The club's 10th Anniversary celebration continued this past Saturday with our third group outing to Steve Sansweet's Rancho Obi-Wan. Our very own Dwayne Smith, whose first CAVSWCC appearance happened to be at the club's inaugural Rancho trip in 2012, has since gone on to become a docent at the museum and he led this year's tour with flying colors with the terrific Marc Morita along for the assist.
The wonderful thing about Rancho Obi-Wan is that no matter how many times you've visited, you're always bound to see something new that captivates you. Below are a few photos highlighting this trip.
|Steve's poster collection is the perfect starting point. Here Tom and Tessa admire the classic Style D "Circus" poster from 1978.|
|Originally designed for Target's L.A. event for The Force Awakens, this awesome tower now houses a vintage carded U.S. run.|
|Dwayne points out the unique 12" line of Lili Ledy figures from Mexico.|
|Anne Neumann's curated collection of Craft Master Yodas. Dwayne is the artist behind the dazzling turquoise version.|
|Two gems from the "sportswear" collection: R2-D2 floaties from Aqua Fun and Wicket roller skates.|
|"Nasty" Latara travels in style.|
|One of many amusing custom/fan-made items in the collection.|
|Dwayne shares a Stormtrooper costume from Australia with particularly bizarre box artwork.|
|Newcomer Sam Edwards makes his mark on the CAVSWCC flag.|
Steve Sansweet and Anne stopped by for a nice visit in the art gallery extension of the museum as the tour was wrapping up and we had a great post-tour group dinner at hoppin' McNear's in downtown Petaluma, which is now a tradition of sorts.
CAVSWCC's second ever meeting (and first in the Bay Area) was held in February, 2009, so this weekend couldn't have been more fitting to commemorate hitting that decade mark. Steven Petsche, who hosted that '09 get-together in San Francisco, was one of several in attendance from the original NorCal meeting who have joined in for the club's past pilgrimages to Rancho, along with Mark Huber and Trevor Wencl. Happy 10 years, guys!
Seeing how many more signatures have adorned the flag since then is a great feeling, as is sharing in the experience that this amazing place offers us as collectors and friends.
Until next time...