It started as a deary morning at 7:30 am in Verona on Saturday, December 8 as we loaded the Thomas Tour bus to take us to Cambridge, Ohio, but thankfully it cleared up as soon as we arrived and a mild day followed.
We were greeted by about 190 life-sized characters dressed in Victorian garb. Some of the faces have been fashioned to look like prominent citizens of Cambridge. These life-like models are scattered all through the town.
After the bus took us on a tour of Cambridge we were able to do a little shopping in the Welcome Center. Then we headed for lunch.
Following lunch we toured Cambridge Glass. The company is no longer making glass, but the group was able to see, in glassware, the history of the company from 1902. We learned about pressed glass and etched glass and how the different colors were obtained. It was fascinating.
From glass blowing to outer space we left Cambridge to tour John and Annie Glenn's home. On one floor we were transported, by "John's mother," to life in 1944, with the problems of rationing, electricity or the lack thereof, and how they recycled clothes, fat from bacon etc., the use of ration stamps. The next floor dealt with John's adventures in space and the Senate.
Finally it was time for the Courthouse Music and Light Show. Beautiful to the eyes and ears!!! We headed for home after a full day, stopping for supper and arriving home about 10:15 pm or so.
This was a great tour arranged by Sylvia Provenza (a Thomas Tours hostess and Verona resident) and Rhoda Gemellas-Worf. Both treated us to a superb tour and educational and fun day. (Everyone is hoping another tour is planned for the Spring.)