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Car-Boat Show to offer spectacle, fun

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Glamour galore will be provided by the Lake Oswego Water Ski Moms at their special show on Saturday at Lakewood Bay at 3 p.m. From left are Karen DeStefano, Lita Schiel Grigg, Lisa Schaller, Lisa Magliana, Sandi Swinford (standing), and Judy Westwood. Providing the perfect background for the ski moms is Phil Hoefer’s prize-winning 1951

The 2011 Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car and Classic Boat Show won't just be good, it will be spectacular.

It will unfold at three venues on Saturday and Sunday, and it will be a show like no other. It will even include a 1925 classic bread truck.

'It's so cute!' raved Jude Graham, executive director of the Oswego Heritage Council and Museum. 'It's really unusual.'

In addition to the cute bread truck there will be a first-ever visit to Lake Oswego by a PT boat, a water ski show with loads of glamour, music, a parade of classic boats, and, of course, many, many terrific cars and boats.

The two-day event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the new Foothills Park dock with the arrival of PT 658, a beautifully restored vessel and the only existing operating PT boat in the U.S. People will be able to hear the arrival of the cruiser from a half-mile away because of the giant roar of its motors.

'It's going to have several World War II PT boat veterans, possibly as many as 12 of them,' Graham said. 'A couple of them helped restore PT 658. People will be able to walk on deck and talk to the veterans.'

The veterans themselves will be greeted by Lake Oswego Mayor Jack Hoffman, who will present them the key to the city, and there will be coffee and music featuring a couple of superb musicians, jazz drummer Dick Berk and songstress Laura Cunard.

Berk's career includes playing with the greatest of jazz greats, like Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and 'Old Blue Eyes' himself, Frank Sinatra. Cunard has been a stalwart on the Portland jazz scene for years with her 'butterscotch' voice and fine piano stylings.

This will be followed by a water ski spectacular at 3 p.m. on Lakewood Bay, with eight water skiers bringing back the days when Lake Oswego was the water ski capitol of the Northwest.

Six beauties, including Lita Schiel Grigg (Miss Oregon 1966), will perform in matching red and white polka dot swimsuits and spell out the word 'Oswego' with white flags. They will be using wooden skis, just like the great Lake Oswego performers of 50 years ago.

Emcees for the show will be Graham and Portland TV news personality Elaine Lord.

The water ski show is the brainchild of Graham, who noted, 'They thought I was nuts when I suggested it last year. Now they're already planning a show for next year. It's going to be an annual event.'

Grigg needed a lot of persuading to perform in last year's show after being off water skis for 45 years.

'But I had a blast,' Grigg said.

So for this year she networked to find five more glamorous water skiers, ordered matching red and polka dot swimsuits and Graham made their flags.

Saturday will be a wonderful warmup for the cars and boats on Sunday, and there will be so much to offer. About 250 collector cars will be on display at George Rogers Park, and more than 40 classic craft will be on exhibit at Lakewood Bay, while the cruisers, including PT 658 and Chuck and Trish Kellogg's Phantom, will be at the Foothills Park Docks.

Monte Shelton Jaguar is the major benefactor for the car show, which will include such beauties as a 1936 Pierce Arrow No. 1, a racing car from San Diego, a lot of 1930s vehicles with old V-8 engines, a 1925 white touring bus, and a 1930s vintage gangster car in which Al Capone would have felt quite safe and comfortable.

'I hear it has quite a history,' Graham said.

One more addition to this year's show will be a panel of youth judges, 16 youngsters from the ages of 8 to 10, who will be passing their own judgments on both the cars and boats. Event organizer is Frog Pond Toys.

When not viewing all the events, the public can buy pancakes and hamburgers prepared by the Lake Oswego Lions Club. All events are free to the public.