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Oct
3
Thu
6:30 pm October Dinner Meeting @ TBA
October Dinner Meeting @ TBA
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This is the monthly dinner meeting of the premier Miata Club in the CSRA. Come out and have some eats with fellow Miata owners. Either before, during or after we will have a short business[...]
Nov
1
Fri
8:00 am Tail of the Dragon Weekend @ The Gap
Tail of the Dragon Weekend @ The Gap
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am – Nov 3 @ 8:00 am
The “event” hotel is the Quality Inn & Suites in Robbinsville, NC. The rooms are small and it is kind of pricey for what you get, but it is luxurious compared some of the other[...]

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April Miatas For Breakfast

Where: Sunrise Grill at 3830 Washington Road in Martinez GA, 30907.

David Winkler has agreed to host the April Miatas for Breakfast at the Sunrise Grill. Most of us have been to the North Augusta location, and we have every expectation that this will meet or exceed the culinary excellence of the South Carolina venue. Good food, good company, liberty and prosperity … what more do we need?

Event Coordinator: David Winkler

March Miatas for Breakfast

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Where: Hard Hat Cafe at 245 Ascauga Lake Road in Graniteville, SC, 29829. map

Breakfast, what more can I say. The owner says they have a buffet and he’s quite proud of it. All the classics: Eggs, bacon, biscuits, grits. Gas pumps out front, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a gas station. Construction-site decor.

Event Coordinator: J & J Nicholls 803-278-6724

Breakfast Etiquette: Order Breakfast, Sit Where We Fit, Tip your Waitstaff, Defer to “Regulars.”

10 Years Ago This Month

Wild Turkey

Date: March 27, 1999
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: South Carolina Welcome Center
Members Present: Shawn Arrowood, Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Karen Breitinger, Kurt Breitinger, Jim Creer, Judy Creer, Hilda Delionbach, Leroy Delionbach, Jill Dobson, Clara Garin, Wes Garin, Jean Schwalbert, Russ Schwalbert, Cindy Timmerman, Stacey Timmerman, Brian Wynne.

Rally Master Stacey led the group on a zig-zaggy route through Aiken and Edgefield counties before piloting us through Edgefield’s downtown square on our way to the National Wild Turkey Federation Museum. You should have seen the looks on some faces as nine flashy little sports cars cruised town. It must have been the quantity, Miatas aren’t totally alien in town, because as we left the square there was a red ‘99 parked on the street.

The National Wild Turkey Federation Museum is not normally open on Saturdays, but they were kind enough to open the doors just for us. The NWTF is along the same lines as Ducks Unlimited, their goal is the preservation and proliferation of this unique American bird. Special thanks to Joel Petersen for taking time out of his weekend to give us the grand tour. While he was explaining about the 5 sub-species of turkeys, Joel must have noticed some glazing of eyes, because he asked if anyone was a NWTF member, no one was. He then asked if anyone was a hunter, no one was. The closest we got was one of our members was also a NRA member. Of course had we taken Joel outside I’m sure we could have gotten the same response in him as one of us described the differences between a ’92, a ’95 and a ’99 Miata. The museum is still a work in progress. It only opened last year, but what is finished, is great. Even seeing the unfinished part was kind of like getting a behind the scenes look at museum making, as they were finishing up more dioramas for two other sub-species of turkey.

Afterwards, we made our way through town and ended our rally at Magnolia Dale. Here Brenda Jones of the Home of the Edgefield County Historical Society provided us a grand tour of the 160+ year-old house. While we poked around the antebellum home Stacey and Cindy Timmerman went over to the Pool Hall on the square to pick up our lunch. In a scene reminiscent of “Gone with the Wind” our group gathered around the table in the main dining room and feasted on chilidogs, fries and pop.

Pleasant drive, we learned something, we ate. Nicely done rally Stacey & Cindy.

March Miatas For Breakfast

Where: Hard Hat Cafe at 245 Ascauga Lake Road in Graniteville, SC, 29829.

Breakfast, what more can I say. The owner says they have a buffet and he’s quite proud of it. All the classics: Eggs, bacon, biscuits, grits. Gas pumps out front, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a gas station. Construction-site decor.

Event Coordinator: J & J Nicholls 803-278-6724

Annual Banquet – Getting There…

Where: General Elliott Inn

(803) 642-8108

Aiken, SC

When: Saturday, February 28, 2009

Time: 6:00 Social 7:00 Dinner

If you are coming from the Edgefield or Augusta area and would like to caravan to the Inn, meet us at the Circle K gas station parking lot at I-20 Exit 1.  We will depart at 5:30 p.m. promptly for the ride to the Inn.

No pre-payment this year is required.  Checks will be per couple/per single as needed.  Club will provide a modest cash rebate.

Directions to the Inn:

From I-20 Exit at Exit 18, which is Hwy. 19. Go the intersection of Hwy 118; it’s about 5 miles, and turn left. Go to the third traffic light after the turn and turn left on Wire Rd.  Go 0.8 of a mile and turn right on New Bridge Rd. It only goes to the right and there is an intersection sign before the turn. The Inn is 3.9 miles on the left: Pink, Green and White house
From US 1 Coming thru Aiken; you will be on Richland Ave US 78.  Turn north on York St. (US 1) and go to the light at Hampton St.  Turn right on Hampton and follow it as it curves to the left and morphs into Camellia.  Stay on Camellia until it crosses Hwy 118 or Rudy Mason Parkway and becomes Wire Rd.  Go 0.8 of a mile and turn right on New Bridge.  It only goes to the right and there is an intersection sign before the turn.  The Inn is 3.9 miles on the left: Pink, Green and White house.
FromGraniteville When you get to University Parkway (Hwy 118), turn left and take it all around the top side of Aiken.  After you cross US 1, go to the second traffic light and turn left on Wire Rd.  Go 0.8 of a mile and turn right on New Bridge.  It only goes to the right and there is an intersection sign before the turn.  The Inn is 3.9 miles on the left: Pink, Green and White house

Event Coordinator:  Dave Schumacher