So now the Eastern Division Website is saying that all future York Dates are only Friday and Saturday.  However, their Facebook post said October 2020 would still be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Anyone from Eastern Division know which one is correct....their Facebook post or their website?

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I think your right because now their Facebook post says no change to the October meet but the 2020 is now gone. So it is just referencing this October and not 2020 that I swear it said yesterday.

Maybe if there had been enough of a time frame this October may have been just two days too. When I joined the TCA back in 1989 it was just two days. That was fine for me and it will be all right for me again. And if there is a possibilty it goes to once a year I can live with that too. I learned a long time ago nothing lasts forever. I enjoy it while it is here...................Paul 2

I started going the 1st 2 days and follow-up with 2 days of Gettysburg.  Never gets old.  This years investigation will be big and Little Round Top.  2 days of York usually drains my funds quite efficiently.

Very interesting. I suspect the Facebook post is correct and the October Meet will remain three days in the future, but who can be certain at this point. The ED will need to clarify its plans for the future, hopefully very soon.

I saw this.  I guess York has returned to its roots.  This definitely seals the fate of the Legacy meetings as they were.  Looks like travel Thursday, York Friday, travel Friday evening.  Doesn't matter.  I'll be there.

Hopefully, the leadership of the Eastern Division will clear this up soon. Should be easy enough for them to do.

Hopefully the current lower attendance will make Friday bearable for someone like me...mainly just looking at stuff in all the halls. My "shopping list" usually has zero items on it (but I still drop $100. average). I remember the "old days" when I avoided the Red Hall because you could barely make your way down the aisles. And I don't remember as many electric carts back then (most of us attending were much younger ).

You might say, "Just go on Saturday". Sorry, but I get in annoyed when I see dealers packing up half way through the 9-4 day.

" I think your right because now their Facebook post says no change to the October meet but the 2020 is now gone. So it is just referencing this October and not 2020 that I swear it said yesterday."

      It was like that yesterday. The schedule was revised sometime in the past 12 hours. October is still listed 17-19, everything after is listed as 2 day events.   

That is what I think also.  Yesterday morning the facebook post said October 2020 would be 3 days.  I think this October will be the last 3 day event.  I just wish someone from Eastern would answer an email or their facebook messages and let us know.  As I said in another post people plan this trip up to a year in advance with vacation time, airfare, and hotel accommodations.  October is coming up pretty quick so booking arrangements for 2020 isn't really that far off.

I wish they would update the York Meet Wrap Up page.  They haven't posted the attendance numbers there for the last 4 meets.

I recall driving around the York County countryside in a convertible prior to the Spring TCA Meet some years ago.  The aroma of fresh manure in the fields was invigorating

Farmer_Bill posted:

I recall driving around the York County countryside in a convertible prior to the Spring TCA Meet some years ago.  The aroma of fresh manure in the fields was invigorating

Was that on a Thursday or a Friday?

Okay, I just called the TCA business office and they had just found out yesterday. They have to update all their hand copies(paperwork) but the website is correct from what the nice lady on the other end said. So, as most have already speculated and or said, York will be Friday and Saturday going forward after this October's meet.

Farmer_Bill posted:

I recall driving around the York County countryside in a convertible prior to the Spring TCA Meet some years ago.  The aroma of fresh manure in the fields was invigorating

Yes and to add to this don’t forget the fresh aroma in the Fall TCA meets of fresh cabbage being stomped into sauerkraut.  Can’t get enough of that.

Bryant Dunivan 111417 posted:

I started going the 1st 2 days and follow-up with 2 days of Gettysburg.  Never gets old.  This years investigation will be big and Little Round Top.  2 days of York usually drains my funds quite efficiently.

I have been talking for the better part of 15 years about getting back out to Gettysburg, hadn't actually thought about York and Gettysburg. I'll have to keep that in mind now.

Unless some Eastern Division official posts otherwise, I think it would be wise to assume that this October's event will be three days, as it has been in recent years, and that going forward ALL York Meet events (April and October) will be Friday-Saturday events (as they were some years ago).

If that is not correct, someone in the Eastern Div. officer ranks should post here or notify me directly so I can correct my post.

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Greg Houser posted:

Allan - do you envision the OGR dinner staying on Thursday night or moving to Friday night?

-Greg

Not to answer for Allan but years ago when the meet was Friday and Saturday the dinner was always still on Thursday night.  I would expect it to stay the same. 

Allan Miller posted:

Unless some Eastern Division official posts otherwise, I think it would be wise to assume that this October's event will be three days, as it has been in recent years, and that going forward ALL York Meet events (April and October) will be Friday-Saturday events (as they were some years ago).

If that is not correct, someone in the Eastern Div. officer ranks should post here or notify me directly so I can correct my post.

Yes Allan, this October is still 3 days. I called and posted above about that. As far as an official statement, maybe they will send out a newsletter to all members stating that.

Greg Houser posted:

Allan - do you envision the OGR dinner staying on Thursday night or moving to Friday night?

-Greg

For this October (only), the OGR get-together at Quaker Steak & Lube will still be on Thursday evening. From that point forward, we'll just have to see what might work best. That's about all I can say at this point.

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Eastern Division responded back to my inquiry and here is their direct response....

Bryan - October 2019 will be the usual 3 day event- Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The Board approved that April 2020 will be only 2 days - Friday & Saturday. We have a lot to investigate such as should we extend the times and when should vendors set up, etc. October 2020 has not been discussed- we wanted to wait and get reaction on April 2020 first. Thanks for your question.

Shoot. What is this going to do to the "AOL Train Gang " dinner at the Viking Club? I enjoyed that the one time I went, and I got a nice boxcar, to boot. 

K-Line 8th semiannual AOL train gang box

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Bryan in Ohio posted:

Eastern Division responded back to my inquiry and here is their direct response....

. . . October 2020 has not been discussed- we wanted to wait and get reaction on April 2020 first. Thanks for your question.

Just a guess on my part, but I expect that if April 2020 is going to be used as something of a guide, you'll likely see the meet go to a two-day schedule from that point forward for both April and October. My feeling is that they will not see much of a turnout for April, but that is just a guess on my part and I could certainly be wrong. If it was my call, I would eliminate the April meet altogether and hold a three-day meet in October. But, again, I have no real say in that and will live with whatever the Eastern Div. folks decide. I enjoy going to York, and it has always been an enjoyable experience.

Allan Miller posted:
Greg Houser posted:

Allan - do you envision the OGR dinner staying on Thursday night or moving to Friday night?

-Greg

For this October (only), the OGR get-together at Quaker Steak & Lube will still be on Thursday evening. From that point forward, we'll just have to see what might work best. That's about all I can say at this point.

Thanks Allan.  I was asking for planning purposes.  I'll be there regardless of the day.

-Greg

Hey, we all managed to have fun back when it was two days before. We'll survive. Think about the Hotel money that you'll be able to spend on trains again.

York is always good (I've only missed three since '88).

jay jay posted:

Shoot. What is this going to do to the "AOL Train Gang " dinner at the Viking Club? I enjoyed that the one time I went, and I got a nice boxcar, to boot. 

K-Line 8th semiannual AOL train gang box

It's not at the Viking Club any longer - but a remnant lives on at each and every York.  

Great friends from across the country bonded together by AOL.  Go figure .....  

OGR dinner was always "Thursday Night at Friday's" until TGI Friday's closed, then it was "Thursday Night at Tuesday's" until Ruby Tuesday's closed, then it was "Thursday Night at Quaker Steak" (note the spelling).  If they close, maybe that should be the end of it.

Stirling as emcee at the Viking Club was always lots of fun.  Miss that guy!

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Farmer_Bill posted:

OGR dinner was always "Thursday Night at Friday's" until TGI Friday's closed, then it was "Thursday Night at Tuesday's" until Ruby Tuesday's closed, then it was "Thursday Night at Quaker Steak" (note the spelling).  If they close, maybe that should be the end of it.

Stirling as emcee at the Viking Club was always lots of fun.  Miss that guy!

I went through all my old pics of York dinners.....the 1st one I recorded was April 2009..... but it may have started earlier....I can't remember. I think it got going when we went to the 3 day format.

I suspect most of us want to be there for the opening bell on Friday.....then Thursday night is a good time.....I probably still will come up Weds nights and enjoy what's left of the Bandit Meets.

I will announce it now.....breakfast at Round-the-Clock will be 0700 on Fridays now....starting in April 2020.......the formal announcement for this year will be coming around the 1st of October....sneak peak: 0730-0800 start-up Thursday October 17 at the Round-the-Clock Diner Route 30 West (just east of the intersection with I-83).

Peter

Remember....whatever the York change is, we adapt and continue to enjoy it for as long as we can.

 

Putnam Division posted:
Farmer_Bill posted:

OGR dinner was always "Thursday Night at Friday's" until TGI Friday's closed, then it was "Thursday Night at Tuesday's" until Ruby Tuesday's closed, then it was "Thursday Night at Quaker Steak" (note the spelling).  If they close, maybe that should be the end of it.

Stirling as emcee at the Viking Club was always lots of fun.  Miss that guy!

I went through all my old pics of York dinners.....the 1st one I recorded was April 2009..... but it may have started earlier....I can't remember. I think it got going when we went to the 3 day format.

I suspect most of us want to be there for the opening bell on Friday.....then Thursday night is a good time.....I probably still will come up Weds nights and enjoy what's left of the Bandit Meets.

I will announce it now.....breakfast at Round-the-Clock will be 0700 on Fridays now....starting in April 2020.......the formal announcement for this year will be coming around the 1st of October....sneak peak: 0730-0800 start-up Thursday October 17 at the Round-the-Clock Diner Route 30 West (just east of the intersection with I-83).

Peter

Remember....whatever the York change is, we adapt and continue to enjoy it for as long as we can.

 

Is the OGR dinner the same as the forum dinner you are referring to Steve?  I thought the Forum dinner was on Friday night.  Is that still the case, or is the dinner Thursday night?  If Thursday, We can make it.  If Friday night, My wife and I will be in Gettysburg.

artyoung posted:

Hey, we all managed to have fun back when it was two days before. We'll survive. Think about the Hotel money that you'll be able to spend on trains again.

York is always good (I've only missed three since '88).

Agreed but we were alot younger then, it takes a little longer to walk all the halls now.  Heck I'm only 45 and I take a few advil before heading out.  Also hope they put some rocket boosters on all those scooters to speed them up so they don't slow down movement in the aisles since everyone will have to go through quicker. (Just kidding)

Bryan in Ohio posted:
artyoung posted:

Hey, we all managed to have fun back when it was two days before. We'll survive. Think about the Hotel money that you'll be able to spend on trains again.

York is always good (I've only missed three since '88).

Agreed but we were alot younger then, it takes a little longer to walk all the halls now.  Heck I'm only 45 and I take a few advil before heading out.  Also hope they put some rocket boosters on all those scooters to speed them up so they don't slow down movement in the aisles since everyone will have to go through quicker. (Just kidding)

No rocket boosters just open up the isles. Open up an additional building that was recently closed. 

Peter, your reply jogged my brain and I remembered there were a couple OGR dinners at the Old Country Buffet.  I had forgotten about that place -- it was pretty forgettable. 

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Off topic, but I wonder what became of the "open Yellow to HO dealers" idea?

Dead on the vine?  No interest?

-Dave

The more I think about it the more I like the "throwback" Friday/Saturday setup at least for one of the two meets.  I'm actually rethinking how I would attack this by traveling Friday Morning, staying over, visit back Saturday until 11 or so and head home.  Or just do a one day trip.  Still plenty of time to buy and visit.  It certainly will be interesting to see how it all works out.  If nothing else, at least 1 day will have good attendance.  LOL!  Maybe I'll line up at the CTT booth just for fun to get that coveted button.  

I applaud the EDTCA to try to make the meet solvent.  They could do nothing and it just goes away.  Ultimately it is up to US to keep the meet going.

dkdkrd posted:

 

Maybe one of the silver linings in this cloud of change and uncertainty will be increased interest and membership focus on other regional meets. 

Well, if "Spring" York goes away, there is still the Allentown Spring and Fall shows...for those of us in the Eastern Pennsylvania area. OGR breakfast, as well, early Saturday morning before the 8 am opening.

eddie g posted:

It's always been Thursday night.

Allan referred to an OGR dinner.  Are they one of the same dinner as the Forum dinner?

we will attend Thursday.  Look forward to it,

Farmer_Bill posted:

OGR dinner was always "Thursday Night at Friday's" until TGI Friday's closed, then it was "Thursday Night at Tuesday's" until Ruby Tuesday's closed, then it was "Thursday Night at Quaker Steak" (note the spelling).  If they close, maybe that should be the end of it.

Speak for yourself, why eliminate it just because the days change?  You suddenly don't like the guys that come to the dinner because it's not on Thursday?

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