Events

11/12/17 Vettes for Veterans

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And The Winner Is 

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Joe Priebe, 1st in Class 1963 – 1967

Raffle Winners Were

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Vettes for Veterans 2017
Sunday, November 12

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It was a rather chilly morning as we met at the Kohl’s parking lot at 7:30 to 7:45. The car told us it was 47 degrees out when we left at 8am. Jim Sommars arrived early, but not in his Corvette, to take names and reorganize the run. His car was in the hospital at Paradise and it sounds like there is something that needs professional help, so we wish him well. He asked Rob to lead the parade in his absence. The old car guys, Bill Steed and Joe Priebe, had left earlier so their slower pace wouldn’t hold up the group. The Alewine/Bryant/McDuffy contingent also drove down at their own pace, after breakfast at the Swing Inn in Temecula.

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Glenn Crowther (Patty was doing home tour duty for the Women’s Club), John Olivas and Linda Wilson, Manny Macedo, Mike Re, Bob Smith and Rose Street, Mickey Diehl and Friend, John and Fritzi McDermott, Jason Marshall and the Webers were joined by Skip Hipp (who came to hang out with us) and our newest member in the newest car, Jeff Kilpatrick in his 2017 Grand Sport, which has no plates yet (his wife Denise was also doing home tour duty). This group got down to the Shoppes at Carlsbad in about the allotted time of 45 minutes and parked in the row reserved for COTV and anchored by the 5 earlier cars. We collected our goody bags and registration materials, which included a dash card saying “This Corvette is owned by a Veteran.” We are proud to say that more than 50% of the cars were owned by veterans and that included many of ours.

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The sun briefly peeked out through the clouds, but it stayed cool and cloudy most of the day. That didn’t stop the usual shorts wearing guys from wearing those shorts. Some of the women were glad for a jacket however. This location for the event is better than the original one as there is easy access and a much larger selection of food options. Panera was very popular for coffee and a bite after the cars were parked and cleaned up from the drive. Lunch seemed to focus on Islands or the Pizza Press which offered very thin crust, make-it-yourself pizza which hit the spot as well.

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The selection of cars to view was excellent, although there are always some which provoke amusement or amazement. Everyone bought raffle tickets so we all had to check the board on an hourly basis to see who won a wonderful raffle basket. COTV winners were Mike Re, Jason Marshall and Bill Steed. The very large selection of Silent Auction items was worth perusing, especially since we all knew that all proceeds went to the two selected charities, Paralyzed Veterans and the Semper Fi Foundation. Many of the members of both were present, a number of them in wheelchairs and with service dogs. In addition, these veterans were responsible for judging the cars by class.

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After the Silent Auction was over and Jeff Kilpatrick and Jason Marshall got to collect their winnings (good thing that Joe and Krista Marshall came down with the truck to take home their purchases), we moved on to the awards announcements. The three winners in each generation got cash prizes with $1000 to first place. More than 50% of the winners donated the checks back to the charity pot. As usual, our COTV winner was Joe Priebe and he also made the generous gesture of giving up the cash prize. Unfortunately, he was our only prize winner this year. However, COTV almost won the participation award with 19 cars registered. We were out-numbered by North County Corvettes who had 20 cars registered and who also announced that January 2 is the first day for registering for Plastic Fantastic 2018 and that it will be in the same location for at least this next year. So, watch the website and your email for further information on that great event.

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Even though the weather was not as sunny and bright as it might have been, our group had a great time at another great event for a great cause. Please keep this one in mind for 2018 as well.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and hope to see you at the sponsor appreciation dinner, the MLR, the Toy Run and the Christmas Party. Let’s all share the holidays season with out COTV friends and family!

 

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11/08/17 Breakfast Social @ Breakfast House, Los Tejabanes

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Well, we can check another meal of our list and also count it as the last official breakfast social of the year.

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Just over 40 hungry food fans met at Breakfast House, Los Tejabanes in Menifee and as always the group started arriving earlier than the 9am meeting time. Glenn was actually there at 8 as he mis-read the time on the website. For most of the crowd it was a first visit but Manny (also there at 8 since Diane set the alarm a little early!) and Diane Macedo have been frequent diners and told us we would all enjoy ourselves. It seems we did, if the photos of full and then empty plates are anything to judge by.

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The menu offers lots of choices, both Mexican breakfast items like chilaquiles and more American items like corned beef hash and eggs. The waiter, Daniel, was very efficient and accommodating with such a large group and made sure all of our orders were customized as requested . The only error was on Harry’s dish which came with red sauce instead of green, but he said it was really good that way. The rest of the staff helped to get the food on the table in a very timely fashion.

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As always, no one seemed to leave hungry. Hopefully, they left room for more Mexican food for dinner at Thursday’s membership meeting.

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We want to thank Carol and Marilyn for another successful outing and also thank them again for signing up to do this next year. Maybe we can make it a permanent position, since we doubt that anyone else could do such a good job!

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10/29/2017 Mystery Lunch Run Hosted by Lynne & John Vara

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October 29 MLR
Hosted by Lynne & John Vara

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Sunday, October 29, 2017 was a lovely, clear and temperate day after the unseasonable heat, excessive winds and smokiness of the past week or so. A group of 53 in 29 cars met to enjoy John and Lynne Vara’s first mystery lunch run. We all hope that it is not the last one they will plan but the first of many.

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The group contained some new faces like John Blackburn and his grandson, Hunter, who took an application form, although they were unable to participate in the actual run. They got to see a wide variety of cars and people and we hope that they were not scared off by the Halloween antics of Simon Bleeker and Bruce Mofford with their masks. Norman Craig turned up in his collectible car with a friend since Ronette wasn’t able to join us. Wendy and Terry turned up in their “new” comfortable car, a 2008 white convertible. Terry made sure we know it is not a “replacement” but an “addition” to the red Race Rat. Wendy agrees that it will make for more comfortable rides and allow them to join in on longer trips. They are #4 on the “wait list” for Monterey and we hope that a few folks from other clubs cancel so that they can join the 11 cars already going from COTV. We may just nail down the largest participation award with 12 of 100 cars. Samantha and Frank Caliandro joined the group for the first time in months – obviously, they have another life! But we sure were glad to see them. Diane Sommars was unable to join the fun because as Jim said, she was “home sick” not “homesick”. We hope she feels better soon. The COTV cruise gang compared notes and weight gains after our week at sea.

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John McDermott and Bill Stedfield took advantage of the gathering to collect membership renewals and holiday party reservations.

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As more cars arrived, John checked them off his list and Lynne provided Halloween treats along with the “mystery directions” to our destination. We left pretty close to on time at 9:30 and re-grouped at our usual spot at Butterfield Stage under the watchful eye of a law enforcement officer. The first part of the run was along Hwy 70 and then left on 371 E to Cahuilla Casino and a potty break in the way too smoky atmosphere of a small casino. We then continued on 371 to Hwy 74 E or Palms to Pines Hwy and took that wonderful curving, winding road down into Palm Desert. The weather warmed up a little but not too much and tops stayed down and windows open. The rest of the route took us left onto Hwy 111 N and then right onto Bob Hope Dr., ending in the parking garage at Agua Caliente Casino.

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John and Lynne had been to a concert at Agua Caliente for Lynne’s birthday and enjoyed the location, so perhaps the seed for this MLR was planted then. We headed for the Palm Buffet as a large group and they had set up one very large and long table for us to share. The servers provided champagne, mimosas or a cranberry juice/champagne combination which got good reviews. The Buffet had seafood as well as sections for Italian, Asian, American, Mexican and breakfast foods. The prime rib seemed to be popular as did the crab legs and oysters.

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No one seemed to go home hungry as we left in dribs and drabs. John is still looking for someone to plan the January MLR and if you think you can do as well as the Varas did, please sign up. We look forward to seeing you at more meals coming up soon – the Breakfast Social on November 8, the General Meeting on November 9, the Sponsor Appreciation dinner on November 15, the MLR on November 26, the Toy Run on December 3 and the Holiday Party on December 10.

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Happy Halloween to all you COTV goblins!

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10/25/2017 Sponsor Appreciation Dinner – Pizza Factory

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Sponsor Appreciation Dinner
Pizza Factory – Temecula
October 25, 2017

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Just what COTV members, love…an excuse for another meal together, and a way to say thanks to one of our long-time club sponsors, the Pizza Factory on Temecula Parkway, at the same time. Thanks, Dave, for setting up another successful opportunity to eat.

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As always, members started arriving at least 30 minutes before the start time of the meal/event, but it is pretty hard to beat Bruce Mofford, who was already there with a to-go order of Chicken Alfredo hot and in his hands. He was followed, in quick succession, by about 30 hungry COTV-ers who placed orders for various pizzas, calzones, and salads. Skip’s order of baked spaghetti with meatballs looked like something anyone would like. Most of the food arrived pretty quickly, although the kitchen and servers got a little backed up when the rush hit.

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Since Game 2 of the World Series was playing on big screens throughout the restaurant and in our separate room, even Ray McIntosh didn’t mind if he might have had to wait for his food and he didn’t have to wait long either. When most of us left, the game was tied, so we weren’t there for the final score and the Dodgers’ unfortunate loss. But it is early in the series, so don’t lose hope!

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We had 3 new members sign up on the spot. Since John McDermott is in renewal mode at this time of year, he was ready with applications in his hands. Jeff and Denise Kilpatrick, friends of Al and Vickie’s, and involved with the Women’s Club, so already known by others like Marsue and Steve Page, just purchased a 2017 Grand Sport and decided to give us a test drive. Spenser Johnson, a transplant from Vancouver B.C also ate and took an application. He got a good view of the Club since he sat next to Leonard Buote who has been a member since the early days.

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John worked the room to get those renewals in before November 15 when the NCCC rates changed. Bill Stedfield was also looking for money and sign-ups for the Holiday Party on December 10.

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Everyone was also getting mentally ready for another opportunity to drive and eat with the Varas’ MLR coming up on Sunday. Don’t forget there is also a breakfast social on November 8 and the last General Meeting of 2017 is coming up on November 9. In quick succession, we have Vettes for Veterans on November 12. Got to get all this in before the Holiday Season starts! Boy, we sure are a busy bunch, but what fun we have.

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10/20/17 Great Oaks High School Homecoming

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No mishaps other than 2 princesses that got impatient with a prince that couldn’t open Joe’s door and scrambled out over the side of his car. Luckily no damage 😁 we had a LOT of fun. We all pressured GOHS PTA leader Russell L. to join our club since he has a C6 coupe.😉

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10/14/17 – 10/21/17 COTV Princess Cruise

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For those of you who are still thinking of joining
the Mexican Riveria cruise in October,
you are just a little late.


But you can enjoy the pics.


Join the Crowthers, Finchs, Hellmans, Lokkens, Sommars’, Watsons & Webers on the Mexican Rivera!

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The journey:

 Sun. Oct. 15 At Sea

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Mon. Oct. 16 At Sea


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Tues. Oct. 17 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


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Wed. Oct. 18 Mazatlán, Mexico


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Thu. Oct. 19 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


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Fri. Oct. 20 At Sea

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10/13/17 Homecoming Halftime Activities

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 Happy to report that Bruce, Bill, Mickey and Simon transported the Cornerstone royalty without any mishaps other than the princes who had trouble opening the doors😉

(Which is more than can be said for the webmaster who got a little confused)

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9/30/17 CLASSIC CAR CRAZE AT THE CORN MAZE

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CLASSIC CAR CRAZE AT THE CORN MAZE

Though not an official “Corvette” event, several COTV members participated in the 5th Annual Classic Car Craze at the Corn Maze car show on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Big Horse Feed in Temecula. The Car Craze is essentially a hot rod and custom car show but a number of trucks, low riders, rat rods, and other vehicles were on display. One highlight was “Big Foot”, a monster pickup truck that crushed several junk cars by driving over them multiple times. Big Foot also made a lot of noise, did “wheelies” and bounces, and kicked up dirt and dust while turning tight circles. All quite dramatic. Other activities besides cars were a zip line, climbing walls, and the traditional corn maze that will be open until Halloween. Additionally there were product vendors and food booths. Proceeds from the show were to be donated to military and veteran organizations.

COTV was in the mix. John and Fritzi McDermott displayed their custom C3 Corvette.  Former members, Captain Norm Craig and Ronnie Garduno brought their beautiful ’66 Sting Ray coupe.  Bill Stedfield brought his C6 and Dayton Taylor entered his ’41 Lincoln Zephyr pulling a 1952 travel trailer. Among the spectators were Hans Boers, who decided not to bring his ’55 Dodge sedan, Bob Smith and Rose Streets, Ted Carli, who is between Corvettes right now but who was helping at the show, and Al Hackworth. Al did not have his Corvette but he was last seen trying to steal the store’s 1948 Ford tractor. We will have to see if he brings it to the next MLR.

Precision Alignment and Brake, a COTV sponsor, was also a sponsor of the Corn Maze Show. Scott Dittmer, owner of Precision, was in charge of running the show and his golf cart hardly ever stopped moving.

Danny “Count” Koker, star of “Counts Kustoms” on the History Channel, and his painter Ryan were judges and award presenters and they spent a lot of time mixing with the crowd.

Excellent weather, beautiful machines, nice folks to chat with. Car Craze at the Corn Maze made for a fun day.

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09/24/17 MLR Hosted by Bruce Mofford

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COTV Mystery Lunch Run, hosted by Bruce Mofford (The Bat), September 24
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Bruce Mofford led our COTV members and guests on a fantastic run through the De Luz area north of Fallbrook.

The group of 30 cars started out from the Black Angus parking lot at 9:30AM. We couldn’t meet at the usual Kohl’s parking area because the Michele’s Place Walk of Hope for breast cancer was being held in the area. Jim and Diane Sommars drove by Kohl’s to make sure no one missed the revised meeting place at the Black Angus parking lot instead. They were delayed by the activities in the area but still made it in time for the start of run. Thanks to Diane and Jim for looking out for our members!

We welcomed several guests to the MLR. Elizabeth and Mark Noakes were excited to join us with their sparkling new white Corvette. They are friends of Teresa and Simon Bleeker.  Elizabeth says she has admired Corvettes since she was a young girl (not that long ago) and this is her first Vette. We can look forward to the Noakes joining our club. Evan and Murry VanLeuevon were there with Lisa and Rick Servante. The Servantes were previous members of COTV and are planning to rejoin. Eva was rightfully proud to show off their beautiful, recently purchased, 2008 white Vette with black and red interior. Bill Stedfield brought his step-son Nick along for the ride as well. Another highlight was the beautifully restored 1966 Silver (show quality) Corvette brought by Woody Woodall and admired by all.

Since we had 30 cars, we broke into two groups. Bruce led the first group and the second group was led by John and Lynne Vara. The route took us through the hills west of Temecula and into the back country of De Luz. We pretty much had the roads to ourselves but the twists and turns kept our speed at a reasonable rate and allowed us to enjoy the scenery along the way. The oak trees created a beautiful canopy across the roads and we passed horse farms and many citrus and avocado groves.

Bruce had arranged for two stops along the way. The first one at the historic site of the De Luz Post Office and De Luz School, both built in the early 1900s. The site is well kept and gave us a glimpse into the past and this still very rural area. The next top was at the De Luz Fire Station #16. This was a short stop where we were welcomed to use the station’s restrooms and talk with the firemen/woman and see their facilities. We were intrigued with their rig and the nicely maintained station. What a great service these men and women provide to the hill country of De Luz.

The end of the run dropped us into the community of Fallbrook where Bruce had pre-arranged our lunch stop at the Firehouse Que & Brew on Main Street. The restaurant was ready with our orders and it did not take long at all for the food to be delivered. We enjoyed the barbeque meats and sides; the setting was nice for our group and we thanked Bruce for a run that was unique and well-planned. A raffle was held and won by Teresa Bleeker, who was so excited because she “never wins anything”. We all think she is a winner every day with her bubbly personality and enjoyment of life. The gift was a car detail at Paradise Chevrolet.

About 6 cars joined up with Bruce on the drive back to Temecula while the rest hung around longer at the Firehouse restaurant or went their own way. This was a great run for the end of Summer and start of Fall.

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09/21/17 – 09/25/17 Prescott Vette Sette Car Show

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So…..

You’re Slappin’ yourself on the Forehead for Missing the Tahoe Trip

WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY

Kickin’ yourself in the Behind for not going to Plastic Fantastic.

So What….

You’ve Earned all the Self Abuse You Can Handle!

UNLUCKILY FOR YOU…..

YOU MISSED ONE MORE CHANCE TO REDEEM YOURSELF

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Prescott Vette Set Car Show Trip
September 21-24

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This year’s COTV group trip to the Prescott annual car show was somewhat more “intimate” than last year’s when Joe and Rosemary Priebe led it. Doug and Marilyn Glenore did a repeat trip since they enjoyed it so much in 2016. Rob and Daryl Weber made up for their unfortunate last minute cancellation in 2016. Jason and Joethel Marshall, who recently joined COTV, were primed for their first Corvette car show ever with their red C-7.

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The Glenores left on Thursday and spent the night in Phoenix where they enoyed themselves at the Talking Stick Resort and won some cash to spend on the rest of the trip. The Webers also left on Thursday but spent the extra night in Prescott. The Marshalls arrived in time for lunch on Friday and took advantage of the trip to stop in Phoenix on the way back on Sunday to see their daughter. When the Glenores arrived Friday and could not yet check in to the Hotel St. Michael, they joined the Webers in the public garage where the guys cleaned cars and the ladies chatted until everyone got chilled and it was time for the Glenores to check in and for the Webers to meet the Marshalls for lunch at the Palace Saloon. The Webers were outlyers and didn’t stay at the St. Michael, but tried the other hotel on Courtyard Square, the Grand Highland, which is a very small (12 room) boutique hotel with very small rooms and claw foot tubs which must be entered by using a stool.

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Everyone met up at the Holiday Courtyard next to the Grand Highland for the welcome cocktail party. It was then that our group increased in size with the surprise arrival of Dan and Zana Easley. The Easleys were members of COTV for a while and then moved back to Tucson about 3 1/2-4 years ago. They saw that we would have some members attending Prescott on the website and decided to meet up with us since they are moving back to Temecula and want to rejoin the club. Zana says their membership application will be in the mail soon! It was great to catch up with them and also to get some news about Harold Penn and Donna Monsen who moved to Tucson earlier this year.

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The guys got up in the dark on Saturday morning and were among the first 5-6 in line to park. Since the temperature was 38 degrees, they wanted to move the process along. Once they were all set up they rejoined the ladies for breakfast and when the sun came out everyone went to view the 200+ Corvettes parked around Courtyard Square. There were a significant number of older models and some beautiful newer cars as well. Doug and Marilyn saw their next car just down the row from us. Jason got to see some that we have run into at Lake Tahoe and other venues and now has all sorts of ideas about what can be done and sometimes what should not be done to a Corvette. Jason and Joe bought some raffle tickets and actually won in the first round of drawings at 11am. They got a gift certificate for lunch at a local place and invited the Webers and Glenores to join them. Doug decided to save himself for dinner so five of us went to taste the soup and half sandwich special at the Office.

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Unfortunately, the professional judges were not as impressed with our beautiful cars as we are and we sat through the awards and left empty-handed. We all met up with the Easleys and their Tucson friends, Joe and Marilyn, for an early dinner at 5:30 at Genovese’s. Doug and Marilyn had tried and enjoyed the food in 2016. Rob and Daryl went on Thursday night and were primed for another round of Italian cuisine. Ten of us ate our way through a pretty good selection of the menu. The restaurant does not take reservations on Friday and Saturday, so you have to go early, but we told them we were coming so they were ready for us. If you are in Prescott, give them a try – lots of good food and several of us can vouch for the eggplant parmesan as well.

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We all headed home at our own pace on Sunday. It was very cold again in the morning, so we know that Fall is here. All in all, our small group had a great big good time!


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