Come out for our monthly general membership and board meeting, held on the second Wednesday of the month at On Parade Diner in Woodbury, NY.
We’ve been given our own area within the diner, the food is excellent, and in addition to eating, socializing and car talk, you can make your voice heard on the direction of the club.
This dinner meeting starts at 7PM and those members taking the LIRR can be picked up from the train station in Syosset if they let us know in advance what train they will be arriving on.
See you there!
On Parade Diner
7980 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797
Empire Region will have our annual Holiday Party at the Davenport Press. We will continue to have our own room upstairs with a private cash bar (soda is provided at no cost at the bar) followed by a sit down dinner. As we have done in the past the Empire Region will cover tax and gratuity cost for each member and associate member.
When: Saturday December 3rd
Time: 6:30pm Cocktails and appetizer’s a t the upstairs Cash Bar followed by a sit down dinner.
Cost: Empire Region will once again subsidize this event providing a reduced cost to 2016 Paid Members and Associates at $55.00 each (cash only) Non-Members are welcome to join us at the full rate of $65.00 each (cash only). Any Non-Member who&n bsp;joins at the Holiday Party will get the discounted rate of $55.00. All you need to do is fill out an application and bring a check or cash for your 2017 membership dues (applications will be available). Or you can sign up on line and bring your confirmation/receipt with you (no discounts can be provided without a receipt).
Where: Davenport Press 70 Main Street, Mineola NY 11501. The restaurant is a short walk east of the Mineola Long Island Rail Road Station (one block east of the station on the south side of tracks). Set in a historic building is this fine continental restaurant. Built in 1862 as a bank, it later became a printing company, and finally, in 1976, a restaurant. It still possesses all the charm and character of its past.
We will have a 50/50 raffle too!!
We need an accurate headcount for the restaurant so please RSVP to David at LCCBaron@aol.com before December 1st.
6:30 – 7:30: Cash Bar, pass around Hors D’oeuvres
First course: Baby Shrimp in garlic sauce, crispy calamari or Rigatoni a la vodka.
Second course: Caesar or tossed salad
Third course: Sirloin Steak, Chicken Francaise/Marsala, Broiled Salmon, Shrimp Scampi. All served with vegetables & roasted potatoes.
Fourth Course: dessert, coffee or tea.
See you at the Holiday Party
George, Peter, John, and David
Spectacular weather and gorgeous peak Fall colors were the hallmarks for Empire’s 2016 Fall Foliage event. This year the venue was moved to the Hunter Inn at scenic Hunter Mountain in the Catskill’s Greene County. On Friday afternoon, I met up with Patrick and his vintage Charger in the Bronx at a Citgo/DD stop on the Hutch. It was a lovely drive upstate for our mini-caravan. The leafy red carpet extending up the hillsides really glowed in that warm autumn sunlight!
I knew this would be my last shot this year at either top down or tops off motoring. The Firebird T/A convertible and I both enjoyed the open air- including on the trip home.
We had good member participation and our weekend kicked off at the Friday night pizza party. Inspecting everyone’s cool rides always goes with that. David K’s impressive 1968 Pontiac Executive “woodie” wagon was a fresh sight. George debuted another new baby, a 1970 Ford LTD sedan in amazing original condition. It was great that our NJ members drove up and some of the Nutmeg fellas stayed over too – adding to the fun. There were various options for spending Saturday.
After the breakfast, a bunch of us headed out to the beautiful Hunter Mt. ski resort. Fortunately, nobody fell off as we rode the lift to the top – what a view! Our hike descending down the mountain was going well until my thigh muscles gave up. Alas, I was saved with a little help from my friends. Those repeated immobilized ‘face down’ periods post assorted eye surgeries are now being compensated for with more exercise.
Next on the Saturday agenda was a fabulous feast graciously hosted by David and Michael. Their lovely historic country home actually dates 1781. You would never know that the tranquil meadow and stream in back was the scene of terrible damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The destruction of a number of their vintage cars was traumatic and debris was deposited everywhere. David and Mike also now had a new baby, a 1970 Cadillac Deville 4 door hardtop – another newbie in remarkable original condition. Thanks again guys!
The Saturday night dinner was festive (we are Gay after all!) and the food at the Hunter Inn was excellent. Sunday morning looked perfect for the Mills mansion car show. A hose was available for pre-show fluffing. George led us all on a beautiful curving back road tour to the Staatsburg “Gathering of the Cars”. I loved that. Sam did his usual excellent job with the club’s show arrangements. We therefore have the best perch over looking the Hudson. Our Nutmeg buddies turned out in force to again make us the biggest club presence. A stunning newly restored 1959 Ford Ranchero came with them. Steve T.’s knockout 1964 Bonneville really should be mine! Lots of pretty cars decorated the mansion grounds as always and without snow this time. Of course, the best part of this event is always the reconnecting with good friends.
Thanks to George and our Board for all their efforts in planning our event!!