GALLERY 15 (Page 6)
Small-Scale Live Steamup
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summary report by Jerry Reshew on the
INTERNATIONAL SMALL SCALE STEAMUP AND ARTS FESTIVAL
IT IS OFFICIALLY OVER! Two
hundred and thirty of you traveled to
to partake in what certainly must have been the
nuttiest gathering of hobbyists that I’ve ever seen. The first arrivals were
here on the Saturday before we started, and they actually started playing with
steam on rollers at the atrium bar before the tracks were set up. Pressure is on
to set the tracks up even earlier than on Monday and we might just see this
happen if our track crew is up to it. I plan on Sunday just so you can see how
out of hand this business is getting.
The Arts were well represented and our brass quintet played four mini concerts
over the weekend. The Clack Valves and Cornets Steam Band concert on Saturday
was a smash hit from the comments that I heard, and Dan Rowe’s juggling
workshop was well attended.
Our traditional Friday
no-speeches dinner had to be scrubbed due to lack of interest ,and our double
feature movie didn’t happen due to some logistical problems.
The art exhibited at the side of the flea market area was a success from
the way that the prints sold out ( I bought two myself) and we all benefited
from the effort expended by our local Aloha Gallery in setting this up.
The Flea Market was a smash
hit. Carol Homuth did a superb job in sorting out the transactions and keeping a
rough tally as it progressed over much of the week. Over 200 items changed hands
and it was a welcome addition to our general program. If you plan on being here
for 2004, please try and bring something to put on the tables-the more stuff,
the more fun.
Our Aerodynamic Trophy was won by young Charlie Mynhier with an extraordinary
flight across the swimming pool. Will
passes the referee baton to this lad for next
year’s competition. The locomotive
weightlifting contest was ably refereed by Bruce Gathman and the awards were
presented to the six winners at the closing meeting.
Here are the numbers:
We boiled away 78 gallons
of distilled water and burned up 13 cases of butane and 9 gallons of alcohol. To
clean up the mess at the trackside prep tables we used 3 cases of paper rags and
5 cases of cloth ones. Truly amazing!
Where did we all come from?
We came from 34 states and 7 countries.
Illinois 9; Georgia 7;
Colorado 7; Ohio 6; Virginia 6; New York 6; New Mexico 5; New Jersey 5;
Washington 5; Missouri 5; Maryland 5; Pennsylvania 5; North Carolina 5
Mississippi 3; South
Carolina 3; Wisconsin 3; Utah 3; Alabama 2; Maine 2; Massachusetts 1; Maine 1;
Kansas 1; Nebraska 1; Hawaii 1; Connecticut 1; Oregon 1;
What about 2004?
We’ll be doing the same things as before , but here are some significant
Your registration must be in my hands by 1 November if you
want your name listed in the program, otherwise you’ll be in the addendum. The
reason is that the entire program must be in the printer’s hands earlier than
in the past.
As suggested at the wrap up meeting, if you are a walk-in late registrant,
you will be subject to a $20 surcharge on top of the regular late fee.
I will try and get the track up and all of our consumables on hand by Sunday -
so come on down early if you wish.
It was fun, and I hope that you had a great time. Our volunteer staff did a
wonderful job of sorting things out for me and they deserve all of the credit
for the things that went right.
I hope to see you next year (Jan 16-18, 2004) at trackside,