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Redbridge clubs news: Ilford Art Society appeals for new members

15:04 12 June 2016 Ann-Marie Abbasah [1] Work on display by the Ilford Art Society Art on the Railings exhibition in Wanstead High Street Archant Ilford Art Society Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. An art society that has been running for an incredible 91 years is inviting people interested in art and drawing to join. On Wednesdays between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, the group meets in the Church Hall at St Laurence Church, Donington Avenue, Barkingside. Entrance to the hall is through Emmott Avenue. Demonstrations usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month and cover a variety of artistic aspects led by a talented artist, showing how specific art materials are used and how techniques are accomplished. The society s secretary Patricia Skidmore said: People can always come and have a look to see how we operate. We have a teacher every Wednesday, our class evenings. The art club has an extensive history dating back to April 29, 1925, when it was founded by Samual Hancock. Meetings were held regularly until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, when all the club s activities were put on hold. Membership increased when meetings resumed in 1946 and in 1954 the group held its first open air exhibition in Valentines Park. The exhibitions are now held twice a year in Wanstead High Street, on the railings opposite Somerfield. The next art class will be held on Wednesday featuring a clothed model. The class will cost 5 for non-members. For membership details and prices and more information visit ilfordartsociety.co.uk Redbridge 18 Plus Members of Redbridge 18 Plus had a busy weekend with a lively game of television show Pointless followed by a river walk. To play the game, at the group s weekly Friday night meeting, members teamed up into pairs and answered questions on subjects as diverse as famous Annes, ducks and film directors. The aim was to be the pair with the lowest score and ultimately get a pointless answer in the final round. On Saturday, the group went for a walk starting off at Broxbourne on the River Lee and then journeyed through Hertfordshire on the River Stort up to Bishop s Stortford. Along the way, members of the group saw much of the picturesque countryside, wildlife and a variety of canal boats and even helped boaters on the locks. These are just some of the events put on by Redbridge 18 Plus who meet most Fridays from 8.30pm at Goodmayes Community Centre. Green Lane, Goodmayes. For more info contact Trevor on 0208 553 0947 or Francesca on 0208 554 1364 or visit redbridge18plus.org.uk References ^ Ann-Marie Abbasah (www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk)

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Museums: Gilmore celebrates its 50th anniversary

Exhibit featuring the Donald Gilmore Collection | Gilmore museum photo The Gilmore Car Museum [1] celebrates its 50th anniversary with a car show Saturday to honor its founder, Donald Gilmore, at the museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. The show, The Donald Gilmore Classic, showcases cars from 1896-1942 and includes a driving tour today and a swap meet Sunday. Cars and Coffee will be held at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum s [2] Education and Exhibit Plaza on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in Auburn, Indiana. The Cars and Coffee will also play host to one of the museum s display cars, a 1912 Auburn 30L Special. 1942 Jeep in Early Off-Roaders exhibit | AACA photo America on Wheels [3] holds its Dutch Dubbers VW Car Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The car show will give out awards and participants can enjoy vendors and a swap meet among other things. Saturday, Muscle Car City [4] will hold its monthly car show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the museum s grounds in Punta Gorda, Florida. The following weekend, the museum holds its automotive flea market and car corral. Upcoming Car shows (with and without coffee): On May 29, the Petersen Automotive Museum [5] holds its monthly Breakfast Club cruise-in at the museum in Los Angeles. The California Automobile Museum [6] holds its seventh annual Vettes for Vets and American Muscle Car Show on Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is still at a discounted rate until the day of the show. The museum also hosts Cruise Fest on Fulton Avenue on September 10. The show is set to include live music, a beer garden and food trucks. The Gilmore Car Museum [7] plays host to the 30th anniversary of The Classic Experience on June 3-5. The event includes a driving tour, a Grand Classic Concours d Elegance, and The Experience car show, all presented by the Classic Car Club of America Museum. The show features automobiles from 1915-1948. The Blackhawk Museum [8] in Danville, California, holds its Day at the Races, on June 4, which provides registered museum participants with parking next to the paddock at Sonoma Raceway during the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. Other features include use of the Simeraceway hospitality pavilion complex, and the opportunity to do laps in the participant s own classic or collector vehicle during the SVRA s lunch session, and a tour of the Simeraceway driving center. 1974 Unimog in Early Off-Roaders exhibit | AACA photo The Owls Head Transportation Museum [9] in Owls Head, Maine, kicks off its 2016 car show season June 4-5. Alongside the car show, open to vehicles pre-1996, the museum intends to demonstrateas many vehicles as possible from their ground vehicle collection, and beat last year s record of 75. The British Motor Museum [10] stages its National Metro & Mini Show on June 5. The show is set to include a Car Gymkhana, allowing participants to match a pre-set time around a track, other highlights include a concours, a non-concours with classes including Most Non-Functioning Accessories, Worst Interior, Biggest Area of Rust, Craziest Engine Bay, and more. The Automotive Hall of Fame [11] in Dearborn, Michigan plans Cars and Coffees on June 5, August 27 and October 15. LeMay-America s Car Museum [12] has its next cruise-in on June 9 in Tacoma, Washington. The cruise-ins are free and feature a DJ, food and the option to enter to win prizes and the people s choice award. The remaining dates are July 14, August 11, September 8 and October 13. The museum holds its ninth Classic and Vintage Commercial Show on June 11-12, featuring more than 400 classic vehicles built before 1997. The National Corvette Museum [13] in Bowling Green, Kentucky, celebrates its 22 nd anniversary in conjunction with R8C Museum Delivery over labor day weekend, September 1-3. The anniversary and R8C consist of car shows, seminars, road tours, and the Corvette Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place. This year, Bob Bondurant, Ralph Kramer, and the late Donna Mae Mims will be inducted. Exhibits This Saturday the AACA Museum [14] in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens its newest exhibit, Early Off-Roaders, set to run through October 15. The exhibit celebrates the 50 th anniversary of the Ford Bronco in addition to the 75 th anniversary of the Jeep. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Lane Motor Museum [15] opens a new exhibit, Macchine Italiane: A Tour of Italy s Motoring Spirit, to open Thursday and run through May 22, 2017, featuring more than three-dozen vehicles race cars, motorcycles and bicycles that demonstrate Italian design and engineering from 1936-2012, with cars that range from the Fiat 500 to the exotic Lamborghini Urraco. 1973 Bronco in Early Off-Roaders exhibit | AACA photo Running through September 11, the California Automobile Museum [16] at Sacramento features The Pickup Truck: Where utility meets the everyday. The new exhibit looks at the transition of the American pickup truck from a work vehicle to a personal vehicle with examples from the 1920s through modern day. On display through September 15, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum s [17] traveling exhibit, The Women Workers of the Auburn Automobile Company, will be home at the museum in Auburn, Indiana. The exhibit comprises photographs of women working in the Auburn factories and has been traveling around the community for the past 12 months in an effort that focuses on having some of the women in the photographs identified so their legacies could be preserved. Running through October 15, the AACA Museum [18] in Hershey, Pennsylvania, features an exhibit with vehicles of the Mods and Rockers, two conflicting British youth subcultures of the 1960s. The exhibit examines the overall culture and choice of vehicles of these two groups. The LeMay, America s Car Museum [19] opened a new exhibit May 7, BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation, to highlight some of the brand s vehicles that have amassed a strong sub-culture, such as the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL, 1988 BMW E30 M3 and the forward-looking 2016 BMW i8, which are all in the display. The World of Speed Museum [20] in Wilsonville, Oregon, celebrates the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 with its first major exhibit, which opens June 10, showcasing 33 Indy racing cars, including Mario Andretti s 1981 STP car, Al Unser Sr. s 1967 car and Al Unser Jr. s 1984 car. The exhibit will include memorabilia from some of the Pacific Northwest s greatest drivers and car engineers, including Art Pollard, Len Sutton, Rolla Volstedt and Parker Johnstone. Suits, helmets, shoes, gloves, models and photos will be featured, along with World of Speed s complete collection of Indianapolis 500 race programs. Educational opportunities: The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum s [21] series of monthly Sprint Car 101 forums will be held at the museum in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, June 11 and July 16. 1964 Land Rover in Early Off-Roaders exhibit | AACA photo May 24, the chief curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum [22] in Los Angeles, Leslie Kendall, is set to talk about scooters and how they were derived from children s toys and how their simplicity has enabled them to play a vital role in transportation around the world. The Simeone Museum [23] in Philadelphia is holding a Le Mans Choice Demo Day on May 28. The museum has selected 27 cars with Le Mans history allowing the public to vote on the museum s website [24] for four cars they wish to see demonstrated. Voting ends Tuesday at 9 a.m. while the winners will be announced the following day. The next class in a six-part series on the foundations of automotive photography at the Museum is June 4, followed by July 30, September 17 and October 29. The Gilmore Car Museum [25] in Hickory Corners, Michigan, offers Model T Ford driving classes. Each class is taught by long-time Model T owners and enthusiasts. Class dates are May 25, June 11, June 29, July 16, July 31, August 10, August 21, September 18, and September 28 with classes at from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The LeMay Marymount [26] in Tacoma, Washington, also features a Model T driving class, June 4, as well as July 9, August 13 and September 10. The next Science Saturday at the National Automobile Museum [27] in Reno, Nevada, focuses June 11 on Roving Mars, Journeying to the moon on July 9, and food in space on August 13. Summer Camps for Kids: The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum [28] hosts a number of Children s Activity Days in June and July. The museums camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and immerses campers, ages 10-12, in hands on activities, presentations, and interaction with the museums exhibits. The dates are Tuesdays June 7, June 14, and June 21 and Wednesdays July 13, July 20, and July 27. The price is $50 per student per day. This not only includes lunch but also includes something each day that campers will take home to share with family and friends. Registration is open for the LeMay: America s Car Museum [29] summer camp. Children will be able to use the racing simulators and slot car track in the ACM Speed Zone in preparation for a team race on the final day of camp while learning what makes race cars fast, safe, and fuel-efficient through daily challenges. Local race car drivers will also be on hand to showcase their vehicles and equipment used to give tips and advice. The first session is for ages 12-15 and duns July 25-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second session is for ages 8-11 and runs August 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And it s not just cars: On Saturday, the Greene Eagle Winery in Cortland, Ohio is hosting Music, Comedy and Wine featuring comedians Big Chuck and Little John, to benefit the National Packard Museum [30] . Cuban car | AACA Photo The NCM Motorsports Park [31] on Bowling Green, Kentucky, holds Sportbike Track Time on May 28-29. The event runs a variation of the Grand Max Straight, which provides maximum safety for riders on a tight and technical layout. The following weekend, guests are invited to Just Track It in their car on the full 3.15-mile track. Drivers must be licensed, 16-years or older, have an SA rated helmet, and convertibles must have a roll bar. The LeMay-America s Car Museum [32] holds its Wheels and Heels annual Gala on June 4. Casino Royale is the theme and features sultry sounds on the Anderson Plaza, blackjack, or guests can spin the roulette wheel while sipping martinis, shaken not stirred. Funds raised at the Gala will benefit the museums education programs and the Hagerty Education Program at the museum. Additionally, the museum holds its fifth annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival, the MEET, on July 30. On June 18-19, the National Corvette Museum [33] hosts a live feed of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the museum theater with live timing and scoring along with refreshments and hourly updates from the Corvette race team. Registration is $100. The World of Speed Museum [34] holds its 2016 Spark Gala on September 17. The event is an effort to raise funds for the museum s educational programs. October 21-22 the Simeone Museum [35] in Philadelphia will host Corvette Racing Program Manager, Doug Fehan, and 2-time Le Mans winning driver, Tommy Milner, for a 2-day celebration dedicated to Corvette Racing. Highlights of the event include dinner, a meet and greet, Demo Day, memorabilia auction, and autograph session. On tour: The My Garage Museum [36] in the Mid America Motorworks facility in Effingham, Illinois, has teamed up with Corvette Adventures to host multiple guided road tours June 9 to June 11, from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, through Amish country, historical sites, cheese factories, wineries, breweries, and local restaurants. Classic car in Cuba | AACA Photo The California Automobile Museum [37] has several car-themed tours scheduled. The next tour goes to France from June 15-24 for the 24 hours of Le Mans, including a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ford s victory and the 25th anniversary of Mazda s victory in the race. the National Corvette Museum [38] holds its seventh annual One lap of Kentucky fund-raising event in October over the course of three weeks: October 11-15, 18-22 and 25-29. The event previously has been a one-day Corvette excursion led by the state troopers, but the event this year is open to enthusiasts of all different years, makes and models, and it is a multi-day drive visiting Kentucky s significant landmarks. The AACA Museum [39] tours Cuba, October 14-22 with a focus on people to people interaction along with the Cuban car culture. Following Cuba, the museum takes guests on another tour, Italy and Automobiles, November 6-13. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Lamborghini Museum and Factory, the Ferrari Museum, and a tour of several private collections. Related Stories Share this story: References ^ Gilmore Car Museum (www.gilmorecarmuseum.org) ^ Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum s (www.automobilemuseum.org) ^ America on Wheels (americaonwheels.org) ^ Muscle Car City (www.google.com) ^ Petersen Automotive Museum (petersen.org) ^ California Automobile Museum (www.calautomuseum.org) ^ Gilmore Car Museum (www.gilmorecarmuseum.org) ^ Blackhawk Museum (www.blackhawkmuseum.org) ^ Owls Head Transportation Museum (owlshead.org) ^ British Motor Museum (www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk) ^ Automotive Hall of Fame (www.automotivehalloffame.org) ^ LeMay-America s Car Museum (www.americascarmuseum.org) ^ National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.org) ^ AACA Museum (www.aacamuseum.org) ^ Lane Motor Museum (www.lanemotormuseum.org) ^ California Automobile Museum (www.calautomuseum.org) ^ Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum s (www.automobilemuseum.org) ^ AACA Museum (www.aacamuseum.org) ^ LeMay, America s Car Museum (www.americascarmuseum.org) ^ World of Speed Museum (www.worldofspeed.org) ^ National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum s (www.sprintcarhof.com) ^ Petersen Automotive Museum (petersen.org) ^ Simeone Museum (www.simeonemuseum.org) ^ museum s website (www.simeonemuseum.org) ^ Gilmore Car Museum (www.gilmorecarmuseum.org) ^ LeMay Marymount (www.lemaymarymount.org) ^ National Automobile Museum (www.automuseum.org) ^ Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (www.automobilemuseum.org) ^ LeMay: America s Car Museum (www.americascarmuseum.org) ^ National Packard Museum (www.packardmuseum.org) ^ NCM Motorsports Park (www.motorsportspark.org) ^ LeMay-America s Car Museum (www.americascarmuseum.org) ^ National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.org) ^ World of Speed Museum (www.worldofspeed.org) ^ Simeone Museum (www.simeonemuseum.org) ^ My Garage Museum (www.mygaragemuseum.com) ^ California Automobile Museum (www.calautomuseum.org) ^ National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.org) ^ AACA Museum (www.aacamuseum.org)

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Urban Spelunking: Usinger’s stables / "Art’s Garage"

Published May 12, 2016 at 8:25 a.m. A reddish brick building at the intersection of two alleys north of the Bradley Center has most recently been used as storage for the arena. Its days are numbered as it is slated to come down soon to make way for the new arena. The history of the building was a little hard to come by, at least at first. Because it is in an alley (at the intersection of two alleys, actually) it has no outward address. The square, two-story building doesn’t appear on the 1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, but you can see it on the 1910 map, marked with the word “Private.” In recent years, the building which turns out to carry a North 5th Street address (1128) has served as storage for the Bucks and the BC, who call it the “North North Building” because it sits north of the “North Building,” which houses workshops and the refrigeration unit for the arena’s hockey set-up. Its earlier uses were more mysterious, though inside there was a clue that I saw last year when I got a chance to go inside [1] . On the inside of the double doors that face west on the upper floor there’s a flaking decal of a Usinger’s [2] sausage elf. That has led some to believe that it served as a Usinger’s warehouse for a time. “The building has a long history with our company,” says Fritz Usinger, who runs the company started by his great-grandfather Fred Usinger launched in 1880. “My understanding is that at one time it served as the stable for horses that pulled our delivery wagons. There were living quarters above on the second floor.” Though it’s really little more than a brick box, the building has a certain elegance, one that has often made passersby including me stop and take notice, even though it was long hidden from 4th Street by an MATC building that was demolished a couple years ago. The building in 1983. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Lloyd Schoen) Fred Usinger hired respected and experienced architect Carl Ringer [3] who had worked in the offices local architecture giants like George Mygatt, James Douglas and Edward Townsend Mix to design the building, which cost $4,000 to erect, in 1908. Two years earlier, Ringer had designed a major addition to the company’s 3rd Street headquarters, which had been built in 1888 to designs by Jacob Hausmann & Bro. This 1905 photo shows some of the likely earliest residents of the Usinger’s stables. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Fritz Usinger) The city building permit described the two-story alley structure as a barn, with six horse stalls. “Later,” recalls Usinger, “the building was converted into a garage that housed our small panel delivery trucks. We referred to (it) as ‘Art’s Garage,’ because Art Schoen, who worked for us for many years as a delivery driver and salesman, lived above the garage with his family.” According to Usinger, at that time the company’s drivers were route salesman, selling product off the truck to their accounts. Remnants of those living quarters survive in the form of a kitchen, bathroom and a few adjacent rooms on the western side of the upper floor. Lloyd Schoen, 92, remembers growing up there. “My father and mother (Anna) moved there in 1928. There was an elderly couple living there before them. My father worked for Usinger’s for 61 years. I lived there with them and my (younger) brother (Harvey) until 1942 when I joined the Navy. I got out in ’47 and I lived there for about two years. In the meantime I met the dream of my life and got married. Lloyd and his dog Spottie in the yard, circa 1930s. The rear of a neighboring home can be seen in the background. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Lloyd Schoen) “Prior to us moving in there, they delivered with horse and wagon and they had stalls down there. I remember them tearing those out when they re-did that (in the 1930s). They tore up the old floor and poured new concrete. “They could park five cars down there, it was office people parking there. Then at night they parked a couple trucks in there that were out doing deliveries during the day. I remember my dad cleaned it out every week and I helped. The east half of the second floor was the hayloft. There used to be a long beam that stuck out (to help raise the hay up into the loft) and one day it fell out and landed on my father. It nearly killed him.” The old hay chute survives, but removing the panel, one can see that the opening between floors long since been sealed. Lloyd remembers attending nearby Highland Avenue Elementary School (which closed in 1964 and was demolished) and, later, Lincoln High. He has many memories of the neighborhood of his youth and of what he calls his “old homestead.” “We had a mixed neighborhood,” he says. “We were of German descent, there were Greek kids, a couple Spanish kids, some Jewish families. There was a store on 5th and Highland where we bought all our groceries. “On the west side of (our) building we had a fenced-in yard, with bright green grass and three big trees. After ’83 they paved it over for the parking spots. Across the alley (to the south) there was a big, long barn and that’s where they had all the horses there for the Luick Dairy, which was later Sealtest. They delivered with horses until about ’51, I think.” “I remember during the big snowstorm in 1947 they had a board, it was solid wood, about 5 inches thick and probably 10 feet long, nearly as wide as the alley, and maybe 4 feet high and they tied six horses to that so they could plow the alley and get the horses out to deliver the milk.” The view of 5th Street from an apartment window, 1983. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Lloyd Schoen) Schoen’s parents were the last and by far the longest-running tenants of the apartment in the old barn, living there until 1983. “My father was a salesman at Usinger’s and he ended up taking care of odds and ends (for the company) after he retired. He started in 1922 and he had a heart attack in 1983 and he passed away. By then he was taking care of the lots, parking cars for events.” After Art Schoen’s death, Fein Brothers bought the building to use for storage, Schoen recalls, and about five years later, they sold it to the Bradley Center. At some point during the 1980s, it was apparently owned by David Berther, who also owned the nearby former Gipfel Union Brewery building, which was later moved across the street, and has since been demolished. According to Usinger, a larger (Usinger’s) garage for bigger trucks, located about 30 yards to the south of “Art’s Garage,” was demolished to make way for the Bradley Center. In the meantime, Lloyd took over his dad’s parking operation and even today, under the name Lloyd’s Parking, Schoen parks cars during events, running a trio of lots that can accommodate just over 50 cars. Every time he’s at work, he can see his childhood home across the street. “I talked to (Bucks President Peter) Feigin and he couldn’t get over it. ‘You lived there?! That’s not Usinger’s building,’ he said. ‘It isn’t now, but it was then,’ I told him.” In addition to the Usinger’s barn, two other buildings will be cleared in the coming weeks to make way for the new arena, including the North Building which will likely be demolished first and probably requires the most care because of its refrigeration systems and the former Kissinger Meat and Poultry building across 5th Street, at Juneau. References ^ I got a chance to go inside (onmilwaukee.com) ^ Usinger’s (www.usinger.com) ^ Carl Ringer (onmilwaukee.com)