This Saturday night, the film society is showing yet another award-winning movie called "Waiting for Superman." It's at the Willsboro school and starts at 7:30 p.m.
Also on Saturday night, the Whallonsburg Grange is hosting a square dance with a live band. That all starts at 7 p.m.
The Planned Parenthood polar plunge is also happening Saturday. This is a benefit and starts at 11 a.m. at the boathouse of George Davis and Susan Bacot-Davis near the ferry dock. The craziness will occur at 11:30 when plungers plan to fling themselves into the lake, all for a good cause but likely to upset the many ducks who hang out there. Plungers, pledgers and onlookers are all welcome. A sumptuous and warming lunch will follow at the house.
I've been volunteering at the transportation museum in Plattsburgh, learning more about Lozier cars, the museum's prize possessions. Before they built their first car, the Lozier company "adopted" a lot of ideas and techniques from their competitors. They bought a wrecked Mercedes and took it apart, then incorporated a lot of what they found into their own car.
Roads in the early 1900s were rough and tires were unreliable, so flats were a common occurrence. My favorite Lozier feature is a small air compressor in the engine compartment, driven off the crankshaft and used for pumping up tires. There were no fuel pumps in the early days, so gasoline flowed to the engine by gravity, not a very satisfactory situation except on flat ground. Lozier solved the problem by pressurizing the fuel tank with engine exhaust. Exhaust passed through a spark arrestor, with a valve releasing exhaust while maintaining pressure in the tank. The Loziers employed about 500, and sponsored a baseball team and brass band in Plattsburgh, but old Mr. Lozier lived in New York City, in an apartment in the Waldorf-Astoria. I assume it was pretty fancy, and if I could afford the Waldorf, I'd live there, too. Next week, Lozier goes racing and moves to Detroit.