30th USS Salt Lake City CA-25 Reunion|
July 2-7, 2017 - Norfolk, VA
Message from SLC CA25 |
Vice President Randy Oppenheimer
& President Mike Asea
We are looking forward to seeing you at the reunion in Norfolk. The information on the hotel and the excursions is below. We are planning one and a half days of tours this year, instead of two and a half, to help hold the per person price down. We are working on additional no-cost activities for the remaining days in Norfolk, including programs and speakers we will host at our hotel.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Mike Asea (President)
Randy Oppenheimer (Vice President)
Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main St., Norfolk, VA. Room rates are $139 per night plus taxes.
Please call Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290 or 757-627-4200 on or before Friday, June 16, 2017
to make room reservations. Identify yourself as part of the USS Salt Lake City Association group
staying at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017; 8am - 1:30pm - Celebrate the Fourth Norfolk Style
CELEBRATE THE FOURTH NORFOLK STYLE
Learn about Norfolk’s colorful history of over three centuries as you ride through the lovely historic district and restored areas. View the stately homes along the Hague, old St. Paul’s Church, the Moses Myers House, the Chrysler Museum of Art, MacArthur Memorial, the historic Freemason District, Nauticus, a maritime center, the Battleship Wisconsin, the restored waterfront area, as well as many other points of interest. Tour the Norfolk Naval Base, which is part of Naval Station Norfolk - the largest naval installation in the world. Home port to 59 ships, ranging in size from aircraft carriers to submarines, 18 aircraft squadrons and headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet. Navy personnel will board the coach and take you past the 14 piers, through the Naval Air Station and the historic homes built for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition on “Admiral’s Row” which now house the flag officers.
Next, cruise on the Victory Rover through the bustling Hampton Roads Harbor. Enjoy fascinating and entertaining commentary during the two-hour excursion aboard this naval-themed vessel. Take in the sights of aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided cruisers and all of the other ships that form the world's most powerful armada. A boxed lunch (included) will be served on board.
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG OVERVIEW AND JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT
The charming town of Williamsburg is a short drive away via motor coach. Your tour guide will provide interesting and informative narration during your ride about the historic Virginia Peninsula and the Coastal Virginia area. Once you arrive in Williamsburg, you will step back into the 18th century while strolling through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. Your historical interpreter will guide you through the past and the events that helped shape America’s history as you enjoy a one and one half hour leisurely walking tour through the restored area of this lovely colonial capital city (Actual distance is approximately 4-5 blocks). Then enjoy free time to shop and browse in the many unique specialty shops, featuring high quality apparel, gifts, jewelry, unusual quilts, beautiful furniture and holiday decorations. Enjoy lunch on your own in one of the colonial taverns or in Merchants Square. Your guide will point out all of the dining options as you pass through town.
Spend the afternoon at nearby Jamestown Settlement. Established in 1607, this was the first permanent settlement in the New World. Guests will enjoy touring the re-created village of Jamestown which chronicles the nation’s 17th century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and western central African cultures. Jamestown represents an enduring legacy of language, culture and government. Through an introductory film, "1607: A Nation Takes Root," and expansive 30,000 square foot indoor exhibition galleries, guests will discover the political, social and economic factors that led to the colonization of the New World, the culture of the Powhatan Indians of coastal Virginia at the time of the English arrival, and the first century of the Virginia colony when Jamestown served as its capital. Outside, history comes alive in re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, a colonial fort, and the three ships - Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery - that transported English colonists to Virginia in 1607. Costumed historical interpreters demonstrate work and everyday life of the era and engage visitors in a variety of activities.
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