October 22, 2016 WIMAPS Meeting
By Scott Malawski
Our most recent meeting held on October 22, 2016, was unique in that members visited several historical sites in the town of Grafton, Wisconsin and then a short trip to Cedarburg to the home of the Bailey’s.
The fun-filled day started out with members gathering at the last covered bridge in the state of Wisconsin. Members walked around the scenic park and then on to the bridge where a group photo was taken. After which, everyone gathered around a picnic table at the park where Bob Coon and the Rolfs gave some background information about the Paramount Records Factory, which was the next stop on our tour.
The Paramount Records factory is long gone, but the foundation and ruins have been preserved as a landmark to this once great piece of recording history. From here, members went to eat at the Milwaukee Ale House. Member, Bob Coon did a short presentation on the “goings on” at the factory and presented great memorabilia to the group.
After the meeting, members had a short walk to the Paramount Walk of Fame, which pays tribute to the many artists who recorded there, such as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and Louis Armstrong. Then we continued on to visit Seth’s Antiques, a neat antiques shop. After the group strolled through the antiques shop, we caravanned to Bailey’s home in nearby Cedarburg. The gracious hosts provided coffee and dessert for members and everyone was impressed by their wonderful phonograph collection and other great antiques.
What an end to a great day!