BNAPS Golden Horseshoe Regional Group
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Southern Ontario, western New York, eastern Michigan and northern Ohio

The Golden Horseshoe boundaries stretch from Oshawa in the east to Windsor in the west and as far north as is reasonably sane to drive. More than two hundred and twenty-five BNAPSers live in the area, and everyone is welcome. Any BNAPSers visiting the Golden Horseshoe region, especially those from adjacent Great Lakes states, should be sure to drop in. Encourage friends to attend. There’s lots of philately in the Golden Horseshoe. See you there!

  • Chair: Nick Poppenk email
  • Secretary: Wayne Schnarr email
Upcoming Events

26 May 2024

The next meeting of the BNAPS Golden Horseshoe Regional Group will take place, on SUNDAY 26 May 2024 at the Brewers Blackbird Kitchen & Brewery (formerly Rousseau House Restaurant), 375 Wilson St. East, Ancaster.

We learned that Dr. Eric Cogswell, a long-time BNAPS member and frequent attendee at our Ancaster meetings, passed away on February 19. He was 85. His date of membership with BNAPS was somewhere between those of Derek Smith and Mike Street, so you know it was "way back." If you would like to share reminiscences of your encounters with Eric, please feel free to send them along to us, and we will share them with the other GHRG members.

March 24 meeting details:

The meeting room will be open from 11AM, and lunch will be served at noon. The set cost for lunch will be $25 (tax and service included).
Please reply to this e-mail, as soon as possible, to advise us of your planned attendance and your wish to purchase the lunch - we and the venue will appreciate this information for planning purposes.

We will follow our typical agenda for the day, from years past.

12 Noon - Lunch – enjoy the Brewers Blackbird’s excellent cuisine.

1:00PM - GHRG News and BNAPS activities. Also announcements from members regarding other philatelic meetings / activities of interest.

1:30PM - DONATION AUCTION: To help defray our costs, members are asked to bring stamps or covers that can be auctioned off at the meeting. Except for Canada and/or BNA "name" collections, old auction catalogues are not required as they have not been selling and can present a disposal problem.

1:45PM - GUEST SPEAKER: The guest speaker on May 26 will be … you!. This will be a “show and tell” opportunity for you to share something of interest from your collection.

3:00PM – adjournment so Brewers Blackbird can set up for dinner.
DIRECTIONS: [Corrections to the following are welcome!]

From the north (Oakville, Toronto etc.) and east (Niagara) take the QEW to the junction with Hwy. 403 at Burlington.
From the north your exit to Hwy. 403 is on the right immediately after Brant Street.

From the east your exit is immediately after Plains Road/Fairview Drive (be sure to stay hard right and not get on the Hwy. 407 toll road).

Follow Hwy 403 westbound toward Hamilton and Brantford around the bends near the Cathedral and then go up the hill to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway/Rousseaux St. exit. Stay hard right and follow Rousseaux St. to Wilson St., turn left and drive into the village.

The restaurant is on the right just after the Glendale Motors lot. Lots of parking behind the restaurant.

From the west: (London, Woodstock): take Hwy. 401 to Hwy. 403 eastbound to the Wilson St./Hwy. 2 Exit 58 (the previous exit is Copetown/Reg. Rd. 52). At the end of the ramp turn left (east) onto Wilson Street and proceed through the traffic circle at the Fire Station into the village.

Look for the NAPA Autopro car service center on the right - the Brewers Blackbird Restaurant is just a little further along the street, on the right. Lots of parking behind the restaurant.

See you in Ancaster on SUNDAY 26 May 2024! PLEASE REMEMBER to bring items for the donation auction – all proceeds go to the GHRG.

If you'd like to share something of philatelic interest with the group, you may send a scan of your item by return e-mail to me, and I will arrange for Simon to show it during the meeting. Please send it in .jpeg format.

LUNCH REQUEST: Again, to assist with planning, please reply to this email as soon as possible to confirm that you will be having lunch. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

Golden Horseshoe Regional pages

Meetings

Meetings

The GHRG holds meetings every two months except during the summer. Meetings are typically scheduled in January, March, May, September, and November. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the Brewers Blackbird Kitchen & Brewery in Ancaster.

Directions

From the north:
Your exit to Hwy. 403 is on the right immediately after Brant Street.

From the east:
Your exit is immediately after Plains Road/Fairview Drive. Be sure to stay hard right and not get on the Hwy. 407 toll road.

Follow Hwy. 403 westbound toward Hamilton and Brantford around the bends near the Cathedral and then up the hill to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway/Rousseaux St. exit. Stay hard right and follow Rousseaux St. to Wilson St., turn left and drive into the village. The restaurant is on the right just after the Glendale Motors lot. Lots of parking behind the restaurant.

From the west (London, Woodstock):
Take Hwy. 401 to Hwy. 403 eastbound to the Wilson St./Hwy. 2 exit (the previous exit is Copetown/Regional Rd. 52). At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow Wilson St. through the traffic circle at the fire station and past the shopping centres approximately 2 km into the village area. Look for Tim Horton’s on the right - the restaurant is across the street. Lots of parking behind the restaurant.

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist with group meetings and publicity. Anyone who would like to help should email Wayne Schnarr, Secretary, Golden Horseshoe Regional Group.

Rides and car-pooling

We are looking for anyone able to help with car-pooling from the Toronto area. For more information or to offer your help, please email Wayne Schnarr at gwschnarr@rogers.com.

Speakers

To continue making this an interesting group we need the participation of the membership in the form of speakers. There’s such a wide range of subjects out there that there should be no trouble in having people volunteer. What we are looking for is a speaker and a back-up for each meeting. The back-up of one meeting would be the speaker for the following meeting. There is a time limit of forty to forty-five minutes including a question and answer period. If you are interested, contact Wayne Schnarr by email at gwschnarr@rogers.com.


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