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75th Birthday Party in Newport, RI
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In the last newsletter we outlined plans for the Class of ’66’s 75th Birthday Party next year and invited you to reserve your room at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, headquarters for our gathering. We have since filled in the schedule with some great activities and created an event registration form, which you will find in this newsletter.

The package price is $299 per person until April 1 and $330 per person after that date, with registration closing on June 10. Included in the price: a welcome reception with hors d’oeuvres; private trolley tour of historic Newport with a visit to The Breakers, summer residence of the Vanderbilts; dinner at the hotel overlooking the bay; beach-side birthday dinner; and farewell brunch. There are also two optional activities: a harbor tour aboard the motor vessel “Amazing Grace,” and a visit to the Naval War College Museum. Lunches will be on your own; info on nearby restaurant options will be included in your welcome packet.

Beyond the planned activities, there is a host of things that you can do on your own in this city, famous worldwide for its Gilded Age mansions, the America’s Cup yacht race, authentic colonial buildings, great food and music:

  • Automobile and fine arts museums
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Touro Synagogue (the oldest in the country)
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary
  • Ft. Adams (War of 1812 associations)
  • Minor League baseball at Cardine Field, oldest ballpark in America in continuous use
  • Cliff Walk
  • Museum of Newport History
  • Newport Vineyard
  • Redwood Library and Athenaeum
  • St. Mary’s Church (site of John and Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding)
  • Trinity Church (built in 1700 and attended by George Washington in 1781)
  • Sachuset Point National Wildlife Refuge Trail
  • Tours of other “Newport cottage” mansions besides The Breakers

A few words about the Newport Harbor Hotel. There are now 25 rooms available at the special rate of $229 per night ($279 for a harbor view room) for June 17, 18 and19, plus 3 rooms at the same rate for June 16 and 20 should you wish to come early or stay longer. To make reservations, click on this link (Class of 1966 75th Birthday Celebration) or call the hotel directly at 401-847-9000 or 800-955-2558. If you call, be sure to mention that you are part of the Dartmouth ’66 group to get the room discount and specify which room type you want (standard or harbor view) as there has been some confusion on the part of the reservationist. A number of attractive amenities are included: use of kayaks and bikes; wifi; parking at the hotel; fitness club passes; 10% off sailing tours; and a buy-one-get-one-free breakfast buffet.

Finally, you’ll note that we have indicated “cash bar” on the registration form for the reception on June 17 and dinner on June 18. In this case it really means “cash:” No credit cards or room charges at the bar. This is due to the hotel’s accounting procedure that allows us to get favorable room and banquet rates for the event if drinks are cash only. So be sure to hit an ATM en route to the party! By the way, if you do not wish to stay at the Newport Harbor, there are many other hotels and B&Bs in the area from which to choose. Check out tripadvisor.com for more info.

Feel free to contact me with any questions: jimlustenader@ aol.com or 201-401-5678. Looking forward to seeing you next June in Newport.

Click here to download the Birthday Party Registration Form

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