Location: [USS Holder Homepage] [USS Holder - Reunions] USS Holder - USS Holder 32nd Annual Reunion 2010
The shipmates of the ships named USS Holder DE401, DD819, and DDE819 will come together for their 32nd reunion and will meet at the Savannah DeSoto Hilton Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.
Afternoon - Check-in.
Evening - Light Supper.
0845 - Guided trolley tour of historic downtown Savannah.
1100 - Memorial Service at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum's Chapel of Fallen Eagles which was designed to replicate a 16th century English village church, followed by museum tour and lunch included in price. The museum has vintage aircraft such as MIG-15 and B-17, interactive theater presentations, and artifacts. Docents retell the history of the famous Eighth Air Force, Battle of Britain and various other WWII experiences.
1330 - Board bus to Fort Jackson, solid brick, built in 1808 and authentically restored on Savannah River. Docents are in Civil War dress and actually fire cannon as if defending the fort. Exhibits set up to see original accommodations and lifestyle.
1600 - Back to hotel.
Evening - Free Time.
0900 - Trolley A and B leave (trolley C leaves at 0930) for Historic Savannah Tour of three of the highest rated Savannah stops.
1. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, founded in 1700 by French Colonists, rebuilt in 1873, with European architecture and sculptures with stained glass from Innsbruck area of Austria.
2. Owens-Thomas House. Guided tour of home, completely restored to museum condition, built in 1816 for wealthy cotton merchant. This home exudes 1800's. The house has been elegantly restored to reflect southern luxury, one of the first with running water, brass staircases, English gardens, stables and servant quarters.
3. Gordon-Low Home, birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low. Victorian style, built in 1821 for Savannah Mayor and later Supreme Court Justice James Wayne, and then home of four generations of the Gordon/Low family. Elegantly restored to reflect the 1880's and furnished with original Gordon family furniture. Currently owned by the Girl Scouts as their " birthplace", Museum and tribute to their remarkable founder. Savannahs first National Historic Landmark.
Return to hotel for free afternoon.
Afternoon - Free time.
1700 - Depart for a southern low country family style dinner at Ms. Wilkes Dining Room. Normally only open for lunch, (they don't take reservations at all); they have agreed to open especially for our veteran group. This Condé Nast Traveler distinguished restaurant, operated by the same family for over 60 years with third-generation cooks is a Savannah Landmark and Paula Deen's (they would not agree to accommodate us) only rival. We will pass bowls of 3 delicious southern entrées and 10 sides plus dessert and biscuits around tables of 10. I have eaten there, so I know you will talk about this meal for years.
1900 - Go to Savannah Theater for hours of unforgettable live high-energy, dance and comedy skits featuring country, rock 'n roll, Broadway, pop and jazz music rolled into one amazing show. Another Savannah historic building, the oldest operating theater in the US opened in 1818. This venue is so popular there were only 80 seats left for this date when I made reservations in February. Work off dinner by walking one block to the hotel.
0900 - Business meeting with next reunion site the main topic so put on your thinking caps for suggestions. Current suggestions are Long Beach and Chicago area (like Philly).
Afternoon - Free time.
1730 - Pictures, cocktail hour, banquet and raffle.
Noon Check-out and goodbyes.
USS Holder Association Reunion Package Rate for 4 Nights:
$109 per night plus tax
Parking is $9 a night.
Our deadline for registration is September 10, 2010.
You must make your own reservations.
Savannah DeSoto Hilton
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone = 1-912-232-9000 or 1-800-426-8483
The hotel is 6 blocks from the Riverwalk but a free trolley, with 12 historic district stops, stops 1/2 block from the front door every 20 minutes until 10 PM.
was last Modified: 18 May 2010
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