Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Day At The Hangar- 2014

Day at the Hangar

Ken Kresmery and Sons welcomed several hundred guests to Ken's hangars at the Poplar Grove Airport on Sunday, August 17. The day was overcast, but warm, so very nice. The guests who drove their antique cars parked them across the drive from Ken's Hangars so that all could admire them. Among those attending were twenty-four CTCC members, families and friends: Dan Anderson and Karen Anderson, Lloyd Schellin, Jim and Jane Wilson, Joe and Barb Esdale, Dan Mrozek & Arlene Figlia and Dan's family members, Len & Mary Keil and their family members, Bob and Helen Hoge and their friend from Florida, Gordon Gluff and Bill & Liz Werth. Ken's brats, hot dogs, sweet corn and ice cream from a freezer cart were seemingly unlimited as were the numerous side dishes and abundant desserts contributed by the attendees. Water, pop and beer on tap kept everyone hydrated. Quite a few people drove Ken's cars and enjoyed flights in one of his airplanes. This was Ken's 19th Annual Day at the Hangar and the seventh one CTCCers have been invited to attend. Thank you, Ken, for your generous and gracious hospitality! 

Mount Prospect Features TBirds

The Mount Prospect commuter parking lot was the location of the BluesMobile Cruise Night hosted by the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchant's Association on Saturday, August 16. CTCC (including one prospective member) contributed twenty-two vehicles to the display. Nineteen classic Thunderbirds lined up to present a wonderful tableau! The evening weather could not have been better. Those in attendance enjoyed pizza and drinks provided by CTCC. It was a wonderful night of socializing and seeing lots of antique cars. Thank you, Ken and Kathy Smizinski for arranging a super outing!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

3rd Civil Affairs Group Family Day

Family Day at Great Lakes, Il.

Sgt. Major Miller contacted Ken Smizinski about having CTCC participate in Family Day for Marines, sailors, and families of the Third Civil Affairs Group.  Several of us met at the Lake Forest Oasis and caravanned to 2205 Depot Drive in Great Lakes, Il. for the first anniversary of the Marine Group.

Six Thunderbirds and Bob and Barb Srokas  1937 LaSalle with a 350cu. Chevrolet engine made up the CTCC contingent.  Bill and Liz Werth brought their Blue 1955 TBird.  The five 1957 TBirds were Dan Mrozek with Dusk Rose, Len Vinyard with Black, Joel  Greenberg and Annie Luginbill Inca Gold, Lee Bakakos with Coral Sand, and my Colonial White car. Dan Anderson and Gina Bakakos came later in the day.

Fire apparatus and antique military vehicles were on display and there was a K9 demonstration.  The Marines provided ample food and beverages.  We lined up and filled our plates with grilled hamburgers and brats, cole slaw, potato salad, and various kinds of bagged chips.  Water and Gatorade were passed out by the servicemen.

Colonel  Lee, First Sgt. Hidalgo, and Staff Sgt. Loebe all chatted with us, expressed their appreciation, and are interested in seeing us again next year.    

Jim Wilson             

Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Picnic


Joan and Lloyd Schellin welcomed forty-nine picnickers to their Garden Prairie farm on August 9. The weather cooperated beautifully. Those present enjoyed a multitude of appetizers highlighted by the huge salmon caught and prepared by Ed Levin and Rose Kovalenko. Dan Mrozek, Jr. served as chief pork chop and hamburger griller while several men shucked the just picked corn (donated, we were told, by the Corvette Club). The serving tables groaned under the weight of the beans, salads and fruits. No one could have possibly gone away hungry. And let's not forget the many dessert choices on the table along with Mary Keil's version of Paul Mount's coconut cake. Soda, water, beer, wine and coffee rounded out the perfect buffet.

Ken called the Membership meeting to order at 5:25. He thanked Lloyd and Joan for their gracious hospitality. He then talked about the upcoming cruise night in Mt. Prospect. Joel Greenberg updated people on the next day's trip to Great Lakes. Pete Kramer talked about the September Annual Meeting with a program by Mitch Frumkin from the Chicago Auto Show. Pete Ekstrom talked about the Fall tour. Tom Bruin showed the group the CTCC grill medallions and those who attended the Orland Park car show received theirs while other members purchased them. Annie Luginbill talked about the Renaissance Faire. The group sang Happy Birthday to Kathy Smizinski. Doug Rogers gave Joan Schellin a "hostess gift" from the "House of Lloyd". Madeline Zambon talked about the many Jim Beam containers she is selling in preparation for her move. Ken and Liz raffled off six items donated by Madeline. Liz thanked the members for their generous donations of diapers and food for the Food Pantry. The group applauded the successful conclusion of treatments for Ed Levin, Larry Kelly and Bill Balogh. The meeting concluded at 5:55.

As with the set-up, many pitched in to help clean up. The leftover pop and water will be used at future outings and tours. Thank you to Joan and Lloyd for hosting 

Liz Werth