to Heritage Museum of Orange County
War reenactment and Kellogg House
On Sunday August 5th we made a trip to The Heritage Museum of Orange County. Metters that joined
in were Chris Di Tommaso, Mike Dahlberg and Tony Bilotti. Our fearless leader Ronnie had it on his to do list but got a call
from his weekend dispatcher who couldn't work that day so unfortunately Ronnie had to cover. We chose this date because they
had a Civil War reenactment happening that weekend. The Civil War thing is very interesting with guns, camps and period clothing.
The soldiers and supporting members of the 'army's' are well versed in their rolls and seem genuine, like you've stepped back
The Kellogg house was the home to H.
Clay Kellogg an engineer who brought irrigation, aqueducts, dams and city plans to much of Southern California and Hawaii.
One of his sons also a civil engineer went on to start the Kellogg Garden Products Co. in the 1920's.
The MASH tent
'Old Glory' going up
The 'other side'
Chris lining up a shot
The Kellogg house built in 1899
Inside the house
Looking up, The pole in the middle is a mast from a ship. Mr. Kellogg
loved ships and designed the house interior to look like a
From the second floor landing looking down to the dining room
Trip to Custom Auto Service Packard restoration Shop
Tour of Wax Museum
Saturday July 21st we met in
the City of Orange to start our day of fun with the Mets.
who came out were our leader Ronnie Bauman, Ken Conner, Kim Dominguez and her friend Dianna, John and Anita Fildes, Armando
Reyes, Maritza and her Mom, Chris DiTommaso and Tony Bilotti.
Our firststop was an old gas station on Main Street in Orange that is said to be the first gas station in
Orange County California built around 1927. We thought it would make a good picture stop. From there we went to Custom Auto
Service owned by Robert Escalante. They do 100 point Packard restorations here. After
the Packard shop we met Robert Escalante and two of his partners at a cute littls Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana where our
leader Ronnie treated us all to lunch. From there we drove a couple miles to a building that a friend of Roberts has turned
into a little wax museum. There are many wax figures from the old Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park that have been saved
from a trip to the candle factory.
time with the Mets!!
Tonys,, The pumps used to be on the left where the weeds are now
Armando looking at Kens
The Gas Station in it's glory days prior to 1990
I think that pump says 25 cents a gallon
Going into the Packard Shop. John and Anita standing with Ronnie. John
and Anitas Met to the left
Inside the Packard Shop
The front office
The front office
Welcomed to the wax museum by former President Reagan
Then we were greeted by former President Obama
We also got to meet our current President Trump
And into the museum
W.C. and Ronnie B.
Smokey??? That's a big 10-4 good buddy!
I'll get you, you sumbish!
From the back to the front of the museum
Upstairs at the museum
From upstairs looking towards the back of the museum
Annual Club PicNic
24th we had another great club picnic at Craig Regional Park in Brea.
This event usually draws the most of our members at the same time than any other event. Because of the size
of the guest list I'm not going to list it here. I will give recognition to new member Bruce Paxton who made the trip from
Palmdale, new members Natalie and Ken Pollard who came up from Murrieta and members Leon and Nancy Hastings who came from
Desert Hot Springs. And lets not forget our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and Mona who comes to darn near everything from
Again we had a great
turnout, great weather, great food and a great spread of stuff for our club fundraising auction.
Our spot thanx to Ken getting there at 6:15am
Metters arriving and setting up
The 'Jellybeans' from the hill
Multi colored 'Hoodies'
'Coupe De Grills'
Jackie under our banners
A great buffet for lunch!
And a great spread for the auction!
Auctioneer Ronnie and helpers, Marcia, Kim
"Do I hear $1000.00"
One more shot of the Mets. Leon and Nancy's yellow Met at the end. They
came a little late.
May 12 - 20
another trip to historic Crystal Cove in Newport Beach.
Metters along for the ride were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and his friend Mona, Ken & Judy Conner, Cindy Harris,
Marcia Jones & her friend Anne, Chris Di Tommaso, Kim Dominguez & her friend Diana, Tony & Jackie Bilotti. Mike
& Kim Dahlberg joined in for the fun driving Brand X because Mikes Met is having some major surgery done and we hope gets
well soon. John & Anita Fildes also joined us in their Met from Mission Viejo.
Lined up above Crystal Cove with the Pacific Ocean in thr background
Adding color to the Crystal Cove parking lot
The tunnel under Pacific Coast Hwy. to Crystal Cove
Some of the little village at Crystal Cove
Downstairs for public viewing - Upstairs can be rented
People on the beach-Catalina Island in the background
More people on the beach-(Marcia,Kim,Jackie and Mike)
Looking north up the beach. Hilltop cottages restored. Lower cottages
waiting for restoration
Looking south down the beach at restored / rentable cottages
The beach looking at the Beachcomber Cafe behind the American flag
Cottages awaiting restoration
CHOCXO chocolate in Irvine
Beginning at Member Kim Dominguez' 'Kimseum'
ending at Knowlwood Burgers in Old Town Irvine
April 21st 2018 we made a trip to Chocxo Chocolate in Irvine
suggested by our member Chris Di Tommaso.
Metters in attendance
were Chris Di Tommaso, Kim Dominguez and friend Diana, Dave Heller, Paul VanWig, Tony&Jackie Bilotti, Bridget&Mark
Mills, Marcy&Randy Hetrick. We were joined by new member Mark Weitzman with his Wife and Daughter. We also got to meet
Doug and Doreen that saw the outing on our website and came to see what we were all about. We expect to be adding them to
the 'Member List' soon!
They make all natural chocolate products
here at Chocxo (pronounced 'choczo') and the motto is 'From Bean to Bar'. They have a delicious selection of chocolate treats
and a tour of the workings of the place.
We all Met at member Kim
Dominguez' house for a tour of what she calls 'The Kimseum'.
has got things around her place that are impossible to list here. You have to see it for yourself and even then you probably
won't see it all the first time but you will be amazed!
and Chocxo we went to Old Town Irvine for lunch at Knowlwood inside what was originally the Irvine Blacksmith Shop and a look
at the hotel inside what was the Irvine Bean & Grain storage silos. The day was beautiful and all the stops were very
entertaining and interesting. Another unbeatable day with the Mets!
Kim's marquee welcoming us!
Support for Kim's TV
Some of Kim's wonderful stuff!
More of Kim's wonderful stuff!!
On the kitchen wall
even more Very Cool!!!
The Lion in the Loft and the clock works!
Diana standing in the 'Elevator Door' to the kitchen
Another room full of goodies in the 'Kimseum'!
The front of Chocxo
They gave away some of these when they first opened
Good for a free tour
The chocolate making process on the walls
Through the windows is the chocolate being made.
Chocolate making kitchen
More chocolate making through another window
Lunch at Knowlwood inside the old Irvine
Inside the blacksmith shop
Us lined up outside the old grain storage warehouse
Looking west towards the hotel
The hotel looking east,,now
The hotel looking east,,then
Standing in a grain silo looking at doors to hotel rooms in other
Cruise through Floral Park in Santa Ana to
Bowers Museum and lunch at
Satuday April 7th we took a cruise through upscale Floral Park in Santa Ana. There
are beautiful older houses in this area of Santa Ana. We stopped in front of a few houses for some pictures and residents
came from houses on both sides of the street taking pictures of our Mets while we took pictures of their houses.
From there we headed for 'Bowers Museum' in downtown Santa Ana. There are exhibits
in the museum highlighting the first Californians, Missions and Ranchos, Art of the Pacific Islands
and much more.
There is a exhibit for a limited time of the life
of John F. Kennedy. After the museum we drove down Main Street to Original Mikes for a terrific lunch.
Houses in Floral Park
This was in front of one of the nice houses
Us in the Bowers Museum parking lot
the Museum entrance
An old Brandy Still
Another great ceiling
Cute Girls (Jackie & Marcia) outsie the Museum
Parked at Original Mikes
Jackie heading in
Dave Heller with the Pillsbury Dough Boys Dad
From left, Ken Conner, Jackie Bilotti, Marcia Jones, Dave Heller, Chris
Mike Dahlberg looking at the menu next to Chris, Mona
with Ronnie Bauman and Cindy Harris
Tony Bilotti behind the camera
Cindy showing where we are
the Richard Nixon library and birthplace
Saturday February 17th we made a trip to the Richard M. Nixon library and birthplace in Yorba Linda California. It's
the place to learn about the life and legacy of U.S. President Richard Nixon. The house he was born in is right where it's
always been and they built the library and museum around it.
place is very nice with something to see and learn around every corner and there are lots of corners.
After seeing the museum and the house Nixon was born in we went to Polly's Pies
in Yorba Linda for a terrific lunch.
Lighting up the streets on
Somewhere over the rainbow
Sky's are Blue : )
The gang going in
The Oval Office
The presidential office in the air. We couldn't take pictures inside.
The house Nixon was born in
The living room
Sad, but I guess what goes up must come down
Metters and friends
Click here for video of the Metty Go Round with a Morris Minor
Saturday January 13th we took another ride throught the beautiful Orange County
Canyons led by member Mike Dahlberg. Metters who came out to play were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and his date Mona,
Mike & Kim Dahlberg, Marcia Jones, Chris Di Tommaso, Ken Conner and Tony Bilotti. It was a nice clear and sunny day and
the scenery couldn't be beat! Unfortunately Ken had some trouble with his Met halfway throught the cruise and had to be towed
home. He got some great pictures he went out of his way to get before he had to drop out, thanx Ken!
The cruise consisted of a trip through Santiago, Silverado, Modjeska and Trabuco canyons ending up
at the Rose Canyon Cantina for lunch.
Ken took this of us heading into the Canyons
Then he went ahead to get this shot of us coming up the hill into Santiago Canyon
Into the Canyons
The 'Classics' out in full force today
Chris, Marcia and Tony had a beer at 'Cooks" while Ken, Ronnie and Mike struggled
with Kens Met
Back to the cruise, sadly without Ken
One of our favorite canyon lunch stops
The patio at the Rose Canyon Cantina. LtoR Mike, Chris, Marcia, Kim, Mona and Ronnie
Tony behind the camera
Heading back into town after another great cruise!