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USS KEARSARGE ASSOCIATION 2018
REUNION, TOUR DESCRIPTIONS
Monday, 30 April 2018
Arrival and Check in Day
The full reunion itinerary (with times) will be included in your reunion package on check in at our registration table.
General info for all tours:
Deluxe motor coach transportation
Expert regional guides (dressed in period costume)
Tour company representatives always available
Admission to all attractions being toured
Gratuities, coordination, taxes included
(Exceptional service tips=individual discretion)
Tuesday, 01 May 2018
St. Augustine Historic Tour
Expert regional guide dressed in period costume
Fountain of youth water bottle contest
We tour all major sites and stop at Castillo de San Marcos, (the fort that was never captured in battle).
The "Historic tour" lasts approximately 2 hours, (after arrival in St. Augustine). Once complete, we go to the historic district with lunch recommendations from the staff and then some shopping in our nations oldest city!
Wednesday, 02 May 2018
Amelia Island Tour
(including Kingsley plantation)
We travel on the "Buccaneer Trail" to Amelia Island which is approximately 45 minutes north of Jax. Our first stop though will be at Kingsley Plantation, maintained by the National Park Service. We explore the grounds which include the slave quarters, barn, waterfront, plantation house, kitchen house, and interpretative garden. Then proceed to the Historic village of Fernandina Beach, to be met by a local historian who will provide an informative and entertaining tour of this historic village.
Lunch will be in the historic village (on your own) with a number of superb dining options. A Southern "Home Style Lunch" can be had also (ask the tour guide). Some dining options are directly on the waterfront and they are great. (Personal testimony from C.V.) You can finish the afternoon with plenty of time for shopping on Centre Street and the bus will depart for the hotel in Jax at 1500, (subject to change).
Thursday, 03 May 2018
Jax city &Veterans Memorial Wall
Naval Station Mayport including lunch
Our Memorial Service will be held at The Veterans Memorial Wall. It's a very impressive venue that honors all Duval county service members that gave the ultimate sacrifice from all eras. NavSta Mayport is the 3rd largest Navy fleet concentration in the USA. A busy harbor capable of handling 34 ships and an 8,000 ft. runway capable of handling any aircraft in the DOD inventory. Lunch will be at the Ocean Breeze, the former "O" club overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
This tour has some variables/unknowns as we are striving to get a tour aboard an active USN SHIP. (USS that is). If we are able to achieve that goal then there will be some very positive changes. They remain unknown until we are able to get verification as to port schedules of available ships and then get their permission for our group. Ships schedules are "TOP SECRET" as most are aware. (Loose lips sink ships) So, it could very well be a last minute change, but you will be kept informed. We plan to make a brief Navy Exchange stop (time permitting) after we leave the base and everyone will be able to make most purchases. (no liquor, tobacco or uniform items)
The Alhambra Dinner Theater
Five Guys Named Moe is about our hero, Nomax – he's broke, his lovely Lorraine left him and he's listening to the radio at 5:00 in the morning. Out of the radio, five guys named Moe appear. Set to Jordan's iconic rhythm and blues/jazz score, the Moes encourage Nomax to turn his life around and tell Lorraine that he loves her
Friday, 04 May 2018
Gathering in the hospitality room to visit
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront
1201 Riverplace Boulevard
Front Desk Direct phone: 904-398-8800 (available 24 hours a day)
Reservation Cut-off Date: before midnight on 2 April 2018
Booking by phone call 1-800-222-8733 (available 24 hours a day)
be sure to ask for “USS Kearsarge” or Group Code USK
Booking Your Room
STANDARD QUEENS OR DOUBLES, $105.00 + TAXES
RIVERFRONT KINGS OR DOUBLES, $120.00+ TAXES
Jr. SUITE RIVERFRONT-KING, $135.00+ TAXES
The riverfront view is well worth the extra dollars in my "humble" opinion.
TAXES CURRENTLY TOTAL 13%
Rates include FREE SELF PARKING. (normally $12.00 daily)
Rates also include a FREE buffet breakfast (to include eggs/omelets to order)
Normally a $14.95 value. ( Gratuity NOT included.)
ALL ROOMS DON'T HAVE REFRIGERATORS, so, if you require one you MUST say so when you reserve your room. They do have "Radar Ranges". ("Microwave Ovens")
The following numbers are normally available 09-1630 Eastern Time, M-F only.
LaToya Jerido (Sales Manager) direct number: 904-396-8879
Karen Padgett (Administrative Assistant) direct number: 904-396-8845
USS KEARSARGE DINING MENUS
2018 REUNION, JACKSONVILLE, FL.
Mon. 30 April, FREE PIZZA, WINGS & GREEN SALAD
Tue. 01 May, Custom "CREWS MESS" Southern Buffet
Fried Chicken and Catfish
Mixed Green Salad, 3 Dressings available
Potato Salad & Steamed Asparagus
Hot Rolls and Butter
Apple and Pecan Pie
Coffee, Iced Tea, Iced Water, Hot Tea
Wed. 02 May, Custom "FLIGHT DECK PICNIC"
Burgers and Bratwursts, Buns and Rolls
Bagged Assorted Chips & Pasta Salad
Selection of Condiments w/assorted cheeses
Brownies and Blondies
Beverages as on Tuesday
Thu. 03 May, TBD, possible Dinner Theater trip???
Will be announced when known.
Fri. 04 May, FAREWELL and SAYONARA BANQUET
"CPO MESS SPECIAL", 3 Entree Buffet
Caesar Salad and a "Chop Salad"
Skirt Steak in a Burgundy Mushroom Sauce
Chicken parmesan and Teriyaki Salmon
Roasted New Potatoes and Wild Rice Pilaf
Green Bean Almandine
Rolls and Butter
Chefs Choice Dessert Table, cakes, pies, etc.
Pre-set Iced tea/water, coffee to be served
Assorted Tazo Hot Tea, Lemon/Honey avail.
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION FOR 2018 REUNION
This link is also available on the Kearsarge Association website. The discount code is already on the form. Be sure you mark the box “From Airport” so they know you want to be picked up at the airport. Also make sure to mark the “roundtrip” box to make sure you will be picked up at the hotel for your return flight. If you prefer to call in your reservation to Super Shuttle, call 1800BlueVan (1-800-258-3826). Give them the discount code DAC5A. If you have any questions, you can call me (Lynda Rittle) at 717-926-1788.
NOTICE: You MUST be a member of the Kearsarge Association in order to attend the reunion. You can send your membership fees with a member registration form in at the same time. Click here for a membership form
If you have been to a previous reunion and if you still have your neck wallet, and you are planning on attending this one in Jacksonville, we would like to have you bring it with you, so you can use it again.
If you have any items you would like to contribute to the fund raising auction please bring them along to the reunion.
Kearsarge Association members will be provided a parking pass to display on the dash of their car upon check in. The FREE SELF-PARKING is located in the hotel “basement” that’s only a short walk to the elevators. Upon arrival just tell the bell-man and he will provide directions. As info, “valet” parking is also available for $12.00 a day...
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