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Concours on the Avenue: Carmel Gets the Best of the Car Week

Monday, August 14th, 2017 | Permalink

Four days have passed since the Monterey car week began. If you’ve been following our blog, you may have attended the kick-off party on our invitation. While you’re in Monterey to be there for the whole car week or just planning to visit Pebble Beach for the big Concours contest, if you’re not going to the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue this morning, you’ll regret it later.

Just to be clear, the event is set for August 15, Tuesday. It’ll begin at 10 am and you’ll be able to covet gorgeous cars all through the day.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours

Carmel-by-the-Sea concours has been part of the Monterey car week tradition almost as long as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For car lovers who visit California every year for the event of the year, attending Carmel’s Concours on the Avenue is a must-do exercise. People walk through the streets of the small town and relish the sights of endless classic cars, gleaming in the bright August sun. To get to meet the owners of these cars and hear them tell tales of the adventures they’ve had is something no visitor at the Concours wants to miss, especially if they are true lovers of the car.

What’s Waiting for You at the Concours on the Avenue?

Concours on Carmel’s mesmerizing world-renowned Ocean Avenue is a traditional affair of all kinds of beautiful cars that people drive down to the town for the contest.

The Ocean Avenue won’t be open for traffic the whole day and the streets of the town will be filled with incredible automobile beauty from all over the country. American and foreign makes and models will be parked across town, waiting for you to behold their majesty.

This year, Concours on the Avenue will host over 175 classic cars and the contest will be judged in a number of categories, including sports cars, hot rods, muscle cars, and luxury cars. You’ll be able to witness the real classics, such as Ferraris and Porches thru 1989 and Multi Marques thru 1973.

Carmel’s a truly beautiful place. Apart from the cars, you’ll witness the extraordinary architecture of the town, which is as whimsical as Arthur Rackham’s works (which were the inspiration for the architecture). The streets are lined with restaurants with delicious meals of many cuisines.

Once the prizing ceremony ends in the late afternoon, you should stick around to enjoy a wonderful dinner with your friends or family and end the day on a high note.

Concours on the Avenue has endless treats for car lovers, and you should be there today if you’re one.

 

Monterey Car Week Kick-Off: It’s TODAY!

Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Permalink

If you’re a classic car aficionado, you probably had this week marked in your calendar already, and you’re already waking up in one of those overbooked hotels down in Sand City, Pacific Grove, or Pebble Beach. But just in case you’re one of us common folk, and close to Monterey, CA, you can still have the best week of the summer what with the Monterey Car Week and Concours d’Elegance starting today!
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Why You Must Go

It’s going to be a week full of automotive eye candy: classic, sports, collector, rare, quirky, and just about any adjective you can use for cars that make people drool.

If you’re a lover of cars, that’s reason enough. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a proper tourist, planning on this event for months or just crashing the party on a shoestring budget. As long as you have money to find accommodation, you’ll do just fine. The beauty of the Concours is most of the events are going to allow free entry or you can just walk across the streets and let the cars come to you. After all, they are constantly being driven around.

200 collector cars will be competing in the Concours this year, but that competition is the last item on the list for this eventful week.

If you still need persuasion, last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winner will be coming around this year.

What? That not good enough for ya? If Jaguar, bringing their rarest 1954 XK120 SE for its reveal since its restoration in New Zealand to the show, is what will take you to come join us. Well, that’s happening, too.

The Kick-Off Party This Evening

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Alvarado Street will see the car week kick off later today. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is hosting the party on Alvarado Street, which will remain closed between 3 pm to 8 pm up from Franklin Street all the way down to Del Monte Avenue.

The party will have lots of live music and 30 race cars with their drivers to celebrate the start of the car week.

So, don’t try to drive up to the street. Instead, park your car in the Downtown Parking Garage at Washington and Tyler Street and enjoy the evening on foot. If you’re not driving there, you might want to use the free MST Trolley service between Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, and Cannery Row between 10 am to 7 pm.

Whatever you do, make sure you get to Alvarado Street by 5 pm. That’s when the party begins.

And this will only be the start of a fun packed week for gearheads. If you’re one, you have got to be there. We’ll be waiting!

Memorial Day 2017: Remembering the Fallen & Thanking the Veterans

Friday, May 26th, 2017 | Permalink

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Did you know Memorial Day was previously called the Decoration Day?

What started as a tradition to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, has now evolved into a countrywide practice that has come to mark the start of summers. Memorial Day barbecues and weekend plans where families congregate to have a good time together are a common sight no matter which state or city you’re in.

However, somewhere along the way, the day has somewhat lost its real essence. Although there are still many communities that hold concerts, parades, memorial services, and even demonstrations in honor of the fallen, most others just take the opportunity to enjoy the long weekend.

What we don’t realize is that Freedom is NOT Free – our armed services pay the ultimate price of sacrifice for this freedom we enjoy. The least they deserve is our unconditional gratitude.

Let’s make this Memorial Day all about them! It doesn’t matter whether you’re an individual or an organization – just do your part. Here are a handful of ideas for that:

Pay Your Respects

If you live in a place that has memorial services and/or parades in honor of the fallen and the veterans make it a point to attend these events. Stand alongside the military families and other patriots to greet and pay homage to the veterans. Take flowers for them, you could add a custom ribbon bow to them for a thoughtful touch. Visit a military graveyard and pay your regards to the fallen. Don’t forget to take flowers with you.

Reach Out to Families of the Veterans

Know any military families around you? Show them you care! Put together gift baskets. Some flowers, a note of gratitude, some homemade goodies (cupcakes or cookies), some chocolates, and a small gift if you can manage. Make it pretty with custom printed ribbons and cute wrappings. The gesture can go a long way in making them realize they’re not alone. You can even arrange to treat their kids to a fun time at the amusement park or a museum.

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Thank the Veterans

They’ve done their part and they wear their medals with pride. All they need is a little acknowledgment from you. Trust us, it’ll make their day. There is no need to go overboard with a grand gesture. Just keep it simple with a note that says, “Thank you for your services – we appreciate your courage and sacrifice”. Pair the note with a nice bottle of wine, some crackers, and cheese – voila!

Show Your Support

It’s not just the veterans and the fallen that have to be honored, our troops in active war zones need us too. There are countless ways to show your support. Sponsor a “write to a soldier” drive in the neighborhood or at a local school and have the letters dispatched to the soldiers. Add a small gift with each letter – and make sure it’s nicely wrapped complete with custom ribbons and all. You could even support organizations involved in supporting our active and reserve troops by donating or fundraising for them.

So are you ready to change the way we do things on Memorial Day? There is nothing wrong in enjoying a long weekend – only this time let’s remember and include the people who guard, have guarded our freedom for us!

Women’s March Suffrage Sashes were Hot in Washington, DC.!

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 | Permalink

Women’s March Suffrage Sashes were a big hit in Washington, DC!

I’m posting this on Suffrage sashes as it was sent to me.  It’s sooo heartwarming and funny.  There are many stories telling of the kind of warmth and camaraderie that was the tempo and energy of the day.

Thanks Peggy!  A friend was reading this to me while I was driving. I got a long needed laugh from this!

Enjoy!
Everyone loved our sashes as well! I had only one complaint about the sashes, which is that the fabric had a strong smell. But from my story below you’ll see how that turned out to be a good thing.
I had purchased two rolls suffrage style sashes, intending to cut the ribbon into the famous historical suffrage sashes on the bus ride down to DC and distribute to passengers on my bus (from Ardmore, PA) and sell any leftovers at the March. For some reason the fabric ink on the second roll had a much stronger smell than the first roll, so we just couldn’t finish cutting the second roll on the bus so we had to put our suffrage sash making on hold.   I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get the second roll of ribbon cut into the suffrage sashes, as I didn’t think I’d be allowed to carry the roll into the rally with me (because of its size) and I couldn’t find a place to cut the ribbon before entering the metro station. It turned out that no one was searching our bags, so I had no problem getting in and out of the metro station with the roll. But when I saw how crowded the streets were, I figured I’d never find a spot to sit and cut the ribbon. I managed to get to a location at the rally where I could stand to hear, but not see, the speakers, which happened to be right next to the back side of a row of port-o-potties, which, thankfully, never smelled! After standing in this location for several hours, I noticed that I had some room in front of me. So I took out the roll of ribbon, and started to cut my suffrage sashes!  Immediately, the person next to me offered to hold the end of the ribbon to help me measure and cut each piece, and after I cut the first ribbon, everyone around me started to ask if they could have their very own suffrage sash! I figured it would be a hard sell to the folks around me because everyone was already so decked out in march regalia, including pussy hats, signs, and buttons, that they wouldn’t want any more bling. But I couldn’t cut them fast enough! Within two minutes, we had an entire production line going, consisting of my (new) friend holding and measuring the ribbon, me cutting, another handing out the sought after suffrage sashes to be passed among the crowd, others passing around safety pins, and then others passing money back and throwing it in my bag. After all were given out, everyone was so excited about their new piece of attire.  Imagine that!  A suffrage sash making someone so happy!   (To be fair, I think some of the excitement was because they were just happy to have a diversion from standing in one spot for more than 4 hours!). Then someone near me mentioned that the port-o-potties were beginning to smell. I told her that I didn’t think it was the port-o-potties that smelled, but the colorful suffrage sashes. She took a sniff of her sash and said,”Oh, yeah, it is that. But I’m getting a nice buzz from this!” It was just another example of what I observed happening all day: making a positive out of a negative.
(Note from Thirty Seven West:) It’s very true that they had a strong odor!  It was from making them and shipping them before they had time to air out due to the tight time constraints that were available.  The odor generally is non existant very quickly on narrow ribbons like 7/8 and 1 1/2 custom satin ribbon.  That was our first experience with that…whew…it’s true it was a plasticy smell!  The orders were placed within 2 to 3 weeks of the march – lead time is usually 3 – 4 weeks though that is rare to take so long.)
In the pic I attached, I’m with my friends from Washington, DC and Atlanta, whom I finally met up with late in the afternoon so that we could exchange march regalia. My friend gave me the hat, and I gave her the famous suffrage sashes.
Thanks for creating such a great momento of a momentous day!
— Peggy
Next thing to collect for commemorating the day –                                 including ones for Girl Scouts!
Thank you, Peggy for a great memory maker.

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Women’s March on Washington 2017 Sashes with Pink Pussy Hats they made. 3 marchers Including Peggy Greenfeld

 

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