Bob Freeman, Co-Chairman
Reunion 2013
603-882-8860
ca-148@comcast.net


Jim Peden, Co-Chairman
Reunion 2013
 802-897-2001
peden@uss-newport-news.com

The Officers and Directors of the
USS Newport News CA-148 Reunion Association, Inc.
cordially invite all former crewmembers, their family and friends to a
Ship's Reunion
to be held at the Nashua, N.H. Radisson Hotel, June 27- 30, 2013


Greetings, Shipmates, Family, and Friends! This year our featured event is a visit to our own USS Newport News Museum aboard our sister ship, the USS Salem CA-139 in Quincy, MA. However, we are skirting the higher-priced metro Boston area by basing our headquarters at the handsome gothic Radisson Hotel in nearby Nashua, New Hampshire. New Hampshire has no sales tax and we are a little over an hour away by luxury motor coach to the Atlantic coast.


We have contracted with the Nashua Radisson for a very attractive room rate which includes a full buffet breakfast for everyone. This will allow us to head out on our daily activities fully fueled and on time. Bob and Jim have personally sampled this buffet and it is complete in every regard and well prepared. This is normally a $12.95 per person buffet.

Thus, the room rates are:

Couple - $117.00 per day (includes 2 buffet full breakfasts)

Single - $109.00 per day (includes 1 buffet full breakfast)

Step #1 If you are planning on attending, please click HERE and reserve your room(s) NOW.  This link is pre-programmed to include our promotional code (USSNPN) which will use our special rate.

Early room registration is IMPORTANT.  The longer we wait, the more we risk competing with another group the same weekend.  We have a block reserved, and can add more if needed.... but not when we get close to the reunion date.

Our special rate is guaranteed between Monday, June 24 until Monday, July 1, 2013,  so those who might want to come a bit early ( volunteers and such ) or care to stay an extra day, can enjoy the discount rate.

So, please reserve your room(s) NOW.  This will greatly aid us in our overall reunion planning.  Remember that each day's room reservation also includes a full buffet breakfast for each registrant.

NOTE:  This does NOT register you for the reunion itself.  To register for Reunion 2013, download our registration form by clicking HERE, complete the registration, and return along with payment.  More info on the reunion itself follows (below).



    Friday has traditionally been our day to
check out some of the local attractions.

 So, we have organized a couple of nice options for you:


Tour 1:   The Strawberry Banke Museum in the seacoast town of Portsmouth, N.H. Here we will explore four centuries of American history through the eyes of the people who lived in one of New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighborhoods.

This tour is $45 per person, and is all-inclusive, with luxury motor coach (restrooms, video, in-flight snacks), museum entry fees, and a nice lunch included.

 


Tour 2: The Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack, N.H., home of some the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.  Includes luxury bus transport to the brewery, then on to lunch at

Parker's Maple Barn

A really rustic nearby restaurant, where we will have lunch on our own ( not included in the tour price ).  They've promised us a tour of the maple sugar works.
  

This tour is $35 per person, all inclusive except for lunch on your own.


Note: Tour costs are in addition to the reunion attendance fee, which this year priced out at $110 per person for the entire event.  This reunion attendance single fee covers the shared costs of the ship’s store, hospitality room, snacks and beverages, buses to the USS Salem on Saturday, lunch on the Salem, and our semi-formal Saturday evening dinner and dance with a live band.  Both tours will board at 0830 hrs after our hearty full buffet breakfasts at the Radisson. 


PLAN(s) OF THE DAY (s)


Early Arrivals - Wednesday 6/26/13 or earlier

For those of us who arrive and settle in a day early, we are participating ( in uniform ) in a memorial service at the nearby 911 Memorial in Hudson, New Hampshire.  This memorial has a section from the World Trade Center.

This is an event which Bob Freeman originally engineered, and which has attracted some local community interest and participation as well.  We expect to have a small but respectable showing, and it appears we are actually the "host" for this event.

Hook up with us if you arrive early enough on Wednesday or earlier, we'll car pool over there (not far) and figure out our dinner plans on the fly.


Thursday 6/27/13

Check in and let us know you have arrived. Pick up your reunion ‘13 packets which will include all your dinner and tour and museum tickets. The hospitality room will be open with light snacks and soft drinks provided, and the ship's store will be open.

Interesting Note:  Under New Hampshire hotel law, we may purchase alcoholic drinks at the hotel pub and bring them into the hospitality room if we wish to imbibe within (bringing our own bottle is of course not allowed)  The reunion association as such will not be serving any alcoholic beverages.

Bring your photos and musical instruments and sea stories.


Friday 6/28/13  Tour Day!

This year we decided to "produce" our own tours, and not use a commercial tour company.  So, we've gone all-out this year for the finest tour busses we could find.  Our buses will have all the finest luxury features:

Extra large panoramic windows
Reclining seats
Individual reading lamps
Overhead baggage compartments
Multi-screen video system*
AM/FM/Cassette Stereo
Air conditioning
Rest room facility
Public address system
Generous luggage capacity
Friendly, courteous drivers
Comfortable, spacious seating
The Strawberry Banke tour bus will board at 0830 hrs sharp and the the Budweiser Brewery tour shortly thereafter.  Upon return, the ship’s store will be open and we can join our mates in the hospitality room for snacks and such fun as we may care to have. Dinner Friday night is on your own, either at the hotel or one of the many restaurants nearby.

Saturday 6/29/13

Our really big day! After a hearty full buffet breakfast, we’ll board the buses ( in uniform ) and head for our sister ship, the USS Salem CA-139 and our own USS Newport News Museum.

We’ll man the fantail rails for a memorial service, have lunch (provided), and tour the ship and our museum at leisure.  Then it's back to Nashua to rest up for the big evening to come.


Saturday Evening

We'll begin by having our photos taken for the Memory Book that will be produced by the same company that did such a fine job at Norfolk in 2011.

After our photos, we'll have a pre-dinner mixer with cash bar and a pianist, followed by our semi-formal dinner and dance afterward to the music of Java Jive - known as the "World's Smallest Big Band".  This will be their 3rd appearance at one of our reunions, they're a really impressive group.  Photo taking will begin around 1600 hrs, with dinner and our biennial meeting mustering at 1800 hrs in the ballroom.  The dance follows around 2000 hrs, and our carriage turns into a pumpkin at 2300 hrs.  This schedule is subject to a bit of shifting as necessary.

We like to dress up a bit for this gig.  You'll see a few tuxedos, a lot of suits and/or sports coats, and hopefully everyone will wear a tie.  (you will not be keelhauled if you don't.)  You may also wear your uniform.  The Ladies know how to dress for something like this, and don't need our advice.

 


So, now it's time for Step 2:  Register for Reunion 2013

Click
HERE, to download a PDF of the official 2013 USS Newport News Reunion form.

Fill it out carefully, indicating the choice of meal for each person, and include which tours you wish to take ( one per person, obviously ).  We'll be posting more details as they develop right here on our web site.  Be sure to make your check payable to USSNNRA, and don't forget to sign it.  An email address is very useful, please include yours on the registration form.

Thanks!   .......   Jim Peden and Bob Freeman, Co-Chairmen

 
 


UPDATE 9 May 2013

Hotel Reservations going strong.  Here's the latest list of room reservations at the Radisson.

To date we have 119 rooms reserved and 219 adults in them.

Registration CLOSES on June 1, don't delay.

NOTE: These are Hotel Room Reservations, not Reunion Attendance Registrations, but they are our best indicator
 of who will be attending.  Be sure to Register for the Reunion in addition to reserving your hotel room(s). ( Step B, above )

Click
HERE, to download a PDF of the official 2013 USS Newport News Reunion form.

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