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Empire Expedition to Old Spokes Auto Orphanage – Home of the Hudson

by Roger on Apr.09, 2017, under Club News, Outing

Mike writes:
Saturday March 18th was a great day for our visit to Bob’s Old Spokes Museum/Auto Orphanage, dedicated to the memory of the fabulous Hudson. This is one little jewel of a museum tucked away on rural Old Route 22 in the hamlet of New Smithville Pa.

Empire Lambda member, Wade, set up this special event for us with the museum owner. George chauffeured Chris, Joe and me (swinging into Manhattan –thanks) in his comfy Lincoln Town Car. This was my first much needed escape from NYC in a while. We met up with more of our guys and fueled up with a hearty pre-museum breakfast at the Starlight Diner in Allentown.

When we landed at the Orphanage we got a warm greeting from the caretakers who could not have been more gracious. More of our group members and friends showed up, for a good total turn out of fourteen.

What gorgeous cars!! I’ve always loved the step down generation and as a kid I admired their sleek looks on the road. Several stunners from that ’48 to ’54 generation were there as well as older beauties, e.g. Agnes Moorehead’s ’41 Woodie Wagon. There were also two knockout interlopers, a ’47 Pontiac and a ’60 Chrysler 300 F –convertibles both. I liked the Twin H Power six on a stand and the vintage diagnostic equipment. There was an impressive showing of pre-war Hudsons from the twenties and thirties – all in fine condition.

I donated two vintage Dinky Hudson toy cars from my collection, a ’48 and a rare ’57 as I felt they should be there. Do check out our pictures for stunners from the final years after the Nash/Hudson merger. Note the very rare Hudson Rambler wagon and Hudson’s extravagantly styled Nash bodied ’55, ’56 and ’57 models, all with wild continental kits.

We hated to leave but we certainly made a few new friends. Finally, we enjoyed a festive late lunch at Fegley’s Brew Works in Bethlehem. This was a perfect ending to the day and the handsome young waiters didn’t hurt. A fun event – all agreed.

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Empire Lambda Annual Bowling Event 2/19/17 – CANCELLED

by Roger on Feb.12, 2017, under Club News, Outing


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Empire Holiday Party 12/3

by Roger on Nov.24, 2016, under Club News, Party

Let’s celebrate another great year at our annual Holiday Party at the Davenport Press in Mineola NY.

Empire Region will have our annual Holiday Party at the Davenport Press. We will continue to have our own room upstairs with a private cash bar (soda is provided at no cost at the bar) followed by a sit down dinner. As we have done in the past the Empire Region will cover tax and gratuity cost for each member and associate member.

When: Saturday December 3rd

Time: 6:30pm Cocktails and appetizer’s a t the upstairs Cash Bar followed by a sit down dinner.

Cost: Empire Region will once again subsidize this event providing a reduced cost to 2016 Paid Members and Associates at $55.00 each (cash only) Non-Members are welcome to join us at the full rate of $65.00 each (cash only). Any Non-Member who&n bsp;joins at the Holiday Party will get the discounted rate of $55.00. All you need to do is fill out an application and bring a check or cash for your 2017 membership dues (applications will be available). Or you can sign up on line and bring your confirmation/receipt with you (no discounts can be provided without a receipt).

Where: Davenport Press 70 Main Street, Mineola NY 11501. The restaurant is a short walk east of the Mineola Long Island Rail Road Station (one block east of the station on the south side of tracks). Set in a historic building is this fine continental restaurant. Built in 1862 as a bank, it later became a printing company, and finally, in 1976, a restaurant. It still possesses all the charm and character of its past.

We will have a 50/50 raffle too!!

We need an accurate headcount for the restaurant so please RSVP to David at LCCBaron@aol.com before December 1st.

6:30 – 7:30: Cash Bar, pass around Hors D’oeuvres

7:30 Dinner:
First course: Baby Shrimp in garlic sauce, crispy calamari or Rigatoni a la vodka.

Second course: Caesar or tossed salad

Third course: Sirloin Steak, Chicken Francaise/Marsala, Broiled Salmon, Shrimp Scampi. All served with vegetables & roasted potatoes.

Fourth Course: dessert, coffee or tea.

See you at the Holiday Party
George, Peter, John, and David

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Empire Fall Foliage Weekend 2016

by Roger on Nov.24, 2016, under Club News, Outing

Mike Writes:
Spectacular weather and gorgeous peak Fall colors were the hallmarks for Empire’s 2016 Fall Foliage event. This year the venue was moved to the Hunter Inn at scenic Hunter Mountain in the Catskill’s Greene County. On Friday afternoon, I met up with Patrick and his vintage Charger in the Bronx at a Citgo/DD stop on the Hutch. It was a lovely drive upstate for our mini-caravan. The leafy red carpet extending up the hillsides really glowed in that warm autumn sunlight!

I knew this would be my last shot this year at either top down or tops off motoring. The Firebird T/A convertible and I both enjoyed the open air- including on the trip home.

We had good member participation and our weekend kicked off at the Friday night pizza party. Inspecting everyone’s cool rides always goes with that. David K’s impressive 1968 Pontiac Executive “woodie” wagon was a fresh sight. George debuted another new baby, a 1970 Ford LTD sedan in amazing original condition. It was great that our NJ members drove up and some of the Nutmeg fellas stayed over too – adding to the fun. There were various options for spending Saturday.

After the breakfast, a bunch of us headed out to the beautiful Hunter Mt. ski resort. Fortunately, nobody fell off as we rode the lift to the top – what a view! Our hike descending down the mountain was going well until my thigh muscles gave up. Alas, I was saved with a little help from my friends. Those repeated immobilized ‘face down’ periods post assorted eye surgeries are now being compensated for with more exercise.

Next on the Saturday agenda was a fabulous feast graciously hosted by David and Michael. Their lovely historic country home actually dates 1781. You would never know that the tranquil meadow and stream in back was the scene of terrible damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The destruction of a number of their vintage cars was traumatic and debris was deposited everywhere. David and Mike also now had a new baby, a 1970 Cadillac Deville 4 door hardtop – another newbie in remarkable original condition. Thanks again guys!

The Saturday night dinner was festive (we are Gay after all!) and the food at the Hunter Inn was excellent. Sunday morning looked perfect for the Mills mansion car show. A hose was available for pre-show fluffing. George led us all on a beautiful curving back road tour to the Staatsburg “Gathering of the Cars”. I loved that. Sam did his usual excellent job with the club’s show arrangements. We therefore have the best perch over looking the Hudson. Our Nutmeg buddies turned out in force to again make us the biggest club presence. A stunning newly restored 1959 Ford Ranchero came with them. Steve T.’s knockout 1964 Bonneville really should be mine! Lots of pretty cars decorated the mansion grounds as always and without snow this time. Of course, the best part of this event is always the reconnecting with good friends.

Thanks to George and our Board for all their efforts in planning our event!!

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