Ok shipmates: With the Kentucky Derby just finished, we're off
and running with the 2015 TCHVA Reunion sign-up. As advertised, the 2015 TCHVA reunion is set for September 20th (thats
a Sunday) to September 25th (Friday) with our banquet scheduled for Thursday, September 24th and the Officers Club on the
Newport Naval Station. Our host, Ron Koshko has managed to get us some really great room rates at the Mainstay Hotel
and Conference Center in Newport! Our rate will be $80 per night + 13% Tax = $90.40 per night Double/King per room. This is a very good price
for Newport!! Our first order of business is to make those reservations now! Unreserved rooms must be released
on August 9th so sign up now! Don't risk trying to book after the release date as you may not get a room; and if you
do, it will be at a much higher rate! CALL 401-849-9880 and be sure to tell the hotel you are with the USS Thomas C
Hart Veterans Association reunion to get the special rate. To visit the hotel website click the below link.
Louisville Reunion 2013
Here's a link to some of the reunion photos. More to come.
Louisville 2013 Reunion Photos
Wednesday, July 31st "Early Bird Arrivals"
Supper at Joe's Crab Shack - for those who arrive on Wednesday before 1800 or so, we'll muster
up and take a short walk down to Joe's Crab Shack and enjoy some dinner. Most entrees are around $20. It's a fun
atomosphere located right on the Ohio River. After dinner, we'll drift on back to the Galt House and hang out in out
hospitality suite that overlooks the Ohio River! See link below for Joe's menu.
Thursday, August 1st:
0900 - Taste of the City Guided Tour - $55/person. The
title of this tour pretty much says it all! On this fun and unique tour, you will get to see the best sights, hear the
history and stories and taste the delicious traditional foods that give Louisvile its unique flavor. You will see Churchill
Downs, Old Louisville, Germantown, the Highlands, Butchertown, Thomas Edison House, Cavehill Cemetery, the Victorian Mansion
neighborhood, St James Court, the Cast Iron District, the worlds tallest baseball bat, downtown Louisville, the Ohio River,
Whiskey Row, and more. The tour will stop at a few very special local spots for you to get off the bus, enjoy and do a little
tasting and shopping. We will stop at an 1891 historic confectionery, Colonel Sanders Gravesite, an African cookie shop,
Butchertown Marketplace... and a park known for its beautiful skyline view! Of course, we couldn't call ourselves City
Taste Tours without letting you taste what Louisville is all about. So, you will get to taste Modjeska, Benedictine,
the Mint Julep, the Kentucky Hot Brown, a Bourbon Ball... in addition to local chocolates and few surprise treats from local
vendors. A great introduction to a fantastic city!
1400 - Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory - $10/person
- The factory and museum is just four blocks from the hotel. This is the home of the world famous bats used by
professional baseball players. You'll tour the factory, watching bats being manufactured for the pro players and you will
visit the world class museum containing some of baseball's most precious memorabilia. Click the link below for more details
of this venue. Don't leave Louisville without visiting the Louisville Slugger Museum.
1900 - Horseshoe Casino -
Harrison County Indiana - While not a pre-paid tour, if you like we can team up and drive about 20 minutes to Southern Indiana
and visit Horseshoe Casino. They have a great dinner buffet (Paula Deen Buffet - average check is $16) plus other restaurants
if you are wanting a meal. Of course, the place is known for its casino on the riverboat. Yes, the riverboat is
a floating casino! Hey,maybe you'll win BIG!
Friday, August 2nd:
1000 - Kentucky Derby Museum - $14/person - The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps
of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of our community as one of Louisville’s premiere attractions. Graciously
welcoming over 210,000 guests through the doors each year and giving them a first hand look at the event for which Louisville,
Kentucky is known worldwide. The Museum aims to provide a lasting impression of tradition, hospitality and pride to our many
visitors. The Museum has welcomed more than 4 million
visitors from all over the world including celebrities Bo Derek, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Muhammad Ali, Sigourney Weaver,
Gene Simmons, Susan St. James, Dick Eversoll, O.J. Simpson, President Mikhail Gorbachev, and First Minister of Scotland.
1330 - Visit Louisville Stoneware Company
- $7/person - Home of high quality, hand crafted stoneware and pottery. Pottery of all types
including bakeware, dinnerware, serving pieces, and collectibles are all hand crafted by true artisans. Visit their
factorey and store and take home a real piece of Louisville history. Click the link below for much more on this historic
and famous Louisville enterprise.
- Attend Louisville Rivebats AAA baseball game - $10/person - The Bats will be playing Syracuse.
Slugger Field is the home of the bats just blocks from our hotel. The ballpark is beautiful and was birthed from
the old stock yards buildings. Truly a beautiful place. Beer, hot dogs, the works! You'll love this event!
See link below.
Saturday, August 3rd:
0900 - TCHVA Business Meeting - All TCHVA members are requested
to be present.
the Business Meeting, the rest of the day is free until our dinner later in the evening. This is a great time to take
those out of town journeys; perhaps the Bourbon Trail, Corvette Factory in Bowling Green, Mammoth Cave, near Bowling Green
as well. Hang around town and take in the Street Rod show at the Fairgrounds. Other venues near the hotel include
Frazier History Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, Palace Theatre, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Science
Center and more.
- Muster at "Rockys Italian Restaurant" in Jeffersonville, Indiana for TCHVA dining and banquet!
Dress is very casual! We'll have a separate room so bring your auction items, etc.. We'll secure at
Rocky's around 2200 and return to our hospitality suite!
Your choice of : Chicken Parmigiana, Spagetti & Meatballs, Pepperoni Calzone, Bake Lasagna,
Grilled Salmon & Vegetables
Plus a side of your choice:
Italian Wedding Soup, Minestrone Soup, House Salad, Caesar Salad
all of the hard bread, olive oil, and pepper you care to consume!