CLICK ON ANY OF THE FIVE TITLES ABOVE TO SEE MORE DETAIL ON SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF THIS YEAR’S REUNION.
*** NOTE: The “HOTEL” link above is just for info on hotel facilities. Please follow the directions under “SIGNING UP” to register. ***
As you have obviously noted, I’m WAY behind on getting info posted on the web site about this year’s reunion. I don’t know if better late than never is an appropriate comment, but in any case, here’s a start. Another saying is “it’s all in the details.” Well at the time of posting this, the details are beginning to fill in but not yet complete. The most important detail though is YES, we are having a reunion again this year! The banner above shows the dates (it’s the normal time-period) and the venue (our usual home base), and I can tell you that the agenda will very closely match our previous reunions. We’re including a throw-back to earlier reunions – a BBQ at McLean Park. Unfortunately, it won’t be put on by our good friend and member Allan Bir, but it does sound like a good time.
On the 13th of June, Jake Reece and I met with the Beach Cove group sales people in order to decide on the menus for our Friday dinner, our Monday Banquet, and our Tuesday departure breakfast. We also discussed a group visit to the Alabama Theater which resulted in a modification to our usual schedule, so be sure to check that out below. We also met with the Mission BBQ folks and came away with what sounds like a good deal with them. Although not yet written in stone, it looks like that will happen. We also sampled their food – FANTASTIC!
This page now includes many of those updates, but there will still be additional info, so stop back often to check for additional updates. As you can see now in the “attending” section below, we are currently at a VERY LOW participation level. I hope we’ll see many more of you saying you want to attend! Those of you who’ve been to reunions before will know of the good times that are to be had, and I can guarantee a good time to those of you who may be attending for the first time. You should not procrastinate too long in registering with the hotel (following the guidelines under “SIGNING UP”). You can reserve your room at the Beach Cove immediately if you want to. As we get closer and closer to the reunion, the hotel will be looking to retrieve unassigned rooms from our reserved block of rooms sooner rather than later because beach vacations are back to normal if not even higher. DON’T MISS THE BOAT! You can always cancel for a full refund if your situation changes and you’re unable to attend the reunion. If that should happen, just be sure to contact either me, Pete Johnson at 980-328-4150 ([email protected]) or Jake Reece at 336-601-3522 ([email protected]) and we’ll make the arrangements to be sure you’re totally refunded.
Please note that reunion fees, as well as ticket fees for the Alabama Theater (if you expect to attend the show) MUST BE PAID PRIOR TO THE REUNION. Also, when you send in those fees, you MUST SELECT YOUR ENTRÉE CHOICE FOR THE FRIDAY EVENING WELCOME DINNER.
Below are some details on what we’ll be up to this year. A few bits of information are not yet confirmed, so as I said earlier, check back every now and then to see if additional numbers/details have been included or changed. In the meantime, you should consider getting yourself signed up, particularly getting registered at the Beach Cove. Scan through the info below and see what’s going to be happening.
*FRIDAY 8 sEPT*
4:00 PM HOSPITALITY ROOM OPEN (Salon E/F)
5:00 PM WELCOME DINNER (Salon G)
Welcome to Reunion 2023, our 23rd annual reunion! As in previous years, the first event of the reunion will be a welcome dinner. NOTE THAT IT IS AN HOUR EARLIER THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS. It will begin with a short presentation of the National and Air Force colors followed by a brief welcoming comment by Jake Reece. The dinner will be hosted by the Beach Cove resort and will take place in a room to be determined soon. We need to provide the hotel with our final dinner selections no later than 14 days prior to the reunion. That’s 25 August. Therefore, PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE EACH PERSON’S DINNER CHOICE WHEN YOU FORWARD YOUR REUNION FEES! Here are your dinner choices:
o Grilled Bacon-Bourbon Sirloin Steak served medium with a Bacon-Bourbon Glaze
o Herb roasted Boneless Chicken Breast served with Pan au Jus
o Grilled Salmon served with a citrus Beurre Blanc sauce
*New York Cheesecake with a fruit topping for dessert
Each dinner will be accompanied with iced tea/water; House Salad; Italian and Ranch Dressing; Steamed Medley of Seasonal Vegetables; Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Warm Rolls with Butter Balls. Dinner will be followed by a scrumptious cheesecake and coffee service. The Hospitality Room will be open after dinner and throughout the reunion…normally between the hours of ~ 10:00 AM and as late as people choose to hang around. It may be closed during any time that a group event occurs off the resort property.
6:30 PM ALABAMA THEATER
This is an OPT-IN function. It’s not covered by your Reunion fee, so you don’t need to attend if you choose not to. The actual show begins at 7:00. We’re attending Friday because the venue has a special event on Saturday for which they do not provide group discounts. They no longer open on Sunday, so Friday is the only date available to us. The facility is just across Hwy 17 from the Beach Cove, so getting there in sufficient time after our earlier dinner (5:00PM) will not be a problem. If you don’t have transportation, there will be people who can provide you with a ride. This is a totally new show for the Alabama Theater, so it won’t be the same thing you’ve seen at previous visits there. Remember, this must be paid for prior to arrival at the reunion. The Beach Cove will be picking up the tickets before we arrive at the reunion.
*Saturday 9 SEPT*
12:30 PM McLEAN PARK BBQ
We will have Mission BBQ caterers at McLean park ready to serve us at 12:30. Try to be there on time as they will likely have a short ceremony honoring the military. While at the park, we will also have the Corn Hole boards with us so we can begin the tournament at the park, or continue it if playing already began at the Beach Cove. A map to McLean Park is included below. Here’s what will be served:
o Pulled Pork
o Pulled Chicken
o Slider Rolls
o Cornbread Halves
o Memphis Belle, Smokey Mountain, and Tupelo Honey Heat sauces
o Maggie’s Mac-N-Cheese, Baked Beans w/Brisket, and Cold Slaw sides
Mission BBQ will provide plates and cutlery. We will supply water, soft drinks, and beer.
More details about how the cornhole tournament is to be organized be included here later. Please include that you’d like to participate when you let me know you’ve signed up for this year’s reunion.
Here is a map to McLean Park:
There will be a larger version of this in the packet you receive at the reunion. It’s a very simple route. Leave the Beach Cove and go to Hwy 17, take a right and continue about 3 or so miles to Main Street where you’ll take another right, then a right onto Pine Avenue and a left onto South Oak Drive…and you’re there! Easy peasy.
The Hospitality Room will be opened after the McLean park event for the rest of the day.
*Sunday 10 SEPT*
11:00 AM PUTT-PUTT TOURNAMENT
Meet in the lobby. This is also an OPT-IN event, not covered by your reunion fee. You will pay the fee at the venue. As in the past, it will be held at Moulton Mountain. If you want to participate and don’t have transportation, there will be folks willing to give you a lift. If you’re having difficulty arranging a ride, seek out Mark Gransden, Jake Reece or me, Pete Johnson and one of us will help you with the arrangements.
Apart from Putt-putt, Sunday will be a free day, meaning there are no group activities planned. Watch (or participate in) the on-going Corn Hole tournament, go to church, enjoy some time in the sun at the beach (with a fruity drink surely), gather in the Hospitality Room, or check out some of the many entertainment and shopping venues in the Myrtle Beach area. As you know, there are a ton of good places to eat (I love the Flying Fish), covering nearly any type of food you’d be looking for. Here’s a tip; if you love seafood and don’t mind a buck or two above average, try Captain Georges’ all you can eat buffet along highway 17 bypass down by Broadway at the Beach. They also have non-seafood items if you’re looking for that. Yumm!
*Monday 11 SEPT*
10:00 AM – about 12:00 PM BUSINESS MEETING (Salon C)
This is our one chance during the year for members to meet face-to-face and discuss issues relating to our group. The room location will be provided at the reunion. We hope that all members attending the reunion will be sure to attend the business meeting. If you have thoughts that you’d like to see discussed, come prepared to bring them up. You may receive a little flak, but it’ll all be light-hearted. I’m sure there must be SOMETHING you’d like to see done a bit differently, or maybe something we should be doing that isn’t currently done at all! We also look forward to any of your comments on how this reunion has gone – particularly the BBQ -- and of course any other thoughts you might have.
In addition to any topics of discussion, we’ll have our usual Chi service (yes, authentic Turkish tea (not Lipton tea-bags!) served in those little glass cups and saucers we all remember from the ferry service to Istanbul), and of course we anticipate all this being wrapped up by our long-time good friend Ed Watts supplying some of his dry “Great State of East Tennessee” humor while raffling off some highly desirable items. The Levy rules will apply. Ed will attempt to explain how that works!
10:00 AM – about 12:00 PM LADIES’ TEA (Hospitality Room)
During the members’ Business Meeting the ladies will enjoy a tea service in the Hospitality Room. There will be a variety of teas as well as a variety of munchies…both healthy and some likely not-so-healthy. Be sure to show up. I’m told there are rousing conversations that take place while the members are taking care of what passes for business in the Business Meeting. It goes without saying that we hope all the ladies will attend…but I chose to say it anyway…
6:30 – 9:30 PM ANNUAL BANQUET (Salon C/D)
As the reunion begins drawing to a close, the annual banquet is a time to gather together for a delightful dinner and a chance to remember those of us who have been beckoned to the ultimate Commander’s Call…a particularly sad calling last year and again this year. To keep the evening light-hearted though, there will be the usual awards program along with other possible commentaries. Should anyone like to make some comments to the group (appropriate ones please!), contact me at [email protected] or 980-328-4150. Or you can just come up to the mike if something you want to share strikes you at the moment! Don’t hesitate! The group will surely enjoy hearing from you, particularly any stories from Karamursel you’d like to relate. I know the folks would rather hear from some of you than to listen to me drone on and on…and on! Just bear in mind that there will be ladies present! Hehe!
Please hold off entering the room before the scheduled time. That will give both us and the Beach Cove staff time to make sure everything is ready for you. The banquet will begin with a cash bar for about an hour. During the cocktail hour, select your favorite beverage, select a seat, and mix with the members! The hotel staff will let us know they’re ready for us to charge the banquet tables. We’ll do that right after our group Chaplain Dick Casseri gives thanks for the food. Here’s what will be awaiting you:
2022 reunion. We want to see YOUR smiling face in the 2023 picture!
Following the banquet, there will be a short awards program. Then we’ll gather in the Hospitality Room for our annual group photo. The picture above is last year’s photo. We really, really want everyone to be there for this year’s picture. Again, we want your smiling face included. We’ll do our best to make that process happen as quickly as possible. Sadly though, based on previous experience it will likely take longer than you’d hope! It’s worth it though, to look back at those pictures in future years. It’s a fine-looking bunch that shows up and they seem to look younger each year. How do you all do that? I suspect the great companionship and good times shared at our reunions has a lot to do with it. It’s like taking a supplemental vitamin, so don’t miss this year’s pill!
*Tuesday 12 SEPT*
7:30 – 9:00 AM DEPARTURE BREAKFAST (Salon C/D)
As we always do, we’ll close out the reunion with our departure breakfast. Some will have to leave early to meet transportation schedules, but for most of us this will represent a final chance to say goodbyes, trade hugs with friends both new and old and maybe get a last picture or two. Don’t sleep through it! Our good friends at the Beach Cove Resort always put on a very good breakfast buffet which we know you’ll enjoy. Eat your fill, take a few pictures, shake some hands, and give/receive some hugs. Remember, KAS 60-61 is a family. Make plans with other members/spouses to meet again next year. Our numbers may be getting smaller, but the good times just seem to grow. No one knows the future and with us now bumping up against the “codger class,” it’s important to live for the moment. The future we have in front of us is a blessing, but don’t short yourself on the present.
GO HOME GLAD THAT YOU SHARED ANOTHER GET TOGETHER WITH SOME OF THE VERY BEST PEOPLE, or as Bill Hesseltine used to say, “the cream of the cream of the crop!”
The few costs associated with the reunion are listed below. You should know that when you make your room reservations, the hotel will charge your card with your first night’s stay. The balance of the nights you reserve will be due when you arrive and check in. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, do NOT contact the hotel. Contact either Jake Reese (jdon[email protected] 336-601-3522 or Pete Johnson ([email protected]) or 980-328-4150). One of us will contact the hotel to make sure you receive a FULL REFUND of your reservation charge. We will also ensure that you are refunded any reunion fees you’ve paid, with the exception being payment for the Alabama Theater. Once the tickets are purchased, we can’t turn them back in. We will see if another member is interested in purchasing them from you. Here are the fees:
Once you’re prepared to sign up for the reunion, there are a few simple steps to follow. The order you complete them in is not important in most cases, however completing them all IS important. It will make things go much more smoothly for you and for the organizers of the reunion.
o Call the Beach Cove Resort reservation service at 888-974-5531 to reserve your room. Be sure to let them know you’re with the KAS 60-61 reunion so that you’ll receive our discounted rate. You’ll want to reserve the nights of 8, 9, 10 and 11 September. You will also be able to reserve up to 3 days before and/or 3 days after the reunion at our discounted rate. If you encounter ANY problems in this process, contact either Jake Reece (j[email protected] or 336-601-3522) or Pete Johnson ([email protected] or 980-328-4150) and we will resolve the situation with the hotel.
· If you require handicap facilities in your room let (j[email protected] or 336-601-3522) or Pete Johnson ([email protected] or 980-328-4150) know. We will make that arrangement for you. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT WITH THE RESERVATION CLERK. They may or may not be aware that those facilities can be made available to you.
o Once you have reserved your room, please let Pete Johnson (info above) know so that we have an on-going accurate count of the rooms that have been reserved and what attendance to expect.
o Send a check to our treasurer for the reunion fee(s) and for any show ticket(s) if you want to attend the show. At the same time, include your choices for an entrée at the Friday welcome dinner. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THIS ALL BE DONE AND RECEIVED BY THE TREASURER NO LATER THAN 15 AUGUST. Make your check out to “KAS 60-61” and mail it to:
That’s it! You’ve completed the process. Now you can sit back, relax and know that in a very short time you’ll be at the beach (we’re almost always scheduled for great weather) among old buddies from long ago, as well as some new ones you’ve first met over the years from previous reunions. As usual, you can expect great stories, some retold for the umpteenth time, more colorful with each iteration. If you have memorabilia from your time in Karamursel, think about gathering it together and bringing it to the reunion. Our memorabilia table always welcomes new examples of old items from your days of service. They’ll be safe in the Hospitality Room and if, in all the excitement you neglect to collect them all at the end of the reunion, we’ll get them back to you. We know where you live!!
Yep, this is the place! Will you be there? SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!!! ….and below is current list of who you’ll see there!
Below is a chart indicating who has already indicated an interest in coming to this year’s reunion. If the information on you is incorrect, please let me know at [email protected] or call at 980-328-4150 so I can correct it. When you do get yourself signed up, be sure to follow the directions in the “SIGNING UP” section. Also, even if you’re not yet ready to make your reservations or to send in your reunion fees, but fully expect to attend the reunion, let me know using the contacts listed above. Having an accounting of likely attendance as soon as possible helps us to solidify plans early.
The chart will be updated as new information is received.
See you at the reunion!