From 04/30/21 until 05/02/21
At Founders Inn
hankgiffin [AT] cox [DOT] net
Categories: Chapter Events
The MINI-GOF (Gathering of the Faithful) for the NEMGTR Chesapeake Chapter in Virginia Beach on April 30 - May 2, 2021 is on! It will be based at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. The Inn says “Our beautifully landscaped 26-acre resort and spa location gives guests the feeling of an oasis without compromising proximity. The Inn and Conference Center features include: 240 guestrooms, our full-service Flowering Almond Spa, the award-winning Swan Terrace Grill Restaurant, tennis courts, and (3)swimming pools.”
Room rates are $139 a night. There will be reserved parking lots for MGs and trailers with a security patrol. See below * for more info on the Founders. The Inn has taken significant precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including spreading us out at dinner and a constant cleaning/sanitation program
The schedule of events includes a Friday evening visit with buffet dinner and beverages at a local collector’s 25 car collection (all exceptional) at his private display building just blocks from the shorefront in Virginia Beach. You could visit the boardwalk before or after this event. This is a large showroom and we will be able to spread out.
Saturday AM we will visit the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum (militaryaviationmuseum.org) which includes over 60 flyable vintage airplanes: 17 from WWI and 44 from WWII in several hangers. There will also be rides in biplanes (1941 Stearman or 1989 Waco YMF5) for those signing up in advance.
In the afternoon we will visit the Big Ugly brewery in Chesapeake (biguglybrewing.com) for our car display and popular voting for the MG Ts we admire most. This is a very popular location and our display will be on their front lawn. Their beers have won many awards locally and nationally. Registration includes two complimentary beers. Box lunches from Panera Bread will be provided (please see registration form).
Saturday evening we’ll have our buffet dinner at the lovely Founders private dining room with a cash bar. The Founders has excellent food. Awards will be presented (must be registered to get an award).
The buffet dinner includes:
Garlic mashed potatoes
Southern style green beans
Slow roasted pork loin, pan seared Atlantic salmon, or chicken breast roulade
Fresh strawberry layered cake or Founders Inn traditional bread pudding
The Sunday brunch (not included in the registration fee) at Founders is probably the best in the area.
There will be a hospitality room throughout the weekend at the Founders with beer/wine/soda/water/munchies.
Registration for the event includes the Friday dinner, admission to the Military Aviation museum, two beer tickets at Big Ugly, the hospitality room, and the Saturday buffet at the Founders Swan Terrace Grill Restaurant with cash bar. The Chesapeake Chapter is kindly supplementing its members fee.
More info on the Chesapeake Chapter can be found at: chesapeakechaptermgtclub.com
Please contact me if you have any questions. Additional information will be provided following your registration.
Thanks, Hank & Stevie
• Complimentary Wireless Internet Throughout the Hotel and Meeting Space • (4) Onsite Restaurants: The Swan Terrace Grill, Hunt Room Pub/Bar, and Seasonal Pool Bistro • State of the Art Fitness Center Open Daily with Indoor Heated Pool and (2) Outdoor Saltwater Swimming Pools with 3-Story Water Slide. • Full Service Flowering Almond Spa Open Daily --- Appointments Strongly Recommended • Complimentary Beach Shuttle • Business Center Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week • Mini Refrigerators and Safes available in all Guest Rooms • 24 Hour Security for Hotel and Grounds • Pet Friendly Lodging to Include a 30,000sq. ft. Dog Park with Customary Dog Features • Fido’s Favorite Award for Achieving Excellence for Pet Friendly Travel • Certified Virginia Green Lodging