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April Event – Fluff up at Belair Mansion in Bowie, MD

For this year's fluff-Up event, the Straight Eights are returning to graceful Belair Mansion on Sunday, April 30, from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. The address is 12207 Tulip Grove Dr. Bowie, MD 20715

The City of Bowie is hosting us on the grounds of the mansion, as one of the final events of its yearlong Bowie Centennial Celebration. We were last at this venue 10 years ago, when 75 members attended!

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The event is free for members and $5 for guests, inclusive of delicious lunch fare from a well-known upscale food emporium suited to this year’s surroundings, and will be served in the sunroom of the mansion.

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Spring Fluff Up is the perfect opportunity (or motivation) to buff your wheels – vintage, exotic, or contemporary – to prepare for a new season of touring and to re-connect with friends or meet new/prospective members. You may also enjoy seeing fellow members' new restoration projects or debuts of newly acquired carriages (rumor has it there are a few).

Parking will be on the lot, grounds, and showy circular drive in front of the 1745 home to Colonial Governor Samuel Ogle, a house privately owned until 1957. You can tour the historic house and stable museum. A map with a driving course to the other City of Bowie Museums and local antique shops will be provided for those who'd like a nice excursion during the afternoon. Members often use this opportunity to test drive one another’s cars on the quiet back roads (…with the owner’s permission, of course)!

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The 1910 railroad depot and visitor center in Old Bowie and the Radio and Television Museum in South Bowie are all free and an easy drive from the Belair Estate.

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Click here for more information on the Bowie museums.

Please RSVP to StraightEightsPresident@gmail.com providing the full names of attendees by Wednesday April 26, so we can have an accurate count for purchasing plenty of food and drinks.

Get all your rides gleaming! We look forward to seeing you there.

Directions:

  • From US 50, take exit 11 for MD Rt. 197 north.
  • Go about 1 mile to the traffic light at Tulip Grove Drive.
  • Turn right and follow Tulip Grove Dr. for approximately a quarter mile to 12207 Tulip Grove Dr.
  • The Mansion driveway will be on your right.

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