2016 NATIONAL AND SPECIAL-EVENT RALLIES
March 14 – 19, 2016
Region 9 Rally
The Region 9 Rally will be held March 14-19 in Shawnee, OK. The theme for this year's rally is "Airstream PowWow!" The parking fee is $23 a night which includes electric, water and sewer. The rally fee is $90 per person which includes 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts. Information for the rally can be found on the Region 9 website - region9.wbcci.net
April 6 - 11, 2016
Florida State Rally
Sunshine Key Resort Park
Big Pine Key, Florida
April 14 – 17, 2016
Alabama State Rally
April 27 – May 1, 2016
Region 3 Rally
Region 8 Rally
Follow the Trails West
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Tennessee State Rally
May 11 - 16, 2016
Region 4 Rally
“Follow the Ruby Brick Road”
June 1 – 6, 2016
Region 2 Rally
June 28 – July 4, 2016
59th International Rally “Because We Can!”
Lewisburg, West Virginia
An open invitation to ALL WBCCI members:
International President Jim Schwerdfeger offers a personal invitation to all WBCCI members to join him at the International Convention/Rally, June 28 – July 4, in Lewisburg, West Virginia. The International Convention/Rally is WBCCI’s largest and longest running rally. It is a showcase of the Wally Byam Way of Life. Over 660 Airstream trailers and motorhomes are anticipated. It is a unique opportunity for members to learn more about their Airstream and meet other members of the club. The activities, Airstream related seminars and entertainment are boundless. See the latest Airstream products and tow vehicles on display. Enjoy the opportunity to talk firsthand with club members, officials and employees of Airstream, Inc. There are more than 50 area attractions to appeal to a wide arrange of interests. Lewisburg is located in the Greenbrier Valley area of West Virginia along with four other communities. Each community offers unique shopping, wonderful dining, vibrant art scenes and great outdoor recreation. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the great state of West Virginia and see some old friends or meet some new friends. If you are interested in attending, contact WBCCI headquarters.
July 21 – 25, 2016
Region 7 Special Event Rally
Monument of Peace Rededication
International Peace Garden
Manitoba/North Dakota Border
The North Dakota Peace Garden Unit, Region 7 and the WBCCI invite you to join them at the most historic and important WBCCI event of the 21st century - the rededication of the WBCCI Monument of Peace at the International Peace Garden. Rally includes 4 nights of parking, dinners, breakfast, tours and more. The Rededication Celebration will be on Sunday, July 24, starting at 2:00 pm with the presentation of the monument to the Peace Gardens and this will commemorate 200 years of peace between our two countries – Canada and the United States. More information will be posted on the Region 7 website at www.Region7.wbcci.net.
July 27 – August 1, 2016
Region 10 Rally
Kickin’ Back in Kalispell
August 3 – 7, 2016
Michigan State Rally
“Reminiscing in Ravenna”
August 4 – 7, 2016
Region 1 Rally
August 7 – 14, 2016
Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention
15th Special Event Rally
Region 3 will again be the host of the 15th Special Event Rally in Galax, Virginia for the 81st Old Time Fiddler’s Convention August 8-13. The Fiddler’s Convention is six days of continuous entertainment while the rally will have special concerts by Wayne Henderson and Friends, and the Junior Appalachian Musicians as well as a tour of Wayne’s shop and his extraordinary museum, a breakfast, dinner, and melon “cutting” included. Rally fee is $50 per person, $20 children 12-16. Limited to 45 rigs. The rally campsites will be at the Cool Breeze Campground that has three point hook-ups, 30 and 50-amp service, cable TV, and wireless Internet for $30 per night (plus tax). There will be on-site entertainment. The website address is: http://coolbreezecampground.com and phone number is 866-342-0300. Just call the campground to reserve your campsite and spot in the rally. Pay the rally fee on your arrival. Note: entrance fee to the Fiddlers Convention is not included in the rally fee.
August 17 – 22, 2016
Tall Ships Special Event Rally
A Special Events/Region 7 Rally is being planned for August 17-22 with new events and tours. This event will feature something for everyone who loves to travel including a visit to the Cirrus Aircraft complex, the Scenic Railroad for a day trip to Two Harbors, and of course the parade of the Tall Ships. The bustling Duluth Waterfront will also have a full complement of vendors, artisans, music, reenactments, entertainment and a secret surprise. So mark your calendar and watch for further updates. This is an event you do not want to miss. Contact: Linda Agre 320-295-1117.
September 8 – 11, 2016
Old Thresher’s 36th Anniversary Special Event Rally
September 12 – 18, 2016
Pendleton Round-Up National Rally
September 16 – 18, 2016
New York State Rally
Angelica, New York
September 24 – October 2, 2016
54th Annual Swiss Festival National Rally
September 30 – October 4, 2016
Balloon Fiesta National Rally
Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 5 – 9, 2016
Storytelling Festival Special Event Rally
October 15 - 23, 2016
Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival Rally
December 29, 2016 – January 2, 2017
36th Annual Rose Parade Special Event Rally
Region 12 will host the Rose Parade Rally in Pasadena, CA from December 28, 2016 – January 1, 2017. The rally is a dry camping event blocks from Colorado Blvd. and the 128th Rose Parade. The rally includes four nights of dry camping (No water, electricity or dump). Enjoy breakfasts, dinners, tours and reserved grandstand seats for perfect viewing of the parade. The Rally is always fun. Pasadena offers tourist attractions, shopping across the street from the campsite, Tournament of Roses activities and ringing in the New Year with your WBCCI friends. More information at Region 12 website: region12.wbcci.net
Peter McDonald spoke for over an hour on the Navajo Culture and the story of the Code Talkers to a standing-room only crowd in the VAC tent.
Peter MacDonald (born 1928) is a Native American politician and the only four term Chairman of the Navajo Tribe. MacDonald was born in Arizona, and served the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II as a Navajo Code Talker. He was first elected Navajo Tribal Chairman in 1970.
Raised among traditional shepherds and groomed as a medicine man, MacDonald entered the Marine Corps as a Navajo language code talker during World War II. The war ended soon after his training was complete and he was deployed in post-war China to guard surrendered Japanese officers.
After the war, MacDonald earned an electrical engineering degree at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation, his acumen secured a job at the Hughes Aircraft Company, working on the Polaris nuclear missile project. He returned to the Navajo Nation in 1963 and began a career in tribal politics.
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Wally Byam Caravan Club International
60th WBCCI International Rally July 22-29, 2017 Escanaba, Michigan
Solar and Generator sites are AVAILABLE. Solar and Generator camping will have water and pumpouts. You can register for those sites NOW click HERE to Register..
Rally Fees – $175.00 for an RV On-Site; $95.00 for each Adult (18+); $30.00 for each Youth 13-17; Children (12 & Under) – FREE; Lifetime Member Discount 20.00; Non Electric Camping Discount $50.00.
There will be two (2) sections for Non Electric Camping - #1 – Solar Area (no generators permited) and #2 – Generator Area where usage will be allowed between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Non Electric Camping will have water and pump outs provided on a regular schedule.
A $50.00 surcharge will be assessed if you arrive on-site and have not pre-registered.
Payments by PayPal will be assessed a $5.00 service fee.
Handicapped Parking – Special parking to be provided, if requested, near the central rally area for members with a doctor approved state/government issued permit on file with the Corporate Manager of WBCCI prior to arriving at the rally site.
Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members registering on or before January 1, 2017, will be eligible to partcipate in a drawing for up to a total of $2,000.00 in awards. The award may be redeemed at any Airstream Dealership or at the Jackson Center Service Facility for parts and service.
Free parking in the Bull Pen, with no services, is permited for the night before your parking date. Additional nights prior to your parking date will be at the rate of $25.00/night, payable at Verification.
FEE REFUND POLICY – Refund requests must be postmarked by May 31, 2017, and must include the complete Rally pass. All cancellations will be assessed a $50.00 administrative fee. Refund requests after June 1, 2017 may be subject to a 50% refund on approval of the International Rally Committee. NO refunds after July 21, 2017.
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The 60th WBCCI International Rally will be held at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, Michigan July 22–29, 2017. (Note the Dates) President Richard Girard and his wife Jan enthusiastically encourage you to attend! The UP is a popular destination. Lay your plans now!
Holy Wah! Ya tinkn t’go ta Escanaba in da heart and soul of da U.P., dat Superior State? You betcha, you in for BIG treat! Hey! What da heck? Read on...
Escanaba (Elevation 607 ft.), is the 3 rd largest city in the U.P. Incidentally, the U.P. stands for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, often referred to as God’s Country, located just north of the Mackinac Bridge and south of Heaven. The people from the UP are known as Yoopers. (There are 3 types: Native...born in the UP, Long Timers...lived in the UP most of their lives, and just plain Yoopers...everyone else who lives there) The official language is Yoopanese (a dialect of English native to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Yoopers are fiercely proud of their land, heritage (primarily Scandinavian) and way of life.
Escanaba is a town of about 12,500, located in Delta County (county population of nearly 36,000) which boasts over 200 miles of varied fresh water shoreline, the most of any county in the continental United States, including beautiful sand beaches, marshes and wetlands for bird and wildlife viewing, as well as stunning limestone cliffs. Escanaba is in the Eastern time zone.
The North woods of Michigan is legendary for an abundance of wildlife including black bear, moose, wolf, fox, beaver, quail, grouse, wild turkey, rabbit and the white tail deer. Some of the best hunting and fishing in the world exists here! Come prepared for fresh PURE air and crystal clear water!
Some interesting history about the UP: The UP didn’t use to belong to Michigan! To make a long story short, Michigan owned the Toledo Strip which Ohio wanted badly. After years of bickering and some bloodshed (a stabbing and a dead pig sothe story goes) a deal was finally struck: Michigan conceded to the “wasteland of the UP” for the Toledo Strip. However, it turns out that logging and minerals proved to be a GREAT asset and wealth for the State of Michigan. In fact, the steel used to build your tow vehicles probably came from the rich iron ore mines of the UP, many of which are still active today, along with copper, nickel and gold. Logging continues to exist and paper mills are an important industry.
Another interesting tidbit: The Monarch Butterflies’ annual migration passes through here just north and east of Escanaba on the Bay de Noc in late summer, August and September, as thousands of the beautiful orange butterflies rest-up and await a north wind to help carry them across the open waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay to Door County in Wisconsin en route to Mexico.
Back to Escanaba. There are few worries about traffic jams, car crashes, crime or severe weather in Escanaba. Nestled near the top of Lake Michigan, on Little Bay de Noc, miles of beautiful sandy public beaches, bike paths, light houses, and hiking trails await you, along with championship golf courses, fishing, bird watching, boating, and casinos. In fact, there is so much to do in the UP, you could spend your whole summer here and many folks do just that!
In 1920, Henry Ford wrote about Yooperland, “It’s one of the prettiest places in the world!” Did you know there’s even a movie about Escanaba? Jeff Daniels starred in the 2001 movie, Escanaba in da Moonlight, a comedy about Yoopers and their sacred Deer Camp.
You might be thinking, what’s there to do in such a small town? Plenty! Folks travel from all over to visit Escanaba and the UP. While you won’t find many big box stores and few franchise restaurants, nonetheless, Escanaba has much to offer.
Article by:Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587Contributed by: Bill and Marti Upton, WBCCI #3691Long-Time Yoopers
Your 2017 WBCCI International will be held in Escanaba, MI, July 22-29. It will be a sellout. Currently, water and electric sites have a standby list, but solar and generator are still available and will have water and pump outs.
Here is some helpful information for those new to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Let’s start with the basics. We call the Upper Peninsula the UP, pronounced YOU PEE. (Really!) And we call ourselves YOOPERS. (Really!)
Escanaba, the site of the Upper Peninsula State Fairground, is pronounced - ES KA NAH’ BAH, emphasis is on the NAH. Escanaba translates loosely to mean “Flat Rock.” Escanaba is the third largest city in the UP and a significant Lake Michigan port.
Getting Around the UP. Since the UP is bordered on the North by Lake Superior and the South by Lake Michigan, there are not too many ways to enter and leave! From the West, US 2 and US 41 are the major highways from Wisconsin. From the South, the lower peninsula of Michigan, I-75 crosses the Mackinac Bridge. (“Mackinac” is pronounced MACK-IN-AW, by the way.) Coming fromthe North, Ontario, Canadians can cross the international bridge at Sault Ste. Marie, pronounced SOO SAINT MARIE. The full name of the town (on both sides of the border) is Sault Sainte Marie, but for some reason the abbreviation Ste. is almost always used on maps. The French name translates into English as “the rapids of Saint Marie.” When they built the locks around the rapids for Great Lakes shipping, they just called them the Soo Locks!
The UP is quite long in the East-West direction. Believe it or not, Detroit is closer to New York City than it is to Copper Harbor at the northwest end of the UP. This leads to a slight additional complication: the UP crosses two time zones. The west end of the UP, which overlaps Wisconsin, is in the Central time zone. The rest of the UP - including Escanaba - is in the Eastern time zone.All events at the Escanaba International will be scheduled on the EASTERN TIME ZONE.
Conversely, the UP is pretty short in the North-South direction. From Escanaba it’s only 60 - 70 miles to Marquette and Munising on the Lake Superior shore. Both cities have lots of things to see - waterfalls, Pictured Rocks boat tour, lighthouses, museums, etc. Marquette is the largest city in the UP.
There are five Great Lakes. Maybe you have seen each of them. The five Great Lakes are Superior, Michigan, Erie, Huron and Ontario. (But some of us who live in Marquette say “Four Great Lakes and One Superior!”)
You will be driving right by Lake Michigan as you arrive in Escanaba from either the south or the east. Escanaba is located between two of Lake Michigan’s bays, the Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc. The names come from the Nocquet tribe of Native Americans who lived here. The “Bay of the Nocquet” has been shortened to “Bay de Noc.” The Bays de Noc offer many recreational possibilities. They are known for excellent Walleye fishing, and guides and charter boats are available. The Bays are also known for SCUBA diving, with unusually clear water and lots of shipwrecks to explore. On the East side of the Big Bay de Noc is Fayette Historic State Park, a restored 19th Century iron smelter and its surrounding town.
Lake Michigan’s name possibly derived from the word Mishigami, meaning Great Water in the Ojibwa language. The Algonquian (spelled lots of ways) explanation is that the word is Misschiganin, meaning Big Lake or Large Body of Water. (Incidentally, various places you will hear that the UP is inhabited by the Chippewa, Ojibwe, Ojibiwa and Anishinabe Indians - all English names for the same nation.)
While you are in Escanaba, make sure to drive to the end of Ludington Street to view the water, see Ludington Park, and check out the marina. It is a pretty drive and easy to find.
Whew. That’s enough to learn for now. Next month, let’s talk about play!
Article by:Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587
There are many places to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Escanaba area. While I have patronized several of these places, let’s mention them in no particular order, and let you decide which ones catch your interest. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at the Stonehouse, located at the corner of US 2/US 41 and M35 (2223 Ludington, Escanaba). There is a lounge. Their menu includes fish, salads, sandwiches and steak.
Don’t miss breakfast at the Family Inn (6380 N 11th Street, Escanaba). You will notice the “regulars” have their own section and your waitresses will keep your coffee cup full. The Buck Inn (6696 US 2, Wells) is just north of the Fairgrounds. The Buck Inn has been known for its burgers and features the Buck Burger. On Monday, they may still have “all you can eat” wings.
One of the special spots to dine is The Log Cabin (7525 US 2 & 41, Gladstone). The Log Cabin is very picturesque as it overlooks the Bay. It’s closed on Monday. Hereford and Hops (624 Ludington) is located in downtown Escanaba. This is your Brew Pub and Steak place! It offers a comfortable atmosphere. Reservations suggested. 906-789-1945.
For an excellent view of Lake Michigan, The Terrace Bay Inn will please you. It is located in Gladstone along US 2/41 & M35. To reserve your view, call 906-786-6774. If you want to visit the local casino before or after having supper, take a drive west on US 2 to Bark River/Harris. The Island Resort and Chip In Casino provides two restaurants, usually has weekend entertainment and a few games of chance. They have a campground. To check availability, call 800-682-6040.
Many choices are available for pizza, as you may expect in a city the size of Escanaba. AND… a bit about the drink you will find in the Escanaba area, specifically, craft beer. For more detail, you might consult Upper Peninsula Beer: A History of Brewing Above the Bridge by Russell Magnaghi, The History Press.
During the Colonial era (1620-1796) the Upper Peninsula area was controlled through Canada by the French, and after 1760, by the English. The first beer, spruce beer, was introduced at this time. While history shows that brandy and rum were more popular, German immigrants brought the art of brewing to the Upper Peninsula around 1850. Prohibition (1916-1933) caused the closure of UP breweries, which could not compete with Milwaukee breweries after repeal.
The last brewery in the Upper Peninsula was Bosch, which closed its doors in 1973. Twenty-one years passed before the region’s first microbrewery, Hereford and Hops, opened in Escanaba.
More information about the 16 breweries currently in the Upper Peninsula will be provided in a future article. Most of all, whether you seek breakfast, lunch or dinner, enjoy the casual atmosphere of the Escanaba establishments. You will find Yoopers to be interested in why you are visiting and where you live. ENJOY!
Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587
The Upper Peninsula has witnessed a lot of history since it became part of Michigan in 1837, and much of it can be seen near Escanaba. Here are seven historical attractions within 50 miles of the 2017 International Rally:
You can begin right in Escanaba with the Sand Point Lighthouse and Museum, operated by the Delta County Historical Society. Escanaba became an important Lake Michigan port early in the 1800s. The Sand Point Lighthouse was built in 1867 to help keep ships off of the sandbars of the Little Bay de Noc. Ironically, the appointed lighthouse keeper, John Terry, died just before the lighthouse was completed and his wife, Mary Terry, took over the job, becoming one of the first women lighthouse keepers.
Thirty miles up the road in Hermansville is the IXL Historical Museum, commemorating the logging industry in the UP. The main building was the 1878 headquarters of the Wisconsin Land and Lumber Company, a manufacturer of millwork such as windows, doors, and flooring. Their trademark was IXL in a circle, signifying “I excel”. The museum contains artifacts of the company’s operations and life in the town that the company supported.
A little farther up the road in Norway, Michigan is the Jake Menghini Historical Museum, displaying various aspects of life in the town of Norway over the last 125 years. Jake started collecting “stuff” as a child in the early years of the 20th century, and when he passed away he willed it to the city, so they had to open the museum!
The City of Iron Mountain has three signicant museums all by itself. Two occupy adjacent buildings, the Cornish Pumping Engine Museum and the World War II Glider and Military Museum.
The Chapin Mine in Iron Mountain was the largest producing iron mine on the Menominee Range in the late 1800s, but it was also the wettest, requiring the removal of four and a half million gallons of water per day. For this purpose the company ordered a Cornish pumping engine from the E. P. Allis Company.
This proved to be the largest reciprocating steam engine ever built in the United States. It is on display at the Cornish Pump and Mining Museum, along with a variety of mining equipment. The reason the WW II Glider and Military Museum is located in Iron Mountain is not so obvious until you know the story. Henry Ford had a large presence in the UP at the time of World War II, and was interested in the mass production of aircraft. The US needed thousands of cargo gliders for airborne operations, and Ford adapted a plant in the nearby suburb of Kingsford to the manufacture of CG-4 gliders. The plant built more than 4,000 of the nearly 14,000 produced, more than any other factory.
The third Iron Mountain museum is the Menominee Range Historical Museum housed in the former Carnegie Public Library. It contains several exhibits portraying daily life in the area, from the Menominee tribe up to the mid-20th century.
In future issues, we will consider other UP historical sights more distant, in the hope that you will have time to range farther afield before or after the International.
Here you will find all of the files you might need to participate in the 2013 International Rally in Huron, SD.
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