Beaufort Wooden Boat Building Contest – May 2017

On Saturday, May 6, 20 CFMC members met at the Battleship North Carolina parking lot and caravanned to Beaufort, NC to attend the 10th Annual National Boat Building Challenge. That made an impressive line of 10 Miatas driving in a row. When we arrived in Beaufort, the group was given a briefing by one of the contest organizers, Mr. Tom Russell, on the rules and history of the boat building challenge. The group had planned on an afternoon boat cruise to see wild horses, but due to the winds, the boats were unable to take us on a cruise. After a tasty lunch, our group had time to watch the end of the boat building contest and to see the teams launch their boats in a rowing contest.

Tech Day – February 2017

Tech Day was held at Stevenson Mazda on February 11. The event broke attendance records with 13 members present. Many members were able to accomplish maintenance on their cars, and a few drooled over the new “Targa” style retractable hardtop coupe (model NDRF).

Candlelight Colonial Christmas Celebration at Tryon Palace, New Bern – December 2016

Seven couples from the club set off to New Bern on December 10 on a beautiful but cold day. We caravanned from the Battleship in Wilmington and spent the afternoon and evening enjoying New Bern and its environs. In the evening, we went to the Palace (it was getting downright chilly) and watched the parading Continental soldiers, blacksmithing, and even a period-correct circus. We then explored the palace which was decorated in 1781 fashion after the British surrender at Yorktown, so there was an air of hope in New Bern.

Miatas at Brookgreen Gardens Recap

On May 31st, 6 couples from the club headed for a day out at Brookgreen Gardens. Participants were the Wahl’s, Clems, Panes, Wests, Lawrences, and the Williamsons. Our first stop along the way was none other than Dunkin’ Donuts to tank us up for the trip.

Once there, we headed for the Visitor Center to check out “What’s Blooming” and watch the introductory movie.

Next was our guided garden tour with Hal and Alice Vivian, long time volunteers at Brookgreen. Alice is a master gardener and knows her plants while Hal is the history buff. Between the two of them we really got a most informative tour.

Lunch at the Pavilion Restaurant (on the grounds) followed and we were joined by our guides. After lunch there was some free time on our own and some went to the zoo and some took the low country trail where the Williamsons had the pleasure of meeting a couple of the residents of the wildlife population – snakes

Our afternoon excursion was the Nature and History Tour to the site of one of the 4 plantations that make up Brookgreen Gardens. There we learned about the Alston family and how life was then for both the slaves and the gentry during the heyday of the rice plantations. Leonardo, our tour guide shared a wealth of information and answered lots of questions. By that time, the somewhat weary group finished the day in the gift shop and began the trip home with a stop at Bonefish Grill for an excellent dinner.

It was a great day with good weather, good fellowship, and good food. We just might do this again.

Don and Mary Sue

CFMC Quarterly Meeting Recap

We held our quarterly meeting at Rucker Johns at Monkey Junction, Wilmington on Saturday, 4/6/13. Following a great meal we left on a mini road course through Myrtle Grove to Rebecca and Paul Reinmann’s home at Peden Point for dessert. We then enjoyed another hour or two socializing on their deck while soaking up the back yard view.

Wilmington Cars & Coffee and CFMC Quarterly Meeting Recap

We enjoyed a beautiful day outside surrounded by a large assortment of beautiful cars. Many sports cars including some Lotus’s, older muscle cars, and the usual Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs were there. Not to forget the $260k Lamborghini. We had 16 members in attendance with 10 club members’ Miatas and there may have been a few more there too. After chatting it up in the parking lot we moved inside Red Robin for our quarterly lunch meeting.

Don Wahl led the meeting with much of the conversation discussing future events. These will be detailed in our activities column but a couple to note are the February event to visit a civil war site and bluegrass festival and a multiple day trip in October to the Blue Ridge Parkway area.

Other business included a reminder membership renewal is due now with dues remaining $15 per car. Also we will be offering a one year free club membership to anyone buying a new Miata at Stevenson Mazda.

Our April quarterly meeting will move to Rucker Johns on Carolina Beach Rd. at Monkey Junction. Following that everyone is invited to the Reinmann’s for desserts.

Enchanted Airlie and Kitchen Restaurant Recap

We had a nice time Then we joined another eight, if I with friends during our garden visit and meal following. Airlie was decorated very nicely with lights and interesting props. We enjoyed a nice walk with a slight mist that really put us in the winter holiday spirit. remember right, at the Kitchen Restaurant for a great meal and time to socialize. We just hate to miss an event.

La Belle Amie Vineyard

We Joined the Grand Strand Miata Club at La Belle Amie Vineyard We met some of the Grand Strand Miata Club members at the SC Welcome Center and had a short cruise to La Belle Amie Vineyard. La Belle Amie was having their First Blush of Summer Music Festival. We spent a relaxing day in the shade listening to the bands and sampling the wine. Here are a few photos.

CFMC – La Belle Amie Trip