Shipmates and Friends,
It is now time to mark your calendars and make plans for another great USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion in Cleveland, Ohio. We are excited about having Cleveland as a reunion site, as it is within a reasonable driving distance for our East Coast and Midwestern states shipmates. Hosts Rich and Kathy Madansky (70-72) have come up with some great ideas for the 2015 reunion.
Check in will be Monday, September 28, and check out will be Friday, October 2nd. The hotel is the Embassy Suites – Rockside, at 5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard, Independence, Ohio 44131. Their phone number is 216-986-9900 or 1-800-315-1185 and be sure to use code USS to get our group rate of $110.00 per day. If you would like to reserve your room on line, here is the link:
The hotel has a limited number of Accessible and Hearing Impaired rooms available. Please let us know and we can 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 up to one day before your check in date. If you do need to cancel, please contact us first, in case someone in our group might need your reservation.
Some of the events being considered for the reunion:
Cleveland’s West Side Market is an indoor public market which is over 100 years old, and features meats, bread, ethnic specialties, spices and prepared foods. The Travel Channel and the Food Network have featured segments on the West Side Market.
Lunch and/or Tour of Great Lakes Brewery – Ohio’s first craft brewery was opened in 1988. Great Lakes Brewery maintains a Brewpub across from West Side Market where Eliot Ness, former leader of Chicago’s “Untouchables” would once dine. You can sit where Eliot Ness sat, sipping a pint of Great Lakes Eliot Ness® Amber Lager.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland was chosen as the permanent home for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in May of 1986. The museum is dedicated to Rock and Roll music. Some of the first inductees include Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Little Richard.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame – Located in Canton, Ohio, this museum houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of materials and artifacts related to the history of professional football. See if your favorite player was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. This includes a lavish buffet while cruising under historic bridges and touring along the lake and riverfront.
Cleveland Museum of Art – Opened in 1916, the museum is proud to be one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions.
To help us with the reunion planning, please let us know if you are considering attending the 2015 reunion in Cleveland. After we finalize the events and costs, we will send out a reunion signup form listing the cost of the planned events. You may make hotel reservations at any time.