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Members Only (updated 2/25/20)
Notice of passing of J D (Skip) Williams on 2/18 and funeral arrangements.

Member Rosters as of 2/20/20
Photo Directory as of 2/16/20
February Newsletter posted 2/3
Upcoming Events (updated 2/25/20)
Tour to Utica, OH 8/6
FYBO Tour 4/25
AWD Blue Sky Restaurant 5/6
Spring Miata’s at the Gap 5/10 – 16
Dearborn, MI Tour 9/15-16 /2020
AWL Buffet Pines Golf Course & Restaurant 3/22
Club Picnic 6/13
Tour to Club Picnic 6/13
Sundaes On Monday 3/2 Pav’s Creamery
Sundaes on Monday 4/6 Mitchells Ice Cream
UP / Northern MI Tour 9/29 – 10/2
AWD Pickle Mama’s 3/14
Club Calendar (updated  2/24/20)
Added details for above Events

Tour Utica – Thur, 8/6/2020

Tour Leaders: Bob and Chris Snode and Gary and Char Davis

This will be a leisurely tour through the countryside, starting at the Bob Evan’s Restaurant located at 550 Robinson Rd, Wooster, OH 44691 (click for map) at 8:00 AM and driving to Granville, OH for lunch and then continuing to Utica, OH to tour the Velvet Ice Cream Co.    (click for website).  There is a limit of 12 cars for the tour; to sign-up contact Bob Snode via email, or sign up at the meeting,  or phone: 330-265-4349.

Bob Snode

fybo tour – sat, 4/25/2020

Tour Leader: John and Donna Garsteck

This is a leisurely TOP DOWN  drive on curvy back roads leaving the Medina Antique Mall and a lunch in Amish Country.

Where:  Meet at the parking lot for Medina Antique Mall located at 2797 Medina Rd. (Rt 18), Medina, OH.  This is just east of I71 on Rt. 18 (click for map).  The entrance to the parking is off on Windfall Rd.  and behind Dunkin’ Donuts.
From I71 go east on Rt.18 and then left on Windfall Rd. and then left behind Dunkin Donuts into the parking lot .
From I77 go west on rt.18 and right on Windfall Rd.  just before I71 and then left behind Dunkin Donuts  into the parking lot.

Time: plan arrive by 9:00 AM.  Drivers meeting at 9:15 AM and leaving promptly at 9:30 AM.

We will form 4 groups of approx 12 cars. When you arrive, please join a group that is not full. 
* Those that need insurance release forms, please print one (click for form) , fill out and bring with you to save time when checking in. 
* Bring Walkie-Talkies and / or CBs .
* Be prepared for cold weather, this is a top down “FREEZE YOUR BUTT OFF TOUR ” unless it is raining. .  In case of snow , the tour will be cancelled and we will try to reschedule.
* Please have a full gas tank and an empty bladder!!!, No pit stops are planned and there are none on the roads we will be cruising.
* To sign up, contact John and Donna Garsteck via email,  or sign up sheet at meeting, or phone 1-440-238-9363 and leave a message.

Looking forward to seeing everyone for a fun day!

John and Donna Garsteck

Sundaes on monday – wINTER!!! 3/2/20 & 4/6/20

Why wait for Spring to enjoy ice cream??  Doug and Carol Leavens have set up a limited schedule of Sundaes on Mondays to give a break from the dreary winter days.  These will be the first Monday in Feb, Mar and Apr and will start at 7:30 PM.

March 2 – 7:30 PM at Pav’s Creamery  2162 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls (click for map) 330.208.0341
April 6 – 7:30 PM at Mitchells Ice Cream 18832 Westwood Dr. Strongsville (click for map) 440.638.4421

Book Club – Sun, 3/8/20

Hosts: Karen Baker & Joyce Simmelink
When:  3PM Sunday, March 8, 2020
Where : Lexington Ridge Club House, Medina.  (Click for map, when you sign up for this event, include your email and you will receive detailed driving directions)

This year’s selection is EDUCATED by Tara Westover.

 Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention.  It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and the grief that comes of severing one’s closest ties.  With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

Bring a snack and beverage if you wish (adult beverages are permitted).  Coffee and Tea will be provided.  There is a stove, refridgerator and microwave available.

To sign up contact: KAREN BAKER ( 330.760.6164) OR JOYCE SIMMELINK (440.796.7530).

Karen Baker & Joyce Simmelink


AWD Spaghetti Warehouse Tuesday, 3/10/20

Hosts: Wayne Baker & Marsha Showalter,

DINNER:         7:00 PM

Join us for some great Italian food and fellowship with Miata friends at the Spaghetti Warehouse located at 510 South Main St #33,  Akron, Ohio  44311 (click for website) or (click for directions).

A Sign-up sheet will be available at the meetings or contact Marsha via email or phone: 330-864-5281, There is a limit of 40 people for this dinner.

Wayne & Marsha

AWD Pickle Mama’s sat, 3/14/20

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Hosts: Ed and Judy Kura and Len and Marybeth Kozak
Dinner:  6:00pm – 8:30pm
Pickle Mama’s Market and Eatery (click for website) is located at 7249 Wooster Pike Road, Seville, OH 44273 (click for directions) (phone 330-662-4024). Pickle Mama’s offer’s Classic American cuisine with cultural influences and the menu offers something for everyone, from the carnivore to the vegan to the dietary sensitive.
RSVP to Ed Kura via email or there will be a sign-up sheet at the February meeting.
Ed & Judy Kura  Len and Marybeth Kozak


Around the World Brunch Buffet- Pines Golf Club, Sun 3/22/20

Hosts: Gary and Char Davis

11:00 AM Social
11:00 AM Buffet

This is an Around the World Brunch Buffet  at the Pines Golf Club and Restaurant (click for website) located at 1319 Millborne Rd. Orrville, Ohio, 44667 (click for map).  the price is $13.95  or $11.95 for seniors 65 and over.

To sign up please contact Gary and Char via email  or phone 330-347-2000 or there will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting.

Gary and Char Davis

AWL – Sereniti 3/24/20

Lunch: 11:30 AM
Hosts:  Dave & Karen Baker

Sereniti restaurant (click for website), located at 538 West Liberty St.,  Medina (click for map)  is a part of the Recovery Center of Medina County.  They offer a dining experience with seasonal, classic French cuisine in the middle of Medina’s Historic District. 
The mission of the restaurant is to instill leadership skills in men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction through an education in the culinary arts.  The aim is to change the face of recovery through food and hospitality.

To sign up please contact Dave & Karen via email or phone 330.760.6196 or there will be a signup sheet at the meeting.

Dave & Karen Baker

Think Spring Wine Tasting Party, 3/28/20

Hosts:   Doug and Carol Leavens
Time:  6:00 PM

Location:  Doug & Carol Leavens’ home
4327 Dogwood Trail, North Olmsted (click for map)

Please join us for a great party to kick off the driving season.

Bring a bottle of your favorite wine to share plus an appetizer or dessert.  We will have meat balls and mini hot dogs.

If wine is not your thing  please come anyway as we will have plenty of pop, tea and coffee.  The Keurig coffee maker will be on for all. If you have a favorite K cup of coffee bring it a long to share.

Please RSVP by March 14th via email or there will be a signup sheet at the meetings.  No limit unless the whole club plans on coming.  Last year there were 60 of your best Miata friends.

 Note: only park on my side of the street.  No parking on hydrant side.
Looking forward to another great party !!!

Doug & Carol Leavens

AWD Santo’s WED, 4/8/20

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Hosts:  Tom & Cathy Walden

Drinks 6:30 PM with Dinner at 7:00 PM (real time).

Santo’s is a casual Italian restaurant that has been family owned and operated for over 35 years.  It is located in the Briarcliff Plaza at 7565 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, OH, phone: 440.234.6480.  Click for website or directions

RSVP via email to Cathy or sign up at the meeting.  There is a limit of 36 people but there will  be a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Tom & Cathy

Spring Miata’s at the Gap May 10-16, 2020

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Tour Leader: Bill Titley.
This is the 20th Annual Spring Miata’s at the Gap (picutes are from the previous tours).  There will be a different drive every day on the fantastic Smoky Mountain roads including the Tail of the Dragon!  We drive a lot, eat too much, and have great fellowship with other Miata enthusiasts!  This year’s trip will be May 10th thru 16th – but you may come and go for whatever days that work for your schedule.  Bill will be arriving around noon on Sunday, May 10, to begin the fun.
We will be staying at the same motel as before, the Highland Manor Inn at 7766 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN (click for directions).  Please make your reservations directly with the hotel – (800) 213-9462 or their website.  There are only a few rooms left.  This year’s rates are $79.50 for 5 or more nights, $89.50 for 3 or 4 nights, and $99.50 for 1 or 2 nights.  Be sure to tell them you are with the Miata group to get the reduced room rates.
Call Bill at (740) 269-1723 or (386) 478-1233 for any questions you might have.
Don’t miss out on all the fun!  Zoom!  Zoom!

Club Picnic – Sat, 6/13/20

Hosts:  Bob & Betty Belding

2:00 PM – Social
4:00 PM – Dinner

Join us at the Belding Homestead at 45459 State Route 14, Columbiana, Ohio 44408 for the annual Northcoast Miata Club Picnic.  Our home is located one half mile east of the State Route 7 and State Route 14 intersection on the south side of SR 14 (right side), directly across from the entrance to the Links at Firestone Farms GC.  Our house is the first house on the right after you pass the traffic light going eastbound.  Look for the sign.  (click for map) There are some neat Miata Roads to travel if you wish a leisurely drive and more direct routes also.    Bob’s cell # is 330.853.6658 if you should get lost.  Doug and Carol Leavens are planning a group to convoy to the picnic.  Details will be posted later on the website.

Please arrive any time after 2:00 PM for socializing and we will grill around 4:00 PM.  Bring your favorite dish to share along with copies of your recipes (unless they are secret), your favorite beverage and enjoy the afternoon.  The club is again generously furnishing hamburgers, hot dogs, kielbasa, soft drinks, table service, plates and cups plus a tent.


You can bring your goodies to the house and then park along the road to show other folks what they are missing by not owning a Miata.  Please let us know by June 6th that you are coming so we can order enough food.  You may confirm by email or sign up at the meeting or call 330.482.3752,  ALL ARE WELCOME!! 

Since our house is going on the market this spring, this most likely will be our last picnic on Rt. 14.

Bob & Betty Belding

Tour to Club picnic 6/13/20

Tour Leaders:  Doug and Carol Leavens

This is backroads drive to the Club Picnic  in Columbiana, Ohio.  We will be departing from Michael’s Place restaurant at 12841 State Road, North Royalton (click for map)Departure time is 11:30 am sharp!
Please let us know if you would like to join us for the tour.  Carol and I will arrive early at Michael’s for a small brunch.  Please join us if you can, but let us know so we can advise the restaurant.  The tour will last 3 hours, arriving at the picnic at 2:30.  You may join up with the tour en route (see schedule below) but please advise so I will be looking for you. 

Depart              11:30  AM
Peninsula         11:50   AM      16.4 miles
State Rt 8        11:57   AM    
Rt 44                  12:20   PM         34 miles
Windam           12:40   PM         44 miles
Rt 82/303        12:45  PM          47 miles
Newton Falls   1:00   PM          20 minute break at Big Mac
Picnic                   2:30    PM         86 miles

 When signing up for this tour please also let Bob and Betty Belding know you are coming.  We will be using Channel 5 on the radios.  To sign up please email us or there will be a signup sheet at the meetings, or call 440.821.0228 (cell) or 440.734.5632 (home).
Doug and Carol Leavens

Dearborn Tour – Tue / Wed 9/15 – 16/2020

Tour Leaders:  Dave and Pamela Handley 

This is a 2 day tour of Dearborn, MI.  The actual timing for each day will be provided later as well as accommendation details and starting time and location for the drive to Dearborn. 
1st Day
AM     Drive to Dearborn
PM:    Ford Rouge Assembly Plant Walking Tour
One of the top attractions is the walking tour of the Dearborn Truck Plant, (click for website) where the new military-grade aluminum-alloy-body Ford F-150 truck is made. The elevated walkway, a 1/3 mile journey, provides you with a unique bird’s-eyeview of the plant’s final assembly line. You’ll see first-hand the complex web of equipment, robotics, parts delivery and skilled workers that come together to build one truck per minute at full line speeds–yes, you read that right: onetrucks one a minute.  Note that Admission is $19.00 ($17.50 seniors) and Parking is $6.00.

 2nd Day
AM – early PM:     Ford Museum of American Innovation
A world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation (click for web site) allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers’ achievements, or make yourself at home inside Buckminster Fuller’s circular Dymaxion House.  Note that Admission is $25.00 ($22.50 seniors) and Parking is $6.00.

Mid afternoon / early evening:    Drive home

Dave and Pamela Handley 

UP North MIchigan Tour 9/29 – 10/2 /2020

Tour Leaders: John/Jeanne Embree  

Join us for 3 nights and 4 days in Northern Michigan from Tuesday, Sept 29th to Friday, October 2nd.  We will be driving on M-22, a 116 mile road that winds thru several Michigan counties along Lake Michigan. M-22 is considered one of the top scenic drives in the US.  We will spend the first night in Cadillac, Michigan and 2 nights in Glen Arbor, Michigan.

Highlights will include Pierce Stocking Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Glen Lake, Glen Arbor, Leland and Northport. Additional details will be provided to tour participants at a later date.

The trip is limited to 8 cars  To sign up please contact John & Jeanne via email or phone 216-644-6710.

John & Jeanne Embree

Connecting Miata Enthusiasts in North & Central Ohio