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Southern Stars Section January 2021 Drive & Dine Through Historic St. Augustine!

Southern Stars Section January 2021 Drive & Dine Through Historic St. Augustine!

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Sunday, January 24, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
St. Augustine


Southern Stars Section hosted a Drive & Dine to start the New Year!!


            On January 24, 2021, we met at our rendezvous point for a leisurely drive through Julington Creek, Fruit Cove, Switzerland, and into St. Augustine. Our drive took us down SR-13 to CR 208 and over to Pacetti Rd./International Golf Parkway.

            Along the route we enjoyed moss covered tree-lined roads while hugging the St. Johns River and taking in some beautiful views. We also passed many stately manors while headed into the old country of Florida. This drive was about 35 miles along back-country roads.

            We also drove in the region of Ft. Picolata. Fort Picolata (Spanish: Fuerte Picolata) was an 18th-century Spanish fort on the east bank of the St. John's River, about eighteen miles from St. Augustine (San Agustín), the capital of Spanish Florida (La Florida). Lying on the old trail to the Spanish province of Apalachee in western Florida, Fort Picolata and its sister outpost, Fort San Francisco de Pupo, controlled all traffic at the ferry crossing where the river narrows considerably, a natural pass called "Salamatoto" by the Indians.

            We then enjoyed feasting lakeside on the back deck of St. Marys Seafood & More, at their World Golf Village location (@stmarysseafoodwgv) with many delectable seafood entrees and appetizers to go around!

            We had a couple dozen members join us for the drive, and our longest-distance driving members drove their gorgeous 1995 blue on white E320 Cabriolet a couple hours away to join us! We had cabriolets, coupes, sedans, SUV's, a wagon, and half a dozen roadsters participate! We also had three different AMG body styles, including a mint 2003 C32 sedan! Something for everyone to enjoy! Everyone shared stories and laughs, and new friendships were formed! A great time was had by all!

            We look forward to more of these Drive & Dine events, it's always a fantastic event! We thank our new Membership Director Gary Keener and Treasurer Jackie Keener for leading the charge of this fantastic event!

             Our next event will be a Cars & Coffee, on February 13th, 2021 from 8 AM to 10:30 AM, at the Mercedes Benz Orange Park (The one on Blanding Blvd), on Valentine’s Day weekend! Bring the Mercedes you love the most! Which Mercedes will it be?


Photos: Dave Wommer, Section VP


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