Encounter 2016 – Thursday activities
Thursday is a busy day at Encounter. It begins with the road rallye in the morning, which finishes in historic New Castle, Delaware, a short distance from the hotel. This is done so that you can have a nice tour of the city and grab some lunch at your choice of local restaurants before heading back.
One other reason to end the rallye in New Castle is to allow you to get in on the tour and lunch activity, which is open to Encounter registrants only. It includes guided tours of the Dutch House, the Amstel House, and the original 1732 court house. The city is dedicating the parking around the court house to Healeys only for that day, and these will be watched over by Encounter volunteers. A bit of trivia – the spire on top of the Court House, which was Delaware’s Colonial capitol and first state house, was used as the center of the Twelve-Mile radius forming the northern boundary of Delaware. The Delaware River within this radius to the low water mark on the opposite shore belongs to Delaware. So on the New Jersey side of the river there is a small portion of land that is actually part of the state of Delaware. I knew you would.
Anyway, getting back to the Old New Castle tour planned activity, it also includes lunch at Jessop’s tavern. The building in which Jessop’s Tavern is located was built in 1674. The tavern is named for Abraham Jessop, who lived in the building and opened a barrel making business in 1724. The fare at Jessop’s is early American favorites.
NOTE – If you sign up for the tour and lunch, then you must make a selection at least 5 days before Encounter, so you might as well do it now. Send your lunch choices to Encounter Registrar Diane Zalewski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your choices are:
1. DUTCH PASTRAMI REUBEN – Hot Pastrami topped with Swiss Cheese, Grilled Onions, and Spicy Brown Mustard on a Dutch Pretzel Roll
2. OLDE DUTCH TILEHOUSE CHICKEN – Grilled Chicken Breast with Bacon and Smoked Gouda on a Dutch Pretzel Roll
3. TOWN HALL TURKEY – Roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, lettuce and tomato served with cranberry mayonnaise on wheat berry bread
4. BUNKER HILL BEEF – Hot roast beef served on Asiago ciabatta roll with caramelized onions, provolone cheese and a horseradish & roasted tomato mayonnaise. Accompanied by a side of au jus.
5. TAVERN SALAD with CHICKEN and BREAD
All sandwiches are served with Sweet Potato Fries and Pickle, and Tea, Coffee, and Soft Drinks are included.
Beer is not included in the price, but Jessop’s would be happy to sell you some with your lunch. They have a huge beer selection from all over the world, including over 300 Belgian beers in bottles and 11 Belgian beers on tap. After the tours and lunch you can explore the town of New Castle and take a stroll along the Delaware river and Battery Park before returning to the hotel.
After dinner on your own, there is a wine and cheese reception back at the hotel beginning at 6:30 pm. This is followed by the charity auction, at which items of interest, both Healey related and not, will be auctioned to the highest bidder. This is always an enjoyable time, and you could pick up some unique items. The charity this year is the Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The mission of the Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation is threefold: to increase ovarian cancer awareness and education about ovarian cancer among women and healthcare professionals in Delaware and the surrounding vicinity, to support women affected by ovarian cancer, and to promote research in the fight to control it. The Brandywine region is grateful to the DOCF for supporting one of our members who is a survivor of this deadly women’s disease.
Of course there will be the usual Hospitality, Regalia and a tech session also scheduled throughout the day. Then at the end of the day you can park your Healey in the indoor parking garage, (for the low cost of $20 for the entire weekend), ready for taking out on Friday morning for that day’s festivities. Sign up for this when you register. Parking spaces in the garage are limited, and will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.