06 Dec

2021 MOGSouth Holiday Party Report From the Field (Peachtree City, GA – 4 December 2021)

The event hotel was the Crowne Plaza in Peachtree City, GA (201 Aberdeen Pkwy, Peachtree City, GA 30269.)  This facility is a bit different than a typical hotel in that is partially a Conference Center.  It has several buildings spread out over a large expanse of mainly trees. Some of the buildings are for the conference center’s meetings and conferences, and others that are just hotel rooms. Lots of winding roads through the trees and around small lakes.  Quite picturesque!!   We had a block of rooms set aside for MOGSouth and the hotel originally had us all over the place.  They soon got the message and located all the MOGSouth folks in one building, the Lakeside building, the same building with the MOGSouth Hospitality Suite!

The Hospitality Suite was the ‘Sutherland Suite’ on Friday afternoon/evening; then the event’s Hospitality Suite relocated to Falcon field and the Commemorative Air Force’s hangar on Saturday.    (The hangar was the site of our catered dinner and where we spent Saturday afternoon and evening.) The ‘Hospitality Suite’ is a bit of MOGSouth tradition, a gathering place that allowed attending folks to meet and greet club friends.

On Saturday we had a Police escort scheduled for our short drive to Falcon field.  Well, just as we were about to leave the Crowne Plaza at 1PM, the Officer assigned to escort us, got an urgent call and had to attend to more important police duties.   Barbara and Vince Curasi, residents of Peachtree City, GA (and Mark’s sister and BIL) then took over convoy escort duties and led the convoy to Falcon field.  We had 8 Morgans (Plus 4s, Plus 8s, Roadsters, and even an Aero 8).  A very good turn out for a Holiday Party!! The airplane folks in the Commemorative Air Force were just as interested in the cars and we were interested in the war birds.  I guess cars and aircraft go together? 

Plus 4 with P-51 Mustang

We started the afternoon at the hangar, with many of the aircraft out in the sun, on the tarmac, outside the hangar.  The weather was very nice and they had the P-51 Mustang arranged for us to use as a backdrop for photographs with the Morgans.  Those with Morgans each got an opportunity to take a few pictures of their car with the Mustang.  Very cool!   Then all the cars were lined up for a group shot. 

All the Morgans with the P-51 Mustang

People spent the afternoon looking at the Commemorative Air Force’s war birds and additional aircraft they in the shop being restored.  A number of folks, three perhaps four, took rides in one of the antique aircraft that had previously been previously restored.  Everyone came back with a wide grin and stories for future times.  

Aircraft Rides

Many also used the afternoon hours to peruse the items that had been donated to the club for our annual ‘Silent Auction’.  There were many wonderous items and some very generous bids.  Thank you!!  The proceeds from the Silent Auction will be used to keep the club solvent and able to provide the ‘Hospitality Suite’ at future events and, in some cases, subsidize some of the Club’s future activities.   

In fact, this year, the Holiday Party buffet was subsidized by the club.   The members in attendance paid a portion of the overall cost, with MOGSouth covering the rest!!  Those that participate in our events reap the benefits and those that choose not to participate, well . . .

This year, the Holiday buffet was a catered affair and I believe everyone enjoyed it.  Well, I didn’t hear any complaints!!  The food was tasty, with a reasonable selection.  Even the Gluten Free folks were satisfied. 

The MOGSouth remarks were kept to a minimum; however, as is the norm, we did present the annual Mother Courage Award.  This year the awardees were unanimously selected by the three prior year’s (2019, 2018 and 2017) awardees from a slate of candidates nominated by the club at large.   This year’s (2021) awardees were Chuck and Karen Bernath.

Karen and Chuck Bernath – 2021 Mother Courage Award Recipients

Finally, after the dessert and coffee, folks retreated to the Hotel’s bar for a night cap.  We put 2021 to bed with a pretty good Holiday Party!  While 2021 was still somewhat of a challenge with the COVID issues across the world, we anticipate a great 2022!  Hopefully we will see new four-wheeled Morgans on the American shores with the new Plus 4 and Plus 6.  There is an even better chance that the new Morgan Three-wheeler will be here, as well.   More cars, more members and new places to explore!  See you there!!!

Cheers,
Mark  

10 Nov

MOGSouth Holiday Party, Saturday, December 4th – Action Required 

Hi everyone – if you plan on attending the Holiday Party on Saturday, December 4th I need you to do 2 things. 

  1. Click on this link to RSVP for the party: https://forms.gle/EXmofXh4EfjcbAcx6
  2. Send a check made out to MOG South to the address below. It is $25 a person. If you want you can include your yearly dues of $25 a family with this check. 

zMail To: Stacey Schepens2426 Monta Vista WayHoschton, GA 30548

Information about the Holiday Party can be found at: http://www.mogsouth.com/category/mogsouth-miscellaneous/mogsouth-event-details/2021-mogsouth-holiday-party-peachtree-city-ga-4-dec/

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!

Also if you did not receive this information in an email (perhaps someone gave you a copy?) please check your SPAM email folder for Stacey Schepens piesaresquar@comcast.net.  We are chasing errant email messages!

THANK YOU!

Stacey 

23 Jun

2021 MOGSouth Holiday Party – Peachtree City, GA – 4, Dec

Friday (3 December) or Saturday (4 December) could be travel days, depending on where you are!!  I would think that folks traveling a long(ish) distance to Peachtree City will want to arrive early, like on Friday afternoon / evening, and get there in time to relax and wind down.  Folks coming from Atlanta or other locations a bit closer to Peachtree City will probably want to travel early on Saturday but be advised the party starts a bit earlier this year!

The meet hotel is the Crowne Plaza in Peachtree City, GA  (201 Aberdeen Pkwy, Peachtree City, GA 30269.)  This is our base of operation.  We have negotiated a reduced rate for the MOGSouth membership, but you need to call ASAP to make your reservations.  Use GROUP NAME: MOGSouth Car Club and GROUP CODE:  NH9 to identify the group.  The cutoff date for booking rooms Nov 3, 2021. 

Use this link MOGSouth Car Club Room Block to make reservations or call the hotel at IHG Reservations at 1-877-227-6963.  Be sure to use the Group Name and Group Code. 

The Hospitality Suite is at the Sutherland Suite on Friday afternoon/evening (this is a one day only location.)  The Hospitality Suite goes mobile and moves to Falcon field on Saturday afternoon!!  

On Saturday morning folks can either take advantage of the hotel’s breakfast or try one of the other restaurants in Peachtree City.  The cost of the hotel breakfast isn’t included in the hotel room rate, but you can buy a discounted breakfast voucher when you check in.   The breakfast is a full buffet, an omelet station as well as other continental breakfast items.   I have tried it, the selection is quite good and the food is tasty enough!  

Basically, if you arrived on Friday, Saturday morning is available for you to relax, sleep late, attend to some imperative Morgan maintenance issues, get gas in the car or visit the various shops, boutiques and neighborhoods of Peachtree City, GA.  It is an interesting place, to be sure!!   If you are in Peachtree City already, Saturday lunch is on your own.  

For those traveling in on Saturday (4 December), just be sure to be at the Crowne Plaza by 1pm. 

Right after lunch on Saturday, at 1pm, we will form up in a convoy in front of the hotel’s registration building and then move to Commemorative Air Force’s hanger at Falcon Field (Falcon Field is the Peachtree City, GA municipal airport.)  This is a short drive, some 5 miles or less.   

Once at the Commemorative Air Force’s hanger we will get situated and folks can take in the Commemorative Air Force’s numerous war birds, peruse the interesting items in the small museum or visit the maintenance shops to see what is currently in work.  There will be folks from the Commemorative Air Force there to answer any questions you might have.   There may be a photo opportunity with the Morgans and the Commemorative Air Force’s aircraft (war birds) depending on the weather, availability of aircraft, etc.   

Then around 4pm we will re-open the MOGSouth Hospitality Suite and folks can enjoy a glass of wine, beer or whatever, etc.

The Holiday Party banquet is a fully catered event and the caterers will be setting up the dinner buffet as we mill around the hangar.   Also during this time the caterers will be passing out hors d’oeuvres (chicken skewers, fried green tomatoes, and seared crab cakes) to whet your appetite before dinner!

Dinner will include all the good stuff . . . Grilled Chicken Romano, Prime Rib with Rosemary Cabernet Jus & Horseradish Cream, Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Molasses Glaze, Grilled Asparagus with Honey Vinaigrette with just about everything Gluten Free.  Beverages will be available, e.g., iced tea, water, etc., (in addition to those you might have gotten from our mobile Hospitality Suite!)

Dinner is scheduled for 5PM with coffee and dessert included.  The dinner will only cost you $25 per person this year.  MOGSouth has once again subsidized the cost of the dinner so you should feel good about your membership in such a wonderful and generous club as MOGSouth!  

And yes, we will have a few MOGSouth club remarks (yes, I know!  Keep it short!)  as well as, the Mother Courage Award presentation. 

The dinner should end around 7 and we will all gather back up and convoy back to the hotel.  Again, there is no separate room for the Hospitality Suite at the hotel, on Saturday, so those interested in continuing to visit will need to gather in the Hotel’s bar.   Sunday is check out day and the time to travel home.