Blossom Meet", held annually on Mothers Day weekend in May,
has taken place for over 50 years!
It began in 1964,
when Hudson enthusiast D.C. "Doc" Daugherty of Front
Royal, Virginia was attending the annual "Apple Blossom"
AACA antique car show in Winchester, Virginia along with several
other Hudson owners. It was raining, and it soon became apparent
that this would go on all day long. So "Doc" walked
from Hudson to Hudson, suggesting that each driver follow him
back to his sign shop in Front Royal (several miles south of
Winchester) where they could have their own (indoor!) Apple Blossom
meet. Everyone had a good time that afternoon; so much so that
they all agreed to meet at the Winchester show the following
year, then drive back to Doc's shop and continue the festivities.
Thus the name "Doc's Apple Blossom Meet": the new event
would be Doc's version of the (Winchester) Apple Blossom
get-together soon morphed into a three-day event that was attended
by Hudson lovers from across the country. The pattern was set
early in the game: on Friday afternoon people arrive bearing
various dishes of food, for a potluck dinner. On Saturday, everyone
drives their Hudson to the Apple Blossom Meet in Winchester (that's
why Doc's Meet is always held in conjunction with that car show).
On Saturday evening everyone gathers for a banquet and on Sunday
morning they meet on the grounds of the nearby "Skyline
Caverns" for an all-Hudson car show and flea market.
When the crowds
outstripped the capacity at Doc's sign shop, Saturday evening's
dinner moved the "Hi-Wy" restaurant in the northern
end of town. The Hi-Wy burned down in the early 1980's and the
venue moved yet again, this time to the spacious banquet hall
of the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept. In 2014 the
group moved once again, to the beautiful grounds of the 4H Center,
just south of Front Royal.
Doc and his wife
Thelma had continued to host the event until Doc's death in 1980.
Thelma then took over running the meet with the help of her many
Hudson friends. As she grew older, Paul and Stefi Schuster of
Pittsburgh became the meet coordinators, and finally the Chesapeake
Bay Chapter became the hosts.
In the early
1980's Doc's Meet -- which had up to that time been a regional
Hudson get-together -- was given the status of yearly "Eastern
Region Meet" of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club. It continued
that way until 2003, when the Eastern Region elected to have
"floating" regional meets, held in a different location
each year. On a couple occasions since that time, Doc's Meet
has again been designated as that year's Eastern Region Meet.