2015 Cleveland Reunion Events
Rich and Kathy Madansky are hosting the 2015 USS Lloyd Thomas Cleveland Reunion on Monday, Sept. 28, to Friday, Oct. 2. The hotel will be the Embassy Suites – Rockside, at 5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard North, Independence, Ohio 44131. Their phone number is 216-986-9900 or 1-800-315-1185 and be sure to use our code USS to get our group rate of $110.00 ($128.15 with taxes) per day. If you would like to reserve your room on line, go to the Embassy Suites – Rockside website.
The hotel has a limited number of Accessible and Hearing Impaired rooms available. Please let us know, and we will provide you a list of what accommodations are available and how to book those rooms.
There are also a limited number of smoking rooms available.
The hotel will honor the group rate of $110.00 per day for 3 days before (9/25 – 9/27) and 3 days after (10/2 – 10/4) the reunion, for those who would like to come early and/or stay late. Please do not hesitate to make your reservation with the hotel as early as possible, as we had some folks at the 2014 reunion who had to stay at a different hotel. You can cancel, if necessary, no later than 72 hours from your check in date.
If you do need to cancel, please contact us first, in case someone in our group might need your reservation.
All reservations need to be made by August 15th. Download Reservation Form
Day 1, Monday, Sept 28
Arrive, check in, get reacquainted and swap sea stories.
Day 2, Tuesday, Sept 29
Our first tour destination will be the Cleveland Police Museum. The Police Museum is located on the first floor of Cleveland Police Headquarters at the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland, and although it is not a large museum, it contains many interesting artifacts and information about Cleveland’s Police history, including the time that Elliot Ness spent here as Safety Director.
If you think the police museum might not be your cup of tea, (you will need to indicate this choice on the sign-up sheet) we have arranged for one of the buses to make a visit to the Cleveland Aquarium, which is located within walking distance of our next event, a Cruise and Lunch on the Nautica Queen. There, we will enjoy a full buffet lunch while cruising along Cleveland’s waterfront. After our cruise, it’s off to the Cleveland Museum of Art , a distinguished comprehensive art museum, which was established in 1913. We will have guided tours at the museum.
Day 3, Wednesday, Sept 30
After a bus tour of the Cleveland Area, we will stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have lunch at the Crop Bistro, a top Zagat rated restaurant specializing in modern American cuisine, which is located in an historic restored bank building. Next we will visit West Side Market, a 100 year old market with shops that specialize in ethnic food, and possibly a stop at a local brewpub on your own. Then we will close the day with a visit to the Christmas Story House and Museum , which showcases props and memorabilia from the 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story”. (You may want to put this movie on your Netflix list before the reunion, if you haven’t seen it yet.)
Day 4, Thursday, Oct. 1
Today we will head toward Akron/Canton to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, have a buffet lunch at Das Dutch Kitchen, which serves Mennonite and Amish food (you will not go away hungry from this place!) , then a short trip down the road to visit P Graham Dunn Gallery, an inspirational wood products production and showroom facility (check out their interesting connection to the “Doolittle Raiders” on their website “about” tab), then we will stop for our Memorial Service at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery .
We will hold our annual business meeting upon return to the hotel after the day’s tour.
In the evening, we will enjoy a Banquet at the Embassy Suites. Menu choices are:
- Pecan Crusted Chicken, with Rum and Cinnamon Infused Cream Sauce.
- Beef Brisket, Slow Roasted with Thyme Au Jus.
- Tilapia, baked in Whole Grain Mustard and Tomato Fondue Sauce.
Each entrée will be accompanied by a Bistro Salad of Baby Field Greens, Fresh Raspberries, Candied Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese, Topped with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Ranch Dressing, and with Green Beans, Roasted Red Potatoes, and Fresh Baked Rolls and Butter. Dessert will be Assorted Mini Pastries.
Day 5, Friday, Oct. 2
Depart. Hotel check out time is 12:00
If you have any items to donate to our raffle, please bring them along. We fund the Hospitality Room with money raised from the raffle.
Would you consider hosting next year’s reunion in your hometown? All it takes is a familiarity with your local area, and an idea of some interesting events and attractions that your shipmates might enjoy. We can provide advice on hotel selection and negotiations, and do all of the paperwork to make it happen. We just need ideas and some groundwork on your end.
If you wish to order Lloyd Thomas clothing or items from the website, please let us know what items you would like before the end of August, and we will bring them to the reunion and save you the cost of shipping.
We still have copies of the Gene Klebe print “Lloyd Thomas taking on fuel and water in Aden”, and we hope to add LT mugs and pewter destroyer pins over the next few months.
The hotel is located about 8 miles South Southeast of center city Cleveland, just Southeast of the intersection of Interstate 77 and Interstate 480. The hotel’s phone number is 216-986-9900.
The hotel will pick up guests flying into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) between the hours of 7 AM and 11 PM. The shuttle leaves the hotel at the top of the hour, if there are guests to pick up. The hotel is about 13 miles from the airport. If you are arriving at other times, please call us for other arrangements.
The Cleveland Amtrak Station is located at 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, Ohio 44144, and is about 12 miles from our hotel. If the hotel is unable to pick you up from this station, please give us a call.
Scott’s Cell – 412-951-0588 Rich’s Cell – 330-734-7271
Nadine’s Cell – 814-221-6813 Kathy’s Cell – 216-534-7454