I'm sure nearly all of you are familiar with the great kitchy landmark and one of the most photographed sites on Route 66, the Blue Whale of Catoosa. I'd give you the whole history of the icon, but it's available online here. ://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.653 Each year, the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce and the advocacy group called The Fins of the Blue Whale hold a fundraiser called the Blue Tie Affair. I went this year, as did Ron M., LaSandra and Brad Nickson, Marian and Ken Clark, and Rick and Patty Schmigle. It's held outdoors under a tent, a band plays, there's a silent auction, and great food is served by the folks at Molly's Landing just down the road. The filet mignons, cooked outside, were superb, cooked to order, and served with baked potatoes, salad, and bread pudding. Yum! Had a great time catching up with friends and enjoying the nice weather. Here are some photos.
The staff from Molly's Landing working hard on food preparation.
Marian, moi, and Ron. Because of my own error, Ken and LaSandra didn't get in a picture.
A panorama of the table setup.
Now about yesterday at the Station. . .
It wasn't a terribly busy day, but we had some interesting visitors among the eight who came to see us. This young gentleman is an architectural historian from Sacramento, California who is measuring, photographing, and assessing all the bridges along Route 66 for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. This is to be sure every historic bridge is catalogued and if repairs need to be made, they can be made in the exact image of the old bridges. Sounds like a very good project to me.
Here's a couple from Cambridge, England. He's here as a freelance motoring writer and she has accompanied him on this Route 66 trip. Obviously, he was most interested in our car showrooms, and had a lot of interesting information about English automobiles.
And now for a couple from Pisarzocoise (I think...), Poland. We don't have many Polish visitors, so this fine couple was a treat! He spoke perfect English, too!
A couple from Tampa, Florida and a local gentleman named Melvin Birks rounded out the day. Melvin is about to turn 90 years old, but is still going strong. He's a Model T collector and he came to tell us about a Model T group from Arkansas who will be visiting Afton Station in July.
Yesterday was a long but great day! See you this weekend at Afton Station.