Reunion Update #8 (August 14, 2017)

Posted: 8/15/2017

Update #8

We’re coming up on three weeks until the start of the reunion!  Here’s an update on reunion events:

  1. Online registration – will end at midnight on 27 August!  If you miss the online registration window and still want to come to the reunion, you can email me at and we will get you registered.  The registration fee will go up to $100 after 27 August.  In addition, if you want to attend the tailgater the late fee will be $125 per person 12 yrs. old and up; the fee for children under 12 will remain at $40.
    a. We can’t guarantee a printed nametag or gift bag for late registrants
    b. NOTE: If you decide to just show up on Saturday for the tailgater and you did not register or pay prior to 08 September you will be charged $225 for the first tailgate admission and $145 for any additional admissions (12 yrs. old and up); children under 12 will remain at $40 per admission.  Additionally you will need to have a football game ticket to enter the tailgater.
    c. I’m receiving numerous emails asking me where the link to the registration page is or how to register.  Here’s the gouge:
    i. Please do the following to register for events at the reunion – don’t forget the registration fee – just one per family or classmate:
    ii. Head out to the Alumni Association website ( and log in to your account.
    iii. Once logged in, select the Stay Connected tab (upper left hand side) and then click on “Find Your Class”. Select our class and click on “Go”.
    iv. Click on the “Events” tab and then click on the “Please click here to register” link. That will bring you to the reunion registration page.
    v. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the “Please click here to complete registration!” link. That will get you to where you can select events and pay.  The registration page contains the schedule of events and information regarding each event such as the link to purchase football game tickets – everyone attending the tailgater needs a ticket!
  1. Printed Name Tags – Unfortunately due to a miscommunication with our vendor, only those who have registered for the reunion prior to 11 August will receive a printed nametag (classmates – name & Lucky Bag photo; guests – name & class crest).  NOTE: There still may be a small window of opportunity while we proof the lists for the vendor so hurry and register if you want those pre-printed nametags.  We will have blank nametags at the registration check-in tables to accommodate those who didn’t register in time.  Proofs are due back to the vendor later this week.

  2. Lodging – The blocks of rooms we reserved at the hotels listed in past updates have either filled up and/or the discounted rates we negotiated have expired.  Rooms are still available at these hotels (except at the O’Callaghan) but at the regular room rate.  I would recommend calling the hotels to see what those rates are.  Here’s the information for each hotel:
    A. Doubletree Annapolis (off Riva Rd out by Annapolis Mall)
    Address: 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
    Room Block – 40 rooms for Thursday (07 Sep), Friday (08 Sep) and Saturday (09 Sep)
    Room Rate – $294 per night; non-refundable one night + tax deposit due at time of reservation 3-night stay required
    Phone Number: 410-224-3150
    Web address:
    Group Name: USNA C/O19 82 35TH REUNION – may not be required in online registration
    Group Code: N82 – may not be required in online registration

    B. Crowne Plaza Annapolis (behind Fuddruckers; across from Annapolis Mall)
    Address: 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
    Room Block – 30 rooms for Thursday (07 Sep), Friday (08 Sep) and Saturday (09 Sep)
    Room Rate – call hotel to determine room rate
    Phone Number: 410-266-3131
    Web address: USNA Class of 1982

    C. Westin Annapolis (at corner of Taylor Ave. & West St. at traffic round-about)
    Address: 100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
    Room Block – 30 rooms for Thursday (07 Sep), Friday (08 Sep) and Saturday (09 Sep)
    Room Rate – call hotel to determine room rate
    Note: Parking not included in room rate; self and valet parking facilities $20-$26 per day.
    Phone Number:410-972-4300
    Web address: Cut and paste in your browser –

    4. Registration Fee(s) – Several people have managed to complete the registration process without paying the registration fee.  Whether it was a system glitch or an oversight, every classmate that attends the reunion must pay the registration fee.  If your confirmation email does not show a registration fee of $82, you can go back to the registration web page, select and pay the fee and add that item to the list of other events that you are attending.  If you don’t accomplish that before 27 August, we will collect that fee at check-in.

    1. I have also received inquiries about the number of registration fees that are required.  In my last update I indicated that only one registration fee is required per classmate attending.  If you are bringing family members, friends, etc.  Only one registration fee is required (despite what the drop down list shows).  If you paid for more than one registration fee by mistake please send me an email and we will get the fee refunded to you.
    2. If your spouse is a classmate, and is planning to attend the reunion, they must pay the registration fee.  Select “2” from the drop down list when registering.  All classmates who register prior to 28 August will receive a gift bag and a printed nametag for themselves and their guests.

      5. Memorial Service
      – Many thanks to those of you who have offered to help John Vena with the memorial service on Friday, 08 September.  We appreciate the extra help!

      6. Post-Parade Reception – Just a reminder that the Post-Parade reception on Friday afternoon/evening is not a dinner and has a cash bar.  The decision to have the cash bar was made to keep costs down.  Reception runs after the P-rade until 8:00 PM.
      NEW: Midshipmen in uniform who wish to attend the reception will pay the regular $30 fee at the door.  Midshipmen should have a connection to the class – son/daughter/niece/nephew/sponsor mid.  Alcohol will not be served to midshipmen.

      7. Football Game Ticket – We are using the Class of ’53 Pavilion on the North side of the stadium directly behind the lawn seats for the tailgater.  There is no direct access from outside the stadium to the Class of ’53 Pavilion.
      a. Everyone attending the tailgater must have a ticket to the football game in order to gain access to the tailgater venue.  If you do not have a ticket already, NAAA has blocked out tickets for us (420 reserved seats in Section D and 200 SRO/Lawn tickets; costs are $40 and $25 respectively).
      b. When purchasing tickets through NAAA’s website – t/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/EVExecMac ro?linkID=navy&evm=prmo&RSRC=& RDAT=&caller=PR – (you may need to cut and paste the URL into your browser) classmates should use the promo code: 1982 in order to reserve tickets with the class.  Enter the promo code AT THE BEGINNING of the purchase process.

      8. Midshipman Attendance at Tailgater – A question about midshipman attendance at the tailgater was put forward and has prompted us to adopt the following guidelines:
      a. Midshipmen in uniform will be charged $25 to attend our tailgater and should have some direct connection to the class, i.e., son, daughter, nephew, niece, sponsor mid, etc.  Note: If you are planning to invite your mid to the tailgater please send me an email so that we can add their names to the attendance list.
      b. Midshipmen will not be admitted to the tailgater until after the game has started so as not to interfere or appear to interfere with any USNA directive regarding attendance at the march over/on.
      c. Midshipmen are in a duty status until after Navy Blue & Gold.  Therefore, the catering staff will be instructed to not serve alcohol to midshipmen until after that time and only to those midshipmen with valid ID’s (21 and over).

      9. My contact information:
      410-703-3138 (mobile)
      410-975-9077 (home)