2014 Finger Lakes MBCA Annual Winter BBQ

Visiting malls has never been on my bucket list but I’m going back to Destiny USA in Syracuse, site of our 2014 annual bar-b-que at Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar and Grill”. When I return it will be on a weekday so I can find a parking space within strolling, not hiking, distance to the closest entrance of this gigantic shopping/eating/amusement filled emporium. [Read more…]

2013 Finger Lakes MBCA Annual Meeting

Minutes of the Annual Meeting, November 10th, 2013

Belhurst Castle in Geneva was, once again, the site of our Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 10th. Twenty one members, associates and guests gathered for the election of Board members and discussions of Club business. Present were Don and Betsy Klug, Menzer and Rena Doud, Bob and Kathy Harradine, Don and Sally McFarland, Bob and Judy Handzo, Roy and Jeanette Kuck, Ernie Edelmann and guest Claudette Doran, Red Kozinski and guest Nelly Burke, Carl Prouty, Bill Wayman, Dan Young and John Lamb and guest Niles Barlow. [Read more…]

Annual Picnic 2013

SUNDAY, JULY 7th 2013


Perfect weather for picnicking and once again, the host with the most, Red Kozinski offered his hospitable home in Scottsville with pool, beautiful lawns, wooded trails for all the FLMBCA members to enjoy. Everyone brought salads or desserts to share and the club supplied drinks, nibbles, grill foods, etc. and Red just happened to have two delicious beef briskets awaiting slicing on the wooden cutting board. Eight Mercedes (not all of us drove our Mercedes), of varying age and styles, lined up on the lawn for a “People’s Choice” car show.


A very difficult choice, too, as each was very special and we M-B members do get nostalgic when presented with perfection. Jim and Delsea Benz’s beautiful 1986 560SEL was declared the winner by an overwhelming vote and they took home a beribboned bottle of the Finger Lake’s fine Riesling.



Don Klug and Dave Kliment took photos for our website and for display at the November Annual Meeting. Other prize winners throughout the day included Don and Betsy Klug for traveling the farthest (from Watertown), Mort and Dottie Polsky for the longest membership (10 years) and Dan Young as the newest member (7 months). Dan was also awarded a gold MBCA pin as a “welcome new member” gift. As the grill cooled down we talked about Menzer Doud’s suggestion of an overnight trip to the Thousand Islands area in October. This would include The Riveredge Hotel in Alexandria Bay as headquarters, meals and sightseeing trips on the St. Lawrence River. More work needs to be done with the date (first or second weekend) and confirmation of amenities.


The idea was well received. Information will be posted on the website and Facebook as plans are firmed. There was lots of other conversation concerning the cars, “who do you know”, “where can I find” stuff, plus all the really important things we women discuss (sometimes even involving cars). The day wound down about 6:PM, we packed up our chairs and empty containers, divided up what little food there was left, tidied up Red’s patio and garage and headed for home after another memorable Annual Picnic.

Finger Lakes MBCA 2012 Annual Meeting

The conservatory at Belhurst Castle in Geneva was the perfect setting for the Annual Meeting of the Finger Lakes Section and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the club’s charter. Twenty two members joined together to discuss club business, plan events for the coming year with new ideas and commitments before enjoying luncheon and a special cake celebrating the forty years the Finger Lakes Section has existed. Present were: Red Kozinski and Nelly Burke, Mel and Alice Dillon, Howard Steiner and Carolyn Foote, Bob and Kathy Harradine, Menzer and Rena Dowd, Don and Betsy Klug, Don and Sally McFarland, John Lamb and Vickie Patridge, Noal White, Dave Kliment and Gillian Lynn, new member Reinhard Thieben, Bob and Judy Handzo. [Read more…]

The Sonnenberg Garden Fathers Day Car Show Delights

A Guest post by section member Don Klug. Thanks Don!

Three members of our Finger Lakes Mercedes Benz Car Club enjoyed a delightful and surprising collection of classic, vintage antique and modern day marvels at the 6th Annual Sonnenberg Gardens Fathers Day Car Show in Canandaigua on Sunday, June 17th. Dan Bilow from the Finger Lakes region showcased his beautiful 1985 SL Convertible, flanked by a 2008 E Class owned by Betsy and Don Klug, Watertown and a 2005 S-Class owned by Rena and Menzer Doud of Pirrepont Manor.

Car lovers showcased their automobiles of all sorts, from “horseless carriages” such as two stunning Pierce Arrow Cars built/manufactured prior to 1916) to vintage vehicles, like the Model T, to mint-condition classics, to modern marvels on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park.

During the show, hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn, pretzels, a chicken barbecue meal and other food items were available as well as tours of the mansion and the nine beautiful gardens. Musical entertainment set the mood for a fun-filled afternoon and a day the whole family was able to enjoy.

Perched atop the sun-bathed hill of the estate known as “Sonnenberg” (German for “sunny hill”), is the 40-room Queen Anne-style mansion. New York City bank financier Frederick Ferris Thompson and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, the daughter of New York State governor Myron Holley Clark, purchased the property in 1863 when it featured just a brick farmhouse on 14 acres. The family prospered and built the mansion between 1885-1887.

Much of the signature floral design and landscaping seen at the nine formal gardens bears the imprint of philanthropist Mary Clark Thompson, who was influenced by numerous trips to European and Asian locales.

Annual Picnic 2012

The sun was in full splendor on that Sunday. Bob had billed this event as a welcome to new members and although he spoke to several newbies interested in coming just Lynn Smith and her sister joined us. Missed a good one guys!

Beautiful cars on a beautiful day at Red’s house.

As always, the perfect host, Red Kozinski had his property groomed beautifully. A sparkling pool, badminton, croquet, and ladder ball were all set up and various other ball games were ready for competition. The wooded trails seemed to be the most popular “sport”. They provided a respite from the hot sun, blackberries were ready to be picked and eaten, and there was the surprise of the little cabin to be found tucked among the trees. If walking was found to be too strenuous a golf cart was available and used by Dave Kliment and our daughter, Gillian, who were probably the youngest people at the picnic. Dave says he only wanted to see how fast it would go.

Everyone brought a salad or a dessert and the long table was groaning with delights. Red provided shrimp and bourbon balls. Nibbles to start of cheeses, dips, chips, etc. and Betsy Klug’s liverwurst pate which received kudos and was inhaled. Wines, beers and sodas were available. Red fired up his unique grill (plan to come next year to see this treasure) with wood and cooked beef and turkey burgers, hots, sausage and chicken breasts. Lots of condiments and pickles were added along with each of the salads and we retired to the tables under the porch roof to consume and comment. Men talked about the cars, women about food and kids and other important things.

Dave had us line all the Mercedes up on the lawn and took photos for the website and the newsletter – it was a gorgeous sight. Every color, model and style. Perfect day for convertibles and every one was top down. Our Ford truck was not allowed to join this stellar group even though it brought the tables, foods, drinks, paperware and all manner of stuff. We knew it would over flow our Mercedes without even trying.

Once again, the Klugs, from Watertown, won the long distance award but it was touch and go with Ernie Edelmann who drove from Elmira. Nice to see members from so far away, especially the eastern area of our Section.

When we had eaten our fill and run out of stories it was time to tidy Red’s garage and yard and head home. We can’t thank Red enough for volunteering to host the annual picnic. Hope he’s up to it next year, too. There’s not a better place for a Mercedes gathering.

Don’t forget that on Sunday, August 19th we’re meeting at the Seward House in Auburn at 1:00PM for a tour followed by lunch at the lovely Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles. Be sure to join the event on the Club Facebook page. Hope to see more of you from the Syracuse area.