Rev up for Mennocycle weekend filled with riding, camaraderie, and exploring new routes together.
A tradition spanning over 30 years and attended by hundreds of riders – Mennocycles offers a space to connect with others who share a passion for motorcycles and riding. The Mennocycle weekend includes the great roads of the Laurel Highlands, comfortable lodging, delicious food, wonderful scenery and other attractions. Of course connecting with friends of many years as well as friends who are joining for the first time is a central pleasure of the weekend. Mennocycles explores new locations from year to year, returning to the Laurelville Retreat Center every third year.
Dates, Pricing & Itinerary
Aug. 19-21, 2022 at Laurelville in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Register by July 11, 2022. T-shirts and rooms cannot be guaranteed after July 11.
Single occupancy $340 Double occupancy $460 total for two people ($230 per person)
Triple occupancy $195 per person
Commuter $120 T-shirt, meals, programs only Saturday only $85 T-shirt, meals, programs only
FRIDAY AUG 19, 2022
4pm arrival at Laurelville’s Solarhouse, 237 Camptown Ln, Mount Pleasant PA 15666
6:15pm dinner 7:30pm Felllowship, snacks, coffee, beverages at Solarhouse
8:30pm Reflection period
SATURDAY AUG 20
8am Breakfast, 9am Reflection period at the Solarhouse
10am depart for group ride (see options next section) and lunch on the road
6pm dinner, 8pm Evening gathering & entertainment
SUNDAY AUG 21
8am Breakfast, 9am Reflection time and fellowship in Solarhouse
10:30am Depart for home
Details & Saturday ride options
On Friday, participants ride to the destination, Laurelville Retreat Center in 2022, and enjoy dinner and fellowship. After breakfast Saturday, the group hits the road for scenic ride options. Attendees gather Saturday evening for dinner and a program afterwards. On Sunday, the group breakfasts together and shares a worship time before cruising on home. Often a rider will lead three devotional sessions throughout the weekend. T-shirts are created and ordered in advance each year. Hope to see you in 2022.
2022 SATURDAY DESTINATION OPTIONS – IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
FALLINGWATER, a National Historic Landmark and a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is open to the public for guided tours, tickets must be purchased HERE well in advance. Renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed Fallingwater in 1935 for the Kaufmann family, owners of Pittsburgh’s largest department store. One of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works, Fallingwater exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature.
WRIGHT AT POLYMATH PARK TOURS
Polymath Park is a 125-acre resort that boasts two relocated Frank Lloyd Wright homes as well as two of Wright’s apprentice’s creations; guests may tour AND stay over in these homes. 187 Evergreen Lane, Acme, PA 15610, approximately 23 miles from Fallingwater and just 15 minutes from Laurelville. *Tours must be scheduled HERE in advance.
QUECREEK MINE RESCUE SITE, CELEBRATING ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Hear the story of the miracle from people personally involved in the rescue of the trapped miners. Self-guided tours, group-friendly educational visitors center, and memorial park. To schedule a guided tour, call a week ahead of time to ensure staffers get the message in plenty of time to work you in. Leave a message at 814.445.5090 or email Bill@9for9.org. 140 Haupt Rd, Somerset PA 15501 (one hour from Laurelville)
FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Built to commemorate the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, one of four aircraft hijacked in the September 11 attacks. Includes a solemn musical instrument honoring the passengers and crew, the Tower of Voices, that stands symbolically at 93-feet tall. https://www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm (includes a 2-minute video) 6424 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown PA 15563
MOO ECHO DAIRY 3671 Glades Pike, Somerset PA 15501
Mennonite bulk-food store with locally made products, including some of our favorite fresh ice cream and $1 ice cream sandwiches! Small, indoor dining area, restrooms. Worth a visit if you’re traveling to Somerset sites by Route 31.
MOUNT DAVIS is the highest point in Pennsylvania and just east of Laurelville. Located in the 5,685-acre Forbes State Forest near the hamlet of Markleton in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County; it lies on a gentle crest of a 30-mile ridge line extending from central Somerset County southward into Garrett County, Maryland known as Negro Mountain. Offers 50’ observation tower. Elevation: 3,213′ https://uncoveringpa.com/tallest-mountain-in-pennsylvania
HARMONY PA This quaint village of old brick and log buildings is one of Western PA’s most historically important places and its first National Landmark District. Harmony was founded in 1804 by the Harmony Society of German Lutheran Separatists that quickly became 19th century America’s most successful communal group.
The Harmonists believed Christ’s return was imminent and adopted celibacy to remain spiritually pure. Of course, that assured the group’s eventual demise. When the Harmonists sold the town and 6,000 acres to “second founder” Mennonite blacksmith Abraham Ziegler in 1815, Mennonite families led the area’s resettlement.
A half-century before Harmony’s founding there was a Delaware Indian village at the site, Murdering Town, visited by George Washington during his 1753 mission that sparked the French & Indian War. Nearby, “a French Indian” fired the war’s first shot at Washington.
Harmony’s Landmark District retains the old-world architectural character of an old German village and includes more than 50 buildings. The nonprofit historical society and preservation group Historic Harmony, owns nine buildings and offers tours of the Harmony Museum, a log house and a Harmony Society duplex. You can self-tour the Harmonist and Mennonite cemeteries; other sites may be visited by appointment. Call Butler County Tourism Bureau’s Beth Paslawski today toll-free at 866-856-8444 and have her develop a specialized itinerary for your group.
JOHNSTOWN FLOOD MUSEUM
On May 31, 1889, 2,209 people lost their lives due to a neglected dam and a catastrophic storm in and around the town of Johnstown, PA. Today, people can experience this tragedy with an interactive map and an award winning 26-minute documentary film by Andrew Guggenheim at the Johnstown Flood Museum in downtown Johnstown. See an exhibit of an Oklahoma House very similar to the many houses quickly erected to house flood survivors. This link not only gives information on the museum but other projects that are part of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. https://www.jaha.org/attractions/jhnstown-flood-museum
The museum is 40.5 miles from Laurelville and would take approximately 57 minutes. They do not have their own parking lot but suggest parking at the Johnstown Train Station and walking over the Walnut Street Bridge. 304 Washington Street, Johnstown, PA 15901.
Also, the Johnstown Flood National Memorial is the actual site of the former South Fork dam, operated by the National Park Service, and is only 15-20 minute drive from downtown Johnstown. Great visitor’s center, movie, and walking paths; worth visiting! https://www.nps.gov/jofl/index.htm
WEST OVERTON VILLAGE (Mennonite heritage, 15 minutes away in nearby Scottdale, PA) illustrates the rise of the American Industrial Revolution. A Mennonite family transformed their small agricultural village into an industrial powerhouse over the course of the 1800s. Their small frontier farm evolved into an industrial hub with a commercial coverlet factory, a distilling complex that produced one of the country’s oldest and most renowned rye whiskey brands, and a coal mine with 110 coke ovens. Educational distillery, gift shop, new exhibit. Tours Thurs-Sun 10am to 4pm, 724-887-7910 www.westovertonvillage.org
Our adventurous planning committee includes: Jan & Maynard Brubacher; Jackie & Curt Harman; Elsie & Onley Heath; Evanna & Dan Hess; and Jean & Ken Peifer