GCHG Chapter meeting: June 27, 2016

Members Present
Kristine Brown – AHG general member
Michelle Hrebec – AHG general member
Amanda Canete – AHG general member
Angie Abernathy – AHG general member
Andrea Miller – AHG general member
Laura Hutchinson – AHG general member
Dani Gallagher – AHG general member
Nancy McCoy – AHG general member
Rebekah Dawn – AHG general member
Emily Spivey
Elisa Thomas
Shannon Shepard

Discussion

  •  We’ve deiced to postpone the 7/30/16 camping trip to later in the season when the weather is cooler.
  • We are also postponing fund raising events until we can establish chapter specific items to sell.
  • Instead of paying for a booth at the St. Louis World’s Fare Aug 19-21, we will have a booth at the Festival of the Little Hills the same weekend.
    • Amanda has offered to share the side yard at her shop: Elements Herbology 700 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO
      http://www.festivalofthelittlehills.com/
      – 2016 Festival Dates: August 19 through August 21
      – Friday, August 19 — 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
      – Saturday, August 20 — 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
      – Sunday, August 21 — 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
      – Please check your calendars and help out at the booth if possible.
  • At the meeting in July we will be choosing a scent to use as the signature for the chapter.
    – We will be discussing things to sell at the Festival of the Little Hills.
    – The meeting in August will be 8/15/16 so that we can make things to sell at the festival.
  • There is possibility of a field trip to a Traditional Chinese Medicine office 8/22/16. Further details to come.
  • The chapter funds currently stand at $610 and will be placed in a bank account as soon as the 501c3 certificate is sent from AHG.
  • The descriptive paragraph has been submitted to AHG and our chapter should be listed on their website soon.
  • The next meeting will be a potluck at Kathryn’s in Calhoun County: July 23rd (Saturday), 3pm. Directions will be posted on this page and the facebook page.
    • If possible bring chairs and dinner ware, carpools will be available for those interested.

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  1. Hello all,

    Here are directions to my place. I ask that if you have a portable chair to please bring one, we will likely be meeting outside as my house is tiny. If it is insanely hot, I’ll figure something out. Also, I do not know what will be blooming at the time, but my property has an abundance of wild and cultivated herbs and you are welcome to harvest a reasonable amount while here. Also if this is a long journey and you would like to make the most of your weekend here in the county, tent camping is available at McCully Heritage Project http://www.mccullyheritage.org/ They have flush toilets and new shower house so it is roughing only a bit. The benefit is a fairly quite site with loads of trails.

    Directions to The Chapmans
    Some quick notes first; out here, GPS, cell service, and G’s can disappear in the blink of an eye. Your best bet is usually to be in an open area on top of the bluffs and there are a few spots along the river. My best suggestion is to know your route before you leave and keep my number handy. Text messages are the most reliable form of communication 815-561-5635. Also as I’m not familiar with everyone’s country/rural driving skills I will give you this warning; the roads in Calhoun have a lot of blind curves and people like to drive in the middle of the road so please be attentive. They will not move over, seriously I have creatively cussed the heck out of some of these people when I’ve almost ended up in a ditch. Not an everyday occurrence, but do keep your head up.

    If coming via Alton and the River Road:
    Head north to 16 (you will pass Grafton, Pere Marquette, and a little town called Nutwood) at the stop sign take a left (west) and continue over the bridge to the stop sign (If you are so inclined, check out the Ringhausen orchard stand just before the bridge. They have apples, squash, and other goodies.)
    At the stop sign, take a left you will enter the town of Hardin and briefly arrive at another stop sign (Ayerco in front to left and bank to your right). Take a right and continue on past 2 churches, some bars, some houses around a few bends and then up the very BIG hill. This hill is not something you can miss and you will know when you reach the top. Once there, you will continue and follow the two signs directing people right towards Hamburg. After the second sign please note the road heads north briefly and then west around a curve (DO NOT take the road that drops to the right a very pretty drive but its kind of like going down the rabbit hole). The road you are on is GESKE it winds past some orchards, a barn quilt around some of those blind curves and to some vistas that will hopefully put a smile on your face. You then head down the bluffs around more blind turns across a little bridge and to a stop sign at the Mississippi River Road (I think that is what we call it). Use caution at this corner as people coming from the right often cut that corner. Take a right (north).
    This is where it can get tricky. Know that you will go about 3ish miles so don’t fret about missing a turn. You will pass a sign for Red’s Landing, keep going. You will wind back and forth a bit and up a few small hills, keep going. I used to have some good landmarks, but at this time of year, it is hard to see them. There is a wide open section on the left that has been planted in pumpkins. They are not that far along, but it is open and moderately flat so when you notice it, SLOW DOWN a bit. A bit further up the road, our drive is on the right before the creek bridge. There are 3 mailboxes on the left ours is the middle and has RR2 Box 20 Chapman on it. If you look at a map, our drive is just south of Indian Creek Road and if you were to miss it for some reason, you would again drive up a large hill (not as big as Hardin’s hill but still big) if you go up this hill, you have gone too far.
    Once you have found our drive, keep to the left fork and drive up cautiously for the most part keeping left is best. At the top, our house is the white mobile home straight back. You have arrived.

    If coming by Golden Eagle Ferry:
    If you have Navigation on the phone and use it up to the Ferry, there is a good chance it will continue to work, but I can’t promise that. I cannot get you to the ferry as I don’t know road names; however, Googlemaps can so use that. The Ferry is $8 one way and I think $15 round trip. It may seem pricey, but if you live in that area of MO, it is a LOT faster and less traffic.
    Once you cross the Ferry, take a right (east) on 2 Story Hill Rd. (I believe this is the road just past the building at the crossing I think it is a restaurant). Continue onto Golden Eagle Rd. You will then take a slight left onto the Illinois River Rd. (north) towards Hardin. This is a lovely drive over hilly country and past the bluffs (they should be on your left). You will pass the town of Meppin, turn offs for Batchtown, The Highway Department, Hardware store, and some other buildings (this is a long drive so these things are spaced out). When you enter the town of Hardin, you will come to a stop sign (Ayerco to your right, bank front left). Take a left (west) and continue on past 2 churches, some bars, some houses around a few bends and then up the very BIG hill. This hill is not something you can miss and you will know when you reach the top. Once there, you will continue and follow the two signs directing people right towards Hamburg. After the second sign please note the road heads north briefly and then west around a curve (DO NOT take the road that drops to the right a very pretty drive but its kind of like going down the rabbit hole). The road you are on is GESKE it winds past some orchards, a barn quilt around some of those blind curves and to some vistas that will hopefully put a smile on your face. You then head down the bluffs around more blind turns across a little bridge and to a stop sign at the Mississippi River Road (I think that is what we call it). Use caution at this corner as people coming from the right often cut that corner. Take a right (north).
    This is where it can get tricky. Know that you will go about 3ish miles so don’t fret about missing a turn. You will pass a sign for Red’s Landing, keep going. You will wind back and forth a bit and up a few small hills, keep going. I used to have some good landmarks, but at this time of year, it is hard to see them. There is a wide open section on the left that has been planted in pumpkins. They are not that far along, but it is open and moderately flat so when you notice it, SLOW DOWN a bit. A bit further up the road, our drive is on the right before the creek bridge. There are 3 mailboxes on the left ours is the middle and has RR2 Box 20 Chapman on it. If you look at a map, our drive is just south of Indian Creek Road and if you were to miss it for some reason, you would again drive up a large hill (not as big as Hardin’s hill but still big) if you go up this hill, you have gone too far.
    Once you have found our drive, keep to the left fork and drive up cautiously for the most part keeping left is best. At the top, our house is the white mobile home straight back. You have arrived.