September 27 - 30, 2012

Double Tree Lloyd Center,

Portland, Oregon


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.

Arrival – 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 RED line 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 – Lloyd Center 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 Oregon’s most popular shopping destinations. It is one block away to shopping, dining and entertainment, including a huge ice skating rink.

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 websites.

www.travelportland.com/    www.portlandmonthlymag.com/

Suggestion #1 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.

Suggestion #2 Mt St. 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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

07:30 - Breakfast on your own. Coffee and Bagels in the Hospitality Suite.

08:30 - Board the busses.

Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial at the Portland Arboretum to hold the Shipmates Memorial Service.  

Sleighbells Holiday Barn – 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. 

Evergreen Aviation Museum –  Re-board 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 machines.” 

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.

Friday, 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 Mill. 

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.

BONNEVILLE DAM -  We 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.

MULTNOMAH 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.

Open evening activities

Suggestion #1 - Dinner  on your own. We will provide a list of restaurants in the Hotel, nearby and in the Mall.

Option #1 Portland Spirit Dinner Cruise - We 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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

07:00 -  Breakfast on your own. Coffee and Bagels in the Hospitality Suite.

08:30 – Annual Business Meeting in the Ball Room.

10:00 – On your own or:

Option #1 - Jetboat tour ( www.willamettejet.com) 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”  boat 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 light rail.

Lunch on your own.

Hospitality Suite 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.

Northwest Salad – Wild Greens with Candied Hazelnuts, Dried Oregon Berries & Rogue River Bleu Cheese, Tossed in Herb Vinaigrette.

Choice #1 – Roasted Garlic Chicken Scampi – Garlic Roasted Chicken with Butter Poached Pacific Shrimp, Steamed Rice, Basil Chiffonade & Plum Tomatoes, Topped with Chardonnay Cream Sauce.

Choice #2 – 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.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Breakfast on your own. Coffee and Bagels in the Hospitality Suite.

Depart Reunion – 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, Timberline Lodge or one of many other day long activities we will highlight along the way.



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