Dec 2014: GCHWC’s 6th Annual Holiday Party

The GCHWC’s 6th annual Holiday party kicked off on Saturday, December 13th at Zion Church in Norwood with our traditional potluck meal. Members brought out their own special dishes to add to the turkey and ham making this the best spread ever!

Next, we held club favorites including a custom contest, “Steal the Santa” gift exchange, door prizes, cookie exchange…and for the first time, two holiday-themed downhill “sprint” race events!


Tom considers swapping his gift during the “Steal the Santa” white elephant gift exchange.  This year the hot items turned out to be a SDCC Atari Beach Bomb pickup and a pair of GreenLight Green Machines.


Using the new “Blue Track” 25 foot track for some holiday themed downhill racing. 


Carl won the Holiday diorama custom contest with his winning entry…Santa leading a convoy or reindeer in sports cars.

Special thanks to the fine folks at Zion Church for once again hosting our festivities.  We’ll have more pics to post soon. If you’ve got some from the party that you’d like to post, send them to !

Nov 2014: GCHWC’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off and Mini-Swap Meet

With a nip in the autumn air, GCHWC members took to their kitchens and turned out in mass for our second annual chili cook-off and mini-swap meet.

Chili line

Chili dinner

For the first part of the meeting, everyone was treated to 10 different varieties of homemade chili. Entries included chicken chili, turkey chili, several versions of “chili con carne”, a Skyline chili clone and even a vegetarian entry. After much discussion and many trips back to “re-sample”, members voted to award this year’s top honors to TWO recipes (equal votes).

Top Chefs

Patty F and Elliott B pose with their special Chili trophy cars made by Deb G.

Swap 3
For the second part of the meeting, the club transformed the second floor of the Zion church into a mini diecast swap meet. With tables packed with diecast and deals to be found, everyone had a blast bargaining and trading to find their own treasures.

Look for this event to be even bigger next year!