It was a beautiful blue-sky day in the Oregon Cascade Mountains where this year’s Chapter 31 Annual Picnic, was held. We were invited to picnic on the grounds of Beacham’s Clock Shop in Sisters, Oregon. Ed and Kathi Beacham hosted the BBQ event while our members provided drinks and dessert. Under the expert guidance of Ed Beacham, past President Harold Bassler and I flipped burgers on the barbeque for our members and guests. None of the 40 plus attendees were disappointed with the events of the day including a Mart and visit to the antique fair and sale held in the city park.
At the completion of the Chapter meeting and announcements, Ed guided members through the features of the 600 year old Prague Astronomical Clock as well as the many challenges he had to overcome in making his fully functional replica. We were treated to the presentation Ed had recently made in Prague and just a few weeks prior to our visit, he made in Pasadena at the NAWCC National Conference. As if building the mechanism weren’t enough, Ed designed and built an elaborately detailed Gothic Tall Case to appropriately house the mechanism. The combination of works and case is stunning beyond words.
Ed and Kathi Beacham are Honorary Members of Chapter 31. We and all Oregonians are fortunate to have the Beachams here in Oregon. For anyone who knows the Beachams, it would be no surprise to hear that in addition to all Ed and Kathi’s talents they are great hosts and welcome equally, both old and new friends to their amazing world of clocks. At the end of his presentation, Ed made the comment that there are several You Tube presentations including an interesting light show www.youtube.com/watch?v=v52NtzOQHrA
As I write this months letter, we are about to start our first meeting dedicated to the planning of the 2013 Pacific Northwest Regional. See Regional comments elsewhere in this news letter.
In our continued effort to make the public more aware of our Chapter, we are at the point of asking for volunteers to support an information and demo table at the OMSI on the main floor near the registration desk. Times are flexible but most likely any Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a 3 hour session conducted by two Chapter 31 members. In Oregon City, Mike King is seeking help in proceeding with repair to the Museum clocks. Both of these activities will hopefully, attract others to the world of Antique Watches and Clocks.
If interested in learning more about these activities or participating, contact me or Mike King by phone or e-mail.