Friday, August 28, 2015

The Dogwood Chapter

September Rally

by Ed Fisher

Place - Ed Fisher's shop, 147 Urbanna Road, Saluda VA 23149. Free dry camping. Limited electricity, enough to charge batteries, run lights and TV. Bring extension cords. Two coaches per 20 amp service.This is for up to 12 coaches. Additional coaches in overflow, with no electricity.

When:  Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12.  Early arrivals welcome.

Thursday evening, group dinner at local restaurant for early arrivals. Attendees order from menu and pay Dutch.

Saturday and Sunday breakfast cooked by volunteers, with fixins included in rally fee.

All lunches are on your own.

Friday dinner. Bring the meat of your choice to be grilled on community gas grille. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Saturday dinner. Ed Fisher's famous smoked Eastern NC bar-b-que (vinegar based), with cole slaw, hush puppies, and soft drinks, all furnished in rally fee. Bring a desert to share.

Activities:  Saturday morning, the Urbanna farmers market.  Friday and Saturday throughout the day boat rides in local waters, groups of 5 or so, 30 minutes or so, free. All week end, bull sessions, etc. Social hour on Friday and Saturday at 5:00 pm.  Snacks furnished in rally fee. Bring your own alcohol.

There will be 2 door prizes. Each coach will get one ticket. Prizes will each be for a trip for two in Ed Fisher's airplane for lunch on Tangier Island. Cost of lunch not included. We will do this as time permits on Saturday or Sunday.  Drawing will be Friday at the social hour.

For all meals, bring your own plates, cups, and utensils.

Rally fee is not firm, but will be around $30.00 per coach.

Christmas Rally

by Wilt Greenwood

The annual Christmas Rally will be held December 4 - December 6, 2015 at the Americamps RV Resort in Ashland – 11322 Air Park Road, Ashland, VA 23005. For a description of the campground, click here to see their website. Your hosts are Wilt & Barbara Greenwood and Ed & Connie Tilman.

Campground Reservations: Make your reservations directly with the Americamps RV Resort at 1-804-798-5298. Tell them you are with the Dogwood Chapter FMCA to get the special rally rate of $35 per night for 50 amp full hookup sites (applies to Wednesday and Thursday nights also, if you want to come early). A block of 25 contiguous sites has been reserved for us.

Directions: Take Exit 89 (Route 802 – Lewistown Road) off I-95. From the south, turn right at the end of the ramp and then immediately right again onto Route 809 – use care; this is a tight turn. From the north, turn left at the end of the ramp, cross over the Interstate, and turn right onto Route 809. Follow 809 a little less than a mile to the Americamps on your left.

Rally fees for the weekend are $18 per person and cover dinners for Friday and Saturday and breakfasts for Saturday and Sunday (the fee calculation takes into account the fact that the Chapter is providing a $20 per person subsidy for the rally – don’t worry, you’ll be getting your money’s worth!). Please bring your own beverages, plates, and utensils to all meals. Please register with Connie Tilman as early as possible, but no later than November 15th.

Note: The Chapter voted at the Galax rally to donate $100 from the treasury to a local food bank at the Christmas rally, and also to encourage the rally attendees to donate some food on an individual basis. Please bring a few non-perishable food items to contribute, and President Buck will arrange for a Food Bank representative to be present to accept them on Saturday afternoon.

Schedule: Free waffle breakfasts, including juice and coffee, are available courtesy of the campground at 9:00 Thursday and Friday mornings. A free hot dog meal will also be available Thursday evening.

Friday afternoon, 1:00 – 3:00: Optional craft class (Christmas Wreath) at Colesville Nursery (click here to see their website). Those of you who attended the Rappahannock River Rally at the Schoolars’ will remember that Steve Greenwood’s friend Gene Lentz works for Colesville, and he offered to set us up for this class. There seemed to be a lot of interest among the ladies, so we’ve added it to our itinerary. Cost will be $30 per person, payable with your rally fee, which includes all materials and instruction. We’re asking for money in advance so we can get an accurate true count – the class is limited to 25 and fills up early, so Colesville is giving us first shot before they open it to the public.

Friday afternoon, 4:00: Optional side trip to the nearby Center Of The Universe Brewing Company (click here to see their website,) for a Craft Beer Tasting. COTU is within easy walking distance of Americamps, so there’s no need to take a chance with driving after you sample their wide range of local brews. A full tasting of seven beers runs approximately $13, but of course you can check them out individually if you prefer. There will probably be food trucks at the brewery, so this can take the place of happy hour if you’re so inclined. If you don’t like beer or prefer something else, the Rally Room at the campground will be available for Happy Hour during the same time period.

Friday evening, 6:00: Dinner in the Rally Room - pulled pork barbeque, slaw, potato salad, baked beans, sauce, and Martin's potato buns (from “Q” Barbeque), provided by hosts.

Saturday morning, 9:00: Full bacon and egg breakfast provided by hosts (including the campground’s free waffles, coffee, and juice), followed by a business meeting at 10:00.

Saturday afternoon, 4:00 (approximately) – acceptance of check and food items by a representative of the local Food Bank.

Saturday evening: 5:00 happy hour followed by 6:00 dinner. Catered Prime Rib dinner from EAT Caterers, provided by hosts – prime rib carved on site with homemade sauces, roasted potatoes, fresh rolls, veggies, and dessert.

Saturday evening, 7:30 – Traditional Yankee Swap gift exchange. Bring one unsigned gift per coach (maximum value $25) and be prepared to be victimized by people you thought were your friends.

Sunday morning, 9:00: Hitch-up Continental breakfast plus sausage patties, provided by the hosts, with the usual free waffles, coffee and juice from the campground.

Attendees as of 11/6: Alexander, Gilbert, Cockrell, Schoolar, Greenwood, Tilman, Hunter (new members), Saul (new members), Johnston, Allen, Anderson, Warthan, Bonewitz, Reid, Buchanan, Dodge, Hill (new members), Buelow, Hicks


Dogwood Christmas Rally at Americamps in Ashland, VA
December 4 - December 6, 2013

Names: ____________________________________________

____ Number of people at $18 each = $_________

____ Number of people attending Craft Class (Christmas Wreath) at $30 each = $_________

Total Amount Enclosed = $_________

Mail check payable to, and mail to: Connie Tilman, 3566 Old River Trail, Powhatan, VA 23139-4201. Cutoff date is 11/15, but please confirm as soon as you can so we can get an accurate count, both for the campground and for the Christmas Wreath Craft Class!


GEAR, the greater eastern area rally, will be held October 15-18 in Ashville NC.  

Attendees as of 10/9:  Buelows, Tilman, Cummings, Sohles, Alexanders, Greenwood

Urbanna Oyster Festival Rally

Dogwood will have a rally November 6 - 8 at Ed Fisher's garage in conjunction with the Urbanna Oyster Festival.  Click here to link to the festival's web site.

In the past the coaches have parked around his garage then members congregated inside for meals and socializing. We will be dry camping (limited electricity available for some coaches), however, there is water, electricity and a bathroom inside the garage. Early arrivers on Thursday (5th) probably will go to dinner at a local restaurant. Friday and Saturday meals will be pot luck and oysters (steamed, fried, & stewed).  The Alexanders 
are planning on making a pot of chili and cornbread for Friday night to go along with oysters etc. Berkley is planning on making oyster stew again.

Coach limit is about 15.

Call or email Berkley at (804-754-1308) (

Tentative schedule  (Flexible)
Thursday:  dinner at local restaurant
Friday:   Festival begins.  Car pool to town
    Happy Hour
    Dinner- Chili & oysters  (pot luck)    
Saturday:  Breakfast pot luck
    Lunch- on own
    Happy  Hour
    Dinner- more oysters & (pot luck)
Sunday:  Breakfast - leftovers

Message from VP of Rallies

The Rappahannock cruise weekend was not only quite hot, but it was awesome. It all began with a wonderful "home cooked" meal at the Schoolars home on Friday evening. The cruise up the Rappahannock to Leedstown was delightful. And of course Lowerys restaurant did not let us down.  I think the Tangier weekend and the Rappahannock weekend are now tied for 1st place.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Eds garage Sept. 11-14.  Who's going to win a trip to Tangier for lunch?? Be sure to set the dates to be there.


Highlights from Rappahannock River Wine Cruise Rally

by Wilt Greenwood

Our early Summer Rappahannock River Wine Cruise Rally, Hosted by the Schoolars and the Greenwoods on June 12 through 15, turned out to be a very enjoyable event, despite the crippling heat wave that passed through Virginia that weekend.  Sixteen coaches braved the 100+ degree temperatures to dry camp at Fairleigh and Cil Schoolar’s business location, the Top Shop at Bray’s Fork (where Fairleigh’s team manufactures high-end counter tops for upscale kitchens).  Fairleigh managed to provide limited electricity for many of the coaches, but the heat forced all but a very few to run their generators at least a portion of the time.  This was not really a problem – the Schoolars had plenty of space for the exhaust fumes to dissipate – and everyone managed to keep cool, at least while in the coaches.

We had a total of 32 ½ people at some point during the rally, although not all were present all the time (the ½ was the Tilmans’ grandson Thomas, who got more fun out of the event than anyone).  Most folks arrived Thursday night, and some went into Tappahannock to eat out while others just hung around the coaches and sweltered.  Friday was a free day, to explore Tappahannock and Essex County or just hang out, and then on Friday evening we were treated to a Guamanian dinner at the Schoolars’ home, prepared by Executive Chef Cil, with the assistance of a horde of hapless volunteers who just did what they were told.  Fairleigh and Ed Tilman handled the meat, cooking a truly enormous amount of barbecued ribs and chicken over Fairleigh’s charcoal grill.  Everything was excellent, as usual, and many recipes were copied down by the wives in the group.

After sleeping off the food for a while Saturday, we all gathered at Hoskins Creek around 9:00 to board the Captain Thomas.  We took up about half the boat for our trip up the Rappahannock to Ingleside Vineyards for a winery tour, wine tasting, and lunch.  The fact that we were running into the prevailing breeze kept us all cool enough to enjoy the boat ride, and we saw some nesting eagles on our way up the river.  The meal was a very nice luncheon buffet, the tour was informative, and the wines were really good – Virginia is becoming quite a well-respected wine producer.  The only drawback was that the trip back, running with the wind instead of against it, was not quite as comfortable as the ride up!

After the boat ride, we all returned to the coaches for a short break and happy hour before traveling into town for dinner at Lowery’s, a Tappahannock tradition for several decades.  Back to the coaches for Saturday night, and then a Quite-A-Bit-More-Than-A Continental Breakfast on Sunday morning to fortify us for our respective trips back home.  All in all, a great rally and a pleasant weekend. 

Click here to view rally photos.  

Highlights from the Galax Rally

by Barbara Dyke

The Galax Rally, July 13-19, 2015, was hosted by Alexanders, Buelows and Dykes, and attended by the Allens, Alexanders, Bonewitz, Buchanans, Buelows, Cummings, Dykes, Fisher and Miller, Dave Harlow, Hicks, Reids, and Sohles. Members had the option of attending various venues at different times and gathered each morning for breakfast in clubhouse. If they were back at campground for happy hour we joined for shared goodies. Linda Buchanan reserved for next year.   Click here to view photos from the rally.  

Highlights from Jim Buelow's Driving Experience

Several members joined the Buelows at Richmond International Raceway to watch Jim (SMOKE, ROWDY, HAPPY, The INTIMIDATOR, CRASH, LEWY the LIPSHITS) Buelow take the ride of his life in the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. Jim received a Christmas gift from his daughter and her family to ride for 3 laps with a professional driver, then take to the track on his own for 12 laps.   Dogwood members, family and friends cheered as Jim raced along the track.  After members returned to the campground, Jim got to take another 12 laps as there was a mix up with the photos the race folks were to give him.  Afterwards all enjoyed a barbeque lunch and camaraderie.  Click here to view photos.

Business Meeting Reports

A business meeting was held July 18, 2015 at the Galax rally.  Click to view the secretary's minutes and the treasurer's report.

Member Updates

A former long time Dogwood member, Buddy Franklin, has passed away.  Click here for his obituary.  Our condolences to Jean and their family, 7458 Seven Springs Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

Dogwood currently has 40 members.