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July 2019 Newsletter

 | Published on 7/1/2019

For a complete and downloadable newsletter:   July Skiddoo 2019  

President’s Message


Hello My Friends!


I hope everyone is getting out and enjoying the warm weather we are finally getting. Personally, I’m just thankful the rain2019 07  has let up.


In July we have some fun activities to enjoy with your fellow club members, friends and family. We have a bike ride headed north (see article) on July 14th and the Golf Outing at Wildcat on the 27th. On August 3rd we have another bike ride, this time headed south (again see article for more info). Of course, we can’t forget Takes to the River on August 10th.


Something new we have added to the website is a list of coming events in the Cedar Rapids area. So many things, and a huge variety, there is no reason not to call a friend, get out and enjoy.


   All of these are full of great food, friends, fun and a few beverages thrown in.


Remember to keep smiling. It makes people wonder what you’re up to.

Teresa Smith, EISC President




Nothing Nights – Wed Eve – CJ’s Bar and Grill 7:00;


A long-time tradition is to socialize on Wednesday nights, since there is nothing going on!   We will meet for supper and drinks at 7:00pm at CJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 62 17th Ave SW.  CJ’s has a varied menu and good prices.  Most of the time we are in the back room.  Watch here each month for the location or check the East Iowa Ski Club website calendar.  Come on down!  You don’t want to miss out.

A Blast from the Past!


Here is the featured front page of the July 1982 Skiddoo: 

2019 07


Annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Bike Ride - Recap

On Saturday, June 8th, twenty-six EISC members rolled into CF for the CF/Waterloo bike ride.  This year was a first; itbike  didn’t rain, but I think we went through more water than we did any other year!  We got on our way at about 10:00 from Gateway Park in CF and went through George Wythe (and the river!) to downtown Waterloo and landed at Singlespeed Brewery.  Some opted to log more miles and continue to Angels Park Memorial Island in Evansdale while others stayed at Singlespeed to get a head start on some refreshments and lunch.  After a great lunch and drinks, we made our way back to CF and stopped downtown for dessert at Scratch and then to Uncle Harry’s Five and Dime Tavern for a toast to the end of a great day with friends.  All in all, we logged about 15 to 26 miles.  It’s always a treat for Wendall and I to have all of you come our direction.  Thanks to everyone for your patience, flexibility, and for making this a great success! 


Jane and Wendall Sents

“You’re only one bike ride away from a good mood”  ~ Anonymous



Kernels Baseball Game  -  Recap 

kernelsEighteen EISC and Kernels fans got together at the Ball Park on a perfect 
Friday night, June 14 , to enjoy their favorite food and beverage. The weather was great and friends made it better.  To top it off, the KERNELS WON 2- 1!!!


Mary Day             

Summer Car Rally - Recap

On Saturday June 22nd twenty people showed up for our car rally.  Although the weather looked threatening and several2019 07 2019 07 folks put the tops up, nothing hit us! The destination of the rally was the Fireside Winery located in Marengo. We were very lucky that William, the owner of the winery, gave us a great tour which was very informative.  A few people brought classic cars including Tammy and Brain Keller who drove their amazing 1951 Packard convertible that Brian’s dad bought new.  Tammy even had a pair of Packard earrings on!   The group enjoyed beverages and light appetizers until midafternoon in that beautiful setting.



David & Joanie Meyer  

Rock the Block/Meet Me at the Market


Check out the calendar for these regularly scheduled activities at Newbo Market on Thursday and Friday nights during2019 07  the summer.


Center Point Bike Ride -- Sunday, July 14

Plan to head to Center Point on the Cedar Valley Bike Trail on Sunday, July 14. Meet at the trailhead off of Boyson Road in Hiawatha at 10:30 and head out at 11:00. Dick Mundy will be the leader for this ride. Lunch and a brew can be grabbed in Center Point. For those that aren’t up to a 13 mile ride to Center Point, you can ride the 7 miles to Lafayette and head back. Dry Creek Brew, just 2 blocks east on Main Street in Robins, is another destination to get lunch and beverages.


EISC Annual Golf Outing – July 27th


Grab some friends and get signed up!!  We’ve got five teams so far, but we’d really like to have eight or nine.


2019 07The annual EISC Golf Tournament will be held at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 27th.    This is a four person best shot with non-cash prizes.    We’ll have a shot gun start at 9:00am.  The cost will be $47 for 18 holes of golf, cart and a meal following.    (Please plan to arrive by 8:30.)   This event is open to non-ski club members so feel free to invite friends and family!!  


Please register and pay through the club’s website. The deadline for registering and paying for the event is Friday, July 12th.   As an alternative, you may pay by sending a check to the EISC PO Box 843, Cedar Rapids, IA  52406 but please make sure your check arrives by July 12th.     You can organize your own team, or sign up as an individual and we’ll pair you up with others.  


Non-golfers are welcome to come out, order off the grill menu and enjoy the tournament wrap up.   So come on out and join in the fun exploring the mysteries of golf!!    And remember…..”If you hit it right, it’s a slice. If you hit it left, it’s a hook. If you hit it straight, it’s a miracle!”  


If there are any questions, feel free to contact us!   Hope to see you at Wildcat!!


Kathy Healy             Nancy Thorkildson      Sarah Wittnebel



Ely Bike "Chicken" Ride - Saturday, Aug 3


“Eat More Chicken”
2019 07  

Date:  Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time: Meeting at 10:30 / Departing at 11:00

Place: Parking Lot at 2nd St & 12th Ave (New Bo Parking next to

          Cedar River Trail)

Cost:  Ride $0 / (Food and drinks are on your own) Non-Ski Club Members Welcome

No Sign-Up Necessary.

Lunch at Odie’s – Saturday Special – All you can eat Broasted

          Chicken, with Fries and Coleslaw $8.99.  Other menu

          items are available for non-chicken eaters.

Stopping at Dan and Debbie’s Creamery for an Ice Cream

          Delight!  Optional stops or extended riding – it is up to you! 

Return to Cedar Rapids at your own pace.


Looking for a nice, sunny, warm day!  No “Fowl” weather allowed!


For More Information Please Contact:   Sandra Cummings



Takes to the River - Saturday Aug 10th

Once again we invite you to join us for a relaxing day on the farm. If you want to kayak the north fork of the Maquoketatakes to the river  river from cascade to our farm, plan on meeting at the farm at 1 PM and you can carpool to the starting point.
If you don’t want to kayak you can bring a lawn chair and join others under the oak trees for a relaxing afternoon. 

You could also just float around the sand quarry on an innertube or try out my paddle board. 

Saturday evening about 5:30 to 6 o’clock we plan on grilling some home raised Angus burgers and serving with French fries and Jim‘s famous homemade onion rings. Bring a dish to share and your own beverages.

After supper we will get a Bon fire going and you are welcome to pitch a tent or bring your camper if you choose to stay the night.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 10

~Kathy and Jim Takes


Corn Roast 2019 – Saturday, Aug 24th - 2:00PM


The annual Corn Roast will be hosted by Sally Williams at her farm near the Eastern Iowa Airport. Get ready to have an afternoon/evening of festivities and feasting. Activities will start at 2:00 pm with bean bag toss, bocce ball, etc. The grill2019 07  will be fired up around 5 pm. For those who like to camp you’re welcome to bring a camper or a tent.  So bring a dish to pass, a meat to grill, your favorite lawn chair, any yard games you want to play, and a friend or two. We will provide plates, utensils, corn, pop, beer, wine, bottled water, and grill. Cost is $4.00 which covers the beverages, corn, and Kybo.


Bring your check book since trip chairs will be on hand to sign you up for Sun Valley and Winterpark ski trips and take your payments.


This event is open to members and non-members. How to find it: 5305 Walford Rd, Fairfax, Iowa. From I-380 turn west on Wright Brothers Blvd, turn south at the first road past the airport (Cherry Valley Rd), then turn right (Westbound) and proceed 1/4 mile, watch for the farm on the left with the EISC signs, see you there!


Katy Trail Fall Bike Ride – Herman, MO, Sept. 5-7


Harbor Haus Hotel:                      $158 per person based on two people per room

Herman City Park Camping:       $99 per campsite

Cancellation Date:                        July 1st

You must be a current EISC member to go on this trip


Herman, Missouri is the destination for our fall, drive yourself, three night sight-seeing, touring, and bike ride trip.   Herman is a picture book village where 19thcentury brick buildings hug the sidewalk as they do in Germany.   It was voted Missouri’s most beautiful small town as well as being the birthplace of Missouri’s wine country.  So whether you enjoy biking, shopping, touring the wineries, or just sitting back and relaxing along the banks of the Missouri River, come join us for a long weekend and stay in either Historic Harbor Haus B & B, or hook up with your friends for camping.


The Katy Trail is just across the river from Herman, so it’s easy to get to.  And at 250 miles, it’s the longest “rails to trail” in the US extending from St Louis to Kansas City. You can bike one or two days or just tour all the wineries.  And of course there are many good dining establishments around the area to also enjoy. Hermann is an easy 4 Hour Drive directly south of Cedar Rapids mostly on four-lane highway.


There are just 10 hotel rooms and 9 campsites reserved. One room (1Q + 1 daybed) is still available at the Harbor Haus Hotel.  Plenty of camping is available. If you are interested, you need to get your reservation in to Dwayne soon. The hotel room option is based on two people per room.  So try to find a roommate before signing up, or we will do our best to match you up with someone else going as long as we get an even number. Or, you can reserve one of the 9 full hookup campsites. The park rules are one RV or two tents per campsite.  


We will be visiting Stone Hill Winery on Saturday.  That night we will have a wine and cheese party (bring your own wine) at the Harbor Haus.   

 Dwayne Grote      



Sun Valley – Jan 25-Feb 1

Great News for the EISC Sun Valley trip! We have two outstanding long time club member’s volunteer as Trip Co- Leaders – Sally Williams and Dave Brown are prepared to start selling the trip at the EISC Corn Roast on Aug. 24th2019 07  We have some more good news – we were able to get flights into the Hailey Regional Airport, a short 20 minute ride to the Sun Valley Lodge in Ketchum.  Originally we were quoted to fly into Boise and had a longer bus ride.  This change lowers the cost of the trip!   


Sun Valley was developed as a railroad resort destination.  The resort skiers at the time were the European nobility, wealthy Americans and Hollywood stars.  The world’s first chairlift was introduced when it opened in 1936.  The EISC will be staying in the recently remodeled Sun Valley Lodge condos.  The Lodge Apartments were built to suit the ski lodge standard of Sun Valley's early years.   We are fortunate to be able to be staying in a lodge that is an important part of American skiing history. 

2019 07 Bright, sunny days with comfortable temperatures combined with long, wide-open groomed runs and awesome scenery are the reasons for Sun Valley’s appeal among the world’s skiing elite. Please don’t let the prestige mislead you—this is Idaho after all. Expect a low-key atmosphere with the highest standards of service and comfort. Famed ski-filmer Warren Miller began his early career in Sun Valley Idaho, camping out in a van in the parking lot by night and filming by day


Known for the exceptional intermediate skiing, Sun Valley Resort has something for everyone. Dollar Mountain has easier runs and a great place to get your ski legs back with its gentle, meandering groomers.  Bald Mountain has more challenging terrain, perfectly spaced glades and wide-open bowl skiing.  Sun Valley ski resort offers over 70 runs, a 3,400-foot vertical drop and more uphill capacity, per skier, than any other ski area.  This is going to be a very special trip!  Below is the new pricing and payments.  More information will be coming out soon.



Sun Valley Pricing                                  due at sign up   /   9/21/19   /   10/18/19

$1687 Full package – air, lifts, condo               $563               $562               $562

$1172 w/o air, lifts, condo                                 $391               $391               $390

$1372 air, w/o lifts, condo                                 $458               $457               $457

$857 land only – condo only                             $286               $286               $285

Sun Valley is an EPIC Pass resort / Sorry – no senior discount on this trip. 


Sally Williams                                           Dave Brown





Winter Park – Feb 23-Mar 1

It will be 8 years since EISC last landed on the turf or snow in the ski village of Winter Park, Colorado. Sunday, Feb. 23rd  32 EISC members will be setting up house for a week at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge for a fun filled week of winter fun2019  activities at Winter Park, Colorado.


Our home away from home accommodations will be 2 bedroom/2 bath condos in the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  This is Winter Park’s only true ski in/ski out condominium lodge, the Zephyr Mountain Lodge is located just feet from the Zephyr Express lift. We will enjoy easy access to the ski shop and various après-ski locations. The Zephyr Mountain Lodge also includes four outdoor hot tubs, a fitness room, on-site Front Desk, interior hallways, and comfortable lobby areas. The Village restaurants, retail shops, and additional activities are within steps of these condominiums. Other amenities include heated underground parking (a small daily surcharge) and on-site storage for your skis and/or snowboard.

2019 07 Some new highlights on the mountain are: a new high-speed lift (Sunnyside) for the park’s Mary Jane territory and upgraded snowmaking.

People think Winter Park may be a small mountain town, but it’s been receiving some big accolades. Their latest achievement you ask? Being crowned the Best Ski Resort in North America by USA Today readers!


With groomers, glades, trees, steeps, bumps and powder stashes, what more do you want? Covering more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, 3,000 feet of vertical rise, and 7 distinct territories designed for every skill level, you’re sure to find any kind of trail you’re searching for.  With more than 315 inches of annual snowfall that’s a match made in skier heaven.


This will be a trip that fills up fast so you will want to get to the EISC Corn Roast, Aug. 24th early to join me, your host Larry Smith, on what is sure to be another great EISC ski trip adventure.



Winter Park Trip Pricing              Due at signup           9/21/19           10/18/19

$1282 full air, lifts, condo                        $428               $427               $427

$ 769 w/o air, lifts, condo                        $257               $256               $256

$ 982 air, w/o lifts, condo                        $328               $327               $327

$ 469 land only, condo                            $157               $156               $156

Winter Park is an IKON Pass resort

Sorry – no senior discount available


Larry Smith



Kim’s Korner

Want to know the latest breaking news for the ski club and for community activities?   There is a gem of a webpage on the ski club website called "News" that contains announcements from the club, events of interest in the area, news of ski resorts, equipment and area park enhancements, as well as a Cliff Notes version of the latest Skiddoo.   


Want to let the club know about events of interest for the club?  Email Kim a blurb about the event and a link to more information and she’ll post it on this same webpage. 


To access this gem easily, just go to and scroll down to see "News of interest".  For the complete page, under the "What's Happening" menu, is "News".  You don't want to miss out on the latest news & events!