Charleston 2017 Reunion Events Have Been Finalized

The 2017 USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion will be held in Charleston, SC from Wednesday, March 8th through Sunday, the 12th.  Chief Ed and Diane Edwards, our local hosts, planned some interesting events and tours for us last year, but we cancelled the October 2016 reunion because of Hurricane Matthew.  We were able to reschedule the reunion with virtually no change to the tours planned. Continue reading “Charleston 2017 Reunion Events Have Been Finalized”

Schedule of Events for Charleston, March 2017

The Schedule of Events for Charleston, March 2017

Day 1, Wednesday, Mar. 8

Arrive, check in, (Check-In time is 3 PM) get reacquainted, and swap sea stories.

A welcome buffet will be served from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. You are welcome to sign up for this event if your arrival time allows. The buffet will feature Low Country Barbecue fare, including:

BBQ Chicken, Ribs and Pork Southern Style Red Beans and Rice
Corn on the Cob Country Biscuits and Corn Muffins
Braised Collard Greens Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake
Molasses Baked Beans Fresh Fruit Cobbler

Day 2, Thursday, Mar. 9

Charleston City Market Tour and Shopping – A brief bus windshield tour of the Charleston Historic District, followed by time to browse the unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and pubs of the Charleston City Market Area. Lunch will be on your own. – At your option, and on your own, take a private horse-drawn carriage tour of Charleston’s Historic District from any one of several carriage operators located at the Charleston Market area. The prices for the carriage rides were $25.00. Tours are about one hour long, and may be one of several different routes, depending on when you board the carriage. Mobility Note: There is a ramp available at Palmetto Carriage to get a wheelchair to the level of the carriage, but you will need to transfer to the carriage seat. There is wheelchair storage available at Palmetto’s barn.

Dinner Cruise – You will cruise Charleston’s Historic Harbor, the Ashley and Cooper rivers, past Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter. You will also see the huge State Port Terminals, and cruise within the former US Naval Base. Live music will be on board for entertainment and dancing. Relax as you enjoy a plated dinner of:

Traditional Charleston She Crab Soup
Dual Entrée of Beef Tenderloin and Fresh Catch, Stuffed Chicken, or Shrimp & Grits (Menu may vary)
Chef’s Selection of Potatoes, Rice or Pasta
Fresh Vegetable Medley, with Rolls and Butter
Chef’s Choice of Dessert
Coffee and Tea

Day 3, Friday, Mar. 10

Patriot’s Point Naval Museum – See the world’s largest Naval and Maritime museum. Visit the destroyer “Laffey”, which is very similar to the Lloyd Thomas. You can learn about the Laffey’s WWII action here. Another WWII hero is berthed here, the aircraft carrier “Yorktown”, where we will have lunch in the chief’s mess. The Yorktown has handicapped accessible elevators to the hangar deck and the flight deck. The submarine “Clamagore” is also available for the adventurous.

Memorial Service at Summerall Chapel at the Citadel – We will salute our departed shipmates in this beautiful chapel on the grounds of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Afterward, we will watch the Friday parade of the students at the Citadel parade grounds across from the Chapel.

Dinner is on your own.

Day 4, Saturday, Mar. 11

Charleston Tea Plantation – Enjoy a guided tour of the plantation owned by Mr. William Barclay Hall, who partners with Bigelow Tea to operate the only working tea plantation in the United States. You will see the Factory, where you will learn all about how tea is harvested, processed and packaged. You will then tour the gardens on board a trolley, so you can see first-hand how tea is grown. There is a box lunch included with the tour.

We will hold our annual business meeting upon return to the hotel after the day’s tour.

Banquet in the Aileron Ball Room at the Doubletree Hotel in the evening. Menu choices are:

Seared Free Range Chicken Supreme, with Herb Gnocchi and Wild Mushroom Ragout
Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Toasted Pearls, Citrus and Ribbon Vegetables in a Mediterranean Sauce
Herb Roasted Prime Rib, with Horseradish Whipped Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Beef Au Jus

Dessert will be a choice of Peach Cobbler, or Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce..

Day 5, Sunday, Mar. 12

Depart. Hotel check out time is 12:00 PM

USS Lloyd Thomas Charleston Reunion has been Rescheduled

The USS Lloyd Thomas Charleston Reunion has been rescheduled to March 8-12, 2017.  The hotel will remain the Doubletree North Charleston Airport, and you may make your reservations now.  Our tour schedule will be the same as planned for the October reunion, and as soon as we confirm menu choices with the hotel, we will get out a sign up sheet.

The refund checks are going out this week.

Costs of Cancelled Tours Will Be Refunded

We have received word that the Charleston tour company will be returning all of our deposit for the 2016 reunion, and when those funds are in the bank, we will begin refunding 100% of what you paid for the reunion events.  We will send the check to the address shown on your events sign-up sheet.  If you need it mailed to a different address, please contact Scott at lloydthomas@atlanticbb.net .

Also, if you are trying to recover airline or other travel expenses and need a letter stating the reunion was cancelled, please let us know.

We are now trying to reschedule the Charleston reunion in the Spring of 2017.

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