548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association

Reunion Updates


Reunion 2020 

If you are a member and did not get this information in an email it means I do not have a current email address for you, please send your email address to forsythj223@hotmail.com

Our reunion planners have determined the dates and venue for out 2020 reunion in New Orleans.  They also examined the differences in cost and activities between New Orleans and Cocoa Beach, Florida, and decided to stay with the vote at the 2020 reunion for New Orleans.

The reunion will be held March 26-29, 2020 at Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention Center (315 Julia St), which is near the World War II Museum and other attractions.  Our reunion rate will be $158 per night ($184.17 including taxes), which includes a buffet breakfast and evening social hour.  DO NOT MAKE YOUR RESERVATION YET, we have not finalized the contract with the hotel, I will send out an email when it is signed.  One drawback is parking which is valet parking at $42/day (plus tax), but Ken Kelly assures us there is other cheaper parking close by and Ken had this to say about the dates, hotel and activities:

No hurricanes, No 80 plus days.  Every attraction is no more than an hour away and most are in walking distance.  I have researched alternate parking in a reasonable distance and are in $16-$20 range for 24 hour parking.  I also got the price for a 3 day pass to use streetcars or buses. They cover any place one can go for $9 for 3 full 24 hour days. Streetcars are available as  close as 4 blocks. They run along the river from the Convention Center to the New Orleans Mint which is as far the average tourist needs. The Saint Charles Street Car which runs to Canal St is the connection to the rest of the interesting parts of the city.  There is also a Hop On/Hop Off tour bus.  For other reunions We rented a bus for two days which allowed doing our own city tour and take those with disabilities to WW2  museum and also Parkway Bakery for the finest Po-boy sandwich "Bar None.

Larry Benson had this to say about the hotel:  Stayed here last Spring.  It is a nice place.  It truly is embedded in an old warehouse, so discovering from the expressway is definitely a GPS thing!  Walking to the National WWII Museum is about three blocks with minimal traffic to deal with.  Walking to the shopping mall is also easy as is access to several good restaurants.  Travel to the French Quarter, Café Du Monde, etc.  requires transportation if you are an average human.  Breakfast is buffet style, somewhat higher class than HI express but still very much do-it-yourself; however, certainly adequate.  Rooms, as depicted on website, are certainly nice. Would throw out a thought on one attraction we could not access due to lack of advanced planning.  Preservation Hall jazz is still a top attraction.  I walked right in one night in 1968; that don’t cut it today!  I can’t see N.O being less than a 3-3 ½ day event. 

We will arrange for buses or vans for transportation for those who do not have a vehicle.  A taxi from the airport runs about $33, shuttle buses are about $24 one-way, $44 RT.  We will work on the schedule of events and costs in the next few weeks.

If you plan to attend the reunion or might attend, send me an email @ forsythj223@hotmail.com with a YES or MAYBE, the number of rooms you need, and the number in your party so we can get an estimate on the number of rooms we need, this is important.

Aloha

Bill Forsyth



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