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May Event –
Straight Eights Make the Scene at Cambridge, MD

Thanks to long time member Brian Routhier, we have an interesting event planned in Cambridge, MD, on Saturday May 7. We encourage you to consider this event, which we are also advertising to our other surrounding LCCI regions as an informal invitational.


Brian has coordinated a Straight Eights mid day “Cruise-in” in Cambridge, followed by a tour of a spectacular private car collection, with an enjoyable scenic drive in between.

We will start at Snappers Waterfront Café, where we can park our cars for the day while we stroll through the charming town, hit the local shops, and have lunch at Snappers or any of the other local eateries. This informal car show begins at 10AM and goes until 2PM.


Your arrival time is flexible, but our group departure time is firm at 2PM.

At 2PM, we will depart Snappers, and go for a brief scenic tour of the local area where we can stop for a waterfront photo-op. We will then proceed to our final destination: “Normandie,” the waterfront estate of Henry and Gale Petronis in Royal Oak, MD. This is a private tour of their Car Barn, which houses 60+ Concours d’Elegance-quality vintage automobiles. The collection consists primarily of 1930s and 1940s American luxury convertibles with marques such as Packard, Lincoln, and Cadillac. There are also European luxury pre-war makes: Rolls Royce and Bentley to name a few. Gale and Henry regularly show their cars at the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance and others.




Our allotted time at the Petronis estate ends at 5PM. Some members may choose to head home from there, while others may decide to have dinner locally or even spend the night.

While there is no optimal “host hotel,” we have posted some suggestions for lodging below. All such arrangements therefore are “on your own.”  However, if there is significant interest in a group gathering for dinner (based on your RSVP responses), we will coordinate a dinner with a local establishment that is Cambridge-centric.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 4:

We request that you RSVP to for the Cambridge event so we can get a head count to Snappers and the Petronis family. Please indicate the following:

  1. The names of the attendees
  2. Whether or not you are interested in a group dinner after the car collection tour
  3. Whether or not you plan to spend the night on the eastern shore—only for informational purposes, in case another opportunity for a group activity pops up (like breakfast!)

Address and Directions:
Snappers Waterfront Café
112 Commerce Street 
Cambridge, MD 21613

Directions (from Route 50 going South):  
1. Turn right on Maryland Avenue (first light after bridge) 
2. Continue past drawbridge, Maryland Avenue turns into Market Street. 
3. Make a right at the first light after bridge onto Academy Street. 
4. Make a right at second light onto High Street (brick road). 
5. Commerce Street will be your second street on the right (look for Snappers sign).

About Cambridge:

Cambridge is a charming waterfront town along the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It is located just 35 minutes south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge off of Route 50, which is a surprisingly pleasant and easy drive in early May, since it is still pre-beach season.

The town has been going through a gentrification of sorts, so now is the time to see it, before it turns into an overcrowded tourist trap!  Parking is ample (and free – no meters!), and the streets are reasonably wide and uncongested. There are several very nice eateries, bar-n-grills, a wine bar and fromagerie, and various interesting shops. It is surrounded by very scenic, historic neighborhoods, and of course, awesome waterfront parks and views.


For those interested in staying in Cambridge or the surrounding area, there are choices across the price spectrum.

Here are a couple charming B&Bs that are within walking distance of Snappers and “downtown,” for those who want to a Cambridge-focused stay:

Cambridge House

Mill Street Inn

And these are a short drive to downtown Cambridge:

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
(Pricey, but elegant. This is where the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance is now held)

(On the water, 1.5 mile from town)

Killarney Inn
(Across route 50; has nice reviews)

There are also a variety of chain hotels/motels along the RT50 corridor between Easton and Cambridge, for those who want a quick getaway the next morning: ps/d6F3oAyLcGv

I hope to see many of you there!