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April 17 Plateau Corvette Club members drove on the twisty and scenic back roads to Bell Buckle Cafe in Bell Buckle, Tennessee for lunch. They also tried the world famous Moon Pie Sundae – served in a variety of flavors. After lunch they traveled to the Short Mountain Distillery in Woodbury, Tennessee, where they toured and tasted various products  and visited their gift shop. On their way home they stopped at a Dairy Queen for dessert!!

Thanks to Roger and Kathy for a Fun day, a great drive and great pictures!!

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April 16 2021, Plateau Corvette Club members escorted the MS. Tennessee Senior Contestants from the Hampton Inn Hotel up Peavine Road to the Fairfield Glade Community Conference Center for their dinner banquet and entertainment. The MS Tennessee Senior Pageant was held on April 17 at the Palace Theater in downtown Crossville. The new MS Tennessee Senior America 2021 will be crowned, and the next journey begins to Atlantic City for the National Pageant. The August pageant will be conducted virtually.

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Monday March 29th Plateau Corvette Club members took a road trip to Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia – they cruised along the curves of the byways and backroads and, yes, they were going to smell some flowers!!!!  

Over 300 acres of landscaped gardens containing over 20 MILLION Daffodils!!!  Gibbs Gardens, recipient of numerous awards and named as #2 in the 2020 list of the “Best American Botanical Gardens” 

Thanks to Roger and Kathy for a fun trip and great pictures

Wednesday March 10 Plateau Corvette Club members took their first drive in 2021. After a year of no drives they were raring to go.  It was a Ice Breakin’ – Covid Bustin PCC spring kick off ride to the beautiful scenic spot! Bald River Falls is a 90 foot high waterfall right next to the road!  It is recognized as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the region.  Its located in the Tellico Plains vicinity and the road leading up to it is a Corvette lover’s dream!    It is easily accessed and  provides beautiful photographic opportunities. Its was time to get the dust off the engines, and blow out those exhaust pipes!  Its was a beautiful day for driving, comradery, friendship, good times, good eats, good photos and good fun! 

Thanks to Roger and Kathy Johnson for a great drive and great pictures!!

The Plateau Corvette Club held their first meeting of 2021 on March 4. Due to the Covid-19 Virus social distancing and masks were required during the meeting. They installed two new board members, Roger Johnson as Vice President and Dom Janusky as Treasurer. Two club members were presented awards for their service to the Club. Mike Ingrassia as past Treasurer and Phil Zwieg as club President. Possible drives and events for the future were discussed with the weather improving.

Hopefully the club will have their next meeting on April 1st.

Mike Ingrassia receiving an award as past Treasurer from Club Governor Jack Carkner
Phil Zwieg receiving his award for his service as Club President from Club Governor Jack Carkner

Crossville Downtown Cruise-Ins will continue in 2021, with the Crossville Cruisers closing Main St. the fourth Saturday each month from April to October. Cruise In starts at 12:00 noon till 4:00 pm.

Main St. will be closed from First St. to Fifth St., with Fourth St. closed at Thurman and Second St. closed at Main St. for most events.

2021 VIN 1

Brian Bowling of West Virginia took delivery of his Torch Red 2021 Stingray on January 4 at the Museum – the first customer built car for the new model year – VIN 1. Brian previously owned a 1994 Corvette, saying the mid-engine configuration is what drew him back to America’s Sports Car. He initially thought he was getting VIN 3, but got a call about a month ago offering to bump him to VIN 1.

Brian has owned quite a few hot rods over the years including a ’71 Chevelle and a 2014 Shelby GT 500. Brian last visited the Museum in 1997, also drag racing at Beech Bend during his visit to Bowling Green. We expect to see Brian back this summer, but at the NCM Motorsports Park in his new ride. Congrats, Brian!

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From The Plateau Corvette Club

The Plateau Corvette Club made their annual Christmas donations to two local charities. Each year two charities are chosen by the club members. This year they chose Friends of the Art Circle Library and Friends of the Trails. Thanks to Lee Goldkopf and Laurie Kay for doing the research on local Charities and the two articles.

Lee Goldkopf presenting a check to Dolores Schwartz President of Friends of The Library, on the right is Mike Ingrassia Club Treasurer

Mission Statement: The Friends of the Art Circle Public Library foster fellowship among persons interested in books and libraries, support the facilities and services of the library by working with the Library Director and staff, and enrich cultural opportunities in the community.

Basic Facts: Formed in 1984, the program staffs the Book Store in the library, which sells donated books, and holds a twice-yearly book sale, again with donated books, to raise funds for the various library projects. In the past, these included additions to the Young Adult book collection, Reading Readiness kits, Library Technology enhancements, notable speaker events, and support for the Children, Teen, and Adult Reading programs. The Friends of the Art Circle Public Library also receive additional funding through several hundred personal and business memberships, Kroger Community Rewards, Amazon Smile, and community donations. In 2011,the organizations received the “Friend of the Year” statewide award, sponsored jointly by the Tennessee Library Association and the Friends of Tennessee Libraries.

Lee Goldkopf presenting a check to John Conrad Founder of Friends of The Trails, on the right is Mike Ingrassia Club Treasurer

Friends of the Trails

Mission Statement: To promote the construction, maintenance and enjoyment of the trails in Cumberland County, Tennessee.

Basic Facts: The Friends of the Trails is a 501(c)3 Corporation that operates according to a set of Bylaws and a Board of Directors. The Friends of the Trails are a non-profit organization that promotes the construction, maintenance and use of walking and hiking trails. They recruit and organize volunteers to build hiking trails as community projects. The volunteers also construct bridges, signs, benches, and other amenities along the trails using materials provided. Once the trails are constructed volunteers help with their maintenance. They also organize events to promote the community’s use of the trails. They are located in Cumberland County, Tennessee, and operate primarily within the county, but may expand into surrounding areas as opportunities arise.

Tuesday October 20th club members drove to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Ky. After a great drive on the roads in Tennessee and Kentucky they took a tour of the museum. Richard presented a collection of Hot Wheel diecast that he collected from club members. Later some club members hit the NCM Motorsports park where they took a few spirited laps around the track.

Thanks to Phil and Frank for leading the trip.

Richard giving Hot Wheels diecast to the Museum
New C-8s waiting for deliver
Members going onto the track for a few hot laps
Custom Car exhibit Big Daddy Ed Roth
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