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Travel / AMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach, Savannah, Atlanta, Nashville and More!
« Last post by frankochal on October 14, 2019, 03:58:20 PM »
The American MGB Association’s annual car show, Meet 2019 was held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  This meant a drive by the officers (Bruce and myself as Margie was unable to make it) to bring out the club items to the show.  This includes the table, chairs, tent, and membership item

We rented a 2019 Nissan Rogue for our journey which started early on Thursday, October 3, 2019. We stopped for lunch in Lexington, Kentucky at a Chick-fil-A for a chicken sandwich which was disappointing.

Next stop was Knoxville, Tennessee where we stayed overnight on Thursday.  We dined at Altrudas outside of town and then visited Market Square area of downtown Knoxville and took a brief tour of the University of Tennessee.

We left early Friday to Myrtle Beach thru the Smokey Mountains and stopped for brunch at the Corner Kitchen in the Biltmore Estates area of Asheville, North Carolina. We also then drove through the Biltmore Estate where the mansion is located.

We made it to Myrtle Beach on Friday afternoon and had time to go to the beach and  have a snack along the boardwalk at Dirty Dons Oyster Bar & Grill.  We then attended the welcoming party for the car show on Friday night at Nacho Hippos in Market Common and met with local club members and organizers.
Saturday was the car show which many of our members attended at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  This is an upscale area of town and was developed on the site of the old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.  There was a good showing of MGs at the event and organizers said it was the largest turnout they had ever had.  Jersey Dogs served lunch to the spectators.  They were good but nothing compares to a Chicago style hot dog.  That evening we traveled to Savannah, Georgia and dined at Boars' Head along the river and stayed  in the area Saturday night.

We left early Sunday morning to tour old Savannah along the river.  We had breakfast at Hueys and then headed to Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta we visited the  the Georgia Aquarium which is the largest aquarium n the world.  It was spectacular and included Sea Lion and Dolphin shows. We toured the Buckhead area of Atlanta and ate dinner at the South City Kitchen. Monday morning we toured the new Sun-Trust Atlanta Braves ballpark area.  They built a ballpark along with a cluster of bars and restaurants around it to give it the feel of a Wrigleyville although it is all new.

We then headed north to Chattanooga, Tennessee and lunch at the Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar on the Tennessee River. We then went on to Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Many artists had exhibits in the Hall of Fame including some that you may not think of as country artists such as Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Taylor Swift.  Afterward we walked to Broadway and stopped at many of the bars including Tootsies, Jason Aldeans and the Mellow Mushroom  Every place we stopped had a band for entertainment. Dinner was at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant up the hill from the Broadway entertainment area of downtown Nashville.  Of course there was a performer at the restaurant.

Heading north on Tuesday, we stopped for lunch near downtown Louisville at the Grind Burger Kitchen for hamburgers. We stayed overnight in Columbus, Indiana where we visited the many architectural marvels in the town.  We then headed back home to Chicago on Wednesday morning and returned the rental car having put more than 2400 miles on the car!
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General Discussion / 2019 White Sox Park Dog Day
« Last post by frankochal on September 14, 2019, 12:44:03 PM »
White Sox Dog Day with Charlie on September 1, 2019 and visits to other Chicago beaches (Loyola and Rainbow) with him.
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General Discussion / My birthday dinner at Smoke Daddys and The Smith
« Last post by frankochal on July 08, 2019, 10:18:07 AM »
Smoke Daddys specializing in ribs and brisket located across from Wrigley Field in Chicago.  Second birthday dinner with the AMGBA at the Smith in the River North area of Chicago.
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General Discussion / 2019 Andersonville Swedish Midsommar Fest 0609
« Last post by frankochal on June 10, 2019, 12:41:23 AM »
Photos from 2019 Andersonville Swedish Midsommar Fest which is only a very short walk from home.
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Travel / 2019 Wisconsin Dells
« Last post by frankochal on June 02, 2019, 02:01:19 PM »
Annual trip to Wisconsin Dells on Memorial day Weekend.  This was the second time in Wisconsin Dells for Charlie.
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General Discussion / 2019 White Sox Opening Day 0405
« Last post by frankochal on April 07, 2019, 10:59:39 PM »
White Sox Opening Day was scheduled for April 4, 2019 but was postponed due to threats of all day rain.  The rains came and the White Sox rescheduled  Opening Day for April 5, 2019.  Most of our 30 person group were able to attend the rescheduled event.  It was a great day with sunny skies, temperatures in the 50s and the White Sox won!
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General Discussion / 2019 Chicago Auto Show and Bruce Magers Birthday
« Last post by frankochal on February 17, 2019, 12:37:05 PM »
Just attended the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on February, 13, 2019.  I went with Bruce Magers of the American MGB Association.   Bruce Magers birthday was then celebrated at Booth One (formerly the Pump Room) where the food and atmosphere wheres Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others were once regulars at the space known as Booth One, was great. 
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General Discussion / Jim Thome Day at White Sox Park
« Last post by frankochal on September 17, 2018, 11:48:48 AM »
The White Sox honored Jim Thome's induction into the Hall of Fame with a bobblehead night and ceremony on August 11, 2018.  My ticket rep comped the tickets which included dinner and drinks in the Centerfield Fan Deck.

It was a great ceremony which brought tears to the eyes of many long time White Sox fans.
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General Discussion / Wisconsin Dells, Andersonville MidSommar Fest and Vienna Museum
« Last post by frankochal on September 17, 2018, 11:15:00 AM »
Wisconsin Dells on Memorial Day 2018,  Andersonville’s MidSommar Fest in June and visit to the Vienna Museum in Chicago in June. (and porch/deck collapse down the block).
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Travel / AMGBA Meet 2017 and Alabama, New Orleans and more!
« Last post by frankochal on June 19, 2018, 01:48:03 PM »
The American MGB Association’s annual car show, Meet 2017 was held in Fairhope, Alabama near the Gulf Coast.  This meant a drive by the officers (Bruce, Margie and myself) to bring out the club items to the show.  This includes the table, chairs, tent, membership items.

We rented a 2017 Maxima for our journey which started early on Thursday, October 12, 2017. We stopped for lunch in Louisville at Martins BarBCue Joint in Louisville, Kentucky for a pulled pork sandwich which was great.

Next stop was Nashville, Tennessee where we stayed overnight on Thursday.  We dined at Husk near downtown Nashville, visited the Hermitage House and took in the sites along Broadway, the heart of the music scene in Nashville.

We left early Friday to Fairhope and stopped for lunch at Jack's in Montgomery thinking it was a Jack in the Box.  It wasn't but the hamburger was OK.

We made it to the Fairhope, Alabama area that afternoon and checked into the Key West Inn.   We went to Wintzells Oyster House for an appetizer along the Mobile Bay. We attended the welcoming party for the car show on Friday night and met with local club members and organizers.  After that we picked up Margie at the Mobile airport (MOB) and went out for a late in dinner at Felix's Camp Restaurant in Spanish Fort, Alabama with Margie.

Saturday was the car show which many of our members attended.  The AMGBA sponsored several classes of the awards and the club was mentioned several times at the award ceremony. Afterward we dinner at the Bay House Bistro in Fairhope along the Mobile Bay and was the site of a belated birthday celebration for me.

Sunday morning we left early to meet Margie's son, Jeff and girlfriend, Cathy in New Orleans.  We stopped along the way at Battleship Park on the Mobile, Alabama waterfront where they had a collection of battle items including the USS Alabama battleship.

We made it to New Orleans early Sunday afternoon and headed to Jackson Square in the French Quarter.   Margie had a beignet at Cafe DuMonde and toured St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.   That evening we dined at the Commander's Palace Restaurant where we celebrated my July birthday yet again along with Jeff's earlier in October birthday.  We then took an Uber to the Bourbon St area of the French Quarter.  We bought souvenirs and attended a jazz session at Maison Bourbon and walked the streets enjoying the sight and sounds on a warm autumn night.

Early on Monday morning we said goodbye to Margie and family and headed back home toward Memphis.  Along the way we stopped for a tour of the Mississippi Capitol Building in Jackson.  In Memphis we dined at a local favorite, Gus's Fried Chicken for some southern style  chicken and visited the Beale St. area. We stayed overnight near Graceland in a hotel that was heavily Elvis Presley themed.

We headed toward St. Louis early Tuesday morning.  In St. Louis we visited the St. Louis zoo, Ballpark Village right outside Busch Stadium where the St. Louis Cardinals play.  Lunch was at Smoke Daddys for ribs and the St. Louis specialty, Fitz's Root Beer. The evening we dined in the Little Italy area of St. Louis called the Hill at Charlie Gittos and visited the St. Louis Basilica.

We stayed overnight in Collinsville, Illinois and woke up early Wednesday morning to visit our printer, Johnson Press in Pontiac, Illinois.  In Pontiac, Bruce and I visited the Pontiac Museum, the Route 66 Museum and the War Museum before heading for a tour and meeting with Johnson Press.   There we were led on an informative tour of the plant with our Customer Service Rep, Teresa Masching.  We went out for a light lunch with her and plant manager, Steve "Buzz" Zeller.

We  then headed back home to Chicago on Wednesday afternoon morning and returned the Maxima rental car having put more than 2200  miles on the car!
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