A few years ago, I was in Augusta GA in May and it was very hot. This year I was again in Augusta, GA in May and it was again very hot. I may not be too bright (or at least that is what Andrea says?) but twice is good enough for me! I have concluded Augusta, GA in May is very hot.
Good thing I took the Morgan with Air Conditioning!! Yeah, right. I have a switch and wishful thinking! I guess that is about all we can ask for. (Maybe it will be better with the new cars, if and, when they ever get here?)
This year the MOGSouth Spring Meet was hosted by Dorothy and Glenn Moore, and they did a wonderful job! Everything was delightful and all of the arrangements came off like clockwork. As you know, this MOGSouth Spring Meet event was really the MOGSouth Fall Meet event from last year, which unfortunately got preempted by Hurricane Florence, so it was rewickered as the Spring Meet. The necessitated quite a bit of rework and adjustment by everyone involved, but in the end, it all worked. Again, a great job!
The chosen hotel was the Partridge Inn and it was wonderful. An historic hotel with character and charm, somewhat improved by the efficiency and cleanliness of Hilton. I do, however, think our crowd over-powered the staff somewhat but it that seems to happen just about everywhere we go. Collectively, we must be somewhat demanding?? All in all, the hotel staff was extremely courteous, professional and ultimately accommodating. I heard nothing but good things about the rooms, the restaurant and the glorious roof top bar. (When the sun went down you could see the lights of downtown Augusta and we even had a full moon both nights we were there!)
The MOGSouth membership turn-out was unexpected!! (Other clubs may be losing their members but we certainly aren’t!) We had a lots of folks we haven’t seen in eons. And we had Morgans! 4/4s, Plus 4s, Plus 8s, Roadsters and Aero 8s. The only thing missing were the purple squirrels. Unfortunately, we had no Drop Head Coupes or vintage three Wheelers. There were reports of the blue Graeme Addie M3W but I didn’t get a chance to see it. Not sure what it was that brought everyone out for this meet, perhaps it was the ‘wonderful (?)’ weather in Augusta in May?? Did I mention it was very hot in Augusta in May?
This week was one of anticipation, for me at least. I was feeling a bit house bound and needed a good Morgan trip. Andrea and I started out, alone this time, with no one else to convoy with. The Frazees were unavailable, the Bernaths had an ill timed automotive failure, the Stanleys were off RV’ing in middle earth, and so on. Not a problem, we had the GPS and anticipated hours of scintillating conversation. Travelling up I-95 is always great fun, and with a stint of I-16 thrown in, wow!! And, as expected, it was boring, repetitive, and uneventful. We eventually got to the Partridge Inn and after a quick hello in the ‘Cigar Bar’ (hospitality suite) we checked in and washed up for dinner. Dorothy had welcoming gifts for everyone. A lovely metal wine cooler (floral vase?) with Morgan Car Club emblazened on the front and filled with all sorts of cookies, caramel corn, etc. Very thoughtful!
Friday evening was one of reacquainting ourselves with the in and outs of everyone else’s lives and a dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Nothing too special and early to bed. Our room was fine. The only complaint we had was an overly active air conditioner. Andrea tried adjusting it, and I just pulled the blankets up. Did I mention it was very hot in Augusta in May?
Following breakfast on Saturday morning, a group photo was planned and I wanted to look my best, you know ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed’ . . . well, I tried, but alas, we can only do what we can do! After the photo, we were off, as a group in our Morgans, roaring up the hill (marching to the sound of gun fire?) to see the wonders of north Augusta. A good run, with minimal traffic and some good twisty bits. Lincolnton was the first stop. Lincolnton is a little town northwest of Augusta and it seemed the whole town came out to welcome us! We stopped for a nature break at the Visitor’s Center and we were greeted with iced lemonade, homemade cakes and cookies, and all sorts of other edible wonders. Amazing hospitality on a Saturday morning. It was difficult to pull ourselves away but we did, eventually, and headed up the road to Washington GA. We even had a police escort out of town!
Washington is another wonderful village just northwest of Augusta. Getting there was good fun in the Morgan. Interesting farms, rural property and historic estates were everywhere. It was really a bit difficult to concentrate on driving with so much to see. When we arrived in Washington, there was reserved parking for Morgans on the town square. We parked, stretched and chatted some. Then we all found lunch in one of the cafes along the peripheral of the square. I had a flat bread / pizza sort of thing but is was way too big. It seemed I was more thirsty than hungry (too many cookies in Lincolnton?) and drank a half dozen glasses of water.
There were opportunities to visit a few local museums and a private car collection after lunch, but I was ready for a nap so we just headed back to the hotel. The GPS worked for us, once again. I wonder what we all did before these things??
Followed directions or read maps . . . oooh, how archaic!
Saturday dinner was a short drive from the hotel. Cucina 503. A well thought out menu with Italian(esce?) offerings. It was quite tasty and I heard no complaints. Well, except about the ‘balsamic vinegar’ butter? A bit odd and I am not sure it really works?
A moment or two of club business, we celebrated a few birthdays and I paid up on my debt (I lost a bet!) to Pat Buckley. Then it was back to the roof top bar at the Partridge Inn. Sunday morning came too early and those of us that milled around the restaurant trying to look awake said our goodbyes and then got back on the road.
A great MOGSouth event. Lots of fun, lots of folks and everything worked as intended. Dorothy and Glenn were marvelous. As has been said many times, but it is really true, it is the people, the volunteers that make MOGSouth a different sort, but an ultimately appealing car club.
A big thanks to Glenn and Dorothy Moore for being our hosts! Also, for everyone who attended. Thank you! I hope to see everyone again very soon, at the 2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet in Pinehurst, NC. Cheers, Mark
[There will be a photo gallery posted when I get my act together. It will take a few days so watch for the email notice! Mark]
List of Attendees
- Glenn & Dorothy Moore
- Austin & Jinny Britton
- Jack & Pat Zimmerman
- Don & Madeline Moodie
- John & Laura Scott
- Richard & Janet Ihns
- David & Sarah Chiles
- Brian & Rosie Miller
- Pat & Judy Buckley
- Andy & Anne Leo
- Dwight Kinzer
- Lee & Trisha Gaskins
- Mark & Andrea Braunstein
- Irene Berland
- Lance & Connie Lipscomb
- Tom & Kathy Coryn
- Dick & Betsy Beaver
- Julie & Lynn Craig
- Stacey Schepens
- Jenny Addie
- Emma & Brian Slater
- Cyril Brown
- John Bigler
- Fred & Gay Hollinger
- Dave & Marilyn Bondon