Sunday, December 7, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
On a beautiful Sept. 7th Sunday morning, 11 T-Birds gathered at the Keil's for a breakfast of bagels & cream cheese, coffeecake & rolls, assorted breads, coffee and juice. The group, Dan Anderson, Tom & Judy Bruin, Joel Greenberg, Art Hahl, Bob & Helen Hoge, Len & Mary Keil, Pete Kramer, Jerry & Doreen Michna, Doug & Soon Rogers, Ken & Kathy Smizinski, and Bill & Liz Werth, then departed for the Staging Area. The ladies took their chairs and, yes, plastic bags for candy, to a spot along the road to watch the parade. Liz, with her trusty camera, took pictures of the fun. All enjoyed the cars, tractors, fire department equipment, tumblers, bands, karate groups, scouts, and of course, local politicians as the parade passed by our group. After the parade, we gathered at the park for liquid refreshments and our cars were displayed for a mini car show--we were a big hit with everyone. The group went back to the Keil's for a late lunch of It. sausage sandwiches, sloppy joe's, hot dogs, baked beans, apple pie & ice cream. Johnsburg looks forward to the T-Birds being part of the parade again next year.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
In lieu of the Presidents Report, this month we are presenting a report from the Board.
We have had a pretty full calender of events so far this year. This started with our largest Tech Session, when 34 members and friends gathered at the garage of Bob Wenderski where, among other things, we heard a presentation on car care from Jim Heidel, a spokesman and representative from Turtle Wax. After lunch, a number of members finished the day by viewing a private car collection which Bob arranged for us to tour.
Beautiful weather prevailed for our Spring Tour - a four-day outing to Springfield, Illinois, coordinated by Len and Mary Keil. Our large turnout was augmented by participation from several neighboring clubs and representatives from CTCI honoring us with their participation. While this was our clubs fourth trip to Springfield, we always find something new and different to see and experience each time we go there.
Cruises and car shows have occupied many weekends and evenings. After spending a Saturday driving around the community of Crystal Lake, which included a visit to a downtown shopping center, members in eight cars showed up at a surprise 80th birthday party for Cora Claypool. (Her family had contacted the club via the Internet about providing her with the opportunity to cross a ride in a 1957 Thunderbird off her bucket list.) While she got to ride in both a 1957 and a 1956 Thunderbird, which thrilled her immensely, the rest of us put on a show for the other party guests. From there, it was off to the Dog and Suds opening car show of the season where we were joined by additional club members.
Mike and Laura Cielenski coordinated a lunch at White Fence Farms on Route 66 in Romeoville, giving members an opportunity to get together once again.
Our club was also contacted by the management firm for several shopping centers in the southern suburbs of Chicago, requesting us to do a couple of car shows. The first one we did at the Orland Park Crossing drew over a dozen members and several T-Birds from non-members. This presented us with an opportunity to recruit new members; although that has not panned out yet, contacts have been made. Unfortunately, our second show, at the Kensington Center in Plainfield, for which 15 members signed up, was cancelled due to thunderstorms that morning.
The Board has purchased 25 grill medallions with the club logo. It was initially decided to give one to any member who participated in both of these car shows. However, with the second show being a rain-out, we will have to rethink what we want to do with them. The balance of the medallions were to be made available to club members at cost.
For our next event, 20 members and 10 cars are scheduled to go to Bristol Renaissance Faire this Saturday, July 19th. This will be the fourth year we have visited the Faire. Other members who will not be able to go with the club have purchased our discount tickets and will be going on their own later in the summer as their schedules permit.
Club members and their Thunderbirds have been participating in numerous local car shows so far this summer.
The calendar for the remainder of the driving season is just as loaded with activities for club members to do together. Included are our annual picnic and Fall Tour. Check the Calender of Events on the web site or in the Bird News for details.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
BRISTOL RENAISSANCE FAIRE- JULY 19, 2014
Get ready for something different this year:...
STEAMPUNK WEEKEND at Bristol!
What is Steampunk? Per the internet: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction
that portrays a world where steam is king: without higher technologies to replace it, steam
is the dominant source of power, leading to the creation of strange, new technologies which
dominate an entirely new society. It is wildly cool, featuring tons of intriguing little things that
reshape the world entirely. Even style is different in this steam-oriented world featuring
steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western
civilization during the 19th century. Books are often set in an alternative history of the 19th
century's British Victorian era or American 'Wild West', a post-apocalyptic future in which
steam power has regained mainstream use, or a fantasy world that employs steam power. It
features anachronistic technologies or retro futuristic inventions as people in the 19th
century might have envisioned. Technology may include fictional machines like those in the
works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. Steampunk may also incorporate elements
from fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other types of speculative fiction,
making it a hybrid genre. The term Steampunk was first used in 1987 (but now retroactively
refers to many works of fiction created as early as the 1950s). It also refers to the artistic
styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures that have developed from the aesthetics of
Steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th
In other words, the costumes will have to be seen to be believed, so plan to come on July
19th! Tickets are $15 and are good for the entire season. If you can't come on the 19th but
want to experience Bristol between its opening on July 5th and its closing on Labor Day,
parking is $5 (it's free for us on the 19th -- and we get VIP Parking in front).
Please join us for what promises to be a VERY interesting day at Bristol! We'll leave the Lake
Forest Oasis at 9 AM to meet folks from the North/Northwest at the gas station on Frontage
Road at 9:20 (we'd like to catch Bristol's 'pre-show show' starting at 9:45 AM).
Joel Greenberg and Annie Luginbill
Phone: 773-348-3233/e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, June 2, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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leaders, the Bruins (top down), Jim Wilson, the Werths, Joel Greenberg and Ed Levin and Rose. The Kellys brought up the rear with their '59 as both the last to arrive and official outing tail gunner.
We drove to down town Crystal Lake where the Keils and Hoges joined the group. The ladies explored the shops on main street while the guys quickly found the candy/ice cream shop and a place to sit and enjoy their purchases, (Tom Bruin tried the chocolate covered bacon), and Larry Kelly managed to find the only bar in town.
There was a lot of browsing, but not much shopping until the kitchen store. That's where Liz Werth and Mary Keil purchased a little, round gizmo that makes potato chips in the microwave. Now, this is a rough
estimate, but if they start zapping now, we may have enough for the Fall Tour!
Our next stop was a definite highlight of the day. The children of a woman about to turn 80 found our club on the internet. Their mother always wanted to ride in a 1957 Thunderbird, a bucket list kind of
thing. They contacted Joel Greenberg and asked if there was any way we could help them surprise their mom on her Birthday.
We were only to happy to oblige. (We don't like showing off our cars much, do we?) So off we went! We drove the short distance to the Claypools' for operation birthday surprise.
Mrs. Claypool was thrilled and received her ride in a '57 driven by Len Keil. Afterwords, one of her grandchildren remarked, "Don't you want to go in one with the lid off?" So, Bob Hoge and his top down
'56 took Mrs. Claypool on another ride around the neighborhood.
Mr. Claypool and his family could not have been nicer. We were given a very warm welcome complete with hugs and many thanks. They had no idea we would bring so many cars! And we were happy to have added to Mrs. Claypool's birthday cheer. Mr. Claypool didn't think he'd stop hearing about it any time soon.
Now, it was on to the first cruise night of the season to meet even more T-Birders at the Fox Lake Dog & Suds. The evening was so popular most of us had to park in the train station lot across the street. A
couple of our group arrived early enough to secure two spots at the drive in and at least one member was in the adjacent lot. Thunderbirds were represented well with 19 cars, though not all from our club. We received a shout out from the disc jockey thanking the
Thunderbirds for coming out in force.
We gathered at picnic tables and set up chairs to listen to the oldies and enjoy our Dog & Suds eats and treats together.
As the sun and temperature started to dip, the Kellys walked to the train lot to pick up sweaters from their car. There, parked two cars in back of them was the Michna's car with a swirl of commotion surrounding it. Other car people saw smoke billowing from the
Michnas' 55 and popped the hood to disconnect the battery afraid of a fire. The Kellys said they knew the owners, called Tom Bruin on his cell so some one could alert Jerry.
Most of our group came along with the Michnas to check out what exactly was happening. It seems an announcement was made that a black T-bird was on fire. Oops!
Good thing the Smizinskis like their rootbeer! They were among members meeting at the Dog & Suds. Ken looked at the engine and was able to start it. But, the fire department had been called and they had to check all was well. Larry Kelly asked Jerry if he had a fire extinguisher and Jerry replied he did. Larry then asked where it was and Jerry said it was in the trunk. Larry advised he'd better get it out. The young fireman laughed. Actually, all the firemen were
young, but nevermind.
Well, we hope Jerry and Doreen and their T-bird made it home safely. And we hope everyone had just as memorable time on Memorial Day!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
CTCC MARCH 2014 MEETING
Over fifty members and friends gathered early to enjoy lunch and fellowship at Fuddruckers before the start of the March meeting.
A short business meeting began at 2:15. The members approved the 2014 budget and elected three Directors- Joel Greenberg, Lloyd Schelling and Len Vinyard. We then heard about upcoming events and tours, including the CTCC "Spring Fling" weekend tour to Springfield, IL. being organized by Len and Mary Keil, an outing to White Fence Farm being arranged by Laura and Mike Cielenski and the Annual Tech-Session at the home of Bob and Sue Wenderski. Those who wished to win one of the raffle prizes donated by Madeline Zambon dropped their names into the appropriate bags.
The business meeting ended and we were treated to a presentation about Riverview Amusement Park by Ralph Lopez, who worked at Riverview from 1957 until its closing. He is currently a caretaker of its history. Following the presentation, Ralph answered questions and offered Riverview memorablilia for sale.
Article and Photos by Liz Werth.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
We were anxious to start out the late morning with a Bloody Mary, but regrettably, the bar wouldn't be open until noon — not to fear, after a little discussion with management, they opened the bar early for us and we all enjoyed the libations.
We were ready for the ensuing lunch and were seated in a private area of their dining room. The crystal chandeliers that abound throughout were as awesome as the sparkling white linen on the tables. Lunch was served starting out with a crispy garden salad, along with warm rolls and butter.
The entrees were a choice of Chicken Marsala, Roast Beef with Mushroom Gravy, and Salmon Filet with a Lernon Sauce. All were joined by herb roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables. Carrot cake was served for dessert, along with coffee.
After lunch we found our way into the theatre, which was only steps away. The theatre is a world class, proscenium style, sound-perfect auditorium that seats around 900 — and really not a bad seat in the house! The writer here, seated in the handicapped section that was the last row, had a great view of the stage!
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a funny story and the re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece; it was hailed by the American Film Institute as one of the funniest movies of all time. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork, and bring a corpse to life together with his hunchback, but endearing helper Igor, and his curvaceous lab assistant Inga. Dr. Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster, but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications. This play had us all laughing for two hours straight. It was an enjoyable afternoon for all of us, and a nice break from the winter doldrums.
Those who attended were: Gail Hascek, Lorry and Karen Kelly, Len and Mary Keil, Pete and Marylu Kramer, Steve and Allison Kramer, Ed Levin and Rose Kovalenko, Jerry and Doreen Michna, Gary and Debbie Smithe, Ken and Kathy Smizinski, Len and Irene Vinyard, Bob and Sue Wenderski, Liz and Bill Werth, Tom and Alice Wolfe.
- Pete and Marylu Kramer
Dust off the birds and fly on down for an afternoon of fun and fellowship. We will have an area in the parking lot to park our birds and then congregate for Lunch and a Brief Meeting.
Come enjoy their Famous Chicken and Corn Fritters (or anything else you might have a hankering for). Also, view all the antiques, the antique auto collection and petting zoo
Please R.S.V.P. to Mike or Laura Cielenski by June 14th.
Monday, March 3, 2014
We have finalized the group events for our tour event to Springfield, Illinois. Attendance is your option, but we ask that if you do plan to attend, please complete the reservation form that follows, clip it and return it to us with your payment. We need all payments in advance and these reservation forms and payments need to be returned to us by April 15th (hey...you can mail your reservation form and tax returns on the same day!!!!)
# Attending Price Each Total
Registration Fee $10.00 per person _____ x $10.00 ______
Friday 5/2/2014 Lincoln's New Salem $4.00 per person _____ x $4.00 _______
Saturday 5/3/2014 Lincoln's Tomb $4.00 per person _____ x $4.00 _______
Sunday 5/4/2014 Lincoln Library and Museum $7.00 per person _____ x $7.00 ___
(Optional Movie Sets at the museum $3.00 Add'l) _____ x $3.00 ___
Group Banquet-Saturday Night 5/3 $43.00 per person _____ x $43.00____
Please indicate your choice of entree (for you and spouse or co-traveler): New York Strip ___ Salmon__
Your Name: ___________________________________________
Cell Phone: ___________________________________________
Please return this form with your payment
(MADE PAYABLE to "Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland ") to Len and Mary Keil,
In addition to these organized activities, there a number of other side-trips that you may find interesting, including the old Illinois State House museum ($4.00 pp), the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Illinois Air Combat Museum, a visit to Cozy Dog, "inventor" of the corn dog, and much more! We have left of plenty of free time in the weekend schedule for you to explore on your own.
LADIES- SPECIAL PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE BEST 'DERBY' DAY HATS
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Sunday, February 16 was a bright, sunny day, fortunately between snow storms.
As 42 CTCC members gathered at Aurelio's Pizza in Addison for our annual Pizza Party and Membership Meeting. Ken Smizinski urged everyone to take a seat as numerous varieties of pizza were placed on a serving table.
At each place was a blank entry form for one of three door prizes provided by Madeline Zambon. Club members who had donated toiletries for the People's Food Pantry were instructed to write their name on the paper and place it in the bag beside the prize of their choice.
After four groups of hungry Thunderbirders had filled their plates, the membership meeting began. Copies of the 2014 CTCC Budget for 2014 prepared by Tom Bruin were passed out. Ken then explained the calendar of events planned for 2014.
Drawings were held for the door prizes. Ron Pavlak took home a l/50th scale model of a yellow '55 Thunderbird, Bud Kryszak a Thunderbird watch, and Rose Kovalenko a 1:18 scale model of a red 2002 retro 'Bird complete with hard top.
We finished up the last of the pizzas, pitchers of Pepsi, and Slice and said our goodbyes until the next meeting on March 16.
By Jim Wilson
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Does thinking about the Shoot-the-Chutes, the Bobs, the Pair-O-Chutes, Aladdin's Castle,the Double Whirl Ride, the Aero-Stat, the White Flyer Roller Coaster or the Flying Turns bring back fond memories - or raise your curiosity?
CTCC members and their friends and family are invited to a special event on Sunday, March 16th at 2 PM at: Fuddruckers, 436 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, to reminisce about Riverview. Ralph Lopez, a former manager of the 22 man crew on the Shoot-the-Chutes ride, who now devotes himself to keeping memories of Riverview alive, will give us a presentation about the Park and its history.
CTCC DUDES AND DIVAS DINNER
The deep freeze of earlier in the week gave way to rain on January 10. Twenty-nine CTCCers navigated the parking lot lake to gather and enjoy a delightful Dudes and Divas Dinner at the Palm Court, We were seated at five tables in our usual semi-private room and received excellent service. The conversations and jokes were lively and the food was delicious. Thank you. Ken and Kathy, for once again planning a terrific winter outing.
Attendees included Lee & Gina Bakakos, Tom & Judy Bruin, Joe & Barb Esdale, Joel Greenberg & Annie Luginbill, Gail Hascek, Larry & Karen Kelly, Ed Levin & Rose Kovalenko. Pete & Marylu Kramer, Jerry & Doreen Michna, Dan Mrozek & Arlene Figlia, Doug & Soon Hee Rogers, Lloyd & Joan Schellin, Ken & Kathy Smizinski, Bob & Barb Sroka, Bill & Liz Werth,
- Liz Werth
WITH TEMPS REACHING 16 DEGREES Below, it is hard to think about out Thunderbirds. But with warm weather right around the comer (WE HOPE), the season is already set with the Annual Tech Session. It will be held on April 26th. Bob Wenderski has put together a great program, This will be a "dust off" as the Spring Tour to Springfield, IL will be the following weekend (May 2-5). Len and Mary Keil have put in a lot hard work and planning, including inviting clubs from around the country.
Also, don't forget about March16'" at Fuddruckers for the presentation on Chicago's famous Riverview
Amusement Park. This program is open to your family and friends, at no charge. So, make a day of it
and start with lunch at Fuddruckers.
- Ken Smizinski
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