Given the very positive response to the 2018 Holiday Party in St Simons Island (lots and lots of emails!) as well as the overwhelming membership desire to return to St Simons (We had a survey and 77% of the responses said to return to St Simons) – We got the message!!
The 2019 Holiday Party will again be held at the King and Prince in St Simons Island, GA, Friday and Saturday 6/7 December.
Our hosts this year are Debbie and John Stanley. Thank you!
The Hospitality Suite will again be at the Wesley Cottage. Times that the hospitality suite will be operational will be published once we have a better handle on the overall sequence of events.
Holiday Banquet (Saturday Evening 7 Dec) – The banquet will be similar to last year’s buffet. The price remains the same as last year, $41 per person.
Hotel Rooms – We have just been given the go ahead from the hotel. They are ready to take your reservations. You have to call the King and Prince hotel directly and make your own reservations. The hotel is holding a block of rooms for us, at a discounted rate. They have identified a group of rooms at a rate less than last year’s best rate. That being said, they also have some premium rooms and villas in our group, with better views (ocean, etc.,) or accommodations, however these rooms come with higher rates.
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort reservation phone number is (800) 342-0212. Be sure to tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH. Discuss the various room options with the customer service representative and then decide what works for best for you! Upon your arrival, be sure to ask for your MOGSouth Goody Bag upon checking in at the front desk.
Trolley Tours – Only one trolley tour will be arranged this year, on Saturday morning (Arrive at Hotel Lobby at 0945 AM, Tour Departs at 1000 AM 7 Dec) and given this, there will be a limited number of seats available. Please send Debbie Stanley an email (email@example.com) if you want to be added to the Trolley Tour list. Get your emails to Debbie quickly or risk not getting a seat. The tour price is 20$ per person.
Special Morgan Parking – We believe we have negotiated special parking for the Morgans adjacent to some new construction underway at the hotel. It should be quite nice when completed and quite convenient for us all. Now we aren’t holding our breath, as anything can happen with construction projects, so we need to be prepared for change. St Simon’s weather is generally nice (last year’s rain wasn’t so special, but . . . ) during early December (50° – 65° F), so think about bringing your Morgan.
New Stuff – This year we will change it up a bit (just to keep you on your toes!)
Silent Auction – The ad hoc Silent Auction we had last year was a disaster but now we made it an official MOGSouth Holiday Party Event! We will have a ‘real’ Silent Auction so identify what you want to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December. All proceeds go to MOGSouth. Items should preferably be auto related (no toaster ovens or baseball gloves!) however we cannot really deal with greasy auto parts. Auto parts can be donated however just take a few pictures of the parts and print them out. We will simply use the pictures for the Auction, and not the actual parts. Winners of the bidding for the Auction will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.
Ugly Sweater Contest – Also, this year we will have a formally judged Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest. These sweaters are to be worn to the banquet! We want to be sure everyone knows who is playing so we will have special name tags or other identifying items to distribute so do let Debbie Stanley (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you are playing. The winners of the contest will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet. And, there will be ‘wonderful’ prizes awarded so do participate!!
Other Activities – All the other normal stuff will continue, e.g. Mother Courage Awards, etc.