29 Aug

Next Year (2021) MOGSouth is FREE!!

MOGSouth is basically a NOT FOR PROFIT organization.  Actually, it is a very loose organization without any sort of legality, charter or rules.  For some 45 years this has been good for the Club.  I am sure at times there would have been some advantages to a more formal existence but then we would have had to live with other constraints we just didn’t like, so . . . 

Anyway, even with no mandates and pressures we have taken our duties seriously and we have managed to minimize costs over the last few years. Given this, we now have a small surplus of funds in our banking account.   We are not in the business of accruing money, so we thought it best to return it to the membership.  We have decided to do this by NOT CHARGING any dues to our membership or advertising fees to our normal supporters for the 2021 Calendar Year. 

Just let us know you are still a member. Send an email to mogsouth@yahoo.com.

We know this isn’t much, but . . .  (Note: In addition, we are looking at some charitable contributions so please no emails or messages!)

Basically, 2020 was anything but a MOGSouth year and now we want to make 2021 a ‘free’ year.  

Go ahead, now’s the time!! Buy something shiny for the car!!

Enjoy!!

Mark and Stacey

25 Aug

MOGSouth Regalia

We don’t stock all that much in the way of regalia, but what we do have is pretty special!

Certainly we have Car Badges (about out 4.5″ across) of the MOGSouth Logo. They were thought to be made by Jim Baker in the UK (but others think not, so . . .) regardless they are lovely and look fabulous on the Morgan! If you don’t already have one, you need one! The car badges have a mounting tab on the bottom with two holes. The car badges are 50$ each, plus 15$ S&H. And, you will need the badge clips to mount them to a badge bar. The clips are sized to match whatever badge bar you have! Make sure you get the right size!

We also have the MOGSouth Logo on a small lapel pin for 5$ each, a small bronze plaque (about 2″ across) at 8$ each or on a cloth patch for 3$ each. The lapel pin is roughly an 1.25″ across and the patch is about the same size as the car badge, i.e. 4.5″ across. S&H is minimal for the small items.

I don’t have the car badge clips (you can get them just about anywhere, e.g. Moss Motors, Morgan Spares, Triple-C, etc.) but if you want any of the other items send an email to mogsouth@yahoo.com.

MOGSouth has also engaged Fourth Gear Limited to provide a wide selection of clothing and other items emblazoned with the MOGSouth and GatorMOG Logo embroideries. In addition to the MOGSouth and GatorMOG logos, they have both vintage three and four wheeled Morgan cars (top up or down) embroideries, Morgan Motor Company scrips and wings. They will also put more than one embroidery on just about anything. And, they will change colors if you ask nicely! I’ve had them alter the color of the embroidery to match my three wheeler’s colors!! Just let them know what you want!!

So let you imagination wander!! Go to their website and take a look!

Cheers, Mark

20 Aug

2021 Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island – Location for the Friday Evening (Mar 5, 2021) Noggin

As is the norm, MOGSouth will have a Noggin on the Friday evening (March 5, 2021) before the Saturday Cars and Coffee event (March 6, 2021) on Amelia Island, the weekend of the big Concours d’Elegance. The Concours d’Elegance is on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

To make is easier on the masses, we have moved the Noggin a bit south, and will convene the MOGSouth Noggin around 5 PM at the Surf Restaurant, along A1A, 3199 S. Fletcher Avenue, Amelia Island, FL.

It is the same location we use to rendezvous on Saturday morning before the Cars and Coffee event. There is parking in the lot out front as well as behind the restaurant.

We haven’t used this location for the Noggin, as yet, but the staff seems quite excited to have us. The menu looks quite good and there appears to be sufficient parking. (Click on the link above to go to their web page!)

Looking forward to the event and hope to see you there!! Mark

14 Aug

2020 MOGSouth Holiday Party (5 Dec) Peachtree City, GA is CANCELLED

Well, the good news keeps on coming! We have just been notified that our venue for the 2020 MOGSouth Holiday Party, planned for 5 December in Peachtree City, GA will not open to the public, at least for the foreseeable future. It could happen but it would be an unacceptable risk to blindly drive on with the current plan. And, although we do have some time to re-wicker our plans, the primary reason we were going to Peachtree City was this venue. Without this venue, we wouldn’t really have much of Holiday Party.

That being said, we will look at the possibility of using this venue next year for the 2021 MOGSouth Holiday Party. I was pretty enthused by the opportunity and I would hope others would have enjoyed it as well.

This also necessitates the deferment of the 2020 Mother Courage Award presentation. The 2019 Awardees, the Gary and Judy Heck, will retain the award for another year until it can be presented once again in 2021.

Just to reiterate, the 2020 MOGSouth Holiday Party, previously scheduled for 5 Dec, in Peachtree City, GA has been CANCELLED.

10 Aug

2020 MOGSouth Fall Meet (Mississippi) is Cancelled!!

We have decided to CANCEL the upcoming MOGSouth Fall Meet, in Mississippi over the Halloween Weekend, due to the Virus.

Rest assured, this decision was not made in a vacuum or done in a less than thorough manner. Lots of involved folks were queried and their inputs were seriously taken under consideration. Obviously, the GatorMOG Road Trip, that was planned to get the Florida members to Mississippi, has also been canceled.

As has been previously published, the 2020 MOGSouth Spring Meet in Little Switzerland, was postponed for a calendar year, and now will be held May 7-9, 2021. Go to MOGSouth Spring Meet for details.

We may reschedule this Mississippi Meet for next fall (2021), but that is still TBD. We would hate to have all the great work Joe and Cynthia Speetjens have done to organize this meet get thrown away. However, there were other activities planned for the fall of 2021 that may preclude us from doing this.

Joe has already let the hotels, restaurants and others know we are not coming as our event has been cancelled. However you should still call and cancel any hotel reservations you may have made.

If you have a strong opinion about going or not going to Mississippi, send an email to Mogsouth@yahoo.com and let us know your thoughts.

22 Jul

MOGSouth Name Badges – Got One??

[It occurred to me in the middle of the night that some folks may want MOGSouth Name Badges. If you are new to the club, or simply can’t find yours, we’re here for you!! In case you are wondering, they look like the picture below. They are available for $8.00 plus shipping. I can’t remember what the shipping is, so let’s say $2.00 each. If you want one, simply send an email to MOGSouth@yahoo.com and provide us with what you want the badge to say (Name, nickname, Alter Ego, etc.), put a check in the mail to Mark Braunstein (address on the membership roster) and we’ll get the process started! And, be patient. They will take a bit of time to get created and mailed. FYI, they either come with the little magnetic device that magically attaches to your garment but leaves no holes or the old ‘pin it to your shirt’ style! Let me know if you have a preference. Cheers, Mark]

13 Jul

2021 Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island – Registration is Now Open!!

As many of you know, the Amelia Island, GA Concours d’Elegance weekend is traditionally a big weekend for MOGSouth. For many of us, the start to the new Morgan year. This year (2021) will be similar to the previous few years.

We will have our MOGSouth Noggin on Friday (5 March) evening and we will again participate in the Saturday (6 March) Cars and Coffee. The formal Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Sunday (7 March) but has in the past been moved up to Saturday if the weather is challenging.

As is the norm you have to register for the 2021 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island event to bring your Morgan and you have to be accepted.  (They will send a letter.) You need not register if you don’t want to bring your car and simply want to spectate.

However, it is best to register, even if you are unsure. The registration form is attached below. The earlier you register, the more likely you will be accepted. They are limited in the number of cars accepted due to space constraints, so don’t procrastinate. If you don’t use your acceptance you can always give it to someone else who didn’t get accepted. So Register now!! Cars and Coffee Registration for 2021.

The MOGSouth Spring Noggin will again be on Friday (5 March), starting at 5PM until going until whenever, at the TBD. Note: We are working to find a warmer spot for the Noggin. Last year it was quite good but a bit too chilly for us. We will communicate the location as soon as it is confirmed.

Then Saturday morning (6 March), those of us with Morgans, will all gather at 0730 at the Surf Restaurant’s front parking lot, along A1A (3199 S. Fletcher Avenue, Amelia Island, FL.)

From experience we know that if we don’t arrive together, we will be parked where ever they have a space, and most likely not together.

We will only wait at the Surf Restaurant for 10 minutes or less, so don’t be late!

For those coming from out of town, there are a number of Lodging options. You can stay on Amelia Island or in Fernandina Beach, if you can get a room (they go very fast) and you are willing to pay the price (they are very expensive.) Alternatively there is a Hampton Inn, Jacksonville East, Regency Square that is just south of the Jacksonville -395 bridge over the St Johns River and just a short (45 – 50 min) drive along FL-105 to Amelia Island.

Plan on a great Morgan weekend and we hope to see you there!!

Cheers, Mark

15 Jun

2020 GatorMOG Road Trip to MOGSouth’s Fall Meet in Clarksdale, MS

All of this is dependent on an ‘open’ environment for travel and a confirmed ‘go ahead’ decision on the MOGSouth Fall Meet in Mississippi. 

Although this activity is labeled as a GatorMOG event, everyone is invited. The MOGSouth Fall Meet is a good distance from those members in Florida, so a road trip was designed. Others are welcome to join us as we make our way to Mississippi, but do let Mark Braunstein know that you intend to join the road trip and at what location you think you will link up. That way we can look for you!

This Road Trip is designed to be relatively easy.  It limits the drives to 4-6 hours per day.  This allows us the time to eat breakfast, leave at a reasonable time in the morning (e.g. 0830 – 0900) stop for lunch and still arrive at our destination before dark.  It also takes in the need for a few nature breaks along the way.  Hell, we are getting older and a few stops are a necessity these days.  

We should arrive early enough, each afternoon, to get checked into the hotel, deal with any car issues (if necessary) and have sufficient time to clean up – all before we find a beer and dinner.

Note:  There are NO designated room blocks at the various hotels as our party, on this road trip, is not expected to be big enough to justify room blocks.  That being said, use whatever discount rate options you might have, AAA, Military, AARP, Senior Citizen, etc. 

Where provided below, the turn-by-turn instructions are mostly courtesy Google Maps and they may have errors.  They are just there to give you some idea of the route.   I have attempted to find a path that avoids highways and takes relatively scenic routes to Clarksdale, Mississippi (Fall Meet Headquarters).  The plan also includes some time driving on the Natchez Trace.  If you find you are on your own, follow your GPS to the next hotel or stop.  We will travel at speeds that should allow folks to follow without issues, but there may be construction or detours or other things that alter our plans. 

Note there is a one hour time difference between Orlando, FL and Clarksdale, MS.  Times shown in this document are all local times.

The details of this road trip get us to Clarksdale, MS for the MOGSouth Fall Meet.  Following the Fall Meet, we will depart Clarksdale, MS on Sunday morning for Memphis, TN.   Gotta’ go to Graceland and see Elvis!!  After that, our plans are very tentative. Anything is possible!

After seeing Graceland and the Elvis exhibits in Memphis, the road trip will dissolve.  Some will continue on as a group for a while and others will scatter to find their own way home.  

Action:  Notify Mark Braunstein if you are participating in the Road Trip and where you will join up with the others, e.g. Apalachicola, Fairhope, etc. 

Action:  You must make your own hotel reservations (and there are NO Morgan Group Rates) for the hotels identified at the various stops on this Road Trip.  Use whatever discount options you have, AAA, Military, AARP, etc.  And there are no identified hotels for the days after the Fall Meet in Clarksdale, MS.  So be prepared for more reservations after we leave and head home. 

Action:  You must make your own MOGSouth Fall Meet hotel reservations in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  There is a Group Rate (and use MOGSouth when making reservations.)  The details are provided by Joe Speetjens and posted on the MOGSouth Web Site.  There are specific requirements so please visit the web site before you attempt to make reservations.

Day 1 (Tuesday, 27 Oct) – Travel from Home to Apalachicola, FL

This day is a travel day that gets us all to the Gulf Coast.  For some it may be a short day and for others, it may be a longer day.  Hopefully, all will arrive in the mid to late afternoon.  Then we can simply take in the scenic views of Apalachicola.  It is believed that there will be folks that will join the rest of the group in Apalachicola. 

  • Breakfast – At Home
  • Lunch Stop – On Your Own
  • Hotel – Two Choices – Pick One (Using Google Maps, they appear to less than ½ mile apart.)
    • Water Street Hotel & Marina, www.waterstreethotel.com , 329 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320Appears to be More Modern Looking – Cheaper
    • Gibson Hotel https://www.gibsoninn.com/, 51 Avenue, Venue C, Apalachicola, FL 32320 – Appears to have Lots of Character – Pricier
  • Dinner Stop – We will figure it out when we get there.

Day 2 (Wednesday, 28 Oct) – Apalachicola, FL to Fairhope Alabama 4 h 48 min (212 mi)

Fairhope, Alabama is home to long time Morganeer and MOGSouth Club Member, Tony McLaughlin, the owner and maintainer of Morganville, the online Morgan Register. (www.morganville.org)  Tony is our host for a MOGSouth / GatorMOG Road Trip Party in the evening.  Remember, there will a one hour time change on route to Fair Hope, AL.

  • Breakfast – TBD – Need to find a Breakfast Location
  • Lunch Stop vic Pensacola – TBD – We will figure it out when we get there.
    • Follow US-90 W to County Rd 54 in Robertsdale (52 min (35.7 mi))
    • Take AL-104 W to N Greeno Rd in Fairhope (16 min (11.6 mi))
  • Per Tony –
    • Stay on US 98 from Apalachicola and go until you see a state highway 399 to the south at Navarre Beach, about 10 miles west of Ft. Walton, FL.
    • Take it and get on the beach road. It’s all pure white sand the entire trek, looking at the Gulf from there.
    • If the weather is bad, I would not do it, because it is at sea level. The scenery is terrific though! Follow it until the end, go across Pensacola Beach Bridge, and rejoin Hwy 98.
    • Stay on 98 through Pensacola, going west.  DON’T do what Google tells you, but stay on 98 through Foley, AL
    • You will enter Foley, go straight ahead on 98 for around 12-15 more miles, until you see a 4 way stop, with a Shell Station on the right. Do NOT go right on 98 here (That’s just the 4-lane into Fairhope), but go STRAIGHT ahead on ALTERNATE 98, which will curve to the right after 2 miles, and take you up a very scenic road along Mobile Bay, about 6-8 miles. Beautiful Scenery!
    • You will pass Gambino’s Restaurant where we will eat and go about 1/2 mile until you see Fairhope Pier. That is the intersection of Fairhope Avenue.
    • Take a right up Fairhope Avenue, go 4 blocks, or the second traffic light, to Section St., and then turn left on Section St.
    • The Hampton Inn is 1/2 block on your left, and free covered parking is behind the hotel, down the alley way on its left.
  • Hotel – Hampton Inn Fairhope, https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/mobfhhx-hampton-fairhope-mobile-bay/, 23 N Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532
  • Dinner Party – Gambino’s in Fairhope, which is on Mobile Bay. Host – Tony McLaughlin

Day 3 (Thursday, 29 Oct) – Fairhope, AL to Hammond, LA 4 h 23 min (168 mi)

Hammond is some 45 mins from New Orleans or Baton Rouge.  We should get there early afternoon.  So you have options.  Staying North of New Orleans allows us flexibility on Friday to drive on the Natchez Trace. 

  • Breakfast – At Hotel
    • Depart 0900
    • Follow Fairhope Ave to US-98 W/N Greeno Rd (4 min (1.1 mi))
    • Continue on US-98 W. Take MS-26 W, LA-21 S and E U.S. Hwy 190 W to State Rte 1067 in Tangipahoa Parish (3 h 49 min (184 mi))
    • Follow State Rte 1067 and Old Covington Hwy to S Holly St in Hammond
  • Lunch Stop – TBD – We will find our own Lunch, depending on time and numbers.
    • Arrive Hammond, LA early afternoon.
  • Dinner Stop – Lots of Choices in Hammond.

Day 4 (Friday, 30 Oct) – Hammond, LA to Clarksdale, MS 6 hrs (325 mi)

This day is mainly a travel day to the Fall Meet location.  It is a longer route, staying off the highway, however; we can gain about an hour should we opt for the highway.  Better to leave early and minimize the stops (lunch, gas, etc.)  We can travel the Natchez Trace some.   We should get there in the mid to late afternoon and have time to get settled and find the Hospitality Suite.

  • Breakfast – At Hotel
    • Depart 0900
    • Take LA-1064 W and LA-43 N to LA-10 W/LA-441 N in 5 (41 min (30.7 mi))
    • Turn left onto LA-10 W/LA-441 N 46 s (0.6 mi)
    • Follow LA-441 N, MS-584 W and MS-24 W to MS-33 N in Gloster (47 min (42.1 mi))
    • Turn right onto MS-33 N (18 min (17.5 mi))
    • Turn left onto Liberty Rd (24 min (20.0 mi))
    • Turn left onto Lissie St/Natchez Trace Pkwy (2 min (0.6 mi))
    • Drive from US-61 N and Natchez Trace Pkwy to Hinds County (1 h 8 min (67.5 mi))
  • Lunch Stop – TBD – Accommodations for ?? People
    • Continue to follow Natchez Trace Pkwy (1 h 13 min (66.3 mi))
    • Follow MS-27 N to US-61 N in Vicksburg (20 min (17.6 mi))
    • Follow US-61 N to MS-161 N in Clarksdale (2 h 21 min (140 mi))
    • Continue on MS-161 N. Drive to 3rd Street (7 min (3.0 mi))
  • Arrive Clarksdale, Mississippi – Travelers Hotel, 212 3rd St, Clarksdale, MS 38614

Hotel – MOGSouth Fall Meet Hotel, The Travelers Hotel (Clarksdale, MS)

Day 4/5 (Fri / Sat, 30/31 Oct) – MOGSouth Fall Meet Clarksdale, MS


Day 6 (Sunday, 1 Nov) – Clarksdale, MS to Memphis, TN

This day is a travel day to Memphis and to visit Graceland.  Those wishing to join the convoy and go to Memphis are welcome.  Otherwise, head home!!  Absolutely no plans have been made for hotel and meals.  We are winging it!

  1. Breakfast – At Hotel
  2. Depart 0900
  3. Lunch Stop in Memphis, TN
  4. Graceland – Elvis!
  5. Hotel – Vic Graceland (Memphis, TN)
  6. Dinner Stop

Day 7 (Monday, 2 Nov) – Memphis, TN to Montgomery, AL

This day is basically a travel day headed back to Florida.  If you have alternate plans, don’t follow us!  Our plan is to get to Montgomery, AL.  Absolutely no plans have been made for hotel and meals.  We are winging it!

  1. Breakfast – At Hotel
  2. Depart 0900
  3. Lunch Stop Vic Jasper, AL
  4. Hotel – Vic Montgomery, AL
  5. Dinner Stop

Day 8 (Tuesday, 3 Nov) – Montgomery, AL to Lake City, FL

This day is basically a travel day headed back to Florida.  If you have alternate plans, don’t follow us!  Our plan is to get to Lake City, FL.  Absolutely no plans have been made for hotel and meals.  We are winging it!

  1. Breakfast – At Hotel
  2. Depart 0900
  3. Lunch Stop Vic Tallahassee, FL
  4. Hotel – Vic Lake City, FL
  5. Dinner Stop –
07 Jun

2020 MOGSouth Fall Meet – Mississippi Delta (Oct 30-31) Update

(Update as of 7 June 2020)

The 2020 MOGSouth Fall Meet’s Headquarters Hotel is the Travelers Hotel in Clarksdale, MS, 212 Third Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614, (662) 483-0693, email: hi@stayattravelers.com web site: https://www.stayattravelers.com/ The contact people are Ann Williams or Chuck Rutledge, and you can reach them at (662) 483-0693.

Please note that at The Travelers Hotel, the MOGSOUTH code is ONLY VALID when you book through the website, in person, or over the phone.  It will not work if someone tries to reserve a room through a booking channel like Expedia or Booking.com.

A second location, just around the corner, with additional lodging is the Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, MS, 387 Delta Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614, For Hotel Accommodations at the Ground Zero Blues Club, Please Call Stacy Stanberry.  Her number is 1-662-719-7050.  Please call her first.  If, and only if, you cannot contact Stacy, call Tameal at 1-662-621-9009.  Tameal is the manager and she really doesn’t handle reservations unless Stacy is unavailable. Web Site: https://www.groundzerobluesclub.com/

Please look at the various location’s web sites to determine which facility is best for you. Note the MOGSouth Hospitality Suite will be in the Morgan Freeman Room of the Ground Zero Blues Club. Also, On Halloween night, there will be a costume party at Ground Zero, and there will be terrific music. It should be a really wonderful experience.

If you want another blues experience, Red’s in Clarksdale is your best bet.  Other recommended eating spots are Grandma’s Pancake House and Stone Pony Pizza.

The cut-off date to book rooms (at either Ground Zero or The Travelers) at the MOGSouth rate for October 30 and 31st, 2020 is September 18, 2020.

Make reservations now even if there is a possibility you will have a conflict. If you find that you cannot make the trip, you will still have plenty of time to cancel.  Be advised, there are a limited number of rooms at both hotels, so please go ahead and make reservations now.

Simply mention you are with MOGSouth to get the discounted rate.

OTHER RELEVANT WEBSITES and ADDRESSES

03 Jun

MOGSouth Joins the Future?

We tried Facebook but it didn’t work. Too much spam, not enough Morgan! We got everything from racial jokes, political opinions, sexual images, etc., and got nothing we really wanted. It took too much time to keep it civil, so it was shut down.

There were lots of recommendations, some for and some against, and quite a bit of prodding but finally, finally, MOGSouth has joined the ‘social media’ revolution. MOGSouth now has a ‘Facebook’ page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2717810941772129

Be a friend, request to join the group, do all those other things you do with Facebook. Post photos, videos or just comments about things in your life. Have at it, but please try to keep it focused on MOGSouth and the Morgan community. It really isn’t a place for politics, religion, inappropriate jokes, etc. We have a very diverse club and we certainly don’t want to alienate others.

Now, don’t think this thing is the panacea and cure all for everything that is not perfect about MOGSouth, but it should give us more of a presence among those of us that are a bit more ‘connected’ than others and maybe, just maybe it will attract a few folks of the ‘younger’ persuasion!

Also, at this point in time, I am a Luddite when it comes to functioning within the Facebook application. I don’t have a clue what button to push or icon to energize. Please don’t think bad of me for not responding to a question or a comment. I probably haven’t seen it or else, I simply am incapable of making the thing work as I think it should. Hopefully, this will get better with time. But, you never know!!

Cheers, Mark