Registration $150 per person ($50 discount for first time spouse)
Convention Host Hotel:
Marriott Courtyard Lehigh Valley
After the Ball Hotel: Phone:
Schedule of Events:
Lehigh Valley PA Convention - June
Every year the International 190SL Group gets together in a different part of the country to enjoy our cars and the camaraderie of fellow members.
This spring our convention will be held in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. The Valley is set amid gentle hills and beautiful, green countryside. Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and nearby Bucks County offer an array of things to do to make this convention most memorable.
From June 10th to the 14th, 2015, our base of operations will be the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Bethlehem located at 2220 Emrick Blvd, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020. Call 610-625-9500 for reservations and be sure to mention the International 190SL Group for the special rate of $139.00 per night.
On Wednesday evening our welcome reception will be held at Lehigh University's Iaccoca Hall with a view of the the entire area from the Stabler Tower.
On Thursday morning we'll travel to C.F. Martin & Company for a factory and museum tour. Martin has made world famous guitars since 1833. You will have the opportunity to visit their museum, the 1833 Shop and see how guitars are made right on the factory floor. Your guide will show you how guitars come to life through the hands of the Martin crafts-people.
Next we'll stop for a catered lunch at America on Wheels' Hubcap Cafe in Allentown. You can have a seat at the soda fountain and enjoy a sundae or soda. America On Wheels offers a glimpse into the past, present and future of the nation’s transportation system. Allentown's Mack Truck sponsor's the big rig driving simulator. Be sure to take a ride.
In the afternoon we'll travel over some of Lehigh County's most picturesque covered bridges and then on to Berks County. Our next stop is the totally organic Rodale Farm and Institute in Kutztown, dedicated to teaching organic earth friendly farming. The institute is a national leader in its techniques and experience in organic farming.
Bucks County awaits us on Friday. It sits among the rolling hills of north of Philadelphia, bordered to the east by the Delaware River.
The most critical moment of the Revolutionary War began here. On Christmas Day, 1776, George Washington and 2,400 soldiers crossed the icy Delaware River under the cover of darkness and launched a surprise attack on the Hessian garrison in Trenton. The surprise attack turned the tide of war.
Our tour will take us from Bethlehem on scenic, curving roads along the Delaware and the Delaware Canal south towards New Hope and beyond. We'll cross the river and visit the Washington Crossing Historic Park on the Jersey side and then cross back for lunch at The Washington Crossing Inn.
Next we'll head over to Doylestown to visit one or more of the interesting spots associated with Henry Chapman Mercer. His Moravian Pottery & Tile Works is maintained as a "working history" museum. Handmade tiles are still produced here. Or you might take in some other Mercer sites including his nearby concrete castle with 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces, and more than 200 windows adorned with an array of original handcrafted tiles. A few minutes away is the The Mercer Museum, built to house his extensive collection of objects representing everyday life in the pre-industrial age. This is the 19th century version of “How its Made”.
Saturday is Concours day! Our judging will be held beneath the long cold, but beautiful blast furnaces of Bethlehem Steel. “The Steel” as the locals called it, shut down in 1995 but has been reborn into SteelStacks, ten acres dedicated to arts, culture, family events, community celebrations, education and fun.
Later that evening our annual member's meeting and awards dinner will be held at Artsquest with a phenomenal view of SteelStacks.
After the Ball
For those who haven't had enough fun, our “After the Ball” tour begins on Sunday morning with a drive to Hershey, Pennsylvania home of Hershey Chocolate and “The Elegance” Concours. Its an automotive garden party featuring the world’s finest collector, vintage and antique cars arrayed around the manicured formal gardens of The Hotel Hershey. We can also visit the AACA's Museum with a collection of over 150 vehicles. Spanning over a century of American motoring.
Our home base will be The Central Hotel & Conference Center at 800 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111. We have a special rate of just $89.95 per night. Call 717-561-2800 for reservations being sure to ask for the “International 190SL Group” rate.
On Monday we'll head south to historic Gettysburg and the Gettysburg National Military Park. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the war's bloodiest battle and the site of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address". Dwight Eisenhower's farm is located nearby and welcomes visitors.
Tuesday we'll take the short drive to York and visit their most famous brand – Harley-Davidson. Harley's factory tour offers us the chance to watch their bikes being made.
We'll then take in springtime in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. It’s the best time of year to enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the simple life of the Amish.
So there's lots to do. Sign up soon and we'll see you there.