Downsville Tour

On Sunday September 25th, fourteen members met at The New Yetter’s Diner for breakfast at the start of the tour. In attendance were the Mastroberti’s, Olszewski’s, Kimball’s, Dunlap’s, McGeehan’s, Cannizaro’s, and Marshall’s. Six model A’s and one modern car were ready to go for our 9:30 departure. We topped off our gas tanks with “cheap” Jersey gas at the state line before heading off through the back roads of Sullivan County, NY. Our first stop was for lunch in Roscoe, NY at Raimond’s Italian Restaurant. While having lunch I commented that across the street was a new building that contained a Fireman’s Museum, but that it was never opened during my many trips to this location. After lunch we crossed the street and were peering into the window of the museum at the old fire apparatus on display when a local fireman drove up. He asked if we would like to come inside, so he unlocked the door and invited us in for a grand tour. Inside was a hose cart from the late 1800’s, a 1928 International Fire Truck and an all wheel drive GMC rescue truck from the mid-70’s. The rear of this building housed the department’s modern fire fighting equipment. As we were leaving, the local fireman suggested that we visit the old firehouse up the street. It now houses the Prohibition Distillery, which distills Bootlegger Vodka, Gin, and Bourbon. Of course, we participated in the free sampling that was offered. Everyone agreed that it was the smoothest vodka we ever had, so we made several purchases. On Monday we traveled 58 miles to the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY for lunch and a brewery tour. (We learned a lot about making beverages on this Vest Pocket Tour). On Tuesday we traveled to the town of Walton to shop in several antique stores, then returned to our motel in Downsville, NY for an afternoon campfire on the banks of the East Branch of the Delaware River. We returned safely home on Wednesday without any breakdowns, although my transmission got noisy and will be torn down this winter to see what is going on inside it.