The 2017 reunion will be held in Lancaster, PA, the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Attendees can check out some of the many unique attractions, historical heritage, excellent food, shopping, and fun activities.
Alert! The guaranteed USS Bainbridge rooms set aside for the reunion will end on May 1st. After that date the rate will still be available, but only if there are rooms still available at the hotel on a first come basis.
Attendees will stay at the Heritage Hotel, 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster , PA 17601.
The nearest airport is in Harrisburg (MDT). Prices to fly there are typically more expensive than Philadelphia (PHI) or Baltimore (BWI), but sometimes there are special deals that you can get if you log on to Airfare Watchdog. MDT is serviced by Air Canada, American, Allegiant, Delta, United, and Southern Airways Express.
UBER fares from the airports to the hotels are:
Harrisburg- UBERX $40, UBERXL $63-88
From Philadelphia UBERX $117-159, UBERXL $200-264
From Baltimore UBERX $100-134, UBERXL $159-$212
There are Amtrak trains from Baltimore airport and Philadelphia airport, but Harrisburg Train Station is only 2 miles from airport. Taxis charge up to $25 for that short distance. There is a taxi charge of $20-25 from the Lancaster train station to the hotel . Car rentals for the duration of the reunion is probably the least expensive.
For hotel reservations at the Heritage Hotel, call 1-800-223-8963.
25 rooms with King sized beds and 15 rooms with two queen sized beds have been reserved. Rooms are $110/per night plus tax. Please reserve your room by May 1, 2017. The hotel will honor that rate up to three days prior to June 4 and three days after June 7. For this rate just mention that you are with the Bainbridge Association. Use the booking number BAI1060517 when you reserve your room.
The hotel will also give us the hot breakfast buffet for one half the menu price.
When you arrive at the hotel on Sunday, free snacks and beverages will be available after 3:00 PM and more substantial food at 6:00 PM in the Hospitality Room. If you arrive before 3:00 PM, please check into the reunion in the hotel lobby where there will be a reunion packet for you.
Parking is free at the hotel and they have a sizable parking lot.
Banquet & Raffle
Our Banquet will be held in the Banquet Room followed by the Raffle on Wednesday, June 7. Shipmates should each bring a gift for the Raffle. The gift could be something from your State or something that you made. Gifts bought in one of the venues in Lancaster can also be given. The Raffle is a key event in keeping the Association funded.
This is the Nottingham Room. It will be our social gathering place through Wednesday. Thursday morning we will check out of the hotel unless you opted to stay longer.
Lancaster was the Capitol of the US for one day where the Continental Congress assembled on Sept. 27, 1777. The Conestoga Wagon was built here, as was the Kentucky Rifle, and Robert Fulton of steamboat fame was born and raised here, where his childhood home still remains. The oldest Goodyear tire dealer in the country, Lebzelter's, is here, the Goodyear blimp coming by once a year. The oldest Turkey farm in the country, Esbenshades, is here, and the first Methodist church in PA and the fourth oldest in the country, Boehms, is here. The National Watch and Clock museum is in Columbia, PA.
Venues you will see!
Monday June 5 We will have our own guide!
First Stop - HOUSE TOUR: Experience Lancaster’s Living Heritage at America’s first Amish attraction! Come explore where today touches history at the Amish Farm and House and learn about the unique culture of Lancaster County’s Old Order Amish. Our historic 1805 farmhouse, which was last occupied by real Amish family, is furnished like a modern Amish home. Your highly-knowledgeable guide will explain the history, customs, clothing, and culture as you visit the various rooms of the home. You will learn the “whys” behind many of the traditions on this tour.
Kitchen Kettle Village
For over 55 years we have been preserving the bounty of Lancaster County in our Jam & Relish Kitchen and celebrating the area's wonderful heritage with food festivals and special events that make Kitchen Kettle Village a little different...and a lot of fun! Stroll through our village of 42 shops and restaurants built around our nationally celebrated Jam & Relish Kitchen. Sample pepper jam, watch fudge being rolled, go for a horse drawn carriage ride and listen as Banjo Jimmy plays a tune. And did we mention the shopping? It's like a treasure hunt with everything from hand carved signs, to handmade quilts to Brighton leather goods, to UGG boots and so much more.
James Buchanan Home
Step back in time with a visit to the home of James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States. Situated on a 10 acre Campus of History in the heart of Lancaster County, Wheatland is a beautifully preserved Federal style mansion restored to reflect the appearance of the house during Buchanan's 1856 campaign for the Presidency. Decorated with many of the home's original furnishings and architecturally un-altered since its construction, Wheatland offers a rare glimpse into the Civil War Era life and times of one of our nation's most controversial presidents. Tours are led by costumed guides and last approximately one hour. Find your place in history.
For the Evening meal, a room has been reserved for us at Loxley's restaurant at the hotel. A limited menu will be provided for us and each person will get their own check. The reviews on the restaurant are excellent.
Tuesday June 6 - Gettysburg
This day will start with a two hour bus tour beginning at given by a park guide who will hop on the bus and give us a tour of the famous battle field. We then proceed to the General Pickett restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we will go back to the battlefield and have a memorial for our ship's sailors that have passed away. This will take place at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial that's in the battle field. Some of us have relatives who fought there.
Wednesday June 7 - Ephrata Cloister
A guide will take us through the original buildings and tell us about the interesting lifestyle of a very unique people.
Conrad Beissel, founder of Ephrata, was born in Eberbach am Neckar, Germany, in March 1691. His birth came at the end of a century of wars which had devastated his homeland. By the age of 8 Conrad had been orphaned by the death of his parents. As a young man he learned the trade of baker, and traveled in the region to perfect his skills. In his journeys he encountered Pietism, a movement to reform the established, state supported Protestant churches. Joining the Pietists, Beissel met in small groups not sanctioned by the church to read the Bible and pray. The church found Beissel in conflict with the law, and following a personal religious awakening about 1715, he was banished from his homeland. He remained in Germany until 1720 when he immigrated to Pennsylvania, where William Penn’s policies offered freedom of conscience.
After spending a year in Germantown, just outside Philadelphia, Beissel moved to the Conestoga area, just east of present day Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There he affiliated with the Brethren, an Anabaptist group which offered admission to the faith to those individuals who had reached maturity. In 1724 Beissel was appointed leader of the newly formed Conestoga Brethren Congregation. His radical ideas of Saturday worship and promotion of celibacy soon caused a split within the congregation, and in 1728 Beissel withdrew his membership in the church. His charismatic personality continued to attract followers until 1732 when he left the Conestoga and sought the hermit's life along the banks of the Cocalico Creek in northern Lancaster County. Soon after his move to the Cocalico region, Beissel was followed by like-minded men and women who wished to follow his teachings.
Later. . .
After that tour we will go to Issac's restaurant where they have soup and delicious sandwiches and then back to the hotel where we can relax and get ready for the banquet and raffle.
Time frames for activities
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Arrive at hotel and pick up reunion package. Free snacks and beverages will be provided when the Hospitality Room opens at 3:00 PM. Either pizza, finger foods, or deli platters will be available at 6:PM.
Monday, June 5, 2017
9:00 AM Hop on tour bus (Elite Coach Co.) and go to the Amish Farm House for a guided tour and dissertation by a professional tour guide. After tour at approximately 11:00 AM take the bus to Kitchen Kettle Village. At the Village there are many unique craft stores, restaurants, and public restrooms. This is a good spot to eat lunch. The bus will leave the Village around 3:00 PM and go to Wheatland. which is James Buchanan's home. He was the 15th President of our Country. We will have our own tour guides. After the tour we will head back to the hotel. Loxley's restaurant will give us our own room called the Outlaw Room and a limited menu. Loxley's restaurant has excellent reviews.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Hop on bus (Elite Coach Co.) at 8:15 AM and go to the Gettysburg Battlefield. The first thing the bus will do is stop at public restrooms in Gettysburg and then pick up a Park Tour Guide who will get on the bus and give us a two hour tour of the battlefield. The bus ride is about two hours long each way from Lancaster. Then we will go to General Pickett's restaurant which has a smorgasbord. Checks will be individual. After we eat, we will go back to the Battlefield and have a Memorial Service to honor our shipmates who have passed away. Then back to the hotel. For evening meal you are on your own. There are six restaurants on Centerville Road other than the one at the hotel, if you have transportation.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
We get on a different bus (Shultz School Bus) at 9:00 AM and go to the Ephrata Cloister. This is a 23 mile trip so we won't be on the bus for a long period. We will have our own guides that will take us through the original buildings that were built in the early 1700's. After that we will go to Isaac's restaurant in Granite Square in Lancaster for lunch. Isaac's menu is on http://tinyurl.com/jgh2sh8. After lunch we will go back to the hotel to relax and get ready for the banquet and raffle starting at 6:PM. The business meeting will occur at 2:30 PM in the Hospitality room. Everyone is invited to attend. Group pictures will be taken around 5:30 PM by Mauro Greco.
If you plan to come early and stay late
Sight and Sound Theatre- http://preview.tinyurl.com/zmos4b4
Harley Davidson factory tour http://www.visitpa.com/articles/harley-davidson-factory-tour This is in York, PA
Pennsylvania Railroad Museum http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/
Strasburg Railrod http://preview.tinyurl.com/jd25svd
National Watch & Clock Museum http://nawcc.org/index.php/museum
Other things to do in the area http://www.discoverlancaster.com/activities/lancaster-museums.asp