Presidential News: We are pleased to learn that Carl is back home and on the road to recovery.
Updated Summer Tour Schedule
The GMR Board continues make plans for the 2020 Tour Schedule while monitoring official COVID-19 restrictions. The below schedule is subject to change due to government directives so be sure to check the GMR website and the Mountaineer often for further updates. In the meantime – stay safe.
Important information for Tour Participants
In addition to the usual Liability Waiver that we all sign during the tour briefings the PCA now requires that all event participants complete the Communicable Disease Waiver. This waiver must be signed by drivers AND partners and remains in force until May 15, 2021.
Events Chair Duffy Miller requests that we download and sign both waivers in advance of the July 11 tour (Berlin-Windsor) and bring the completed documents to the Tour. This will assist with pre-tour social distancing and help to avoid contact with pens and clipboards, and will speed up the process of the briefings. And don’t forget your masks!
From the PCA – Participants are encouraged to stay home if you are at higher risk for severe illness, if you are sick, or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.”
July 11th, Saturday
The GMR PCA will hold its first driving tour of the season on Saturday, July 11th, 2020. Given the ongoing COVID-19 guidelines, the event will focus on the drive itself, ensuring that the health guidelines recommended are followed.
- Meeting place: we will meet at the Maplewoods Gas / Truck Stop just off I-89, Exit 7, in Berlin, VT. Take Exit 7, proceed to the first light, turn right, and Maplewoods is about 1/4 mile on the right side of the road. There is plenty of parking and easily accessible gas pumps. The balance of the tour route is currently being developed and will start in Berlin, VT, and end in Windsor, VT.
- Drivers’ meeting at 8:45am with the drive will start at 9.00am. You will need to sign the PCA and Communicable Disease Waiver forms.
- Drivers and passengers are asked to wear masks at the drivers’ meeting, and to follow distancing guidelines.
Dining / visiting local sites after the tour is On-Your-Own: Securing a venue for 30-50 club members at this time was not possible given the current health restrictions. Restaurants are still only offering take-out or limited seated dining. So, there is no official luncheon or event after the drive. However – there are numerous places to visit, eat, picnic, and tour in the greater Windsor area, and members are encouraged to make arrangements to eat or visit local sites on their own, or when possible in small groups with other members. Please note – if you plan to dine at any local establishment, reservations are needed, and seating will be limited. Plan ahead, and plan early to make sure you are able to enjoy sites or the restaurant of your choice once the tour ends. If you are considering takeout, you may want to plan a picnic in the area.
Here are some suggestions for eating or “after the drive” sights to visit:
- Harpoon Brewery – Brew house in Windsor, dining and tours available, reservations required, limited seating inside and outside. https://www.harpoonbrewery.com or call 802-674-5491;221
- Windsor Station Restaurant, located in the old Windsor depot. Reservations required, limited seating, and takeout available. https://www.windsorstationvt.com or call 802-674-4180, online ordering is also available for takeout.
- Au Jus – indoor and outside seating, reservations required, https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/AuJus-101135744568595/ (Facebook page) call 802-674-4638.
- Boston Dreams, Coffee House, ice cream, sports gallery. Online / takeout orders http://bostondreams.com online order only
- Brownsville Butcher and Pantry (https://www.facebook.com/brownsvillebutcherandpantry/), (802) 546-2900
- Maple Kitchen, 802-484-7711 at the Ascutney Resort (Brownsville) dinner only, opens at 4pm for folks wanting to eat after touring the area. http://www.maplekitchenvt.com
- Woodstock, VT is a short drive away, less than 20 miles
There also are plenty of local sites to visit – this page from the town website has information on historical sites: http://www.windsorvt.org/history
- American Precision Museum https://americanprecision.org
- Old Constitution House 802-674-6628
- Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site
- Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge
- Fowler-Steele House – Heritage site
August 14th & 15th
Club member Bob Rubin has put together a stay over at the Grey Ghost Inn, in West Dover, VT on Friday, August 14th, and will lead a tour through the roads of Vermont’s southern region on Saturday, August 15th.
Driving Tour: Saturday, August 15th – the driver’s meeting will be held at the Grey Ghost Inn parking lot at 8:30am, with the tour starting by 9am. The tour will end back in West Dover, where members are encouraged to join others for lunch, picnic, touring or other activities. More information about local dining possibilities will be shared closer to the event.
Grey Ghost room reservations: Club members are offered a special room and breakfast rate at the Grey Ghost Inn. Visit their website https://www.grayghostinn.com or call 802-464-2474 to make reservations. Space is limited, so call early to reserve a room for this event. If Grey Ghost rooms become sold-out, check out the region for other overnight room possibilities – there are plenty of places to stay in the West Dover area.
- September 19 – Early planning is for a tour in the greater Burlington area. Stay tuned for upcoming details.
- October 10 – Fall Foliage Tour & Membership Meeting. For our Fall Membership meeting we will be returning to Killington, VT. The route is still under development.
- December 5 – Holiday dinner and party will most likely take place at the Hotel Vermont in Burlington.
Other events that may be of interest to GMR PCA club members. Please be advised that this event is not sponsored by Green Mountain Region nor the Porsche Club of America
- October 2-4 – Chester VT “Wheels in the Field” event that will feature classic Porsches across from the town Green at the Historic Academy Building grounds, and watch the exciting Scottish Trials on BMW GS Motorcycles. For information – click here.
Thanks to the efforts by our Membership Chair, Brad Kennison, Green Mountain Region will have a more visible presence at our as well as other non-GMR events.
Porsche Related Diversions from Covid-19
- Take a Virtual Tour of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart
- The Porsche Newsroom Newsletter
- Porsche Club of America
- PCA Sim Racing Series
- Endurance: The Documentary about Porsche at the Two Toughest GT Races in the World
Be sure to check out the “Ask Jason” column for maintenance tips and suggestions
Would you like to have a Green Mountain Name Badge for GMR Events?
If so, name tags can be ordered by emailing a request to our Treasurer, Christina McCaffrey at Christina.McCaffrey@uvmhealth.org. The cost is $15 per badge. Be sure to spell your name(s) correctly! All members and spouses/ significant others are encouraged to use the name badges on tours and other club events.
Green Mountain Region Board Meetings. Are you interested in “attending” our Board meetings? The Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm EDT via video conference. If you would like to join us please let Carl Wulfestieg (email@example.com) know and he will provide you with the log-in protocols using the Zoom Video Conferencing application.