Although it was a little brisk for most people to be on the trails, FOXS hosted the Opening Day festivities for anyone brave enough venture out on March 28. Those who did show up were appreciative of the baked goods, coffee, and the opportunity to obtain more information on trails in the area.
A big thank you to:
FOXS had a blast at the 2014 Xenia Community Festival, which was held September 19 and 20 at Shawnee Park and included entertainment, food and crafts booths, a parade, and the new Rails and Trails (formerly "Rails and Art Festival").
Thank you to everyone who stopped by for a visit during the festivities, voted in the Junked Bike Art Competition, and volunteered their time to make this event a success!
Below, Mike Groeber escorts Mayor Bayless and her dog, Bruno, in the parade.
Carol Collett with her dog, Riley, in the carrier.
And bringing up the rear, FOXS Chair, Dennis Lewis.
Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner of the First Annual Junked Bike Art Competition, Matthew (age 11), for his piece "Peanut Butter Cup"!
And a big thank you to our other participants!
"Black & Red"
GCP&T will hold its Spring Rally May 2-4. All rides will begin at Xenia Station, with a meet and greet at 9:30 a.m. and the ride out at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, May 2: Ride the Little Miami Scenic Trail to Yellow Springs (rest stop), then on to the I-70 overpass, just beyond W. Possum Rd. On the way back, lunch at Young’s Jersey Dairy. (35 miles r/t)
Saturday, May 3: Ride the Creekside Trail to Beavercreek Station (rest stop), then on to Eastwood Metro Park (rest stop). At Eastwood, pick up the Mad River Trail West and ride to RiverScape Metro Park. On the way back, a late lunch at Wendy’s on Airway Rd. (37 miles r/t)
Note: If the trail is muddy or flooded near RiverScape, we’ll get on the Mad River Trail East at Eastwood Metro Park and ride as far as Huffman Dam.
Sunday, May 4: Ride the Xenia-Jamestown Connector Trail to the Frank Seaman Park Spur for a rest stop, then on to the Fayette county line where the trail ends. On the way back, lunch at Kelley’s Café in Jamestown. (32 miles r/t)
About the destinations…
We will always depart from Xenia Station; however, a change in destination could occur due to bad weather or unexpected trail maintenance. Changes will be posted to the Events thread on the GCP&T website if possible or announced at that day’s meet and greet.
About our rides...
On February 27, 2014 the City of Xenia awarded Gerald W. Matthews Contractor & Builder, LTD, a Xenia business, the bid for the Removal and Repair of Xenia Station Building Façade.
This is the same company that built Xenia Station, which was dedicated in 1998. As a historical note as stated on the company’s website, David Matthews “was honored to have been selected to build the replica of the Xenia Station on the Little Miami Bicycle Trail. The original station was built in the 1880's, and served thousands of Xenians - including Stanley and Gerald Matthews - as they departed and arrived on the Pennsylvania Railroad.”
As construction timing and details become available, we will post updates here as well as on Facebook.
FOXS' February monthly meeting was on Saturday, February 22 in the Railroad Museum at Xenia Station. In addition to celebrating our 3 year anniversary, board elections for the upcoming year were held. The FOXS 2014 board members are:
Chair - Dennis Lewis
Secretary - Kathleen Lewis
Treasurer - Randy Durrum
Publicity - Matt Thomas
Long Range Planning - Connie Crockett
Thank you to all who joined us. We are looking forward to another great year!
FOXS is pleased to announce that Xenia Station has received a City Beautification Award! As we have said many times, the success of FOXS and the Xenia Station hub is due to the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you again to everyone who came out to lend a hand this season, pulling weeds and laying mulch. Your support of Xenia Station and FOXS has not gone unnoticed!
We had a great turnout for our National Trails Day celebration on June 1. Thank you to everyone who came out to show their support for FOXS, Xenia Station, and the Xenia community!
Please click the link below for a closer look at the progression of Xenia Station.
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