and Quentin, PA are small towns located in southern Lebanon
County, between the cities of Lebanon and Lancaster. The
area has a long, rich history in the iron ore industry,
including a fully-intact colonial Iron smelting furnace that is
now a State museum. Cornwall Furnace was built in 1742
near the Cornwall Ore Banks, once the greatest known deposit of
iron in the country, and was operated until 1883 - almost 150
years. Once the heart of a nearly 10,000 acre "iron
plantation", a self-sufficient community dedicated solely
to the production of iron, the Furnace produced various cast
iron products, pig iron, and cannon and cannonballs during the
Revolutionary War. During the Civil War gun blocks were made
here. Today, Cornwall Furnace is the last such structure to
remain intact in the entire nation. Also still existing are the
former Cornwall mines themselves, the Ironmaster's estate, and
the workers' stone homes clustered in small villages reminiscent
of Cornwall, England.
setting, with its strong heritage to Iron, couldn't be more
fitting for a group of friends who gather every week to
faithfully pitch the Iron Ring! The CQQC is composed of
about a dozen members who pitch every Wednesday night, from
May through October. Four of their members have multiple sets of
lighted quoit pits on their properties and host their club's
weekly mini-tournaments, rotating to a different location each
week. These sites are set in inviting, wooded areas, and
most include camp fire rings to keep everyone warm on the cool
evenings during the early and late parts of the season.
The fires are also handy for cooking burgers and wieners to feed
to the hungry participants, of course!
photos below were taken in early October 2003, shortly before
the end of the pitching season. The Quoit Master was a
guest on two consecutive Wednesday nights to pitch with the
group and document the action. CQQC Masterquoiters Mark
Snoberger and Ben Bernard were the 2003 USQA World Quoit
Champions; so the competition here is always
top-notch. The Cornwall Quentin Quoit Club will try to
uphold their historical "IronMaster" heritage by again
having one of their teams win the 2004 World Championship!
CQQC T-shirt states that the Club's
are in Rexmont, PA
pits are in Quentin, and are setup just inside the edge of the
woods. The two sets of pits feature white clay and spotlights
mounted on large T poles directly over each pit. Steve
"the Babe" Wentzel shows excellent form as he
pitches against Kevin Boyer. On the far pits, Mark
Snoberger (left, wearing cap) waits for his opponent Rick Heisey
to line up his shot.
Weaber launches one into the dark night air. Ben Bernard
prepares to pitch in the rear pits.
from the Quoit Master's lit cigar hovers in front of the camera
as Mike Weaber (pitching) attempts to land another of the
numerous ringers he pitched that night. In the near pits,
Bob Seltzer moves up to the foul line to throw.
large camp fire keeps everyone warm on a cool evening.
Wentzel cooks a tasty hotdog over the hot coals,
while his dad
Joe devours one for himself as he talks with
Ben Bernard about
the finer points of the game.
Following Wednesday night the pitch was held at Walt Brubaker's
pits just a few hundred yards from the pits seen above. He
has an open-sided shed that has been finished off into a small
room with a table and chairs, a chandelier, and a small stereo
Snoberger draws a numbered chip from the "Jar of Fate"
that Rick Heisey is holding, to determine his randomly selected
partner for the night. The club competes in pairs against
other members in small,
"Mini-tournaments". These games are played to
only 15 points to keep the tournament moving along
Wentzel has just pitched an excellent "Blocker"
front of the pin to make it much harder
Steve Wentzel to score.
fire to the enemy, Ben Bernard
in on his target in the far pit.
Heisey (front) and Steve Wentzel pitch in unison from their
Peanut Gallery huddles around the fire roasting
uh, peanuts(?) while awaiting their turns at the clay.