USS Basilone 2019 Reunion News
Atlanta will be the location of our next USS Basilone reunion during the week of September 23, 2019. I am Fred Gehrisch and I am looking forward to hosting the reunion for you. Several of my shipmates will be assisting me to make sure you have a wonderful week. Because of the Petit Le Mans Road Race, no rooms are available within 50 miles of the race the week after our scheduled reunion. The first three weeks of October are not available. As you can see, racing is big in the South!
Right now we are still in the planning stages and working with companies to finalize pricing, but here is what we are looking for right now.
We are looking at taking a Gold mine tour and you get to pan for Gold, we do some shopping in historic downtown Dahlonega, lunch at the Smith house. The Smith House has been serving family-style country cooking since 1922. Come and sample all Bessie Smith’s fried chicken, corn bread, and country vegetables and finally finish the day with a tour of a Georgia winery.
Who can come to Atlanta without seeing the Georgia Aquarium. It houses more than a hundred thousand animals and represents several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons (38,000 m3) of marine and salt water.
Lunch at The Varsity - What’ll ya have… What’ll ya have?" There’s no friendlier greeting than the one you’ll receive when you step up to the counter at The Varsity. And that’s just the beginning of what makes The Varsity so special. There’s not a faster, fresher, or more fun-filled dining experience like it anywhere! Gordy family-owned and operated since 1928, The Varsity is a downtown Atlanta institution, and The World’s Largest Drive-in Restaurant.
In the South we have Coke not Pepsi! Visiting the Coke Museum allows you to immerse yourself in World of Coca-Cola, the one and only place you can explore the story of the world's most popular beverage brand. It's a place where anyone can experience moments of happiness and wonder. At World of Coca-Cola, inspiration is around every corner - from the vault where we secure our secret formula, to world-class art and memorabilia to more than 100 beverages to taste from around the world.
Fox Theater Tour - The Fox Theater is world-renowned as a concert and event venue like no other and began its story in a most unusual way. In 1928, the Fox was originally conceived as a home for Atlanta’s Shriners organization. To create a headquarters befitting the group’s prominent social status, the Shriners looked to the ancient temples of the Far East to inspire a mosque-style structure befitting their stature. Storied architectural gems like the Alhambra in Spain and Egypt’s Temple of Kharnak heavily influenced the building’s elaborate and intensely ornate design. Bursting with soaring domes, minarets and sweeping archways, the exterior of the building gave way to stunning gold leaf details, sumptuous textiles and exquisite trompe l’oeil art (an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create optical illusions) inside.
No visit to Atlanta is completed without lunch at Mary Mac's Tea Room - For over 70 years Mary Mac’s has been setting the standard for Southern cooking in Atlanta. Business people, celebrities, families and world travelers all dine at Mary Mac’s and feel right at home. In fact, in March of 2011 The Georgia House of Representatives created Resolution 477, in which Mary Mac’s was officially declared to be Atlanta’s Dining Room.
Escape The Room Atlanta - Hosts exciting and fun games equal parts tense, challenging, and thrilling. We have several unique escape rooms for those ready to take the plunge and immerse themselves in an interactive experience unlike any other.
An exciting and fun game experience where each room has its own setting, secrets, storyline, and escape route. You have 60 minutes to search for clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and escape the room!
Plans are being developed to have some fun in the evenings with raffles and games and prizes for the winners. We have our memorial service on the last day to honor our shipmates no longer with us.
As we get closer to our finalized plans, we will send out the information to all of you as well as posting it on our website. I hope to see old shipmates as well as new ones.
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