12 Mar

How do you say ‘MOGSouth Noggin’ in Italian??

Actually, it does translate! ‘boccaletta’ !

The weekend was grand!  Top down the entire time!  I did flop the top up on the car up at night but never really secured it.  It was just to give the storm cover some support.  I don’t even think Allan and Mary Ann Rae, who traveled with us from central Florida, did even that much. 

There weren’t any storms or even strong winds.  The weather was glorious!  A little cool when the sun went down, but otherwise spectacular.  Certainly different from past years in Amelia. 

This one was a bit special.  The announcements from Geneva this year were certainly thought provoking.  Also, we had the MMC factory folks and many of the US Morgan dealers in town for a ‘big’ dealer meeting.  I invited a good number to the Friday evening Noggin and many came.  It was great for the MOGSouth members at the Noggin to chit chat with folks they know and love.  Well, ok perhaps ‘love’ is a bit strong, but . . .

Andrea and I, along with Allan and Mary Ann Rae, traveled up on Friday morning in the Roadsters.  It was really a sprint up the highway.  Amelia Island is not too far north of Jacksonville, Florida, so a pleasant enough drive for us.  About 3.5 hours.  We chose this year to stay in Jacksonville and drive back and forth along the St Johns river, as needed.  This was necessitated by the limited hotels on the Island itself.  You really have to anticipate and book a hotel room some 6 – 9 months out.  And, then you have to save your Nickles and Dimes to pay for the room and be willing to accept the minimum number of nights demanded.  The Amelia Island inn keepers tend raise the rates quite high for the big Concours weekend. 

Alas, supply and demand . . .

Once we tucked our bags and such into our rooms in Jacksonville, we headed back out to the cars and meandered our way up to Fernandina Beach for lunch.  The drive along the river during the day has a different feel than the drive at dawn, but it is still quite pretty, nonetheless.  Lots of twisty bits, lots of water and lots of folks fishing off the bridges.  You could tell it was Concours weekend as 90% of the oncoming traffic was something noisy and interesting.  Porsches, Ferraris, a Deux Chevaux? and others.  Very neat!

Once there, we found lunch with a view of the water after parking on some grass next to a Blood Bank table.  The kids at the table assured us that the grass was a fine place to park (some others had just left!) so we parked and walked away.  Parking is quite difficult in Fernandina Beach during the Concours weekend and I suspect (well, I hope!) the parking police are pretty lenient during the weekend.  It seems like there were cars everywhere.  (And, there were many, many folks with yellow tape or rope barriers across their home’s road frontage, trying to protect their lawns from folks looking to park.) 

This was only our first taste of the parking challenge . . . 

After lunch, it was over to the location of the Friday evening Noggin.  I wanted to get there early as this was a new location for us, the Salt Life Bar and Grille.  It was fairly close to the sports bar we have used previously but this place had oodles and oodles of parking.  Something lacking at our previous spot.  (ah, that ‘parking’ thing, again!) 

The restaurant manager, Tina, had us set up in a roof top ‘lounge’ complete with propane heaters, couches and overstuffed chairs.  It even had a fire pit.  Not too bad a spot for us, albeit a bit chilly when the sun went down.  The view of the ocean was stunning! 

Taking on a big group like ours is always difficult.  30+ folks are always in need of something, whether it’s food or drink, so the staff was constantly jumping to keep us all satisfied.  And, I have to be somewhat appreciative of their efforts as this restaurant doesn’t take reservations but did reserve this ‘prime’ spot for us!

A very good turn-out!  Lots of MOGSouth folks attended.  Some we hadn’t seen in quite a while.  We also had a good number of the US Morgan dealers at the Noggin.  We talked mostly about nonsensical stuff, all-the-while trying to eek out some tidbits of information or get some sense of their feelings about the big Geneva announcements and the forthcoming dealer meeting.  I didn’t get any earth shattering nuggets but did sense a feeling of ‘concerned’ optimism.  Other comments about the component cars, future business outlooks, the very different and misunderstood American market, etc., seemed to flow freely. 

Then we had to head back to the hotel.  The drive in the dark was uneventful.  We got the cars home safely and tucked them in.  Prime parking spots right out front next to the hotel portico.  Diamond Members (I think not!).  Then up to bed with an early rise in the morning.  The convoy back to Fernandina Beach was to start at 6:30 AM. Yikes!

The drive from Jacksonville to Amelia Island, along the St Johns River, at the crack of dawn is truely amazing! 

The sun coming up over the horizon, peeking through the swamp grass and the masts of the boats in the marinas is very special.  Getting up early to make the drive, however, is not so special.  This year we had the two Roadsters, ours and the Rae’s, and Harry Gambill’s Aeromax with Rick Fraser’s Aero Eight in our convoy. 

As we have done in past, we all met at a convenient diner, and then convoyed down the road, into the cars and coffee display area, as a single gaggle of Morgans.  Typically, if you don’t come in as a group, the organizers will just park you wherever they have space.  This year was different.  With the Morgan factory folks and the Morgan dealers having a new car display, they wanted the Morgans to park in a specific location on the field, just adjacent to the new car display and tent.

We were directed to our predefined spot which was fine, but it was a bit far away from the coffee and donuts.  I don’t think we could have gotten much further away.  I finally walked back to the coffee tent, got a cup, and started the trek back.  I think I was all but done with my cup by the time I got back.  Oh well, there was probably some overly caffeinated Porsche owner, vibrating right next to the tent.  (Who knows, he may still be there!)

As usual, the Morgans were a big hit.  Lots and lots of interested folks and lots of questions.  We had a very good display with almost all model variants represented.  Roadsters, Plus 8s (early and late), Plus 4s (Larry Erd was there with his freshly restored SuperSports clone, still not totally sorted), a Four Seater, the Aeromax, the Aero 8, M3Ws, and Austin Britton’s early 4/4.  And, when folks asked about availability, we pointed to the new car tent.  It was all good.  

There were also a number of MOGSouth members, or other Morgan owners there without cars or supporting some other marque, who came by to say hello.  Tony McLaughlin of Morganville fame, Jon Scott from Charleston, Charlie and Beth Miller, Stu Mosbey was there with his Porsche(?), Ray Morgan was running around the Ritz, getting ready to show a car on Sunday, and Ian Levitt from Nashville all came by. 

Again, I tried to get some information out of the MMC folks and Morgan dealers.  I spoke to the two factory employees (Mark and Mike?) for a few minutes and I spoke to six Morgan dealers.  Again, I came up empty.  Nothing, nada, zilch . . .

I really wish I could report on some momentous tidbit of information, but I never got any.  And, my attempts to get feedback from the dealers following the afternoon’s big meeting have also failed. 

I suspect the dealers are all confused somewhere, hunkering down under the ‘cone of silence’. . .

Following the show, a dozen of us or so ventured downtown to find a late lunch.  The traffic leaving the Cars and Coffee was nuts, every intersection was backed up, so a short-cut through a neighborhood freed us from our confines.  We found the restaurant but, again, were challenged to find a spot for the car.  Around the block a few times, then a couple guys, car enthusiasts I guess, found me a spot.  It wasn’t optimal but it was a spot.  I had to go the wrong way down a one way street and then back into the spot.  It was a bit chaotic getting in, it was tight and I hit the curb a few times, but I had a parking spot, and an official one at that.  And, it wasn’t all that far from the Restaurant.  Score!!

After lunch, we drove back to the hotel.  Tired and ready for a nap.  We had the hotel booked for another night so no need to hurry home.  We drove back along the St Johns one last time and parked out front once again.  We found dinner in the adjacent sports bar.  Nothing fancy just a salad bar, a ‘pork’ chop and a ‘belly-up gold fish’?  

Breakfast at the hotel Sunday morning was abandoned in hopes of something better.  I think we found it.  Then it was time and we reluctantly headed south down I-95 for home. 

It was a lovely weekend.  Lots of cars, plenty of sunshine, good company and nothing broke!!  Can’t ask for much more!

Cheers, Mark  

03 Mar

2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island (8 & 9 March) – Last Update – as of 3 March 2019

It all starts this Friday, 8 March! Are you Ready?? Amelia Island here we come !!

The MOGSouth Noggin will start Friday evening (8 March) at 5PM and last until we all give up! This year we are going somewhere new. Everyone complained about the parking at the last place so we will try the Salt Life Food Shack, 39 N Fletcher Ave Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Then Saturday morning (9 March), those of us with Morgans (that have been accepted and have been sent windshield stickers) will gather at 0730, in the morning (yes, I know that’s early!), at the Surf Restaurant’s front parking lot, along A1A (3199 S. Fletcher Avenue, Amelia Island, FL.) We know that if we don’t all go into the event together, we will be parked where ever they have a space. We will only wait at the Surf Restaurant for 10 minutes or less, so don’t be late!

This year we will have something special to look forward to!  The Morgan Motor Company (MMC) will be there with 3 – 5 new Morgan cars on display. Since the factory is here for a Dealer Meeting many of the US based Morgan Dealers will also be there!

A few folks are staying off the island at a Hampton Inn, near Jacksonville. There will be a convoy of Morgans leaving the Hampton early (06:30 or so) on Saturday morning to get to the Surf Restaurant by 07:30.

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

Cheers, Mark 

15 Jan

2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island (8 & 9 March) – 2nd Update – as of 15 Jan 2019

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 will be similar to the previous few years. We have our MOGSouth Noggin on Friday (8 March) evening and we will again participate in the Saturday (9 March) Cars and Coffee.

The formal Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Sunday 10 March but has in the past been moved up to Saturday if the weather is challenging.

The MOGSouth Noggin will again be on Friday (8 March), starting at 5PM until going until whenever, at the Salt Life Food Shack, 39 N Fletcher Ave Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Note: this is a different restaurant from last year. Still good food and beer, but better parking. (It is good to change the scenery every now and again.)

Last year we had more than 50 folks from the Morgan community! So you will want to be there.

Then Saturday morning (9 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.) Note: Be advised the Surf Restaurant parking lot will possibly be active, as the Surf is no longer under renovation, so be careful.

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!

As mentioned in the previous mailings about the 2019 ‘Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island’, you have to register for this event to bring your Morgan and you have to be accepted.  I know many of you have already registered your Morgan and received your acceptance. You need not register if you don’t want to bring your car and simply want to spectate.

This year we will have something special to look forward to. The Morgan Motor Company (MMC) will have a number of their senior staff, with 3 – 5 new Morgan cars on display at the MotorXpo area (the first hole of the Golf Club of Amelia Island.) It is believed that a good number of the Morgan Dealers will also be there as well. You don’t want to miss this!

I don’t doubt the folks from the Factory will want to miss our display of Morgans either. So come decked out in your best and fly the Morgan flag proudly!

For those coming from out of town, there are a number of Lodging options. You can stay on Amelia Island, 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 (30-45 min) drive along FL-105 to Amelia Island. Many of us will be staying there. FYI, This is a different hotel than was used last year. We think this is a bit closer. There will be a convoy of Morgans leaving the Hampton early (06:30 or so) on Saturday morning to get to the Surf Restaurant by 07:30.

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

Cheers, Mark

27 Nov

2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party Weekend Schedule

2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party Weekend Schedule

30 Nov – 1 Dec 18

[This is the latest schedule for the St Simons Island Holiday Party at the King and Prince Resort.  Things can and do change so be flexible.

For those of you that haven’t attended a Holiday Party previously a dress code doesn’t really exist. Just wear whatever is comfy, festive and/or Morgan(ish)?  Some come fancy, others . . . not so much.

Don’t forget to bring cash (or Check) for the Trolley ($20 per person) and for the Banquet Dinner ($41 per person).  Oh, and $25 for 2019 MOGSouth Dues. (And, please keep these as all separate payments so we don’t get too mixed up.)   Cheers, Mark]

Friday –  30 November 2018

  • 3PM – Arrival & Check-In at the King & Prince Resort, St Simons Island GA
  • 3PM – MOGSouth ‘Hospitality Suite’ Open – Wesley Cottage
  • 5:30PM – ‘Hospitality Suite’ Closes for Dinner (Hotel Restaurants, Others in the Community)
  • 9PM – 10:30PM, MOGSouth ‘Hospitality Suite’ Open – Wesley Cottage

Saturday –  1 December 2018

  • Breakfast on your own (Hotel Restaurants, Others in the Community)
  • 10AM – First Trolley Departs Resort Front Door (10AM 1 Dec Trolley Listing)
  • 12PM – Second Trolley Departs Resort Front Door (12PM 1 Dec Trolley Listing)
  • 1PM – MOGSouth ‘Hospitality Suite’ Open – Wesley Cottage
  • 5:30PM – ‘Hospitality Suite’ Closes for Holiday Dinner
  • 6:30PM – 7:30PM, Cash Bar – Solarium
  • 7PM – 8:30PM, MOGSouth Holiday Party – Solarium
    • Mother Courage Award Presentation
  • 9PM – 10:30PM, MOGSouth ‘Hospitality Suite’ Open – Wesley Cottage

Sunday  –  2 December 2018

  • Breakfast on your own (Hotel Restaurants, Others in the Community)
  • Travel Home – Happy Holidays and Stay Safe !!
19 Oct

2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party – Updates (as of 19 October 2018)

Folks, just a quick update to remind folks to make reservations for the MOGSouth Holiday Party,  1 December 2018.  (FYI, Most folks have indicated that they will arrive on Friday, 30 November.)

The 2018 Holiday Party will be held at the St Simon’s Island King & Prince Resort (www.kingandprince.com) on Sat 1 Dec 2018. 

Unfortunately, the reserved MOGSouth block of rooms with the discounted rates are now all gone.  I understand that there are still rooms available at the King and Prince Resort, but not at the reduced rate.

Send Mark an email (series1@cfl.rr.com) as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.   Please let Mark know if you are staying in the King and Prince Hotel and will be attending the Holiday Banquet.

We will collect the money for the banquet at the door.  It will be 41$  per person.  Please bring cash or personal check to pay.  We cannot take credit cards.

Note MOGSouth will be subsidizing the banquet prices over and above the 41$.  We will also have a full bar available before and during the banquet.  This will be in addition to the traditional MOGSouth Hospitality Suite (The Wesley Cottage) which will be open at selective times throughout the weekend.   Wow!! Your dues $$ at work! 

FYI, the planned Trolley ride for Saturday morning (1 Dec) has been fully booked . . . twice (they added a second tour just for us).   Seats on the trolley may become available, but only if folks cancel.

Regardless, it will be a great time to come together as a group and rekindle old friendships and make new ones.  I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone in December.

Cheers,
Mark

18 Sep

2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island – Update – Acceptance Emails Are Being Received

As mentioned in the first emailing about the 2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island, you have to register for this event and you have to be accepted.  (They have limited space and regulate the number of cars they get.)

FYI, I registered (via email on 9/5/18) and received my acceptance via email today (9/18/2018) coming from Jennifer Grosse.     So they aren’t overly slow in communicating.

Background Information   

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a week long event, held annually at Amelia Island, GA.  The main weekend of the event is 8 – 10 March.    As there are many MOGSouth members that attend, MOGSouth has a Noggin’ on Friday night, and participates in the Cars and Coffee Event on Saturday.   Then many go to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

The 2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island is on Saturday, 9 March 2019, the day before the big Amelia Island concours d’elegance.   It starts early Saturday morning and goes into the afternoon.   The part of the golf course used for the Cars and Coffee is the some of the same area used for the Concours on Sunday, so they have to get the cars off the field early enough to set up for Sunday.

MOGSouth Participation Information   

MOGSouth will provide you with three pieces of information as soon as they are available.

(1) Noggin Location:  MOGSouth with have a Noggin’ somewhere in the vicinity, on Friday, 8 March 2019, starting around 5PM.  The location for the Friday evening Noggin will be communicated as soon as it known.   In the past we have had nearly 50 folks attend, so this is an event not to be missed.

(2) Rendezvous Location: MOGSouth will identify a rendezvous point in area, near the cars and coffee location, where all the Morgans can meet up and go into the cars and coffee together.  If we don’t go in together, we will not be parked together.  Exact timing has varied over the last few years.

(3) Hotel Information:   There will be a hotel identified vicinity of the Jacksonville Airport for those coming from out of town.  This hotel is not mandatory and there are hotels on Amelia Island or in Fernandina Beach, however they are costly and book up very quickly.  If you want to try one of them, make reservations now.

Registration Information   

If you haven’t already registered, it is best to do it quickly.  Last year several of our Morgan friends were turned away as they didn’t register in time.   If the timing is still up in the air, register anyway.  You can always cancel later.   Click here for the registration form.   Cars_and_Coffee_Application_2019

Note: New for this year they are charging a fee.  If you don’t wish to pay this fee, you will not get accepted.  You can pay via credit card and email this information with the completed registration form to carsandcoffee@ameliaconcours.org.  Alternatively, you can post the form in the US Mail.  The mailing address is on the form.

Finally, don’t forget to send me an email so I know you are coming.   I want to be sure we have sufficient room at the Noggin.

Cheers,
Mark

11 Aug

Final Details – 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet, Augusta GA, 14 – 16 Sep.

FIRST THINGS FIRST Dorothy Needs to Know the following information for the Hotel, the Restaurant, the Hospitality Suite, etc.  

Please send her an email to moore_dorothy@bellsouth.net or call 678-513-2931, (c) 404-678-4236.  DO THIS NOW !!!

NAME:______________________________________________________

__(Check Mark for Yes) Staying at The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904 – 706-737-8888

__(Check Mark for Yes) No hotel needed, NOT staying at the Partridge INN, but attending the Fall Meet

__(Check Mark for Yes)Bringing a Morgan

(If Yes) Year ________Model__________Color____________

__ Number of People for Dinner Saturday evening at The Cucina 503

 

 

DETAILED FALL MEET ITINERARY

Friday September 14, 2018

Hotel Arrival – The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904

  • Registration/Check-In 3 PM
  • Parking – Lower Level of Parking Garage

Hospitality Room – The Cigar Bar – First Floor of Hotel (opens at 3:00 pm) No smoking allowed!!!

Dinner Options – (FYI, if not driving, book the Hotel shuttle)

  • Partridge Inn Bar and Grille with live local Jazz (second floor)
  • Raes Coastal Café (Mark Braunstein recommends)
  • Finch and Fifth Charcuterie
  • Ephesus Restaurant (Mediterranean)
  • Whiskey Bar Kitchen (Japanese and Burgers)

Evening Activities in Augusta                     

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open until 10 PM
  • Hotel’s Roof Top Lounge open until 10 PM

 

Saturday September 15, 2018

Breakfast – 6-10 AM, included with your Partridge Inn Room (or $12.99 if not a guest)

9:15 AM‘Group Photo’ on stairs at Inn Front Patio

9:30 AMDepart for Washington, GA

  • Travel over the bridge at Clark Hill Lake
  • Travel through Lincolnton, GA
  • Rest Stop in Lincolnton (if needed)

11:15 Lunch Options

  • The Hot Box Food Truck 20R West Robert Toombs Ave open 11-9 Washington, GA..alfresco dining deck  706-678-4269 please park your Morgans together for photos, Restrooms available
  • The Square Café 22 W Square 706-678-5908 open 11-3
  • The Jockey Club 10 W  Public Square 706-678-1672 open 10-2
  • Cade’s Home Cooking 9 E Square 706-678-5586

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Jones Auto Museum, 312 Thompson Hwy 25 Cars in Mr. J. Jones private museum and 50 more cars in his 2 other buildings, approx. 4 miles outside of Washington.  Mr. Jones is opening his museum just for our group free of charge.  He will leave the gate open to the gravel road up to his car barn.  Collection began in 2005, restored Fords, Chevy 409, 55 Chevy Convertible, 70 Chevelle, 69 Chrysler Hemi, etc.  Photos allowed, but requests they not be “splashed” all over the internet.

12:00 PM until whenever – if not going to Auto Museum

  • Stay and see Historic Washington’s museums or just drive and/or walk the town
  • History Was Made Here! Three Beautifully restored house museums and library along with the Revolutionary Battlefield at Kettle Creek share the tales of this small city with a big history, one filled with legendary feats, prominent families, and innovative discoveries.
    • Though Washington is proud of their history, their present has just as much to offer. Historic downtown Washington is filled with businesses offering a variety of unique shopping, delicious food, and convenient service options.
    • Washington was briefly the State Capital of GA and is the place where the Confederacy voted to dissolve itself.
    • Highlights – The Washington Historical Museum open 10 – 5 PM, The Robert Toombs House open 10-5 PM, The Callaway Plantation open 10-5 PM, The Fitzpatrick Hotel
    • Washington Plantation B & B, Campbell – Jordan House, Bolton – Green Plantation and the Water Street Homes

Afternoon in Augusta

  • Canal Boat Tours
  • The RiverWalk along the Savannah River
  • The Augusta Commons
  • Broad Street Park
  • SouthStar Trolley Tours

Evening Activities

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open at 3:00 PM
  • 6:30 PM – Dinner at Cucina 503, 502 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite 503, 762-994-0142, private dining room, full menu, separate checks, if not driving please book the shuttle in advance
    • 18 minutes from the Inn; 7.43 miles

Evening Activities in Augusta (after dinner)

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open until 10 PM
  • Hotel’s Roof Top Lounge open until 10 PM

 

Sunday September 16, 2018

  • Breakfast from 6 am – 10am included with room, $12.99 if not a guest at the Inn
  • Fall Meet adjourned, check out time is 11:00 am
  • Stay and see Augusta’s Broad Street downtown and maybe ride the Canal Boats or walk the Riverwalk

Looking forward to seeing you all at The Partridge Inn!!

Glenn and Dorothy Moore 

20 Jul

More Updates – 2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party (updates as of 20 Jul 2018)

The 2018 Holiday Party will be held at the St Simons Island King & Prince Resort, on Sat 1 Dec 2018. 

It looks like this event will be a good one!  Responses so far have been amazing and we haven’t even had our Fall Meet this year! 

Most folks have indicated that they will arrive on Friday, 30 November.

There is a Trolley Tour scheduled for Saturday morning that gives you great views and lots of historic insight into St Simons Island.

The Trolley Tour is $20 per person.  This Tour has received numerous accolades, year after year.

Mark Braunstein has the list of who has already signed up to go on the Tour, and we have already filled one Trolley.  A second Trolley Tour has being arranged.  Space on the Trolley is limited so don’t miss out.

Send Mark an email (series1@cfl.rr.com) as soon as possible, if you want to go on the Tour.  If we fill a second Trolley, it will be the last.   Also, let Mark know if you are staying in the King and Prince Hotel and will be attending the Holiday Banquet.

We will collect the money as we get on the Trolley Bus.  Please bring cash or personal check to pay.  We cannot take credit cards.

13 Jul

Updates – 2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party – Now on St Simons Island GA – 1 Dec 2018

The 2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party details have finally come together.

The 2018 Holiday Party will be held at the St Simons Island King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, on Saturday 1 Dec 2018. 

[Note:  We were trying to have the Holiday Party on Jekyll Island but there seems to be no availability.  A large insurance corporation is having their annual conference there and has the entire island booked.   As it turns out,  St Simons is actually better!  More to see and do!   Mark]

Although the Holiday Banquet is on Saturday evening, 1 December,  for even more fun, it is recommended you arrive on Friday 30 November.  There is a trolley tour scheduled for Saturday morning that gives you great views and lots of historic insight into St Simons Island.  This is not something you will want to miss.  The Trolley Tour is $20 per person.   FYI, this Trolley Bus has received numerous accolades, year after year.  We will collect the money as we get on the Trolley Bus.  Please bring cash or personal check to pay.  We cannot take credit cards.

Be advised, the trolley may not be able to handle our entire group in one trip, so if interested, you have to send an email to Mark Braunstein so he can put you on the trolley list.  First come, first served.   If you want to go with friends, make sure you let us know.

We have commited to fill at least one trolley bus which is scheduled to go out at 10:00 AM (hotel’s front door) and should we fill a second trolley bus, the second group will go out at 12:00 PM.  Who knows, things could change but this is the plan.  We will let you know if something changes.

The trolley isn’t the only thing to do on St Simons Island.   Among other things, there are museums, a lighthouse and the lovely Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.  Go to the St Simons Island Website to see all there is to do.

The weather in St Simons Island, during our visit, should be superb.  The temperature is moderate (High/Low °F) – 70°/ 53° and, on average, it’s the period of the lowest rain fall all year.  Anything can happen, but it’s well worth the risk.  Bring your Morgan!

Holiday Party Hotel Details: The full name of the hotel is The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. It ls located at 201 Arnold Rd., St Simons Island, GA 31522, 800-342-0212, www.kingand prince.com

Call to make reservations.   We have negotiated a group rate at the hotel so be sure to mention Morgan Car Club and/or MOGSOUTH when making your reservations.   You will have to call and reserve and pay for your rooms individually.   These room rates are as follows.

Standard Rooms at $139, Partial Ocean View at $154 and Ocean Front Rooms at $169, plus taxes and fees.   It is recommended that you use whatever discounts, AARP, Military, etc., you have.    The view of the ocean is superb!!

If you are coming to St Simons for the Holiday Party please send an email to Mark Braunstein so he can keep a total for the hotel.  The Hotel needs to know how many folks are coming so that they can order sufficient food.  That, and MOGSouth will have to pay for meals that aren’t eaten so please let Mark Braunstein know if you are coming or must cancel. 

The Holiday Banquet will be a buffet dinner, and will include a choice of Chef’s Garden Salad, a Holiday Waldorf Salad, Roasted Turkey, or Sunset Farms Queen of Dixie Smoked Ham.  The banquet is $41 per person plus tax.  Again, we will collect money at the door to the Banquet.  Please bring cash or personal check to pay.  We cannot take credit cards.

  • Side dishes include Buttery Whipped Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Spouts in Pecan butter, and Green Bean Casserole.
  • Dinner Roles and Desserts (Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Red Velvet Cake) will be offered as well.  Of course there will be Coffee and Tea available.
  • A Cash Bar will also be available prior to and during the Holiday Banquet.

In keeping with tradition there will be a MOGSouth Hospitality Room open at appropriate times during the weekend.  Tentatively it will be in the Wesley Cottage, but do check with the Hotel’s front desk when you check in to verify.

[Be advised that MOGSouth is subsidizing this event.  (In case you wondered where your dues went!) There may be cheaper budget hotels down the street that look appealing, however, if we don’t reach our targeted attendance at this hotel, we will have additional fees to pay and everyone else’s costs will go up.  Please don’t do it!   Mark]

Looking forward to seeing everyone!!!   Chuck and Karen Bernath

11 Jul

Updates – 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet, Augusta GA, 14-16 Sep.

The MOGSouth Fall Meet will be in Augusta, GA Sep 14 – 16

The Meet Host Hotel is The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904  (Tel. 706-737-8888)

The Partridge Inn is an historic southern style and quaint hotel, but now in the hands of Hilton and is efficient, clean and well-managed.  It has a roof-top bar that overlooks the city and balcony rooms that overlook the beautiful pool and lounging area.

We have negotiated superb Group rates for the rooms. This rate includes breakfast for either a single person or a couple in the room.

Standard Rooms are $139.00 per night, Suites are $149.00 and rooms with Balconies at $159.00.

Guests need to call the Partridge Inn directly (706-737-8888) for their reservations using the MOGSouth group name

These rooms will be held for MOGSouth until August 15 . . . so please make your reservations now to be guaranteed these great rates!

The Partridge Inn has also reserved secured, covered parking at no extra charge for our Morgans.

The Hospitality Room will be in the Partrirdge Inn’s  ‘Cigar Bar’ (not to worry it will be non smoking!) on the first floor.  It will be open to MOGSouth only, on both Friday and Saturday, 14/15 Sep from 2:30 PM until 10 PM.

In addition to the Partridge Inn’s own restaurant, there are a number of restaurants nearby.

  • Raes Coastal Café, 3208W. Wimbledon Dr. Augusta GA 30909 – 706-738-1313 (4 Miles)
  • Finch and Fifth, 379 Highland Ave., Augusta GA – 706-364-5300 (2 Miles)
  • Ephesus Restaurant, Mediterranean / Turkish, 3102 Washington Rd., Augusta GA  – 762-994-0180 (5 miles)
  • Whiskey Bar Kitchen, Japanese / Burgers, 1048 Broad St., Augusta GA 30901 – 706-814-6159 (3 miles)

We will have a group dinner at 6:30PM on Saturday evening at  Cucina 503, 502 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite 503, Augusta GA 30309 – 762-994-0142 (7.5 miles)

The Partridge Inn Shuttle is also available at no charge for those not wanting to drive out in the evening.  (You must go to the front desk and reserve a spot on the shuttle.)

If you are curious, go to the Hotel’s  website  The Partridge Inn and check out the photos of the Partridge Inn.

Come and luxuriate for a great weekend get together in Augusta!!!

Dorothy and Glenn Moore