Hey Swap Meet Friends,
Just wanted to give you a reminder that the Big Country Swap Meet will again be held at the Big Country Raceway (Abilene Dragstrip) on March 29-30, 2019. We will allow vendors only to get in on Thursday the 28th to get an early setup. We are already hearing from many new vendors, so it promises to be another great swapmeet.
One new addition will be that we are working with The Tailgate Team from here in Abilene who are planning to have some of their fantastic canopies available for rent. They will have 10×10 and 10×20 units available for rent. Save your trailer space for more stuff and offer your wares in shady comfort!
Also, we have had such great success with the “Car Club Package” (10 spaces for only $200!) that we will continue to offer it. If you can’t use that many spots, gather some friends to share the deal and be close so you can sell each other’s stuff while they shop!
If you want to reserve the same spaces you had last year, you can go online and pay directly or drop us an email.
We are excited to see everyone again at this year’s swapmeet!
( Note from Chrysti: this is a complimentary post since they aren’t TCC members but you never know when or where you’ll find a treasure! Randy Young sent this and his dad is Kenneth Young, former member.)
Mike Johnson sent word that Dan Heina passed. This is a link to his obituary. Mike says Dan was the reason he joined the club and he would miss him.
Thanks Mike for letting us know.
The Concho Valley area club meet at Rosa’s Cafe in San Angelo for New Year’s Day lunch. Those attending were: Raymond and Chrysti Love, with granddaughters Skylar and Kaelyn Taylor, Bobbie Love, Les and Carolyn Turner, Ben and Gene Sargent, Lee and Nancy Bennett, Armando and Margaret Trevino, David and Carol Wyatt, Tyler and Jennifer Johnson with Wyatt and Adelaide.
The news of Goldie Aldridge’s death was shared. She and Kenneth were active members of the Abilene group.
We had a great meal and enjoyed being with friends.
Abilene, State Meet 2013
December 7, 1936- December 19, 2019
Karen passed away this morning. She and her husband, Larry, were TCC # 259.
Karen Rose was a true Cushman lover and she used her truckster.
April, 2017, San Angelo, TX
This picture was typical. Friends having a good time!
( Left to right) Gene Sargent, Gloria Henslee,, Sharon Henderson, Karen Rose, Margaret Trevino, Chrysti Love, Belinda Beck, and Betty Mattis.
Over 20 members gathered at Ben and Gene Sargent’s home in Carlsbad, TX for our annual Christmas party. Surprise visitors Sue Martin and her daughter-in- law, Jennifer Martin made it a special night.
( seated) Ted and Eva Grisham, Jennifer and Wyatt Johnson, Bill and Belinda Beck, Ben Sargent, Don Henry. (Standing) Tyler Johnson, Gene Sargent, Jo Ellen Stanley, Sue Martin, Nancy Bennett, Roy Stanley, Lee Bennett, Carolyn and Les Turner, Judy Henry, Raymond Love, and Jennifer Martin. Not pictured: Adelaide Johnson and Chrysti Love
The Potluck supper filled our tummies and the time together filled our hearts. Laughter and gifts were exchanged during the Chinese Christmas exchange. Ben assigned Tyler Johnson the job of calling numbers and keeping order. Tyler did a great job.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our friends.
Gene Perry has arranged an additional ride for June 22-26, 2020. Make your reservation NOW because this area fills quickly. They have a generous cancellation policy.
Read the details and call Gene at 972-768-1081 for more information.
Willow Beach RV, Grayford, TX
We have put together a ride at Possum Kingdom for those not going to the National Cushman Meet. Drive days are June 22 and June 26.
SPACE IS VERY LIMITED, SO WE NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Call Gene at 972-768-1081 if you call for a reservation and they are full or you have concerns.
Willow Beach R V Park
1239 Willow Beach Road, Grayford Tx 76449
Tell Bobby or Peggy Smith you are with the Texas Cushman Club.
Cancellation policy is by end of May.
They have 8 spaces together that are available now. When calling for a reservation, tell them you want one of the 8 sites that are together. They are $48 per night. They have elec and water, but no sewer. They are ok with gray water being released on the grass. They have a dump. The sites are level and have plenty of room for backing.
Hideaway Cabins and Inn
The have 14 units available now at $125 a night. All rooms have two double beds. Motel is older, but ok.
Cancellation policy is 72 hours before arrival
Check in is at 1782 FM 2951 ,Grayford Tx 76449. (Possum Kingdom is actually Grayford). Motel is East of check in on the South side of road. You can only make reservations Monday-Friday.
When calling for reservation tell them you are part of Texas Cushman club.
The motel is in the heart of PK. The campground is about 4 miles North off of hwy 16.
More plans will be shared closer to ride. We plan to have several potluck suppers also.
Participants began gathering Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 at the Microtel Hotel in Aransas Pass, Tx. The weather was cold and rainy…but that didn’t stop us from our Early-Bird dinner plans at The Fisherman’s Daughter in Ingleside, Tx.
We awoke Thursday morning to 42 degrees with 15 MPH wind and rain…but the weatherman said that mess would clear out by noon. NOT. So, we proceeded to caravan to Fulton Beach, Tx to eat lunch at Charlotte Plummers.
It continued to rain throughout the day, but our day was brightened by John and Barbara Allbright who offered their home for drinks and snacks at 5:00 PM.
Friday morning we woke up to a cold and windy but sunny day. 12 Scooters left the Motel with Homer Schelling leading and rode to the ferry to cross over to Port Aransas.
We rode down Mustang Island and crossed over to Padre Island to eat lunch at Doc’s under the Intracoastal Canal Bridge. We were joined by Mike and Grace Patrick, John and Barbara Allbright and grandson Luc Chavez, and Lenny and Jessica from Callallen. After another wonderful meal we proceeded into Corpus Christi and rode the scenic Shoreline Drive down to the T-Head boat docks for a photo op!
We rode across the high bridge to Portland, Tx. to visit Homer Schelling’s home to view his collection of Cushmans and collectibles. We returned to the hotel in Aransas Pass. We gathered at Paradise Cove in Rockport, Tx. for dinner. Besides a wonderful meal we enjoyed music provided by a local singer.
Saturday morning the weather was beautiful. We loaded up and left the motel with Homer leading 9 scooters. We went north out of Aransas Pass to the Goose Island State Park on the north side of Copano Bay to gawk at the BIG Tree that is over 1000 years old. We left Goose Island and returned to Fulton Beach to eat lunch at The Boiling Pot restaurant.
The following participants rode in some or all of the rides: Jerry Krenek and Diana Hybner; Don and Ann Reed; Larry and Ginger Freeze; Mike Johnson; Ray Powers; James and Jane Press; David and Karen Pickett; Mike Patrick; Gene Perry; Paul and Mary Kruska; Don Henry; Tommy and Debi Goode; Homer Schelling and Harlene Wilson and Laura (Paulette) and Harold Arens; John Allbright.
The weather may stop us from riding…but we can still eat!!
Submitted by Debi Goode
John Henslee at the Texas Cushman State Meet, October 10, 2019
Starbuck Funeral Home
201 Edwards St
Merkel, TX 79536
Johnny Ford Henslee, 79, died Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Hendrick Medical Center. He was born November 27, 1939 in Merkel, Texas. He was the son of Walter and Della Henslee. He married Gloria Veitengruber February 19, 1967 in Lucas, Kansas.
John enjoyed shooting trap, riding Cushman Scooters, and farming and ranching.
He was proceeded in death by his parents Walter and Della Henslee.
John is survived by his beloved wife Gloria Henslee of Merkel; daughter Candice Scott and Husband Spencer of Merkel; daughter Dawn Brenem and husband Scotty of Merkel; grandchildren Hunter Scott; Katelin Millikin; Jacob Brenem; Tate Brenem; and great grandchildren Kadence; and soon to be great grandchild Kimber.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday, October 18, 2019 in the Chapel of Starbuck Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, October 19, 2019 at First Methodist Church of Merkel with Rhonda Greenwood and Lou David Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
There are pictures being added to the “2019 37th State Meet” tab on the website. Here are the officers for the year and the Founder’s Award recipent.
Larry Freeze- Vice President, Richard Kesselus- President, Chrysti Love- Secretaty, Tommy Goode- Treasurer and Technical Advisor, and Gene Perry- Editor
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Frank Turbeville, Jack Miller, Ben Sargent, James Press, Raymond Love, and Twig Branch
2019 Founder’s Award
Raymond Love with President Richard Kesselus
We regret to share the news that John Henslee, TCC # 1200, has passed away this afternoon, October 16, 2019.
I will post the obituary when I have received it.
John was a gentleman who cared deeply for others. He will be missed.