Ozark Section

Ozark Section

Poker Run to the Red Apple Inn

Poker Run to the Red Apple Inn

Ozark
Saturday, October 17, 2020 -
8:30am to 5:00pm
Heber Springs-Eden Isle
Arkansas

Twenty-one members of the Ozark Section MBCA participated in a Poker Run road trip through Central Arkansas. John and Dottie Miller organized a really fun day seeing the beautiful and historic sites with five stops to admire the fine cars and socialize. Several club member couples, including some from the Kansas City Section, spent Friday night in Morrilton, Arkansas, at the Holiday Express and enjoyed a great time together at Colton’s Restaurant. The drive began Saturday after coffee and instructions on where the caravan would go, along with how the Poker Run would work; those participating would pick a playing card at each stop. We then headed off to Beaver Fork Park, El Paso, Hopewell and Heber Springs with the final stop at The Red Apple Inn Restaurant on Greer’s Ferry Lake and Eden Isle. The food was delicious, and the views were magnificent as we overlooked the Ozark Mountains, which were just beginning to turn into their fall colors. During lunch John Miller tallied the Poker Run results, awarding Diane Paulsen the Poker Run challenge financial prize that she then graciously donated to our Section for charity. John and Dottie also donated five fun prizes that were drawn at each stop. Dottie had one final gift as a fun door prize, a Covid-19 survival kit that was won by Phyllis Black. The club members all enjoyed seeing Vern Sutter, a Section founder, along with David Jones and Ruth Shafer on Facetime. We auctioned off for charity a Mercedes-Benz table donated by Gary and Lynn Reusswig, which helped bring our Section charity fund-raising to $295.00. For those who wanted to continue exploring Arkansas history, John and Dottie took us to an undisclosed area. We drove to a home below Wolverton Mountain near Clinton, Arkansas, and John turned up the radio in his SLK to Claude King’s 1962 song “Wolverton Mountain.” Story has it that Clifton Clowers was a mountain man handy with a gun and knife, but that is not true. He was an educated man who was not only musical but could also read and write in Latin and Greek; he was a deacon in the Baptist church. He lived to be 102 and is now buried in the Woolverton Mountain Cemetery. (The original spelling includes a second “o”.) His nephew, Merle Kilgore originally wrote the song as a joke. Later Claude King wrote his version, and he had no knowledge of Clifton Clowers. Thank you to John and Dottie Miller for all their work putting this event together and the wonderful gifts you provided to the members. We all had a great time. It was good seeing former Ozark members Nick and Patti Schuh and Kent and Barb Thomas who now belong to the Kansas City Section.