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Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection Tour
Eighteen Model A’s and one modern met at Foothill College parking lot on Saturday, March 26th, for our tour to the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University. The weather was perfect for a Model A tour, sunny and cool. One Model A was unable to continue (Alfie Gerhardt's), but the rest of us left promptly at 9:15 for a five-minute scenic tour of the Foothill College parking lots (thanks, George) before finding our way onto El Monte Road. Although the direct way to Stanford is about 5 miles, the tour George set up took us on the (real) scenic route up Moody and Page Mill Roads to Skyline Drive, sharing the road with dozens of hardy bicyclists heading the same way. Taking Skyline north, we had spectacular views of the bay area and, later, the green hills rolling away to the coast, before taking a sharp right turn down Old La Honda Road, a narrow, twisting, one-lane road that finally brought us back down out of the mountains. The rest of the way to Stanford was over level roads lined with green grass and wildflowers. All of the Model A’s made it, although Mike Tarr had a brief problem on Moody Road but was assisted on his way by Chuck Elderton.
At the Cantor Arts Center we divided into two informal groups, one to tour the Cantor's traditional art collections and the other to visit the Anderson Collection's more modern art. This was the first time many of us had been to either museum. About noon some of us cool cats had lunch at the Cool Cafe attached to the Cantor, and I understand others had taken a picnic lunch. After lunch there was a chance to visit whichever art collection we hadn't already seen. Jessie and I concentrated on the Cantor collection, which includes a large number of bronzes by Rodin; another highlight was a painting by Edward Hopper. The center of the museum was devoted to the Stanford family. We learned that the museum now named the Cantor was part of the original Leland Stanford Jr. University started in memory of the Stanford’s' son, who was, among other things, quite a collector; he died on a tour with his parents in Europe while still in his teens. Our feet gave out before we could see everything in both museums, so we will have to return someday. Thanks to George Alexy for a delightful tour to an interesting destination!
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