26 Mar

GatorMOG’s 2018 Spring Noggin in the Villages

The Villages . . . who’d have thought!  Isn’t it just a bunch of golf courses and golf carts?  That’s what I had in my head . . . and I was quite surprised.

The Noggin attendees came from all over central Florida. Roadsters, Plus 8s, an Aero 8 and even a Plus 4.  Some even brought friends (Brian and Thery King).

After a quick meeting at a convenient recreation center we drove over to the Rose Plantation for lunch.

The Rose Plantation is a beautiful restaurant in a historic mansion, located right on a picturesque lake.  A wonderful meal in a lovely setting.  A great start to the weekend!

 

We then proceeded to the Villages Equestrian Center and the Polo Field.  It is Polo season and the crowds were there.  We parked adjacent to the field and had a perfect tailgating spot just across the street, right next to the playing field.  You could feel the ground shake as the horses galloped by.   Thanks Allan.   And, we did participate in the half-time ritual of stomping the divots.   So we got a little exercise as well.

The ladies provided us with a colorful array of fashion (it showed we had class?)   ‘Special’ hats were de rigueur and the imaginative and personally created hat of Christine Bycroft was deemed the best of the lot.

We also had a few small tables with plates of nibbles and a few bottles of wine.  (Not that the beer (golf) cart wasn’t patronized.)  The weather was exquisite . . . warm, dry and not a cloud in the sky.  We know the Florida summer is coming but it wasn’t here just yet. Glorious!!   And, as is to be expected, the cars attracted a number of photographers and we did answer quite a few questions.    A lovely way to enjoy an afternoon in the spring.

Then it was off to the Country Club for dinner.  Another stunning facility set in another picturesque spot.  Lots of lakes, grass, flowers, and impeccable views.

After a day of running around the Villages, I can now see the attraction.  The Villages does attract a good number of folks  . . . at some points, it was actually a bit crowded.  I had one too many close calls with irreverent golf carts and parking at the hot spots in town was mostly impossible.

Driving around the Villages is tricky. The place is large and expansive and there are lots of golf carts.  Florida is known for straight and flat roads (sometimes boring) but the Villages has its own solution . . . roundabouts.  And, they are everywhere.  In hindsight, they keep the traffic moving and proved much better than stop lights.

After dinner we walked into the local ‘town’ center to partake of the evening’s live concert for dancing and drinks  on the square.   More drinking than dancing I think, but none the less, very enjoyable.

Saturday was a day of sites.  We saw the various ‘towns’ already created within the Villages and a new one being created.  Each ‘town’ with its own charm and amenities.  Quite something.   One recreation center we visited was a bit of a homage to the military, called the Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center. It was really a bit of a museum.

The number of houses sold each month and the sheer expanse of the Villages complex with the recreation centers, golf courses, activities, shops and restaurants in each of the ‘towns’ is beyond belief.   Live bands in three locations every night?  Wow!

A great GatorMOG Noggin and a superb way to start the Morgan season in Florida.   A big thanks to Allan and Mary Ann Rae for being our hosts.

(Photos Courtesy of Brian King)

16 Mar

The GatorMOG Spring Noggin at the Villages (23/24 Mar) Is Right Around the Corner!!

The GatorMOG Spring Noggin at the Villages is coming up fast.   See you there!!

Hopefully you have all the logistics worked out, e.g. Pet Sitter, Hotel Reservation, etc.   If not, the Hotel information is below.   (We can’t help you with the Pet Sitter!)   There still may be a few rooms left at the discounted rate.

Holiday Inn Express at 1205 Avenida Central, The Villages FL 32159.Click on the link below to make reservations under the ‘Morgan South’ Group.  The nightly rate of $129.00 (doesn’t include taxes).

Hotel Reservation Link

We are starting the event on Friday, 23 March, so that we can take in the Polo match at the villages.  First we will have lunch and then proceed to the match.   We were going to tailgate at the Polo fields but they are no longer open to us, so we will visit some place special and then go to the field.

Make sure you are appropriately attired for Polo.   The ladies are asked to  wear Silly Stylish Hats.  There is no hope for the men being stylish however . . .

Friday – 23 March 2018

(11:15am) Meet at Rohan Recreation Centre at the south end of the Villages Hwy 44 & Morse Blvd for Coffee, Tea, and Juice.
(12:00am) Depart to ??? for Lunch
(??:??am) Lunch somewhere.  *** Ladies must wear Silly Stylish Hats (This is Polo of Course!) ***
(??:??pm) Depart Polo field to hotel
(??:??pm) Depart for dinner Glenview Golf and Country Club (casual).
– After Dinner Depart Country Club for Hotel. Park Morgans
– Walk to ‘Spanish Springs’ town square for live music and drinks and dancing.
(9:00pm) Depart back to hotel

Saturday – 24 March 2018

(9:30 am) Depart Hotel. Drive through Spanish Springs
(10:00am) Travel to Sumter Landing (Park Morgans. Walking tour (~1 hour).
(11:15am) Lunch Sumter Landing (location TBD).
(12:30pm) Depart for Brownwood Town
– Arrive at Eisenhower Recreation Centre for Tour (~30 Mins)
(2:00pm) Depart Eisenhower Centre to Brownwood Town Square
(2:10pm) Arrive Brownwood. Short Stop (~30 Mins)
– Depart travel to new town – Finney
– Visit New Recreation Centre. Afternoon drinks and short nature walk (coffee).
(5:00pm) Depart home or Hotel (people staying visit town square for music, dancing and dinner.).

27 Feb

GatorMOG Spring Noggin – 23 & 24 Mar, The Villages, Fl (27 Feb – Hotel Info and Updated Schedule)

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express at 1205 Avenida Central, The Villages FL 32159.Click on the link below to make reservations under the ‘Morgan South’ Group.  The nightly rate of $129.00 (doesn’t include taxes).

*** Note the Revised Start Time and Updated Itinerary *** 

The Villages changed the start times for the Polo matches. This changes things a bit so the schedule is being revised.  Good News for us!  We can start later.

Friday – 23 March 2018
(11:15am) Meet at Rohan Recreation Centre at the south end of the Villages Hwy 44 & Morse Blvd for Coffee, Tea, and Juice.
(12:00am) Depart to ??? for Lunch (Polo Field is no longer available for Tail Gating Lunch)
(??:??am) ??
*** Ladies must wear Silly Stylish Hats (This is Polo of Course!) ***
(??:??am) Lunch somewhere
(??:??pm) Depart Polo field to hotel
(??:??pm) Depart for dinner Glenview Golf and Country Club (casual).
– After Dinner Depart Country Club for Hotel. Park Morgans
– Walk to ‘Spanish Springs’ town square for live music and drinks and dancing.
(9:00pm) Depart back to hotel

Saturday – 24 March 2018
(9:30 am) Depart Hotel. Drive through Spanish Springs
(10:00am) Travel to Sumter Landing (Park Morgans. Walking tour (~1 hour).
(11:15am) Lunch Sumter Landing (location TBD).
(12:30pm) Depart for Brownwood Town
– Arrive at Eisenhower Recreation Centre for Tour (~30 Mins)
(2:00pm) Depart Eisenhower Centre to Brownwood Town Square
(2:10pm) Arrive Brownwood. Short Stop (~30 Mins)
– Depart travel to new town – Finney
– Visit New Recreation Centre. Afternoon drinks and short nature walk (coffee).
(5:00pm) Depart home or Hotel (people staying visit town square for music, dancing and dinner.).

24 Feb

GatorMOG Spring Noggin – 23 & 24 March 2018, The Villages, Florida

Tentative Agenda

[This is the best guess at the moment. Things could change, but . . .   This is primarily a GatorMOG activity however anyone is welcome to attend. If any of you Northerners want to thaw out, please come down.  Plan on this event!  It is going to be great fun! Mark]

Friday – 23 March 2018
(Changed) Meet at Rohan Recreation Centre at the south end of the Villages Hwy 44 & Morse Blvd for Coffee, Tea, and Juice.
(Changed) Depart to Polo Field in Convoy
(Changed) Arrive at Polo field, Tail Gate Party for Lunch. *** Bring your own Chairs and Bring Your Own Drinks (Alcoholic or Not) ***
*** Ladies must wear Silly Stylish Hats (This is Polo of Course!) ***
(Changed) Lunch on the field
(4:00pm) Depart Polo field to hotel
(5:30pm) Depart for dinner Glenview Golf and Country Club (casual).
– After Dinner Depart Country Club for Hotel. Park Morgans
– Walk to ‘Spanish Springs’ town square for live music and drinks and dancing.
(9:00pm) Depart back to hotel

Saturday – 24 March 2018
(9:30 am) Depart Hotel. Drive through Spanish Springs
(10:00am) Travel to Sumter Landing (Park Morgans. Walking tour (~1 hour).
(11:15am) Lunch Sumter Landing (location TBD).
(12:30pm) Depart for Brownwood Town
– Arrive at Eisenhower Recreation Centre for Tour (~30 Mins)
(2:00pm) Depart Eisenhower Centre to Brownwood Town Square
(2:10pm) Arrive Brownwood. Short Stop (~30 Mins)
– Depart travel to new town – Finney
– Visit New Recreation Centre. Afternoon drinks and short nature walk (coffee).
(5:00pm) Depart home or Hotel (people staying visit town square for music, dancing and dinner.).