On the one hand, it was a long time coming. On the other hand, the race was on to be ready for our target date of June 1 to debut our new home. Either way you look at it, Sneak Preview Weekend arrived and was a wonderful opportunity to welcome old friends and make new ones.
The weekend was to begin with the Second First Annual American Sign Museum Golf Classic Friday morning. Sadly, it was rained out. But thanks to all the golf sponsors and participants who meant well... and to those who generously donated their sponsorship and registration fees just the same.
Friday evening brought an invitation only gathering of museum supporters for a first look at the new site. Friends and family from Florida to Maine and even Canada were there. All heads were looking down as they entered, reading the inscribed pavers leading up to the entrance. All heads were looking up as they entered the museum and experienced the signs and displays throughout the space.
|Wade Swormstedt kicks off the brief ceremony|
|Roger Crice, Chairman of the Board of Trustees,|
gives a shout out to very special friends, Sharon and Jim Wienel,
who were conspicuous in their unavoidable absence
|Founder Tod Swormstedt pays homage to founding Board Members |
no longer with us: Rick Glawson, Rudi Stern, and Steve Izenour
|Win Swormstedt delights with deadpan anecdotes such as finding |
4-year-old son Tod on the living room floor scouring the yellow pages
for crane trucks and fork lifts
|Elaine Wallis, all the way from Ontario presents presents the museum |
a check for money raised in the name of David and Suze Butler (far left)
to be used to preserve the Main Street Reunion project on film.
Saturday was the actual Sneak Preview event, which offered the public an opportunity to see the museum in advance of the June 23 Grand Opening. Both events were not only an opportunity for museum folks to make new friends, but for visitors to connect with one another. A favorite was connecting roadsidearchitecture.com creator Debra Jane Seltzer with Road Trip USA author, Jamie Jensen and fellow roadie Denny Gibson (Thanks for the use of the photos, Denny).
There was also lots of media attention that weekend, including some great commentary and images. Here's a favorite: https://vimeo.com/43370463
Now it's on to the Grand Opening Saturday, June 23. We'll be open our regular hours, with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 and Adult admission discounted to $10.00 for the day. We hope you'll join us on June 23 or anytime thereafter. Click here for hours, cost, and directions.