FEBT 26th Annual Reunion – 2008
October 10, 11 & 12, 2008
Join us October 10-12 for FEBT's 26th Fall Reunion
Join us October 10, 11, and 12 for our twenty-sixth annual Fall Reunion at the East Broad Top Railroad and Friends of the East Broad Top Museum. Our Fall Reunion schedule on Saturday and Sunday of the Columbus Day holiday weekend offers our members plenty to do, while they also enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of the EBT’s 2008 Fall Celebration. Among the FEBT-sponsored activities will be the FEBT Company Store, other vendor and dealer displays, photo and model contests, auction, Saturday dinner, Sunday open house at the FEBT Museum at Robertsdale, and tours, clinics, and presentations at Rockhill Furnace, Robertsdale, and Mount Union.
We anticipate offering our annual tour of the EBT’s Mount Union yard, and FEBT assistant vice president Vagel C. Keller and Ronald L. Pearson will again lead their popular Robertsdale mine walking tour. In addition to the guided tours, we expect to have presentations and clinics on Saturday and Sunday focused on the history of the EBT and the progress our restoration volunteers have made since last year at Robertsdale and Rockhill Furnace. Our FEBT restoration volunteers will have exhibits on display at Rockhill Furnace on both Saturday and Sunday, showing the work now underway and planned for the future. We expect to add more tours and clinics to our 2008 Fall Reunion schedule as we get closer to October.
You can register for this year’s Fall Reunion in advance by mail or register in person on October 10 or 11. Download, fill in and mail either the html, or pdf registration form to pre-register. Help us avoid problems by filling in all information requested on the form, including any reservations for the Fall Reunion dinner. Completed registration forms should be mailed to the following address:
FEBT Fall Reunion Registration
c/o Pat Coleman 3416 Lowell Drive
Columbus OH 43204
Please include your payment with your registration form and make all checks payable to FEBT. Please do not combine your 2008 Fall Reunion payment with other payments (to renew your FEBT membership, for example). Please do not mail registration forms to us after October 1; after this date you should plan to register in person on Friday evening or Saturday morning.
FEBT members and others who pre-register for the 2008 Fall Reunion can pick up their Reunion registration material on Friday, October 10, at the Orbisonia Lions Hall between 5 and 8:30 pm (approximately). The Fall Reunion registration table will open at the Lions Hall at 8:30 am Saturday. On Saturday morning and afternoon pre-registered Fall Reunion participants can obtain their registration materials, and others may register on a walk-up basis.
Each Fall Reunion registrant will receive one regular EBT fall celebration train ticket, one EBT shop tour ticket, full EBT and FEBT schedules for the weekend, contest ballot, plus other information of interest to Fall Reunion participants. Because the Saturday evening Fall Reunion dinner is not included with your 2008 Fall Reunion registration, you must make a separate meal reservation on the registration form.
Note that you can pre-register for additional reunion packages for friends and family by indicating the number and type of registration packages desired and stating the names of all registrants in the appropriate block on the registration form. Please remember that spouses and dependent children of FEBT family, sustaining, associate, and life members qualify for the FEBT member rate for 2008 Fall Reunion registrations.
2008 Fall Reunion dinner
Separate reservations are required for our annual Fall Reunion dinner at the Orbisonia-Rockhill Fire Hall on Saturday, October 11. Note that there will be only one dinner seating at 5:00 pm. This year the dinner menu features turkey and ham.
The capacity of the Orbsionia-Rockhill Fire Hall is 150 diners, and therefore we can offer no more than 150 reservations for the 2008 Fall Reunion dinner—available on a first-ordered, first-reserved basis. You must indicate your entrée selection at the time of registration. Fall Reunion registrants may reserve as many seats at the Saturday dinner as they wish until all seats have been reserved. (Dinner tickets for any persons in your family or group who are not registered Fall Reunion participants will be included in the Fall Reunion material waiting for you at the registration table.) The additional required payment must be included with your advance registration form to hold seats for the 2008 Fall Reunion dinner.
If seats are still available, FEBT members who register on Saturday may purchase reservations for the Fall Reunion dinner. We cannot guarantee that you will get your entree choice if you don’t pre-register. Last year we were able to accommodate all registrants who wanted seats at the Fall Reunion dinner—but we can obviously make no guarantees that this year seats will still be available on October 11.
FEBT restoration fund campaign tote bags
To commemorate the success of our restoration fund-raising campaign, which concludes on December 31, we are producing special canvas tote bags for sale during the 2008 Fall Reunion. These heavy-duty 15 x 16 x 5-inch natural-finish canvas tote bags have long handles and a full-color rendition of John H. Coker’s Leaving Robertsdale, Pennsylvania, printed on one side. Fall Reunion registrants can purchase our restoration campaign tote bags with their advance registrations. FEBT members not planning to attend the 2008 Fall Reunion can also order tote bags—while supplies last—by mail order. See the registration form for prices and more information.
FEBT Fall Reunion auction
We invite 2008 Fall Reunion registrants to join us at the Orbisonia Lions Hall on the evening of Saturday, October 11 (after the EBT night train) for our annual Fall Reunion auction, where EBT memorabilia, models, and other railroad items donated to FEBT will be sold to the highest bidders. All proceeds from the auction go to the FEBT Restoration Fund to support the work of our restoration program.
To encourage donations of suitable items for this year’s auction, we are again including a $5 check-off discount for all Fall Reunion registrants who donate an item or collection of items worth $25 or more to FEBT for the Fall Reunion auction. EBT and railroad books, models, and other materials are welcome.
Changes may be coming
FEBT directors are now considering a proposal that would dramatically change the traditional structure of our annual Fall Reunions. It is also no secret that uncertainty clouds the future operations of the East Broad Top Railroad, including its yearly fall celebration. Thus FEBT members who wish to enjoy the October activities sponsored by the EBT and FEBT in their current formats are advised to take advantage of what may prove to be this final opportunity.
Fall Reunion volunteers needed!
The FEBT Reunion work group is looking for FEBT members who are willing to spend an hour or two of their time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of the 2008 Fall Reunion weekend to assist us at the Fall Reunion registration table, FEBT Company Store, FEBT information booth, FEBT Museum at Robertsdale, and with other Fall Reunion activities. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, use the questionnaire with the registration form to indicate your interest. Or you can contact FEBT reunion registrar Patricia J. Coleman.
Please remember to include your email address (preferred) or telephone number when returning your registration form or when you contact Pat, so she can quickly establish communications with you.
So where is the Orbisonia Lions Hall?
To get to the Orbisonia Lions Hall from US 522, turn west (toward the EBT) at the Orbisonia traffic light, then turn left at the K.L. Mills hardware store; the Lions Hall will be just beyond it on the right.
For additional information
If you find you need additional information about the 2008 FEBT Fall Reunion, please contact Patricia Coleman by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (614) 670-4602. Look for Fall Reunion updates on the FEBT website at www.febt.org.