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Brunch, antique toys make for perfect trip

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The West Linn Adult Community Center is planning a field trip to the Frank Kidd Toy Museum in Portland. Cost is $10 which covers transportation and admission. They will stop for brunch at the Cadilac Cafe prior to going to the museum.

It’s not a kid’s toy museum, it is Kidd’s Toy Museum. That is, it’s Frank Kidd’s collection of more than 15,000 antique toys, banks and pieces of transportation memorabilia that he’s amassed from all over the world. It’s really a history lesson. And the West Linn Adult Community Center has organized a visit to the museum on April 22.

Frank Kidd cites a shortage of playthings during his childhood as the impetus for his hobby of toy collection. Most of the toys come from the years between 1869 and 1939, and they reflect all the attitudes — good and bad — of those times.

Rooms open onto rooms that open onto rooms of stuffed toys, Disney figurines, plush dolls, diecast trains, railroad locks, and later sand-casting molds for cap guns. The mechanical banks are among the highlights of the collection, including one depicting Jonah being swallowed by the whale, and another with metal donkeys that kick coins into collection tins.

Also on display are politically incorrect figurines depicting insensitive racial attitudes that existed in many places in our country during this time.

The bus will leave the WLACC at 10:15 a.m. on April 22, but before we go to the museum, we’ll stop for brunch at the renowned Cadillac Café on N.E. Broadway in Portland. One reviewer described the café as offering “the Holy Mother of breakfast.” It offers a full bar and pear mimosas that are the perfect complement to any brunch dish.

The cost of the trip is $10 (entrance to the museum is free, but donations are welcome), and the brunch cost is on your own. We will return to the WLACC mid-afternoon.

If this trip sounds like something you’d like to join, all you need do is stop by the WLACC front desk, pay your $10, and put your name on the list.

The monthly cale ndar of events for the WLACC is now available online, and it includes lunch menus. Go to City of West Linn, Departments, Parks & Recreation, Adult Community Center, Newsletter.

Questions? Need lunch menu information? Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.

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