Having celebrated its 19th year this past December, the Annual Vintage Weekend is one of those must-attend events for admirers of classic conveyances by water, land and air. The private Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, makes an exception to its members-only policy for this yearly four-day event held the first weekend in December and welcomes non-members to stay at the resort Inn with the additional purchase of an event ticket. It’s a rare treat to have access to the posh club’s 2,500-acre oceanfront location, which includes two championship golf courses, shops, restaurants, an airfield, and 175-slip marina just steps away from the Inn.
“Vintage Weekend was originally started to attract people to the resort on a traditionally slow weekend prior to the December holidays. Three Ocean Reef members each had an interest in vintage collectibles and attended events in other parts of the country, so they invited attendees to attend ours,” says Molly Carroll, Ocean Reef Executive Director of Communications. “This year we had more exhibitors than in the last few years, and we encourage people to register early starting in February for the December event.”
This was the first such event for Frank Gallagher, who brought his 1947 Piper Super Cruiser airplane. Based in Valkaria, Florida, Frank heard about the event through his membership with the Florida Cub Flyers Club. “I’m very impressed with Vintage Weekend’s good organization and how welcoming the staff is,” says Frank, who promises he’ll be back again in 2014.