Sunny Days and Ice Cream

After a hiatus of Porsche Club events due to COVID, the Hudson-Champlain Porsche Club got together twice this past week.

Happy Birthday, Steve Marlow!

The July 15th birthday celebration for long time member Steve Marlow was a surprise drive-by event that attracted nineteen Porsches and one Harley-Davidson.

As we rounded the corner to enter Steve’s neighborhood, the sound of resounding horns echoed all through the area. Signs, balloons, and lots of cheerful happy birthdays made for a touching and festive atmosphere. Club members donned masks to sing a booming round of happy birthday while Steve, Lydia, and family beamed in their driveway.


Afterward, the group gathered at Mama’s Ice Cream for a sweet treat.

Thank you so much to Ken Blass for suggesting the event.

Rolling Along Route 20

Then on Sunday, July 19th, we once again gathered. The Hannaford Plaza in Altamont was unexpectedly busy while we signed paperwork and said a quick hello before heading off on a gorgeous drive west out Route 20.

What a perfect day for a drive! The lush greens of the scenery were a soft yet vivid backdrop to the rolling hills and clear blue skies. With temperatures closing in on 90 degrees, we arrived at Dairyland in Sharon Springs.

Some fourteen (plus or minus) cars parked on the lawn leaving the shade of two majestic willows to provide shade for our members.

Dairyland is a local establishment first opened in 1963 by locals Harold Lappeus and Dwight Lane. At the time, it was the only restaurant of its type for miles around and drew crowds from the surrounding towns for burgers, hotdogs, fries, and of course, ice cream! Since then it has been sold twice and is currently owned by twenty-eight-year-old Cyle Conley. Our group was greeted by Cyle’s mom and dad who were duly impressed with the beautiful assortment of Porsche’s.

As the socializing wound down, members climbed back into their cars and headed off in their separate directions until the next drive. 

Thank you so much to John and Fran Pellerin for planning and leading the drive. There are some ice cream loving Porsche drivers who are grateful for your introduction to Dairyland!

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