This past Saturday was Drive Your Studebaker Day, so James and I celebrated by hopping in his 1985 Avanti and cruising across town to the Studebaker Club meeting at the Hemi Hideout, an awesome collection of Mopar muscle and vintage automobilia. Neither of us had ever heard of this place before, so we were eager to check it out. It was about a 55 mile drive from our house, so it was a great test for the Avanti, and one of the longest trips it has been on since James has owned it. We had no trouble from the car at all, and there were a handful of other local Studes that showed up as well. There was a chance of rain that day, so I can understand the low turnout. We almost left ours at home, too - but the rain stayed away and we had a beautiful day!
The complex is located off of I-10 West past Houston and Katy, in the town of Brookshire. It is only open for pre-arranged group appointments, but it seems like you would be able to sneak in with a club, as they tend to host more than one at the same time. When James and I first entered, they even asked us if we were actually with a club or not. Entry is $5 per person, and they match that amount and donate it to a local charity, which is pretty neat. There were many tables and coolers set up that featured a spread of breakfast items (we had the morning slot), as well as juices, coffee, water, beer (never too early?), and sodas. All were free for the taking, and there was plenty of indoor and outdoor seating available for the club members to mingle and get to know each other.
Our slot was two hours long, and we saw the next round of people pulling in as we were leaving. Somehow we got directed to park alone in the main parking lot and not with the other Studebakers, who were allowed to line up in front of the building for photos, so that was kind of a letdown. We didn't realize they were allowed to do that until we were walking out and saw them all.
The collection is awesome and contains lots of vintage cars (Including 3 Hemi 'Cudas!), ads, signs, gas pumps, pretty much anything you can think of. Everywhere you turn there is something new catching your eye. I would love the opportunity to visit again and would strongly suggest for anyone who is in the area to try and find a way to see it. $5 to see this place is a bargain! Their website can be found at www.hemihideout.com/
I am taking what I consider to be a very big leap today - I am jumping back into the world of band! Have I had a change of heart and become a band director again? No, but I do think I am ready to step back into an activity that I haven't done in about 8 years - sitting and playing my clarinet in a band. I have re-joined the Lee College Community Band, which I was a member of in the very early 2000's while I was in my last couple of years of high school. I am sure a lot has changed in it since then, and I probably won't know or recognize anyone, but performing in an ensemble is something I have always enjoyed and it is something that easily gets pushed to the side once you become a band director and all of your focus is on your own students.
The Community Band, at least last time I was there, was technically a college course for the band students at Lee College, but it had the bonus of being open to the surrounding community, meaning that anyone who could play a band instrument and had a desire to perform could join. It was made up of college and high school students, local band directors, and area residents who may have once been any of the above. We performed several concerts each school year that were a mixture of traditional band literature and more of the "crowd favorite" type pieces so that there was something for everyone in the audience.
I haven't played my clarinet at all in the three years since I stopped teaching, so I dusted it off during the last couple of weeks and played a few times to try and get my chops back. How will tonight go? I have no idea. I hope I enjoy it as much as I am wanting to and that it is something I can do to maintain peace with my musical side. Rehearsals are 7-9 pm on Mondays and our first concert is November 20th at 2:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
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Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a car nut, bird lover, and musician. I have recently transitioned from music teacher to automotive service manager, and there have been lots of cool stories and crazy characters along the way!