Schedule of Events
as of 05/13/201
Note: We have used the words Suggestion
and Option in this document. An option is
an event that we have made a count commitment to and will manage
the transportation and cost. A suggestion is just an event that
might be of interest and will be paid for by the attendee.
The first official events start on Thursday morning, but we will
have some un-official activities lined up for the early
arrivers. See the Wednesday schedule.
If you are arriving by air at
Portland International Airport (PDX) your transportation
to the hotel is by boarding the
TriMet MAX light rail system. The
services the airport and provides a direct trip to the hotel. A
train departs every 15 minutes, day or night. It is a 15 minute
ride to the Lloyd Center Station, which is adjacent to
the entrance to the hotel. Fare information and purchase
recommendations will be coming soon.
The Double Tree Hotel
is a deluxe facility with many advantages for this reunion. Two
of the important ones are the MAX Light Rail for
easy getting around and the
Lloyd Center, one
of Oregons most popular shopping destinations. It is one block
away to shopping, dining and entertainment, including a huge ice
Our rooms and hospitality suite have stunning views of downtown
Portland and surrounding areas. Our block of room rates are:
Standard Room $99.00 and the Premium Suite $124. Oregon is a no
sales tax state, but they get you with a 12.5% occupancy tax.
The address is 1000 NE Multnomah St.,
Portland, OR 97232 Reservations call 1-503-281-6111 Ext 4100 "USS
Stoddard Reunion Group"
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Non Scheduled, early arriver activities. There is only
time to do one of these activities on this day. You can
read up in advance as to what is going on with one of these two
Columbia River Maritime
Museum A day in the city of Astoria, OR where the
Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River meet. It is a new
museum with many nautical artifacts and stories of life on
the Columbia River.
Helens National Volcanic Monument Weather
permitting, a trip to view the destruction and subsequent
restoration of that area from several key viewpoints. Travel
to these activities will be done with rented vans and shared
costs of the vehicle.
3:00 pm Hospitality Suite Registration starts.
5:00 pm Welcome Reception in the Hospitality Suite.
This will be a casual gathering of guests with heated finger
foods and open bar.
September 27, 2012
07:30 - Breakfast on your own. Coffee and Bagels in the
08:30 - Board the busses.
Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial
at the Portland Arboretum to hold the Shipmates
Re-board busses and continue to the world-class gift
shop located a sixty acre Christmas Tree Farm. Shop for
holiday decorations and Made in Oregon specialty
products, or walk among the fields of Douglas, Noble and
Grand Fir Trees.
busses to the home of the Spruce Goose. Explore the
Howard Hughes Flying Boat, and a diverse collection of
over forty vintage aircraft from 1903 to the jet age,
including military aircraft, helicopters, commercial
aircraft and private aircraft, exhibits that celebrate
the lives of innovators, pilots, and veterans who
courageously pioneered flight in these remarkable
12:30: A box lunch will be served at the Museum.
An area will be setup for our group near the entrance.
Eat at your convenience.
2:30 pm Re-board bus
Event Cost - $ 65.00 including gratuity
4:00 pm - Arrive at Hotel
6:30 pm - Dinner at Hotel Italian Dinner Buffet. $32
7:30 pm 11:00 pm - Hospitality Suite is open.
September 28, 2012
07:00 am - Breakfast on your own. Coffee and Bagels in
the Hospitality Suite.
08:00 am - Board the busses.
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE ADVENTURE! -
Cross the Columbia River to Washington State and travel
up river to Washougal, WA and the
PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS, MILL STORE. We can
either take a tour of the Mill, or shop from Pendleton's
array of menswear, womens wear, blankets and fabrics at
both retail and outlet pricing, or take a tour of the
After departing we will experience the grandeur of the
Columbia River Gorge, and discover the ecology
and history of one of the world's most magnificent
landscapes as our journey continues along the mighty
Columbia River and across the Bridge of the Gods.
will stop at one of the eight federal locks and dams on
the Columbia and Snake Rivers, producing "over one
million kilowatts, enough to supply power needs of
nearly 500,000 homes a year." View fish migrating
through underwater fishways, and find out about the
Dam's operations, navigational history and fish
migration through the numerous educational exhibits and
shop in the gift shop.
FALLS LODGE -
This is the lunch stop. Here we will be served Pot
Roast, braised beef roast served with mashed Yukon
potatoes, mushroom gravy and vegetables. This building
is an example of Cascadian Architecture built in 1925 by
famed architect A.E. Doyle. Lunch approx 12:15 pm
From the lodge we will walk to
MULTNOMAH FALLS, the most spectacular of the
waterfalls, and fourth highest in the United States.
Explore the falls, visiting the gift shop, interpretive
center, and taking a short walk up the paved trail to
the Simon Benson Bridge, or just stand at the base of
the falls and revel in their splendor.
Event cost $55, gratuity incl.
3:00 pm Arrive at Hotel from the trip.
Suggestion #1 -
Dinner on your own. We will provide a list of
restaurants in the Hotel, nearby and in the Mall.
Portland Spirit Dinner Cruise
will take vans or cabs to board by 6:30PM. She is a
150' yacht with three public decks, two of which are
enclosed and climate controlled. The Portland Spirit
features delicious Northwest cuisine,
several full service bars
with a vast wine selection, grand pianos and live
performers. Boarding at 6:30 and cruising from 7:00 pm
to 9:30 pm. $73 including gratuity.
7:30 11:00 pm - Hospitality Room is open.
September 29, 2012
07:00 - Breakfast on your own. Coffee and Bagels in the
08:30 Annual Business Meeting in the Ball Room.
10:00 On your own or:
Option #1 - Jetboat tour (
of the Willamette River
and PT-658. Enjoy a 1 hour high speed tour of the
Portland waterfront with a one hour stop at the Save
the PT Boat Inc
house at the Naval Reserve Center, Swan Island,
Portland. We are invited to spend an hour touring the WWII
78 Higgins PT Boat and discuss her history and construction
with the volunteers aboard. We are limited to 55 people on
the jetboat. ($30.00)
Suggestion #1 OMSI
Oregon Museum of History and Industry
This is only about 10 minutes away and a local bus can get
the interested folks there. OMSI is also the home to the
USS Blueback, SS-581
the last US Navy non-nuclear, fast attack submarine . She
was operational in the Pacific Ocean for 31 years. Scheduled
tours are available. Pay at the door for the activities you
want to participate in.
Suggestion #2 - MAX light rail trips
to many other activities that will be highlighted on the
website as the summer progresses.
Suggestion #3 - Lloyd Center
for shopping and eating.
Suggestion #4 -
Portland Historical Walking tours -
Many are available downtown and easily accessible by MAX
Lunch on your own.
is open until 6:30 pm.
Annual Reunion Banquet The Pacific NW Ballroom.
6:30 pm Social Hour and Alumni photographs.
7:30 pm Banquet Dinner.
Wild Greens with Candied Hazelnuts, Dried Oregon Berries &
Rogue River Bleu Cheese, Tossed in Herb Vinaigrette.
Roasted Garlic Chicken Scampi Garlic Roasted Chicken
with Butter Poached Pacific Shrimp, Steamed Rice, Basil
Chiffonade & Plum Tomatoes, Topped with Chardonnay Cream Sauce.
Wild Salmon & Pacific Shrimp Baked Salmon & Shrimp
with Pistachio Pesto, Lemon Aioli & Pecorino Risotto Cake
Carrot Spice Cake
Moist layered Carrot Cake with Crunchy Walnuts, Raisins,
Spices and Cream Cheese Frosting.
Total Dinner Cost
- $39.00 includes gratuity
10:30 11:00 pm - Hospitality Suite is open.
September 30, 2012
on your own. Coffee and Bagels in the Hospitality Suite.
Hospitality Suite Open until 11am.
Squeeze in one more activity and leave on Monday. It could
be the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Mt St.
Helens National Volcanic Monument,
or one of many other day long activities we will highlight
along the way.