopter ride down into the canyon to take a boat ride down the Colorado River. They also visited the Hoover Dam and the Vegas Strip, where they stayed at the MGM Grand Hotel.
Janet and Michael Hanulak, daughter and son-in-law of Delores Outten, recently returned from Knoxville, Tenn., where they attended the Honda Hoot. This is a motorcycle rally consisting of 5,000 or more motorcycles from various clubs around the United States. Janet and Michael (each riding a motorcycle) rode with other members of the Honda Club from Salisbury, Md. They had a wonderful trip, stopping along the way and enjoying the sights.
Members and friends of the Bicentennial Wagon Train from the 13 original states recently convened at Pepperbox, outside of Laurel, for a week-long get-together. Participants were celebrating the 25th reunion of those who traveled from as far away as Florida to join approximately 4,600 horsemen and 300 wagons at Valley, Forge, Pa., on July 3, 1976.
The celebration of America's 200th birthday involving wagons was the brain child of Philadelphian Thelma Gray, and evolved into Pennsylvania's gift to the nation. Dubbed the Train of Rededication (to America), the wagon train embodied the mission to "make this pilgrimage of love and faith so that our children can tell their children."
Scrolls provided by Encyclopedia Brittanica accompanied each official state wagon, and people were encouraged to sign them at each stopover the train made on its way toward Valley Forge.
Many were on the road for nearly 15 months, the estimated miles covered totaled 17,000 and 6 million people visited at least one encampment.
Visiting Delaware for the third time were members who drove the North Carolina wagon, outriders from South Carolina and Georgia, and the official historian from Georgia. While here they visited the Shorebirds' Perdue Stadium Baseball Hall of Fame, Chesapeake Fire Museum in Hebron, Trap Pond State Park near Laurel, the Delaware Agriculture Museum in Dover, Delaware's famous beaches and several local attractions. The reunion agreed will be held in Florida next year.