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Roll back in time with Berwick’s Apple Capital Evening Drive


BERWICK - It’s about as close to time travel as a person can get.

Berwick’s Apple Capital Museum Society is gearing up for its fourth annual Apple Capital Evening Drive on July 13.

“Our claim to fame is we would like everybody to leave with a big smile on their face and I have yet to see anybody who didn’t,” says event organizer John Eaton, the owner of a 1923 Model T Ford.

Vintage autos from throughout the province will be lined up near the museum, located at 137 Commercial Street, at about 6 p.m. that evening. There will be volunteers in period dress escorting people through the museum, and assisting guests who wish to go for a spin in one of the old automobiles.

“All of our cars are pre World War II, so everything is vintage up to 1936 or 40,” says Eaton.

Mill Street will be closed to regular traffic for the event, which will also feature games put on by the Lions Club and live music.

“It’s a place for people to wander and look at the cars… and get into the cars and go for a ride around town,” says Eaton.

“The Berwick and District Lions Club has a small, period-correct fun fair set up on the grounds and there will be games to play.”

Eaton says people often marvel at how advanced the automobiles of today are compared to the cars on display at the evening drive. His own Model T, for example, has no gas pedal, gearshift, seatbelts or speedometer. It was Henry Ford’s take on a basic, affordable automobile for the average consumer and, Eaton says, it was wildly successfully because of its simplicity.

“Most people don’t get the opportunity to ride in old cars,” he says.

Earlier that day, the old cars and street strollers in period dress will head up toGrand View Manor to put on a parade and take residents for car rides.

The seniors’ complex event will wind down with a small social and ice cream sundaes.

And it gets better. It’s all free of charge.

The evening drive activities are part of the museum society’s desire to host educational entertainment sessions in the summer months. Freewill donations will directly benefit the Berwick Apple Capital Museum.

“We have well over 100 volunteers who work that evening and that day to make it a happy time for all,” says Eaton.

Berwick’s Apple Capital Museum Society is gearing up for its fourth annual Apple Capital Evening Drive on July 13.

“Our claim to fame is we would like everybody to leave with a big smile on their face and I have yet to see anybody who didn’t,” says event organizer John Eaton, the owner of a 1923 Model T Ford.

Vintage autos from throughout the province will be lined up near the museum, located at 137 Commercial Street, at about 6 p.m. that evening. There will be volunteers in period dress escorting people through the museum, and assisting guests who wish to go for a spin in one of the old automobiles.

“All of our cars are pre World War II, so everything is vintage up to 1936 or 40,” says Eaton.

Mill Street will be closed to regular traffic for the event, which will also feature games put on by the Lions Club and live music.

“It’s a place for people to wander and look at the cars… and get into the cars and go for a ride around town,” says Eaton.

“The Berwick and District Lions Club has a small, period-correct fun fair set up on the grounds and there will be games to play.”

Eaton says people often marvel at how advanced the automobiles of today are compared to the cars on display at the evening drive. His own Model T, for example, has no gas pedal, gearshift, seatbelts or speedometer. It was Henry Ford’s take on a basic, affordable automobile for the average consumer and, Eaton says, it was wildly successfully because of its simplicity.

“Most people don’t get the opportunity to ride in old cars,” he says.

Earlier that day, the old cars and street strollers in period dress will head up toGrand View Manor to put on a parade and take residents for car rides.

The seniors’ complex event will wind down with a small social and ice cream sundaes.

And it gets better. It’s all free of charge.

The evening drive activities are part of the museum society’s desire to host educational entertainment sessions in the summer months. Freewill donations will directly benefit the Berwick Apple Capital Museum.

“We have well over 100 volunteers who work that evening and that day to make it a happy time for all,” says Eaton.

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