Well, it's time for the new tradition, but now 'NEW and IMPROVED” (because it's not going to rain this time!)!! The 2nd Annual Antique U-Car-Lele Meetup at the Phillips House Museum in Salem, MA, happening on Sunday, August 11th from 12-3pm. We'll be playing and singing car-tunes as well as other song genres in the back of the house. The annual Antique Car Meet is a spectacular event for car lovers. It's now even more spectacular because it includes us singing and playing.
We don't need to play continuously from 12-3pm. We'll probably play a couple of longer sets, with a nice break in the middle so we can all peruse the cars. There will be a small, roving jazz band playing on Chestnut Street as well. Feel free to take a tour of the museum (It will be free for us to tour. The museum is open from 11-4.).
Try to get there by 11:30 so you can set up. Bring a music stand. Sheet music will be provided. I'll hope to get music posted ahead of time. While we'll be playing under a tree, so there'll be some shade, it IS August. Dress comfortably, perhaps in a vintage '20s or '30s spirited clothing, or even wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt.
For parking, unless you're truly infirmed, don't park on Chestnut Street itself. Instead, park on neighboring streets such as Warren St, Essex St, or Broad Street.
Afterward, for those who wish to, we'll head on over to the cidery, Far From The Tree (under a ten-minute walk away) and sip on some freshly made hard cider (there are non-alcoholic beverages available there as well). We can have some pizza delivered there as well, if we're interested (Far From The Tree doesn't serve food, but any food can be brought in or delivered).
For those who have never been to Salem or Chestnut Street, the street was built in the 1890s for the newly wealthy of Salem, arising from the enormous money made from the merchant trade. Those owning trade ships as well as merchants were becoming some of the wealthiest people in the world. One of them, Elias Hasket Derby, became the first millionaire in the United States during that time. The grand Federal style mansions on Chestnut Street are considered to be among the finest collection in the U.S., and the street itself, in spite of being only four blocks long, is in the National Register Of Historic Landmarks because of the collection of homes that are on it.
The Phillips House Museum is part of Historic New England's collection. When the Phillips family was still living in the stately home, the younger Stephen Phillips was a car collector (the elder Stephen Phillips was Attorney General for the state of Hawaii!). Part of his collection is in a display in the carriage house in the back. The collection rotates seasonally.