Effective January 1, 2018, all our events will be using the new stamps which will save us money and provide a stamp with more information in our books. This is a great step forward for AVA, but with every improvement/change comes the need to adjust how we do business. These new stamps are no exception.  Please be aware that you will need to be careful how you use the new stamps.  If you continue to do your stamping like you always have with our old stamps, you could easily end up with just black mark in your books.
 In particular, with the old stamps we all tended to press the stamp deeply into the stamp pad and then press the stamp very hard on our books, rocking and rolling the stamp to account for the uneven slugs in the stamp.  With the new stamps, this technique could well result in solid black mark since the new stamps do not have letters/numbers as deep as the old stamps, and most the stamps have smaller letters with less space between the letters.
 The suggested procedure for the new stamps is to ink the stamp lightly and do a trial stamp on a piece of paper (e.g., the walk directions) to ascertain imprint quality.  You may determine that the stamp has too much ink and have to repeat this process to determine the correct amount of force to ink the stamp as well as the correct amount force to use get a good imprint before stamping your book.
 It is critical that all Volkssporters get the word on changing how they stamp their books.  While this is a very positive step forward for AVA, it won’t take but one botched stamp in a book to sour that participant on this as an improvement.  Clubs might consider putting an instruction sheet in with the stamp in their Walk Box showing both the botched stamp using the old technique and the new improved stamp using the recommended stamping technique.
 Thanks to Bob Schmick (Maryland Volkssport Assoc., President) for pointing out this “black line” issue and ATRD, Mike Green for bringing it to my attention.  Thanks also to Chris Zegelin for developing this new improved stamp, to Hector Hernandez for learning how to operate the new stamp cutting equipment and getting all these new stamps produced, and the rest of the folks in the office for working together to get the stamps shipped out to the clubs.
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2018 Events

2018 Valley Vagabond Event Schedule

All Event Times are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – finish by 3:30 PM except for the May Kent walk and the  June Wellington walk. The times for those two walks will be 9:30 to 1:30 – finish by 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 6                      Polar Bear Walk-10 am Renaissance Hotel lobby

Saturday, April 28                       Business Meeting/5K Group Walk – Start 11 a.m. at Berea Union Depot

 Saturday, May 12                       Kent event Underground Railroad walk & Kickoff to the new seasonal Kent walk start Little City Grill, 802 N. Mantua Street, Kent.

 Saturday, June 16                      Another great Underground Railroad event at Wellington at Gazebo in front of Town Hall plus Gemulitch Wanderers also sponsoring event in Spencer. Due to both events our finish time is now 4:30 p.m. Drawing for two 35TH anniversary wine glasses and bottle of wine.

Saturday, July 14                         Group Walk 10 a.m. & Lunch Chagrin Falls start Einstein Brothers

Saturday, August 4                    Downtown Bridges/Underground walk in Cleveland

Sunday, September 16                   Group Walk/Picnic Lunch Markko Vineyard 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 13                 Cuyahoga Falls Gorge Metropark walk at 1160 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls.

Saturday, November 10                 University Circle Group walk at 10 a.m. with lunch at start Dave’s Cosmic Subs

Saturday, December 1                   Holiday Party – Westside


National website Club
Tour groups Walking adventures and Tater Tours
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Holiday Party – THIS Saturday



December 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm



Hibachi and Sushi


Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio 44060


BUFFET STYLE  — Serves at 2:30pm

CHINESE BUFFET Hibachi and Sushi

Includes drinks: Coffee, Hot tea, and Soft drinks

(Club will take care of the tip.)

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Whiskey Island Metropark Walk



Location: Cleveland, Ohio                  Sponsoring Club: Valley Vagabonds

Date: October 14, 2017                      Distance: 10K/5K Walk

Sanction Number: 105077                 County: Cuyahoga

This walk qualifies for the following AVA Special Event: Take a Walk in a City Park, Food for Thought, Bridges Spanning the USA, Ice Cream Parlors, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Walking the USA A-Z.

This walk is in honor of contributions of “Fast” Eddie Filina a member since 10/84 and Tim and Suzanne McCarthy since 12/02. All have contributed over the years to the success of our club.


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Valley Vagabond Picnic @ Markko Vineyard – September 17th

Our September 17 picnic is also a great time. Richard, Carol and Ed are hosting the event. Bring your favorite dish and let Richard now if you are coming by Sept. 14 so he can order hot dogs and condiments.

Ed will be bringing his famous sloppy joes.

The event as always is at Markko Vineyards, in Conneaut with free wine tasting. Be sure to let Arnie know how much we appreciate his hospitality!!


September 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Markko Vineyard, 4500 S Ridge Rd W, Conneaut, OH 44030, USA


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Euclid Reservation Walk

This is the first time that we have done this walk. It is a beautiful walk with lots of scenery so bring the cameras. In fact, you can have your picture taken in front of the CLEVELAND sign that was placed here. I think it is at 3 other locations. The concession stands has snacks and lunch. Our start is in covered pavilion by the concession stand.  Bring a friend to this great picturesque walk. The second 5K passes the ice cream stand with great shakes and foot long hot dogs too.
There are benches for resting on the first 5K and a few on second 5K. Anyway, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a different Metropark. Also, for those who want a big meal Muldoons is not far away.
Hope to see you there bring a friend. So far weather is sunny predicted.
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Euclid Reservation Walk – August 5

The Euclid beach trail has wonderful view of the Cleveland Skylines. You can also bring your pet.  Our start is at the Marina which will have available sandwiches, salads, and drinks for your enjoyment. The marina has been nice enough to let us use their covered tables for our start and checkpoint. If you would like to volunteer for checkpoint which will also be at the Marina. Please let me know.  Remember you are turning in on Euclid Beach Villa Angela and Euclid Beach reservation. The trails are all paved and flat. Bring a friend and definitely bring your camera!!

— Deva

Euclid Reservation Walk Flyer

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