Taste of Britain comes to Lititz

By on August 29, 2018

It could have been a day in England, with a drizzle that turned into a steady rain.

The Lanco MG Cup and Taste of Britain at Lancaster Polo was just a little too realistic on Sunday, Aug. 19.

“I guess you could call this an authentic British mist,” said Bob LeMin, of the Lancaster Polo Club, who was hoping to call the Lanco MG Cup match.

Or maybe a Rothsville mist.

The polo match was called off, due to the rain-saturated polo field. The horse’s hooves and polo mallets could damage the field on such a wet day. It could also be slippery for the ponies and could cause injuries to the animals or players.

A few die-hard British car collectors still showed up, despite the rain. Those with convertibles didn’t stay long. They tried to cover up their antique and collectible British cars, which included MGs, MGBs, Minis, Jaguars, Land Rovers, Lotuses and Aston Martins.

“We have had this event for years and this is the first time it’s rained,” said Lanco MG Club founder and president Gloria Ciarrocca. She was clearly disappointed, noting that the MG Cup was originally going to be on Aug. 26, but the date was switched because of another event in Altoona. Ciarrocca brought her 1970 MGB and he husband Larry brought his Jaguar.

“It’s been a challenging season for Lancaster Polo,” said LeMin, noting that the polo matches have been cancelled three times this summer due to rain and flooding, and once because of heat over 90 degrees, which is dangerous for the horses. 

Last weekend, on Aug. 13, the White Out Event was held, with everyone dressed up in white outfits for a special day of polo and food trucks.
Sadly, one of the food trucks did not make it to the Lancaster Polo match.

While getting ready to travel to the polo field in Rothsville, the father and son team of Christopher Gage, 55, and Ryan Gage, 22, of Bowmansville, suffered severe burns in a terrible fire at their Garofalo’s Calabria food truck.

Their truck was parked outside Comfort Suites, 543 Champ Blvd., in East Hempfield Township when the explosion occurred. The two men were in critical but stable condition in the burn treatment center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County, where they were flown from Lancaster General Hospital.

“We were so upset to hear what happened,” said LeMin. “They have been at Lancaster Polo several times and their food was delicious.” Lancaster Polo has been posting updates on the Gages’, with a link to the Facebook page put together by Holly Gage, Chris’s wife and Ryan’s mother, and Meg Gage, Chris’s daughter and Ryan’s sister.

The Facebook page is titled “Ryan and Chris Gage of Garofalo’s Calabria Medical and Recovery Fund” and provides information on their recovery and fundraising for their care.

“We have been asked by many how they can contribute or help,” notes Holly Gage.

According to the site, Ryan will be in the hospital for at least 30 days, while Chris is expected to be hospitalized for at least 40 days. The family is in need of contributions to help with medical costs, travel costs for the family, meals, and messages for the men, once they are no longer under sedation. Cards can be mailed to the Gages at P.O. Box 614, Bowmansville, PA 17507. According to information provided to Holly Gage by fire investigators, it was not the propane tank that exploded outside the food truck, but some sort of leak inside the trailer.

Holly Gage added, “They will need rehab and emotional recovery which will take about a year according to the doctors.”
At Lancaster Polo Field on Aug. 19, there were two food trucks on the field. One served ice cream and the other was Brewster’s Bar-B-Que, serving up barbecued pork, brisket and baked beans.

“We’ve been doing this a long time,” said Barry Fair, owner of Brewster’s, adding that they had never had a problem with their food truck or smoker, and that they sent their best wishes to the Gages for their recovery.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the pages of the Record Express. She welcomes feedback and story tips at lknowles21@gmail.com. 

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