It was a dark and stormy night. No, actually, it was a beautiful spring day. Honk, Rattle and Roll members met at Barbara and Tom’s cabin (Loafers Glory) and the caravan left at 9 a.m. Russ Barnes led the pack, with Melanie and Paul Collins in the middle, and Tom and Barbara Collins bringing up the rear. We had a total of 42 members and guest who went on this tour (some met us along the way at various points). After stopping for a bathroom break in Watertown, we proceeded to Granville, TN where there was a variety of events occurring: an antique car show, a 1940’s reenactment of military maneuvers (complete with gun fire!) food, walking through various places like T.B. Sutton General Store, museums, an opportunity for wine tasting provided by six or seven local wineries. After participating in the festivities for a couple of hours, we left and most of the vehicles headed to Red Barn Winery in Lafayette, TN for wine tasting and purchasing! From there, 19 of us followed Mark and David Qualls and family to Armour’s Hotel in Red Boiling Springs where we had an awesome dinner (pork chops in gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, fried apples, rolls, tea/coffee, strawberry short cake!) We occupied the whole place except for one couple there celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. Then, Melanie led a game of car trivia where team Barbara Collins and Carol Hughes tied as winners with Robert and Janet Shadoin. Prizes were awarded and even those who came in second place Paul and Mary Harvey and last place (Jennifer and Michael B) received medals!
After a wonderful breakfast on Sunday morning (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown potatoes, fruit, biscuits, various jellies, coffee, sausage gravy and chocolate gravy – yes, there really is such a thing and it is outstanding!). Then, we had to say goodbye and proceed home, knowing we had made memories and new friends!
Rick Jones sent a few more pictures after the tour. Click here to see the pictures Rick sent.