First Tuesday of the month — March 4
That can only mean one thing: Your monthly MPG meeting at the Albany Pump Station. Things get started around 7:15 p.m., more or less. Come with ideas for events, and volunteer to organize one!
(ed note: I’m narrowly missing everyone — will be in the area next weekend. Anyone want to… Go-kart or something? -Z)
Get warm by the fire!
Have a great brew!
Chat with fellow MINIacs!
Tuesday Feb 4th at 7:15pm at the Albany Pump Station.
Bring your calendars and your crazy ideas – 2014 is booking up fast!
NO REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY DECEMBER 3rd!
Please join us at the BMW Holiday Party on December 11th! Details at www.patroonbmw.org. See you there!
The 5th Annual Poker Run
It’s September 28th. The sky is blue. The morning air is crisp. There are twenty-six MINIacs gathered at the Albany Pump Station, ready to start a fabulous two-hundred-mile adventure. A week prior each driver had received, upon Poker Run registration, a packet in the mail. The first page in the packet reads: Please find enclosed the following items we hope will keep your day well-organized and thoroughly enjoyable:
- One white stick-on letter for your boot window
- Detailed driving instructions with suggested side trips
- Attraction brochures/website addresses
Card stop 1 – The Old Creamery Coop
Card stop 2 – Taft Farms
Card stop 3 – Hoffman’s Pottery
Card stop 4 – Hotchkiss Mobiles
Card stop 5 – Hilltop Orchards/Furnace Brook Winery
Town of Lee
Hancock Shaker Village
The Guthrie Center
Berkshire Botanical Gardens
Norman Rockwell Museum
The Mohawk Trail
- Berkshire Visitor Map
- Pre-paid dinner tickets
- Winning order of Poker Hands – no shoot outs!
- Bulldog tattoo, thanks to Keeler Mini
- One Raffle Ticket – for prizes at dinner (you can purchase additional tickets once at the Pump Station)
It’s up to each car to plan their day such that they get to the five card stops to pick up a card in a sealed envelope and make it to dinner (back at the Pump Station) by 6:30pm. Many of us tried to fit in extra sights (the flower bridge, elephant/shark rocks, Mass MOCA) as it was such a beautiful day and who knew when we’d be in these parts again? But there were a lot of miles with a few detours (ummm, yes an interesting dirt road or two, some construction – “raised structures” provided a nice autocross mid-rally!) and the card stops themselves called us to linger and chat over cider and doughnuts. Eventually, we all made it to dinner eager to share our travel adventures and disclose our poker hands – not to mention dig into the delicious buffet which was waiting for us. During dinner the fun continued with raffle drawings for coveted MINI items. At long last, table by table, each person revealed their poker hand – lots of ‘fold ems and almosts’ until Bridget turned up three kings! Half of the total prize went to her and the other half was donated to the charity of her choice – The Hudson Valley SPCA. Thanks to Mike Roth for designing our route, Neil Evans & the Albany Pump Station, Keeler MINI, Accent Promotions and all the awesome friends who attended.
Cya next year!
First Tuesday of the month – time to meet up at the Albany Pump Station at 7:15p to discuss going-ons over the winter.
Bring an item or two for the local food pantry and we’ll make sure it gets there!
Where else? MPG will have its regularly scheduled October meeting Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Albany Pump Station. Talk plans for the month, season, and begin brainstorming for next year.
Stops detailed in a new email which will go out after the 3rd (in case you can’t make the meeting).
Driver Registration Fee: $55.00 (Includes one poker hand, one t-shirt, one dinner ticket, and one adventure packet)
Registration form here! Download, print, and mail soon as space is limited.
Notes on the Poker Run: This year we are heading to the northeast. There are five mandatory stops for card pick ups but a multitude of other optional sites for you to explore (these are described in your adventure packet). We will begin our day at the Albany Pump Station around 9:30 or 10:00am. You can get to the card stops in any order at any time but you must be back at the Pump Station for a delicious buffet dinner at 6:30pm. Poker hands are revealed (all the cards are in sealed envelopes) after dessert and in between raffle drawings. The winning hand splits the pot with their favorite charity.
Hey Mini Friends -
Come on out to the Albany Pump Station (Tuesday, August 6) at 7:15. The hot topic will be September’s Poker Run – Mark your calendars now for Saturday, Sept 28 (this is one weekend later than usual) … We will be heading in a northeasterly direction – but we’re not giving it all away yet.