I haven't been much for truly embracing my Native American heritage. While my ancestors came from Oklahoma (by way of the Trail of Tears) and I'm a card-carrying member of the Cherokee Nation, I grew up in Los Angeles. There is a thriving native culture in Los Angeles, but my mother never got involved with it. Hence, I usually look at it from afar. Every once in awhile, though, the drums will sound in my ear and I'll need to dig a little deeper into who I am. As my sister, who is very much in to pow wow culture, had just visited me, I thought I would take a jaunt to a local pow wow to check it out.
With the sunny Labor Day Weekend upon us, we ventured down to Long Beach for the 11th annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival. This year we didn't stay for three days, as the costs have ratcheted up year after year. With two vacations under our belts this summer, we couldn't justify the cost of our usual three-day visit. However, we did manage to stay one night and enjoy two of my favorite events of the weekend, which suited me just fine.
As I mentioned in my last post about the lovely Duesenbergs that were on temporary display, the excellent Lyon Air Museum has much to offer the aviation and military history buff.
The Duesenberg, a car known the world around as one of the finest of its era, was a symbol of style, class and money. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, wealthy businessmen and Hollywood royalty opted for these handmade, American-built sleek beauties. Given their rarity, you are likely to only see them if you happen by one at a concours d'elegance or get access to Jay Leno's garage. However, if you hurry over to the Lyon Air Museum, you will get the opportunity to see up close and personal several of these luxurious machines at a special exhibit, extended through September 7, 2015.