This weekend marked a number of key events for the RELIANCE Project which we’d like to share.
First, and very importantly, on Saturday Joe and Barbara Bartram, who have generously provided the funds to build RELIANCE and have been our strong cheerleaders, made a visit from Florida to our Building 28 to see our progress for themselves. A very, very happy time for all involved. As you can see, a number of our team members were able to be on hand. I’d like to thank them and all of the team for their support! HURRAH!
Sunday marked the opening of Herreshoff Museum for the summer season with a very successful open house. There was a constant stream of visitors to Building 28 that I had no time for lunch or any concept that that closing time had come and gone! Three highlights to mention among the many from the day:
– A visit by Marty and Stan Livingston whose picture I enclose
– The children (and adults) who were awed by RELIANCE and her G.I. Joe sailors. As you can see in one of the pictures, our team member Denise Bolduc has been making RELIANCE-correct uniforms for our 45 G.I. Joes, now known as Sven. Several of the girls have asked if they could have a dressing party when the uniforms are completed and the Svens are to be placed on RELIANCE. Way Cool! (P.S. I bet you didn’t know that Capt. Barr was a USMC reservist)
– A late afternoon closing time visit by “Chuck” who overheard Jim Reinbeck, his son and I talking about making 40′ of sail slide track and 200 sail slides to scale. It turns out that Chuck is a retired machinist, tool and die guy who also taught at the Jewelry Institute. He can read and interpret complex plans upside down faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. And then come up with such simple and creative solutions!!! Wow. After an incredibly interesting (and intense for me) hour Chuck had to hurry off. So Chuck, if you read this please come visit us. We need you!