Vintage cars – Vintage Type http://vintagetype.com/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 16:02:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://vintagetype.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Vintage cars – Vintage Type http://vintagetype.com/ 32 32 Northside Theater Company of San Jose closes after 43 years https://vintagetype.com/northside-theater-company-of-san-jose-closes-after-43-years/ https://vintagetype.com/northside-theater-company-of-san-jose-closes-after-43-years/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:00:23 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/northside-theater-company-of-san-jose-closes-after-43-years/ It’s the end of an era – but also the start of a new chapter – at the Olinder Community Center in San Jose. Northside Theater Company announced it was closing its doors after 43 years of productions, including an annual staging of an “A Christmas Carol” which was an audience favorite. Since the death […]]]>

It’s the end of an era – but also the start of a new chapter – at the Olinder Community Center in San Jose. Northside Theater Company announced it was closing its doors after 43 years of productions, including an annual staging of an “A Christmas Carol” which was an audience favorite.

Since the death of its founder Richard T. Orlando in 2016, the fate of Northside is at times uncertain. But after returning from the Coyote Creek flood that devastated the community center in 2017 and preparing to return from the COVID-19 pandemic, Northside encountered a challenge he couldn’t overcome.

General artistic director Meredith King emailed her supporters with the bad news this week that the city was not renewing the contract that allowed Northside to use the community center on East William Street for free, where it held events. rehearsals, stocked its sets and used the 80 – a seat theater to present plays such as “Doubt: A Parabol”, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Other Desert Cities”.

“Without access to the Olinder space, and especially after COVID closures, we find ourselves in the position of having to close our doors,” she wrote. “And although, of course, I am extremely disappointed, these are still the terms of our contract. We have had a very good working relationship with Parks and Recreation for 43 years and they are authorized to make that choice.

Northside used the community center as part of the Neighborhood Center Partner Program, which provides space for community service organizations. Every few years, the city reviews its list of nonprofit providers to match them with the centers and decided to make a change for Olinder this time around.

Jon Cicirelli, director of parks, recreation and neighborhood services for San Jose, called Northside a “good theater group,” but said the city was looking for a partner who could activate the center more often and in different ways. Chopsticks Alley Art, a group that showcases the diversity of Asian art, will become Olinder’s new partner, where they will offer classes – including free ones – and other activities for the public. Northside was offered the option to share the site under a lease, but Cicirelli said the theater company decided not to.

King said the shutdown doesn’t change what Northside means to her and her supporters. “It’s still the theater company that Richard Orlando founded. It’s still the place where we learned about art, it’s still the place where we made lifelong friends, it’s still the place that was our home ”, she declared. “Nothing can take it away.”

A sculpture of the old Valley Fair sign made from tin cans is one of four on display at Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara until September 22, 2021. (Sal Pizarro / Bay Area News Group)

CAN-DO ATTITUDES: There has been a lot of construction at Westfield Valley Fair over the past couple of years due to its recent expansion, but there has been more construction more recently and the results are quite astonishing.

Four teams of local business employees had 12 hours to create structures using unopened cans as part of Canstruction, a national initiative to creatively help the hungry. Visitors to the huge mall can take a look at the four efforts and vote for the favorite until September 19, although the exhibits are on display until September 22.

There’s a hungry shark – jaws open – rising from the depths, part of the Golden Gate Bridge, a collapsing barrier wall, and a recreation of the Valley Fair sign that greeted visitors to the suburban mall in the 1960s. The retro panel – which even mimics pole-mounted globes – was created by Valley Fair’s eight-person team, led by Boris Troflianin, and is made up of 5,813 cans of Del Monte green beans, from Good N Gather tomato sauce, Trader Joe’s black beans and what looked like jelly cups.

Other participating companies are Boston Retail Solutions, Paul Durham Electric, Inc., McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and Integrated Engineering Services. Once the exhibit is over, all cans will be donated to Loaves & Fishes, who will turn them into meals for those in need.

CAST OF CHARACTERS: The Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of the Boy Scouts of America assembled another stellar team for their annual Character Awards on September 29 in downtown San Jose. This year’s winners are Lissa Kreisler, the former KBAY host who now hosts a show on Los Gatos’ KCAT TV; Edith Ramirez, Deputy Director of the City of Morgan Hill; Bob Wedig of Wedig Consulting in Sunnyvale; Mark Schroeder, director of engineering at Specialized; and former Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell.

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Auto Orphans Featured on AutoHunter Auction File https://vintagetype.com/auto-orphans-featured-on-autohunter-auction-file/ https://vintagetype.com/auto-orphans-featured-on-autohunter-auction-file/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/auto-orphans-featured-on-autohunter-auction-file/ One of the highlights of the Michigan auto show calendar is the annual Orphans Car Show in Ypsilanti. With the exception of the Chevrolet Corvair, which was built at the nearby Willow Run assembly plant, the event is limited to vehicles produced by automakers that are no longer in business. Perhaps inspired by attending this […]]]>

One of the highlights of the Michigan auto show calendar is the annual Orphans Car Show in Ypsilanti. With the exception of the Chevrolet Corvair, which was built at the nearby Willow Run assembly plant, the event is limited to vehicles produced by automakers that are no longer in business.

Perhaps inspired by attending this show for many years, my journey through the record on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, features a trio of auto orphans.

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Get Out in the Greenbelt This Weekend | KIFG https://vintagetype.com/get-out-in-the-greenbelt-this-weekend-kifg/ https://vintagetype.com/get-out-in-the-greenbelt-this-weekend-kifg/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:30:00 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/get-out-in-the-greenbelt-this-weekend-kifg/ Another weekend is upon us. COVID-19 is still present and is spreading at a high rate. The CDC advises people living in areas of high or high transmission – which includes Hardin County – to wear a mask when in indoor public places, regardless of their immunization status. For those who want to go out, […]]]>

Another weekend is upon us. COVID-19 is still present and is spreading at a high rate. The CDC advises people living in areas of high or high transmission – which includes Hardin County – to wear a mask when in indoor public places, regardless of their immunization status. For those who want to go out, we’ve put together a list of five things you could do this weekend. Stay healthy and have a great weekend.

Discover the Geneva market

The sixth annual Geneva Autumn Millésimes Market will be open today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parc de l’Ecole de Genève. There will be something for everyone, from antique dealers to junkers and vintage enthusiasts. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and entertainment will also be available for purchase.

Shop the sale at Ackley

Ackley town-wide garage sales will take place today and Saturday. Residents across town plan to sell everything from clothing to home furnishings.

Have breakfast at Hubbard

Hubbard American Legion Post # 4 will host a Sunday breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hubbard Fire Station. The menu will include pancakes, sausages and eggs. The cost is a gift of free will. The meal will be available on site and to take away. Delivery is available at Hubbard. The fire station is located at 218 S. Iowa St. Call 641-373-8787 to arrange home delivery.

The church offers lunch on Sunday

Alden United Methodist Church will host a drive-through meal on Sunday. The meal, which will be served from 11 a.m. until food runs out, will include hamballs, cheesy potatoes, green beans, a bun and a cookie. The cost is a gift of free will. The church is located at 1512 Hardin St., Alden.

Discover classic cars in Eldora

The Hardin County Historical Society’s annual Ice Cream Social and Car Cruiz’n event returns to the former Eldora High School grounds on Sunday (one block north of the Hardin County Savings Bank) on Sunday. . Parking and registration starts at 11 a.m. with food at noon and hand-turned ice cream at 12:30 p.m. There will also be entertainment and a silent auction. A Pine Lake cruise will follow at 3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Eldora Food Bank. For more information contact Rob John at 641-849-0938 or email rdjohn2@hotmail.com. This event is free and open to the public.

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Rebel Run returns to the fairgrounds on Friday https://vintagetype.com/rebel-run-returns-to-the-fairgrounds-on-friday/ https://vintagetype.com/rebel-run-returns-to-the-fairgrounds-on-friday/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 22:14:31 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/rebel-run-returns-to-the-fairgrounds-on-friday/ LIMA – Rebel Run, the classic car, truck and motorcycle event, returns for its 42nd run at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway in Lima this Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 8 am on both days. The rebel race ends its activities at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 6 p.m. on Saturday. […]]]>

LIMA – Rebel Run, the classic car, truck and motorcycle event, returns for its 42nd run at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway in Lima this Friday and Saturday.

Doors open at 8 am on both days. The rebel race ends its activities at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $ 5, children 12 and under are admitted free.

Vintage racing cars are on display at 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. With Neon, Burn Out, Muffler Rap and Flame Throwing events.

There will be more entertainment including the People’s Choice Awards, food vendors and camping sites are available. Registration and more details can be found on the Rebel Run website at www.rebelrunlima.com.

Other events in the area include:

Solo exhibition at Old Barn Out Back: 6:30 p.m. Friday at 3175 W. Elm St., Lima. Chris Brokamp of Brother Believe Me performs live on the Old Barn Out Back patio.

Saturday:

Neighborhood party at Mercy Health: 11 am to 1 pm Saturday at St. Rita Medical Center parking lot, 751 W. Market, Lima.

Admission is whatever food you choose to purchase. Join the fun in the parking lot of the new higher medical education building on the Mercy Health campus for a free, family-friendly community block party. With Stedic Music, a bike rodeo for kids, food trucks, a bounce house, community vendors and more. Additionally, the Mental Health and Recovery Services Council will honor our first responders with a voucher for a free meal from our on-site food trucks.

Delphos Optimist Canal Days Pancake and Sausage Lunch: 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Delphos Town Center Social Tent (during Canal Days). Admission is $ 8 with children under 10 admitted for $ 5.

Lima City Center – Chalk Walk 2021: 10 am to 5 pm Saturday at 144 S. Main Street Suite 201, Lima. Free entry. Register online at www.visitdowntownlima.com for your little piece of the sidewalk and create something beautiful and unique. Get creative with friends and family or go solo.

The top three chalk works of art will win downtown giveaways and gift cards. All participants must register online and have completed their art by Sunday, September 19 at 11 a.m. Judging will take place on Sunday afternoon and the winners will be announced on Facebook and our website. ArtSpace / Lima will be the welcome location and participants can stop for optional registration and free chalk pickup. ArtSpace will also offer an artistic activity for children.

FitGod Youth Fitness Boot Camp: 12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Bradfield Community Center, 550 S. Collet St., Lima. To free. Register at j.mp/3A7iEMg, 419-228-7766 or bradfieldinfo@gmail.com.

On Sunday:

Fur tail Cultivate: 11 am-5pm Sunday at 19407 St. Rt. 117, Waynesfield. Admission is $ 10 for children aged 3 to 17 and $ 5 for adults. Grandparents and seniors are admitted free.

Each weekend is a different theme. Sunday is sponsored by Bobcat and includes driving an excavator. There will be some fall fun for families on the farm. Hayrides, a giant jumping pad, pedal tractors, straw forts, goat walks, rabbit tunnels, climbing walls, a squash box, ziplines, slides, a mining station, tire rides and a sit-n-zip.

The King’s Auto Show: Sunday noon to 5 p.m. at the Faurot Park Pavilion, S. Cole & Park Drive, Lima. Free entry. The car registration is $ 15 and includes a free t-shirt.

The eighth edition of the King Car and Motorcycle Show will feature Elvis impersonator Richie Crouch with special guest Barney Fife. The event will also include live music, raffles and awards for the best vehicles. The profits go to the Salvation Army.

William Maze from Lima walks with his two sons, JJ Maze, 8, and William Jr, 7, to the Rebel Run auto show held in 2019 at the Allen County Fairgrounds. “This is the first time for the boys,” Maze said.

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Still cool in 50? Autocar’s future classic cars of 2071 https://vintagetype.com/still-cool-in-50-autocars-future-classic-cars-of-2071/ https://vintagetype.com/still-cool-in-50-autocars-future-classic-cars-of-2071/#respond Sat, 11 Sep 2021 05:03:15 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/still-cool-in-50-autocars-future-classic-cars-of-2071/ We have yet to drive the Toyota GR 86, successor to the beloved and sometimes misunderstood GT86, but I can confidently say that it will be a future classic. With the 2030 combustion engine ban fast approaching, how many lightweight front-engine and rear-wheel-drive sports cars are we going to see, let alone at a vaguely […]]]>

We have yet to drive the Toyota GR 86, successor to the beloved and sometimes misunderstood GT86, but I can confidently say that it will be a future classic. With the 2030 combustion engine ban fast approaching, how many lightweight front-engine and rear-wheel-drive sports cars are we going to see, let alone at a vaguely affordable price?

Even if it turns out to be a little disappointing in the current context, the most recent of its kind will be particularly desirable when it can no longer be bought new. Even today, the simple sports car is a rare breed, and the values ​​of used GT86s attest to this. Ten-year-old Toyotas should be worth next to nothing, but you’ll be hard pressed to buy the heaviest Cat-C GT86 for under £ 10,000.

In fact, given the extent of Toyota’s progress with the GR Yaris, I’m sure the GR 86 will be brilliant on its own. IV

Honda e

In 2021, the Honda E sells slowly as all of its brilliant qualities are overlooked due to a fundamental flaw: limited electric range compared to its peers and for its price. For what is ostensibly a city car (by definition, usually a cheap car to buy and easy to use), such a defect would limit mainstream appeal and wider adoption at any time.

In the future, however, all of this will be forgotten. Instead, we’ll only really be remembered for its fantastic exterior design, innovative interior, and a laugh-out-of-the-box ride, with standout features like the tightest turning circles.

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Prince Michael of Kent leads vintage car rally at historic college https://vintagetype.com/prince-michael-of-kent-leads-vintage-car-rally-at-historic-college/ https://vintagetype.com/prince-michael-of-kent-leads-vintage-car-rally-at-historic-college/#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/prince-michael-of-kent-leads-vintage-car-rally-at-historic-college/ A college in NORTH Yorkshire saw a range of vintage cars from around the world run by a member of the Royal Family. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent drove a selection of vintage cars through the 2,200-acre estate at Ampleforth College last week. READ MORE: Men steal woman’s bank card in late ’70s […]]]>

A college in NORTH Yorkshire saw a range of vintage cars from around the world run by a member of the Royal Family.

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent drove a selection of vintage cars through the 2,200-acre estate at Ampleforth College last week.

READ MORE: Men steal woman’s bank card in late ’70s and use it soon after

The rally was led by Prince Michael himself in his classic 1957 blue Bently as the cars drove through the Ampleforth Valley from Gilling East.

Drivers from all over the world, including Mexico, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, joined the rally for a visit to the college.

Principal Robin Dyer, and Dean Father Ambrose gave the drivers a brief tour of the school library as part of the tour.

Guests were able to learn about the history of the school, including the intricate furnishings by Robert Thompson Mouseman, which can be found throughout the college.

READ MORE: Boy throws flaming stick at 12-year-old girl before running away laughing

The furniture is locally made and is famous for its trademark carved mice, meaning “industry in quiet places”.

The library also features individual family coats of arms above each of the tiles.

Guests were able to enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed, award-winning Ampleforth Abbey apple juice, harvested the previous week from the orchard of Ampleforth Abbey, which has been making drinks since the early 2000s.

The rally preceded the “Concours of Elegance” event which took place at Hampton Court Palace, where car enthusiast Prince Michael is a patron.

READ MORE: ROAD CLOSURE: Road B to town set to close for week-long resurfacing

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Kenneth Cobonpue chooses his top 5 at Leon auction https://vintagetype.com/kenneth-cobonpue-chooses-his-top-5-at-leon-auction/ https://vintagetype.com/kenneth-cobonpue-chooses-his-top-5-at-leon-auction/#respond Sat, 04 Sep 2021 05:09:04 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/kenneth-cobonpue-chooses-his-top-5-at-leon-auction/ Culture Filipino designer whose works have appeared in the homes and movies of Hollywood stars agrees to be our taste maker ANCX staff | 04 Sep 2021 The furniture of international design star Kenneth Cobonpue is sometimes as striking as works of art. Consider her Bloom chair, for example, which lends a jolt of joy […]]]>

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Filipino designer whose works have appeared in the homes and movies of Hollywood stars agrees to be our taste maker

ANCX staff | 04 Sep 2021

The furniture of international design star Kenneth Cobonpue is sometimes as striking as works of art. Consider her Bloom chair, for example, which lends a jolt of joy to any room, or her canvas-shaped Dragnet in red, both a conversation starter and a source of comfort. And then there is its Limbo chandelier which is really more of a sculptural wonder than anything else.

But when Cobonpue wants other creative works to live among those he has created, he usually turns to artists like Ronald Ventura, Charlie Co, Rodel Tapaya, Kiko Escora, and Christian Tamondong. “I am drawn to art that touches me,” says the designer, “or makes me think, or amazes me by the masterful use of technique or elements.

These qualities are undoubtedly present in the pieces he chose as his favorites from the offerings of the next Leon gallery auction in September. his fantastic collection of vintage cars, his top 5 picks of artwork reveal that his exacting standards of beauty apply to almost anything he sets his eyes on.

14 | Mother and child Emmanuel Garibay (born 1962)

14 | Mother and child

Emmanuel Garibay (born in 1962)

I find Garibay’s portrayal of mother and child so evocative and powerful. He masterfully portrayed deep love through the gesture of the hands in a gentle embrace.

Untitled Fernando Zóbel
28 | Untitled Fernando Zóbel (1924 – 1984)

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Fernando Zobel (1924 – 1984)

This piece reflects Zobel’s masterful use of a subtle color palette and meticulous technique. I find the fusion of abstraction with the sensation of rain falling gently on a landscape very calming.

Play Pop Ronald Ventura
30 | Play Pop Ronald Ventura (born 1973)

30 | Playing pop

Ronald Ventura (born 1973)

Ronald’s critiques of who we are in this highly mechanized world reminds me to continue to value handmade craftsmanship and always bring warmth to the products I design.

Untitled Arnica Acantilado
70 | Untitled Arnica Acantilado (born 1984)

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Arnica Acantilado (born 1984)

Young artists bring new perspectives. Acantilado’s work made me think about my childhood and how it shaped my outlook on life.

Charlie Co War Merchants

92 | Charlie Co War Merchants (born 1960)

92 | Warmongers

Charlie Co (born 1960)

Charlie Co paints and tells stories without fear. I find his bold use of color and texture and reflections on a wide range of subjects appealing.

The magnificent September auction will take place on September 11 from 2 p.m. Consult the e-catalog and auction offers by going to leon-gallery.com or by clicking on this link. The event is presented by the nation’s premier auction house, Leon Gallery, along with ANCX.ph, the urban man’s guide to culture and style, the ANC lifestyle website, the ABS-CBN news channel.

[Artwork images courtesy of Leon Gallery. Cobonpue portrait courtesy of the designer.]

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Guests enjoy the Fernhurst Revels event – in pictures https://vintagetype.com/guests-enjoy-the-fernhurst-revels-event-in-pictures/ https://vintagetype.com/guests-enjoy-the-fernhurst-revels-event-in-pictures/#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 10:14:00 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/guests-enjoy-the-fernhurst-revels-event-in-pictures/ But visitors were treated to a range of other activities and exhibits. The event had been canceled three times due to the pandemic and usually takes place on May 1, but this year took place on Monday August 30, a public holiday. And for the first time, it was opened by Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex […]]]>

But visitors were treated to a range of other activities and exhibits.

The event had been canceled three times due to the pandemic and usually takes place on May 1, but this year took place on Monday August 30, a public holiday.

And for the first time, it was opened by Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex Susan Pyper, accompanied by his deputy Gary Shipton and High Sheriff Neil Hart.

The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex judged the costume contest, first Maisie and Ruby Jordan in Corn on the Cob, with Father John, second Evie Crawdon, an enthusiastic fruit and flower picker.

The Fernhurst Archives showed maps of Fernhurst through the centuries, the horticultural company sold plants and organized snail races, and the Boy Scouts barbecued all day.

Judith Turner said: “The very small committee that organized the whole event deserves the sincere thanks and support from everyone in the village, providing a superb day of fun and great value for money. by doing good to the community. “

The Revels fundraise for village club society facilities as they have applied for help over the past five years.

So far he has handed out £ 14,000, with so many attending this year’s event, it is hoped that thousands more will go where needed.

Antonia Plant, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “A very big thank you to all of you and the other members of the Revels committee for all your hard work in preparing and managing the Revels, and for making it a very special day. special yesterday for the Hub. We were very pleased to have the opportunity to bring the Fernhurst Hub and the accomplishments of its volunteers to the attention of so many people in Fernhurst.

Stores sold cards, jewelry, hand-crocheted gifts, embroidered bags, games and natural soaps, and bath bubbles.

There was also archery, a raffle, a Punch and Judy show, a virtual race, a silent auction and 100 vintage cars on display.

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Glenville Volunteer Fire Company in remembrance of September 11 on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the attacks https://vintagetype.com/glenville-volunteer-fire-company-in-remembrance-of-september-11-on-the-eve-of-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-attacks/ https://vintagetype.com/glenville-volunteer-fire-company-in-remembrance-of-september-11-on-the-eve-of-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-attacks/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 11:06:43 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/glenville-volunteer-fire-company-in-remembrance-of-september-11-on-the-eve-of-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-attacks/ The Glenville Volunteer Fire Company will continue its annual tradition of holding a memorial service in memory of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the sacrifices of the first responders who rushed to Ground Zero to help. This year’s ceremony will take place on September 10, starting at 6 […]]]>

The Glenville Volunteer Fire Company will continue its annual tradition of holding a memorial service in memory of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the sacrifices of the first responders who rushed to Ground Zero to help.

This year’s ceremony will take place on September 10, starting at 6 p.m., outside the fire hall at 266 Glenville Road. Firefighters usually hold their ceremony on the evening of September 11, but they’ve made a change this year, which marks the 20 anniversary of the deadly attacks.

A piece of steel from the World Trade Center was placed at the fire station and made into a memorial to those who were killed that day.


The ceremony will reward the 33 people linked to Greenwich who were killed as well as all first responders.

“It is important for us to do this because Greenwich has been so affected” by the September 11 attacks and their aftermath, said Frank Napolitano, a member of the fire company.

“It’s a personal thing. And in Glenville, we were sent to give mutual aid to Westchester to contribute, ”he said. “Whatever the year, we have a remarkable participation rate at this ceremony. There is great interest in the community. It is a very sincere ceremony.

The ceremony is open to the public. Municipal authorities are also expected.

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Best Charlie Watts Rolling Stones Stories: Mick Jagger Fight https://vintagetype.com/best-charlie-watts-rolling-stones-stories-mick-jagger-fight/ https://vintagetype.com/best-charlie-watts-rolling-stones-stories-mick-jagger-fight/#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 01:28:03 +0000 https://vintagetype.com/best-charlie-watts-rolling-stones-stories-mick-jagger-fight/ Photo: Michael Putland / Getty Images Despite being part of one of the most famous bands of all time, Charlie Watts was never the classic “rock star”. Unlike the outsized personalities of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the late Rolling Stones drummer was calm, often ambivalent about fame, and more comfortable playing jazz in a […]]]>

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Despite being part of one of the most famous bands of all time, Charlie Watts was never the classic “rock star”. Unlike the outsized personalities of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the late Rolling Stones drummer was calm, often ambivalent about fame, and more comfortable playing jazz in a club than fighting in a crowded stadium. But it’s that temper, coupled with his skills behind the kit, that kept the Stones running for almost 60 years. “Charlie is still here, but he doesn’t want everyone to know it,” Richards once said. “There are very few drummers like that. Everyone thinks Mick and Keith are the Rolling Stones. If Charlie wasn’t doing what he is doing on drums, that wouldn’t be true at all. You will find that Charlie Watts is the stones.”

In the wake of his death Tuesday at the age of 80, revisit some of the stories about Watts’ eccentricities, stoicism and unfazed nature that made him one of the greatest drummers of all time and, from far, the most shocking Interesting stone.

There are a few versions of this story, but the gist is the same – after a night out in Amsterdam with Richards, Jagger drunkenly called Watts’ hotel room at 5 a.m. and asked, “Where is my drummer? When Watts picked up. Irritated, Watts got out of bed, shaved, dressed perfectly in a bespoke suit, went to Richards’ bedroom and punched Jagger in the face. The best version of the story ends with Watts saying, “Never call me your drummer again. You are my fucking singer! This detail is not included in Richards’ story, but the version of Keith, which appears in his autobiography Life, includes detail of Jagger falling on a platter of smoked salmon and almost falling out of the window into a canal. The only reason Richards stopped fighting? Jagger was wearing Keith’s wedding jacket.

Growing up, Watts listened almost exclusively to jazz rather than the 1950s rock idols of the time. “It’s partly because I was never a teenager,” he once said of his youth. “I’d be around talking about Kierkegaard. I always took myself too seriously and thought Buddy Holly was a good joke. If he then turned to rock’n’roll through blues, he never lost his love of jazz. When the Stones were on hiatus, he recorded several albums in the genre and performed with his own bands, including Boogie Woogie’s ABC & D, which featured his childhood friend Dave Green on double bass.

Watts performed as a drummer while working a day at an advertising agency, eventually joining Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, a band with a fluid line-up that included Jagger and future Cream bassist Jack Bruce, among others. He befriended the Stones from a young age, telling them once they needed to get “a fucking good drummer,” a role he didn’t think would work. As they passed stickmen on bikes, they still hoped he would agree to join them, which he eventually did in 1963, with Korner’s encouragement. Pianist Ian Stewart, who became best known as the unofficial sixth member of the band, recalled how it all happened: “I said to Charlie, ‘Look, you’re in the band. That’s it.’ And Charlie said, ‘Yeah, okay, but I don’t know what my mom is going to say.’ He didn’t have the highest hopes for the band – in 1981 he said five minutes, but I thought I would live those five minutes to the full because I love them.

Although he was silent in most interviews, he liked to laugh. Stewart previously described him with Richards as “a fucking comedy crew” and posing with a donkey on the cover of the live album. Take out Yer Ya Ya! is a classic. Then there’s this letter he wrote to Rolling stone after reviewer Jon Landau shot their 1967 album The request of their satanic majesties while renting Watts’ battery:

The group is coming No filter The tour would mark the first time Watts had not performed with the Stones since his arrival, a remarkable achievement given his age and sporadic health issues. At the height of the Stones’ debauchery in the 1970s, Watts was relatively sober, but his use of alcohol, heroin, and amphetamines became a habit in the early 1980s. Richards, the notorious drug addict, was part of the reason Watts got sober. “I passed out in the studio, and it was a blatant lack of professionalism for me. Keith came and got me – it’s Keith, who I’ve seen in all kinds of states doing all kinds of things – and he said, “That’s the kind of thing you do when you’re 60” , Watts later remembers.

He stopped everything, cold turkey, after falling down a staircase and breaking his ankle. “It really made me realize how down I had been,” he said in 2000. “I just quit everything – drinking, smoking, doing drugs, everything, all at once. I just thought, Enough is enough. “Despite quitting smoking, Watts developed throat cancer in 2004, but beat it after surgeries and six weeks of radiation therapy.

Watts met Shirley Ann Shepherd in 1961 during her first rehearsal with Korner’s band and they married three years later, making him the first Stone to marry. She stayed with him through all of his celebrity and drug addiction issues, and together they had a daughter, Seraphina, and two grandchildren.

“She’s an amazing woman,” he once said. “The only regret I have in this life is that I’ve never been home enough. But she always says when I leave the tour that I’m a nightmare and tells me to go back.

Whether it was a correspondence or an autograph on one of his artwork, Watts would sign things with “CR Watts (drummer, The Rolling Stones)”. Even Halsdon Arabians, the horse farm he owned with Shirley, currently has “Mr. and Mrs. CR Watts, owners” on his contact page.

One of Watts’ complaints about life on the road is that he had trouble sleeping because he had no one to sleep with. Thus, he spent the time in his hotel rooms drawing his beds. “I keep a drawing journal. I’ve drawn all the beds I’ve slept in on tour since 1967. It’s a fantastic off-book. I used to take a lot of things that keep you awake, and I had nothing to do. So I registered all these hotel rooms, ”he said. Rolling stone in 1996. “The good thing is it’s visual, and it just goes on and on, and you think, ‘is this ever gonna end? You have Washington in ’67, then you have Washington a few years ago, and it’s kind of the same.

To relax before the concerts, Watts would stand backstage and perform a series of hip movements that amused Richards endlessly. He said he got the routine from the dancers at the famous Cotton Club of New York. See it in action:

Inspired by his father’s love for bespoke clothing, Watts has become somewhat of an expert in the fashion world, owning over 200 suits. He cited Fred Astaire and jazz legends like Miles Davis and Duke Ellington as style inspirations and landed on the best dressed lists of Vanity Show and GQ.

Watts collected vintage cars purely for their looks, as he did not have a driver’s license. “Charlie is a great English eccentric,” said Richards. “I mean, how else can you describe a guy who buys a 1936 Alfa Romeo just to look at the dashboard?” I can’t drive, I just sit there and watch him. His bandmate, Ronnie Wood, once claimed that Watts also had bespoke suits designed to match each of his cars, just to look appropriate for the period while sitting in them and listening to the engines spinning. .

In addition to his love of fashion and vintage cars, Watts’ fixation on visuals led him to write a comic book about Charlie Parker, featuring the back cover of the 1967 Stones LP. Between the buttons, and help design their massive stage rigs alongside Mick Jagger. As Richards once said, it was more than just a love of the arts: “At the end of the show, he’ll leave the stage, and the sirens will ring, the limos will wait, and Charlie will go back to his drums and change. the position of his 2-millimeter sticks. Then he will look at it. So if it looks good, he’ll go. He has this aesthetic concern, this vision of what things should be like that no one will ever know except Charlie. The drums are about to be taken apart and put in the back of a truck, and it can not leave if he has it in mind that he left his sticks in an unpleasant way. It’s so zen.

It’s not that Watts didn’t like hearing drum solos – he would often tell people to go see Buddy Rich’s – but the man never liked doing them himself. “I can’t really do them,” he said in 2012. “I’m sick of halfway trying to do one, so I don’t really do it. hearing other people do them, some other people. I’m more interested in the drums as an accompaniment. I’ve always been like that. When I was young, a lot of records that I liked when I was young were really more on the rhythm section than a drum solo.

Going back decades, Watts has repeatedly stated that he would be fine if the Stones called him, but that he would be lost without the drums. “For me, there is no other way of life. If tomorrow he packs his bags, fine. ‘C’est la vie’, as they say in Germany, ”he joked in 1973. In 1989, he explained that Shirley hated the noise he made at home, so he had no drums at home: “To play the drums I have to go on the road, and to go on the road I have to leave the house and it’s like a terribly vicious circle that has always been my life. I don’t like to live with suitcases. I hate being away from home. I always do tours thinking they are the last, and in the end I always leave the band.

As recently as 2018, he said, “I love playing drums and I love playing with Mick, Keith and Ronnie, I don’t know about the rest. I wouldn’t mind if the Rolling Stones said that’s it… that’s enough, ”before adding,“ I don’t know what I would do if I quit. Keith is perfect for saying that once you get there just keep going. The big worry for me is to be well enough.

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