Welcome to the Suwannee River Region AACA

P O Box 7095, Lake City, FL 32056, Phone: 386-365-9643 Email: wilshirav@aol.com.

The Suwannee River Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (www.aaca.org), is a family friendly organization, located in North Florida. We love old cars, good food and enjoy above average comradery with each other. Our members are involved in local, state and national events. Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the El Potro Restaurant on US 90 across the street from the Lake City Mall and start at 7 PM. We cover necessary business, but the meetings are always light, interesting and involve all members and guests. If you have an interest in old cars, please consider joining us. For more information, contact: Ralph Towner, Oil Can Editor at 386-397-4571.

A message from our President:

As I look back on this past month, even with the weather still being so hot, we had some great attendance at several events. The Blueberry Pancake Breakfast in Wellborn brought in 29 of us with many cars. I think this one will become one of every month events. They do a great
job and the food is always so good. Sal’s also had a great turnout of 27 and about 15 cars.
There were no September’s car shows that were close enough for us to travel to. Of course our big event was at the end of the month on Sept 28. “The Progressive Mystery Dinner Tour”.

Over the years I have attended many Progressive dinners and even hosted a few, so planning a progressive dinner for our members required a few changes. Planning the dinner around our club called for a Progressive Dinner Cruise. But then we added a twist, and it became “The Progressive Dinner Mystery Tour”.  Our main desire was giving our members a relaxing day with their cars and plenty of good food. The only thing that everyone knew was where the initial starting point was. Our tour entailed 45-50 miles round trip over the beautiful countryside of the Tri-County area.  Thinking that the weather would be cool by that date (what was I thinking) we did have beautiful blue skies and not a drop of rain. So we were all happy for that.  We all met at 12 noon at Hearthstone Gardens in Wellborn to start our tour. Our first course; non-
alcoholic mimosas served in Champagne glasses and mixed nuts. The Gardens owner, Judee Mundy, guided us around the beautiful gardens and told us of her dream to build this place for the community.

As our tour of the gardens ended, we all gathered for pictures and our drivers briefing as we were handed the sheet for the next leg of the trip. The next stop lead us to Ralph and Marie Towner’s lovely home where all of our appetizers and drinks were waiting for us. Plenty of car talk as well as Ralph showing his machine shop to us. It was wonderful to see everyone just relaxing under the shade trees. At this point not only did they get a sheet for the next leg, they also got a wrist band to wear. The back roads lead us up to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs. The wrist band got us in and then we went around the loop to the pavilion where we put our cars on display for all the Park visitors to see.

The games came out, the chairs set up, Kelly played the oldies and we also enjoyed the Cousin Thelma Bolton Gift Shop and Craft Square. Then it was time for our main course, smoked chick-
en, pulled pork, the best cheesy potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and sweet tea served up Southern style by “Fenced in Bar-B-Que Caterers” from White Springs. The food was excellent and you could cut the meat with a fork. After dinner, we all guessed how many nuts and bolts were in the jar which was won by George Richards and 2nd prize was won by Bob McGraw. They both got gift cards from Sal’s Italian Deli and El Potro Mexican Restaurant. Our 50/50 drawing was won by Don Rainwater who donated his portion back. The 50/50 was given to the Stephen Foster Tower and Museum fundraiser to help repair the Bells.

We cleaned up and headed out for our last stop, which took us to Cannon Creek Airpark, where instead of being outside at the Gazebo as planned in the heat we were led to the EAA Club-house where apple and cherry pie and vanilla ice cream were waiting for us. We all enjoyed the A/C and watched “Smokey and the Bandit” It was a perfect end to a wonderful day.

I personally want to thank Ralph and Marie for opening their home to us and also to Ralph for mapping our whole trip mile by mile; for Sherm Stanley who was at the tail end with a trailer just in case one of our cars had a problem (which no one did); for all the board members who helped, and for all of you who had no idea where you were going but just trusted us that you were going to have a wonderful day. “THANK YOU”  Who knows? Now that we have gotten our feet wet, maybe we can organize a real AACA tour??? Something to think about.

Happy Halloween