June 26th, 2004
We met at the Holiday Inn in Marlborough at Rte 495 around 8:45 AM. The sky was overcast and drizzly. Those that had their tops down soon put them up. We departed around 9AM and drove though some beautiful winding roads on our way to the Collings Estate. When we arrived at the Collings Estate, we waited for our tour guide near a small trellised garden laced with beautiful plants and flowers.
Our first tour was the classic Auto Collection. This included autos from the Brass Era, Roaring 20’s, Classic Era and numerous Indianapolis 500 racecars. Our next tour was the Aircraft Collection. This included a 1909 Bleriot Type XI and a 1911 Wright Vin Fiz replica. There were also aircraft from World War II and the Korean War.
Our next stop was the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton. We had a tour of the winery, including the Fermenting Tank and Wooden Barrels, the Crusher, the Bucher Press for pressing the fruit, and the Still. This tour concluded with a wine tasting at the wine bar where we sampled an assortment of wines made at this winery. Some of us purchased a bottle of wine to have with our picnic lunch. The weather cooperated so that we could eat our lunch at the picnic tables on the winery grounds. As a matter of fact, the sun had come out, so all the tops went down!
Our next stop was for a bit of shopping at the “Salt Box” country store and gift shop. The sun continued to shine as we made our way to our final destination, Hebert’s Candy House, where we stopped for, none other than, ice cream! However, while some of us were still inside ordering, the sky opened up and there was a torrential downpour. We hope everyone got their tops up in time!
As newcomers to the club, we are amazed at how well orchestrated our little excursions have been. Hats off to all you planners out there! We are having a ball!
Vito and Linda Aiello