Newcomers Luncheon 2019

Members’ Cars at Jacaranda Trace

On January 14, the  club welcomed all newcomers (those who joined during the past year) to an SBCC-hosted luncheon at The Jacaranda Trace in Venice, Florida. The meal was preceded by a car show for the enjoyment of the residents of this elegant retirement home. We had 17 cars, the oldest being Bob Faria’s 1930’s era Austin 7, with a few Jag XK’s as the newest. Several rare cars included two Morgans, a Rover, a Healey 100, and a Lotus. There were 34 members in attendance.

As in previous years, a wonderful lunch was served in the Magnolia Room of the Barclay Manor. The meal was accompanied by the usual great service, and everybody had a pleasant, relaxing afternoon. Our newest members, Douglas and Trudy Kniff, were present. Doug is from Michigan and has several British cars, but unfortunately no room yet for any of them here in Florida. Of note, Marie Mainberger and Cindy Douglas took off from work to attend the luncheon. Cindy works for a Sarasota logo company and is helping with producing our new club hats and shirts. The club offers a special thanks to Tom and Shirley Gooding, residents of Jacaranda Trace, for helping organize this event. And finally, thanks to all those who attended and made this a great club occasion.   

Jim Wilson authored this report. I also included some info from Bruce Skaggs and Anita Wood. Jack Knuese and Joe Malaney provided the photos.

Drive to Magnolia Street Seafood & Grill

Former Plaza Hotel, current home of the Magnolia Street Seafood & Grill, Arcadia, FL

On January 12, the club undertook a drive-to-lunch with the Magnolia Street Seafood & Grill in Arcadia, Florida as the destination. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the former, and long vacant, Plaza Hotel. The Plaza once offered first class accommodations in a bustling and rapidly growing Arcadia during the 1920’s Florida land boom. In bright contrast to its current rather downtrodden surroundings, this restaurant has been described in “EAT’s Magazine” as a “Gem of the South.” In addition, it has been designated a “Best Bet” in the 2018 edition of the BF Goodrich Travel Guide to “Best Seafood Restaurants in the Southeast More Than Twenty-Five Miles Inland.”

We had an excellent turnout of ten cars and 18 members for the beautiful drive and a great meal at the restaurant. And, the weather was pleasant all day for our travel over the back roads into the heart of rural Florida and return.

White Elephant January 1

The club’s most popular and oldest continuous event is the annual New Years Day potluck picnic and White Elephant gift exchange at Turtle Beach, on the southern end of Siesta Key. All attendees are asked to bring a wrapped present to exchange. This is the time to unload that lamentable gift you received over the holidays, or better yet, the thing that you were stuck with at last year’s event. Approximately seventy members were in attendance.

As can be seen from the photos, we were blessed with a cloudless sky and balmy temperatures. As usual, it was a fun occasion with a delectable array of mouth-watering food contributed by all the attending members. There was the customary exchange of “surprise” gifts, some of which were unloaded several times by recipients during the gathering. On the other end of the spectrum, the more desirable items were traded up to the 3 times max limit. Popular items this year were club logo hats, bottles of wine, a portable stool and, as always, an orchid plant. We all left having had another fun start to the New Year.

Thanks to Bruce Skaggs and Anita Wood for additional wording.

Dec 30 Breakfast Run 2018

President Jim Wilson squeezed in one more Sunday morning breakfast run as the final impromptu club activity for 2018. This event took participating members through the morning fog to Arcadia for breakfast at Terra Fried Chicken. Terra Fried Chicken has great reviews for breakfast and offers more than just fried chicken parts. The temperature was in the 70’s so it was a perfect top-down day for driving. Following Jim’s TR6 were a Lotus, Jaguar, Mini, Maserati and a Ferrari. The cars logged about 120 miles round-trip. Thanks to Joe Malaney for input.

Anniversary Extravaganza 2018


Dancing the night away, at least ’til 9 PM.

On December 9, we celebrated the holiday season and the anniversary of the founding of our car club with a Dinner – Dance Extravaganza at the Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice, Florida. The holiday party was a joint effort between the SBCC and the Sunshine Region AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America).

The evening started off with light appetizers and adult beverages in the lounge and then progressed to a sumptuous buffet dinner featuring vodka chicken parmesan, grilled salmon and pork tenderloin. Dinner was followed by dancing to classic music from a local DJ. About 50 members attended and all enjoyed the opportunity to “dress up” and trade driving shoes for the dancing shoes.

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