USS Brownson Association

2022 Reunion

Greetings! At last, we have some good news to share! We have confirmed dates and the lodging location for our upcoming reunion in Savannah, Georgia, February 28 - March 3, 2022. We are especially excited that many travel restrictions have been lifted and moving forward, we only anticipate more. With the vaccine distribution progress and lower numbers, we feel more confident we can safely meet. Although we have a few loose ends that require a bit more planning, the critical components are in place.

Savannah is an interesting vacation destination. It does not have an "off-season". We found securing affordable priced lodging difficult if not nearly impossible. We have negotiated great "off-season" rates for a hotel on Tybee Island. The island is a fabulous destination, and we invite you to check it out on their website: https://visittybee.com

Due to Covid, at this time, there is limited public transportation between the island and Savannah. However, that is expected to change as more restrictions are lifted. Also, we are planning a Trolley Tour of Historic Savannah and possibly a riverboat excursion with luncheon. In addition, there will be a "Free" day allowing those interested in either exploring the island itself or heading to the mainland for your own adventure. The hotel offers complimentary bicycles.

First things first. At your earliest convenience, we encourage you to make your reservation at the beautiful Hotel Tybee.

Hotel Tybee

1401 Strand Avenue
Tybee Island, Georgia 31328
912.786.7777

Hospitality served since 1889

  

A HISTORIC HOTEL ON TYBEE ISLAND, MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN & SAVANNAH

The top-rated hotel on Tybee Island by both Google and TripAdvisor guests, Hotel Tybee is an award-winning oceanfront destination on Tybee Island. Hotel Tybee is located just steps away from the beach, Atlantic Ocean, Tybrisa Street, the pier, great shopping, amazing restaurants, and incredibly fun nightlife. Tybee Island is the perfect location for families and couples to relax and rejuvenate. Guests of Hotel Tybee love exploring Savannah which is only a twenty-minute drive. Voted "Best Place to Stay" by South Magazine for 2017 and winner of "Best of Best Hotel" in the Coastal Empire for 2019. Hotel Tybee has been providing island-style Southern hospitality for more than 131 years. Welcoming vacationers to our beachfront retreat just 18 miles off the coast of Savannah, Georgia since 1889. Experience the island life in inspired accommodations with private balconies overlooking the pristine Atlantic Ocean and a host of inviting amenities, including two outdoor pools, tiki bar, bicycles, beach chairs and easy access to the beach.

RATES
King Inland View $99.00   Double Inland View $109.00
King Partial View $129.00   Double Partial View $139.00
King Oceanview $149.00   Double Oceanview $159.00

Tax on Tybee Island is currently fourteen percent (14%) and Georgia Hotel/Motel tax is $5.00 per room per night. All parking fees for registered guests has been waived for our group. The Fee for unregistered guests is $30.00

Check-in is at 4:00PM. Check-out is at 11:00AM

RESERVATION PROCEDURES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

All guestrooms that are needed will be made on an individual reservation basis. The group discounted rate, provided above, will be accessible via the hotel's website, www.hoteltybee.com, for any persons attending the USS Brownson Association to make their own individual reservations by using the Promo Code: ussbrown. (no spaces) or calling hotel directly at 912.786.7777. One Night's Guestroom Rate + tax will be processed at the time of reservation. Guest will have to make reservations on or about January 15, 2022.

THE LARRY GORDON MEMORIAL HOSPITALITY ROOM

Polish up your tall tales and USS Brownson memories of life on the "Bouncing B" As always, the Association invites you to enjoy the complimentary hospitality room that will be open from 4 PM to Midnight each day of the reunion. Every municipality has their own laws and ordinances governing alcohol and Tybee Island is no exception. We must purchase the alcohol from the hotel and a bartender will be assigned to our event from 5 PM to 10 PM each evening with some flexibility if we communicate in advance. Dry snacks will be available. The Association officers are discussing a daily set alcohol spending limit that will be announced at the reunion. Once that amount has been exceeded, individuals will be able to purchase on their own.

The Association will host an Opening Night "Welcome Mixer" on Monday, February 28th starting at 7:00PM. Weather Permitting, it will be near the pool at the Tiki Bar. Light appetizers* will be available along with a well-stocked bar. (*not intended to be a meal)

The Banquet will be held on Thursday, March 3rd in the hotel's gorgeous Grandview Ball Room. There will be a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and of course, a guest speaker. Details are still in the works but as always, you can expect a wonderful evening filled with good food, delightful conversation and a great speaker.

Again, the Brownson Association will be providing Commemorative Reunion T-Shirts. Please indicate your size on the registration form. They run true to size, but you may want to consider the next size larger than your usual.

EXCURSION
TUESDAY, MARCH 1st 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Historic Savannah Experience & Riverboat Cruise

We are tentatively planning a single excursion to visit Historic Savannah that will include a Riverboat Cruise Luncheon. The experience begins with a trolley ride through historic Savannah, home to stately Southern architecture and distinctive Park-like squares. We will then board the Savannah Riverboat. Relive a bygone era on board the Savannah River queen, a replica paddle wheeler of the boats that once operated upon the rivers of America. Architectural history, a close-up view of Savannah's shipping port and a cruise by coastal marshland will help put the finishing touch on this delightful cruise. We will be seated in a reserved section together on one deck and enjoy a Southern Lunch Buffet. After the cruise, we will see some of the lowland around Savannah before heading back to Tybee Island. This tour is two tours in one plus lunch.

Prices are based on a minimum of 30 people per Trolley. We hope to fill at least two. We must confirm attendance numbers by December 1, 2021.
PRICE: $149.00 PER PERSON

SILENT AUCTION

The Banquet Silent Auction has become another reunion institution and we are please d to announce the popular tradition will continue. Guy and Joni Linscot have again agreed to host and organize the event. If you have something to donate or you would like to lend a hand, contact Guy at 207.233.6531. He and Joni would love to hear from you.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

It takes many hands to make the reunion successful. If you are willing to help with any of these tasks, please contact any office or Sharon Holcomb. The following is a list of volunteer opportunities:

Don't forget! Reserve your hotel room now and register soon. Important Dates to remember; December 1, 2021 for reunion registration and event selection, January 15, 2022 to insure best pricing for hotel accommodations!

Click here to download the 2022 Reunion registration form


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