29 Mar

2020 MOGSouth Spring Meet, Little Switzerland, NC., 8 – 10 May – UPDATE #2

Well, we tried and held out as long as we thought prudent.

Bottom Line: the decision has been made to cancel the May 8-10, 2020 MOGSouth Spring Meet in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.

Things are moving quickly in NC. Effective tomorrow (30 March) NC is under a “Stay at Home” order. Travel is limited to specific purposes with stiff penalties violations ($1000 and 60 days in jail.) Although the Blue Ridge Parkway is still accessible (but for how long?) the other two drive locations, Mt Mitchell and Linville Falls have been closed.

Our Meet Hotel, the Switzerland Inn has yet to close, however the closures of lodging is accelerating. Mitchell County (where the Switzerland Inn in located) has issued a voluntary order for lodging closure with a threat to make it non-voluntary.

Given all this, we will attempt to negotiate with the Inn and others to find a suitable date in May of next year (2021) so we salvage as much of the planning efforts of Jim and Collette Clark that we can.

ACTION REQUIRED: If you planned on attending this meet and have made reservations at the Switzerland Inn, you need to contact the hotel and cancel your reservations. Also if, like some of the Florida folks, you had hotel reservations at any intermediate stops along the way, you need to cancel these as well.

If you have questions, send us an email at MOGSouth@yahoo.com. Mark
25 Mar

MOG 50 POSTPONEMENT

MCCDC’s MOG 50, LURAY, VA –POSTPONED – NEW DATE: JULY 2-4, 2021

With the full impact of the COVID 19 pandemic continuing to unfold and the uncertainty of what to expect, the Executive Committee of the Morgan Car Club of Washington, DC, Inc has approved my recommendation to postpone MOG 50. Everyone’s health and well-being are MCCDC’s ultimate concern.

MCCDC has arranged with the management of the Mimslyn Inn to re-schedule MOG 50 to Friday-Sunday, July 2-4, 2021. The Mimslyn Inn has assured us that it is willing to re-book all current reservations for the above dates in 2021.

ACTION REQUIRED!!  PLEASE CONTACT THE MIMSLYN INN TO CANCEL YOUR CURRENT RESERVATIONS AND CHANGE YOUR RESERVATIONS TO THE NEW MOG 50 DATES…JULY 2-4, 2021 (Phone:540-743-5105 – email:reservations@mimslyninn.com).

[Folks this may or may not work for you. If you cannot, as yet, commit to next year, you will want to cancel your Mimslyn Inn reservations outright, and NOT change your reservations to next year. If things then work out for next year, you will have to make reservations for that time. Mark]

If you had additional dates previously, please contact the Mimslyn Inn to cancel your current reservations and change them to the dates you desire. NOTE: This includes both rooms in the Mimslyn Inn AND the Cottages . Those with reservations at other hotels and/or travel reservations should have time to re-schedule their reservations, as well.

The Mimslyn Inn is working closely with MCCDC to make MOG 50 a great event in 2021. The Mimslyn Inn needs you to cancel your current reservations so they can book these rooms/cottages for anyone wishing to stay with them July 2-5, 2020. In doing so, we can help the Mimslyn Inn recover as soon as possible from the COVID 19 pandemic effects. THANKS!!

Regarding those who have already registered for MOG 50, those Registrations will still be valid and apply for MOG 50 to be held July 2-4, 2021. Questions regarding existing Registrations will be handled on a case by case basis.

Stay well and please observe all the recommendations from the CDC and other federal, state and local authorities. Feel free to contact me directly @ morgan4466@aol.com for any further questions or concerns.

Best regards, Richard B. Fohl, MD, President MCCDC

[Folks, FYI, I have also rescinded MOGSouth’s offer, to MCCDC, to run the Gymkhana at MOG 50. I do not know if we will have sufficient manpower in 2021. Mark]

24 Mar

2020 MOGSouth Spring Meet, Little Switzerland, NC., 8 – 10 May – March UPDATE

I suspect we are all getting a little anxious with our curtailed travel, lock downs and social distancing. Unfortunately, it makes the most sense to heed the warnings and abide by the guidelines of the CDC. I would like to say I have good news, but I can’t. We are optimistic but being realistic, we are still quite concerned.

The plan is to make a decision on 20 April, to stay the course or postpone our Spring Meet scheduled for 8 – 10 May, in Little Switzerland, NC.

This a full week before our hotel rooms at the Switzerland Inn have to be cancelled without incurring any financial liability. (If we do cancel be sure to call and cancel your individual reservation to preclude getting charged.)

There seems to be some good news coming from various locations, re: the virus, but it is all very difficult to predict. North Carolina has recently mandated the closure of restaurants and hotels in the vicinity of Little Switzerland, and reemphasized the 10 person limitation for non-essential gatherings. This doesn’t bode well for us, even though we are still a good six weeks away. We know folks have made significant personal and financial investments in our current dates so a measured decision is fully warranted. Again, at this point, we need to give it a little more time.

09 Mar

2020 MOGSouth Noggin and Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island – Report from the Field

The MOGSouth Noggin was held on Friday evening (6 March) at Salt Life in Fernandina Beach.  A good number of folks started the weekend early with a lunch gathering prior to the Friday evening Noggin at the Salt Life. 

Friday lunch prior to the Noggin – Photo courtesy Karen Benath

The Salt Life Restaurant gave us their roof bar again this year, complete with comfy chairs and a fire pit.  It was perfect for us, but . . .

We had some 20-30 Morgan folks (not all were MOGSouth members) join us for drinks and Morgan chit chat.  I only saw one Morgan there, a Roadster, a lovely car that had traveled up from Marathon Key in south Florida.   

We had plenty of space for our group and before the sun went down, you could see forever.  But when the sun did go down, we lost the sun’s warmth and it got cold and windy.  That was also about the time folks wanted dinner, so the crowd dispersed to the inside (warmer part) of the restaurant.  And, Andrea and I were among them.  Our Momma’s didn’t raise no fools! 

Dinner at Salt Life – Photo Courtesy Karen Bernath

We will have to find a different location for the Noggin next year.  This location is superb, with great parking and food, but unfortunately, it was a bit too windy for the crowd.  And, this cold and windy weather seems to be the norm for this time of year. 

The Saturday (7 March) Cars and Coffee at Amelia (Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance) was held on several holes of the golf course used for the formal Concours on Sunday.  Thus, we had to be on the field early, and then leave the field early enough for them to set up for Sunday.  The word for the day was obviously ‘early.’

Andrea on the show field – Photo courtesy of Karen Bernath

Well, we all met quite ‘early’ along A1A at the Surf Restaurant’s parking lot.  The parking lot is big enough and was empty as the restaurant hadn’t yet opened!  We wanted to be sure the Morgans were grouped together once they entered the show field.  We had been scattered in the past and that wasn’t good.  Going in together solves this problem.  Once we were all at the Surf Restaurant, we headed south towards the show field. 

The turnout was a bit light all around.  Perhaps the virus thing kept folks at home but we still managed a good selection of Morgans.  4/4s, Plus 4s, Plus 8s, Roadsters (both 3.0 and 3.7L) and a Plus 8 Speedster (supposedly only in the US for display?).  Christopher John LTD had a few new 3 Wheelers at his display.

Cars and Coffee Field – Photo courtesy of Rick Frazee

We needed have not worried about being scattered.  It appears that our participation these past few years has paid off and we (Morgans) are now on the planner’s field layout map.  ‘Morgans’ are now expected and they’ve designated a part of the show field for our cars!  And, it is a good location, right next to the new car displays.  The best new car display was obviously the Morgan display from Christopher John LTD, the Morgan dealer in Daytona Florida.  Being right next to Christopher John’s display was tremendous.  We sent lots of folks interested in buying Morgans over to see the new cars and other Morgan paraphernalia on offer.  Hopefully, he found a few new customers!!

Morgans on the Field – Photo courtesy of Rick Frazee

The show ended around 1 PM and we proceeded down the golf course paths to the designated exit.  Most of us went south about 10-15 miles to the Sand Dollar Restaurant for lunch.  This was a smart move as everyone else was going north into Fernandina Beach for lunch.  We had gone north in prior years and the traffic going into Fernandina Beach is impossible, stop and go for the better part of an hour, and once you get there, the parking around the restaurants is nonexistent.  The Sand Dollar Restaurant was also able to accomplish our large group (15+) with a minimal wait. 

A great lunch, with a wonderful view of the boat traffic coming and going along the St. Johns river.  Then we were off.  Some went south while others went north.  We were staying in Jacksonville for the evening and soon found our hotel.  A nap before dinner? Yes, please!!  A busy morning followed by a nice lunch!  A nap was just the thing. 

It was hard getting up from that nap!  It could have lasted for the entire evening!  However, time to eat again!  Dinner with the Frazees and the Bernaths was on the docket at a local sports bar.  Nothing too fancy and we were soon back at the hotel.  I was bushed and went straight to sleep. 

We met the Frazees for breakfast at the hotel. Oh boy, cardboard waffles, rubber eggs and other delicacies were on offer.  I had some coffee and Raison Bran.  Finally, it was time to go.

Andrea and I traveled back to Orlando with Rick and Sam Frazee.  We started off going south on I-95 but soon exited for the back roads.  We couldn’t resist.  Morgans, with tops down and sun shining, traveling on rural roads with minimal traffic.  Hard to do better!!  

Another great Morgan weekend!!  If you weren’t there you missed a great one.  Well, perhaps we’ll see you next year??   Cheers, Mark

04 Mar

Final Reminder – 2020 Cars and Coffee at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (Mar 6 & 7)

This year will be similar to the previous few years. We have our MOGSouth Noggin on Friday (6 March) evening and we will participate in the Saturday (7 March) Cars and Coffee.

As is the norm you should have to registered for the 2020 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island (if you plan is to bring your Morgan) and you have to be accepted.  (They sent a letter with a sticker.) You need not register if you don’t want to bring your car and simply want to spectate.

The MOGSouth Spring Noggin will again be on Friday (6 March), starting at 5PM until going until whenever, at the Salt Life Food Shack, 39 N Fletcher Ave Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Note: They plan to have us at the roof b bar, same as last year. Which worked quite well, however, it was a bit cool last year so bring a jacket. If you have friend(s) that are’t in the club, bring them along to the Noggin, we don’t care!

Then Saturday morning (7 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 a few minutes so don’t be late!

If you are coming you should have already booked your hotel. A few folks are staying in Fernandina Beach, but I suspect you can’t get a room this late. Your best bet is to stay in Jacksonville and travel to Amelia Island early Saturday morning. 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

04 Jan

More Hotels in Luray, VA for MCCDC’s 50th MOG Anniversary, 3-5 July 2020

The MCCDC’s 50th MOG (Morgan Owners Gathering) Anniversary is the headquartered at the Mimslyn Inn (401 W Main Str., Luray, VA 22835) over the 4th of July, 2020. The Morgan events will span Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July.

The Mimslyn Inn is supposedly full and now working on a waiting list. Judy Heck got this list of other hotels in the Luray, VA area and suggested I pass it on to those of you also be looking for accommodations in Luray.

  • Laurance Hotel, (540) 742-7060, 4.5 stars
  • Mayneview B&B, (540) 669-5105, 4.8 stars
  • Luray Caverns Motel – East, (540) 743-6551, 4 stars
  • Quality Inn, (540) 743-6511, 3.4 stars
  • The Cardinal Inn, (540) 743-5010, 3.4 stars
  • The Inn of the Shenandoah, (540) 300-9777, 4.79 stars
  • Peabody’s ‘Hip Little Stay,’ (540) 742-0696, 4.9 stars
  • Hawksbill House, (540) 742-1553, 4.1 stars
  • Days Inn, (540) 742-4521, 3.2 stars
  • Budget Inn, (540) 742-5176, 3.1 stars
  • Luray B&B, (540) 743-4947, 4.0 stars
  • Woodruff House B&B, (540) 244-7588, 4.9 stars
  • South Court Inn B&B, (540) 843-0980, 4.7 stars
  • Ruffner House B&B, (540) 743-7855, 5.0 stars
  • Hillside B&B, (540) 743- 6322, 4.4 stars

Some of these might already be full, I don’t know and I have no specific knowledge of any of these other hotels, so I cannot make any suggestions. None of these is endorsed in anyway by MCCDC or MOGSouth so use you best judgement and check on line reviews best you can. Cheers, Mark

02 Jan

2020 MOGSouth Spring Meet, Little Switzerland, NC., 8 – 10 May

Lodging – The Meet Hotel is the Little Switzerland Inn. 86 High Ridge Rd, Little Switzerland, NC 28749.  FYI, Exit 334 off Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Our hosts (Jim and Colette Clark) have negotiated an amazing discount for each room ($20 per night off their normal starting prices of $169 per night), so be sure to make your reservations online at switzerlandinn.com using the group number 998642439836795 for the discount.  If you don’t use the group number, you won’t get the discount. 
  • It’s easy to book your room.  Simply go to the Inn’s web site and click Book Now (yellow button in the upper right of the screen)
  • Input 8 May as check in and 10 May as check out (unless you are arriving early or staying later!)
  • Select Advanced Search, select I have a Group Number, enter the Group Number.  Then hit GO. 
  • You’ll then be shown available room types and prices.  Select more info and you’ll be given the opportunity to select that room type that you want.

Note:  There is a ‘bug’ in the Switzerland Inn’s web site.  The room choices, after acceptance of the group number, all show an occupant limit of 1; this is a program glitch – ignore it.

Hospitality Room – The Hospitality Room will be in Balsam Cottage.  (Map of the grounds on the Inn’s website, if needed.)  The hospitality room will be open:

  • Friday: 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 PM
  • Saturday: 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 PM
  • Sunday: 8 – 9 AM

Activities – Friday Night Dinner is on your own.  FYI, If you choose to eat at the Switzerland Inn’s restaurant anytime during your stay (other than Saturday Night) you must make your reservations at the Main Desk in the Lobby.

Saturday:

  • 9 AM drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) 25 miles to the summit of Mt. Mitchell, 
  • 12 PM lunch at the Little Switzerland Inn
  • 1:30 PM drive north on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) 20 miles to Linville Gorge
  • 6 PM dinner at the Inn in the”Chalet Restaurant” (FYI, Reservations for the entire MOGSouth Group have already been made. We’ll order off the menu and pay individually/charge to room.)
  • After dinner gathering either on the “Terrace” or alternately in the “Lobby”, depending on the weather.

Sunday:

  • 9 AM drive of the infamous DIAMONDBACK, which starts and ends at the Inn.  This drive takes 30 minutes.
28 Nov

2020 MCCDC’s MOG50 – 50th Anniversary Meet (4 July, Luray VA) – Registration Forms

The Registration Forms for MCCDC’s MOG 50 are here!! Hot off the press!!

As you know the Morgan Car Club of DC has played a role in creation of many of the regional clubs, to include MOGSouth. 

The MCCDC MOGs were, at times, the only Morgan events going.  Folks came from all over the US, and even from Canada, to play in Luray, Virginia and help the MCCDC Club with the meet’s many events. For MOG 50, MOGSouth will take on the task of planning and running the Gymkhana event.

MOG 50 will be in Luray Virginia, at the Mimslyn Inn (401 W Main Str., Luray, VA 22835) over the 4th of July, 2020. Since this is a historical event, this all makes sense. The Morgan events will span Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July.

I plan to attend and if you also decide to attend, please send me an email (series1@cfl.rr.com) so I will have an idea of the MOGSouth presence at MOG 50.

Please note, there is fee to attend and form to fill out to register. There is also a Liability Waiver. These forms need to be completed and sent to the address on the forms. Links to these forms are provided below (scroll down).

So, ACTIONS REQUIRED are as follows.

  1. Please let me know via email (series1@ cfl.rr.com) if you plan to attend.
  2. Book your rooms at the Mimlyn Inn. (Arrival in Luray should happen on Thursday 2 July, with folks departing on Monday 6 July.  (Book hotel rooms at the Mimslyn (866-375-3925 or 540-743-5105) if these numbers don’t work, let me know!) for Thurs night, Fri night, Sat night, and Sun night.  There is a discount code – GR48 – that you will need to provide when you register for the hotel.) 
  3. Fill out the MCCDC Registration Form and Mail it in, with your check for selected options.
  4. Fill out the MCCDC MOG 50 Waiver Form, Sign it and Mail it in.  

MOG 50 Registration Form

MOG 50 Waiver – ALL MUST SIGN AND MAIL

If anything changes, I will let you know. 

Cheers, Mark

07 Nov

2020 MCCDC’s MOG50 – 50th Anniversary Meet (4 July, Luray VA)

For many of us that have been around the Morgan community for a while know the role the Morgan Car Club of DC has played in the creation of many of the regional clubs, to include MOGSouth.  For those that weren’t here in the beginning, many of the regional clubs were spawned out of the discussions and meanderings of folks that attended the MCCDC MOGs (Morgan Owners’ Gatherings) in days past. 

The MCCDC MOGs were, at times, the only Morgan events going.  Folks came from all over the eastern half of the US, and even from Canada, to play in Luray, Virginia over the fourth of July weekend.  The MCCDC MOGs had a full slate of car related events for attendees to participate in.  There was a formally judged Concours d’Elegance of Morgan cars, a mentally challenging Time-Speed-Distance Rally, a family friendly Gymkhana (Funkhana?) and a hotly contested Autocross. 

Pulling off all these events over the weekend was far too much for the MCCDC members so the regional folks started to lend a hand.  These efforts morphed into the Regional Clubs taking over one of the events completely.  Planning it, setting it up and then running it for the weekend.  

MCCDC is now about to celebrate their 50th MOG Meet Anniversary!  MOG 50 is at hand!! 

The powers that be, at MCCDC, have chosen to return to Luray Virginia (and the Mimslyn Hotel) over the 4th of July weekend for MOG 50.  I personally applaud these decisions!  This is a historical event and even though this is usually a really hot weekend in Virginia, this is the most fitting location and timing for this historical event.  I plan to attend and if you also decide to attend, please send me an email (series1@cfl.rr.com) so I will have an idea of the MOGSouth presence at MOG 50.

I would like to propose that MOGSouth take on the task of planning and running the Gymkhana (Funkhana) event for MOG 50.  This would entail the development of a few Gymkhana appropriate activities, the collection of any requisite materials and an assemblage of folks to support running and scoring the event in Luray.  (Although MOGSouth could probably run any of the events, we have an opportunity by volunteering early to get what we want, and I have my reasons to recommend that we take on the Gymkhana.)  I will contact the MCCDC leadership about our offer and let you all know what they say.

MCCDC’s MOG 50 will be held in Luray Virginia at the Mimslyn Inn (401 W Main Str., Luray, VA 22835).  Although no real information has been published by MCCDC as yet (in my mind, this is already 6 months late!) it is likely that the Morgan events will span Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July. 

If you plan to attend, please let me know, and be sure to book your rooms very soon.  There is typically a MCCDC fee to attend and form to fill out to register but they haven’t got that form together yet.  I will send it out as soon as I get it. 

Arrival in Luray should happen on Thursday 2 July, with folks departing on Monday 6 July.  (Book hotel rooms at the Mimslyn (866-375-3925 or 540-743-5105) if these numbers don’t work, let me know!) for Thurs night, Fri night, Sat night, and Sun night.  There is a discount code – GR48 – that you will need to provide when you register for the hotel.)  If anything changes, I will let you know. 

Cheers, Mark