USS Benjamin Stoddert DDG-22 & USS Jupiter AVS-8 Association
2018 Providence, RI
 

 

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2018 USS Benjamin Stoddert USS Jupiter Reunion
August 22-26, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island Marriott Downtown Hotel
Reservations: 866-807-2171
Room Rates Single $139 - Double $139
As of 10/23/17, there were 5 additional rooms available for booking from August 19th to the 29th.
Anyone having trouble booking your reservation, please contact Ron Zorn at 619-402-5523.

 


 Registration Cutoff Date will be July 30, 2018. Get your reservations in early or you won't be able to get our discounted rate. Please note that you must be a member, the spouse or descendant of a member, or the guest of a member to attend our reunion. Please remember that you are responsible for all reservations which include hotel and transportation.


 

For Reservations and Upgrades call 866-807-2171. Refer to the USS Benjamin Stoddert. Cost for a room is $139/night. This price is good from Sunday, 19 August until Tuesday, 28 August. Wi-Fi and parking are free. Any questions about your stay, please call Ron Zorn at 619-402-5523 or Mike Ridgon at 858-300-6821

 

Click here to download printable registration forms

RhodeIsland2018/RI2.jpg

2018 USS Benjamin Stoddert USS Jupiter Reunion
August 22-26, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island Marriott Downtown Hotel
Reservations: 866-807-2171
Room Rates Single $139 - Double $139
As of 10/23/17, there were 5 additional rooms available for booking from August 19th to the 29th.
Anyone having trouble booking your reservation, please contact Ron Zorn at 619-402-5523.

 


 Registration Cutoff Date will be July 30, 2018. Get your reservations in early or you won't be able to get our discounted rate. Please note that you must be a member, the spouse or descendant of a member, or the guest of a member to attend our reunion. Please remember that you are responsible for all reservations which include hotel and transportation.


 

For Reservations and Upgrades call 866-807-2171. Refer to the USS Benjamin Stoddert. Cost for a room is $139/night. This price is good from Sunday, 19 August until Tuesday, 28 August. Wi-Fi and parking are free. Any questions about your stay, please call Ron Zorn at 619-402-5523 or Mike Ridgon at 858-300-6821

 

Hi, My name is Robert Barlow. I was an FTG-3 on the Benjamin Stoddert from 74-76.  Cindy (my wife)  & I live across the Seekonk River from Providence. She was born and raised in the house we now (almost) own. 

I work at Electric Boat in Quonset Point, RI, building Virginia class submarines as a shipyard electrician. 

  

Welcome to Rhode Island.

Named "Roodt Eylandt" by Adrian Block, the Dutch explorer.     https://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-rhode-island.htm

 

It was 1620. The Pilgrims were headed for Virginia, but foul weather kept them from getting South of Cape Cod. So they went to Plymouth. Roger Williams was a Puritan minister in England, who came to America in 1631. Williams was expelled by the Puritan leaders from the Massachusetts Bay Colonies for spreading "new and dangerous ideas", In 1635, the magistrates of Plymouth had had enough of Roger Williams' radical ideas, and he was tried and convicted of sedition, heresy, and refusing to swear an oath of allegiance in God's name. Williams regarded it as blasphemy to use God's name in a civil proceeding. Under order of banishment to England, Williams fled in February 1636, walking through the snow from Salem to Narragansett Bay (54 miles) where he spent the rest of the winter with the Wampanoags. Learning that spring that he was still within the land grant of Plymouth and fearing extradition to Massachusetts. Williams and some companions from Salem crossed the Seekonk River into Narragansett territory. There, on land purchased from his friends Miantonomi and Canonicus, the chief sachems of the Narragansetts, Williams began a settlement. He called it "Providence" because he believed that God had cared for him. This colony was a refuge, offering what he called "liberty of conscience", a place where everyone would have religious freedom. He was a staunch advocate for religious freedom, separation of church and state, and fair dealings with Native Americans, and he was one of the first abolitionists.

 

It's New England.

 

A 2 1/2 hour drive will get you to Maine and the best Diner in North America (imho), or the tip of Cape Cod where the settlers first landed.

There's ferry service to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, or Block Island.

An hour's drive to Narragansett and you can go charter fishing, or hit the beach.

 

And no matter where you go, you're walking on hallowed ground, where America's first veteran's (mostly farmers and craftsmen) fought to create the freedom's we now enjoy.

 

Below is a list of places my wife and I have been and enjoyed.

Things to do for Sat. There are pictures of most of them on my facebook page.

I have spoken with most of these places and acquired reduced or free admission. 

 

 

Local

 

Walking tours of Providence.  Brown University has great old buildings, and Sayles Hall has a great big organ.    (https://www.goprovidence.com/things-to-do/providence-walking-tours/)

 

 

Free admission @ Rhode Island School of Design Museum for Sat. 8/25/18                                                            (https://risdmuseum.org/visit/)

 

Walking distance (1 mile)          Present your Reunion Badge for 1/2 price admission (if you don't have your badge just tell them your with the Stoddert/Jupiter).  

You pass the site of the original settlement of Rhode Island, stop in the Roger Williams National Park office, (great deal on lifetime National Park Pass), you go past the First Baptist Church in America (it's closed on Sat. but they said all are welcome on Sun. and after the service there will be a free tour for reunion attendee's), two blocks more and your @ RISD Museum on the left. 

 

 

1/2 price @ Roger Williams Zoo & Park (the park is free) Sat 8/25/18                                                                        (http://www.rwpzoo.org/

 

6 miles. Bus service from Kennedy Plaza.         Present your Reunion Badge for 1/2 price admission (if you don't have your badge just tell them your with the Stoddert/Jupiter).

From 9 A.M.-1 P.M. you can visit the third oldest zoo in America, after 1 P.M. they are setting up for "Brew at the Zoo" (sorry, it's sold out).

 

Since the 1890's, Roger Williams Park has been the premier playground for both Providence and Rhode Island residents. Designed in 1874 by landscape architect Horace W.S. Cleveland, the entire park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The park's 435 acres feature over 100 acres of ponds that weave their way through the rolling landscape. Major attractions include the nationally-recognized Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the Botanical Center, the Casino, the Carousel Village, the Temple to Music, the Todd Morsilli tennis courts, and the Tim O'Neil baseball fields. (http://www.providenceri.gov/providence-parks/roger-williams-park/)

 

 

Free admission @ Slater Mill for Sat. 8/25/18                                                                                                            (https://www.facebook.com/slater.mill)

 

5 miles. Bus service in front of hotel                 Present your Reunion Badge for free admission (if you don't have your badge just tell them your with the Stoddert/Jupiter).

 

The Slater Mill is a historic textile mill complex on the banks of the Blackstone River, modeled after cotton spinning mills first established in England. It is the first water-powered cotton spinning mill in North America. Samuel Slater ( look for the Slaterettes below), the mill's founder, hired by Moses Brown of Providence, RI (he co-founded Brown University. The family firm was active in distilling rum, owned an iron furnace, and took part in a wide variety of merchant activities) to produce a working set of machines necessary to spin cotton yarn using water power in 1793. It has a cool vertical water turbine driving belt-powered machinery.

  

Need to quell that busy body for a couple of hours? Looking for wholesome activity, or to learn a useful new skill?  Slater Mill in downtown Pawtucket has the answer, and all you need to do is drop in.

On Saturday mornings in August, the mill offers a free Drop In & WEAVE! Program from 10 a.m. to Noon, open-house style, meaning you can show up anytime during those hours, even for a quick try. The program is family-friendly, and suitable for all ages. "Here's a chance for the curious fiber artists, young and not-so-young, to try their hand at one of the worlds oldest domestic crafts: hand-weaving,"

                                                                                                                                                                                   (https://reportertoday.com/eastprovidence/stories/got-a-hankering-to-weave-slater-mill-invites-you-to-just-drop-in,24112)

 

For any staying on Sun. Slater's Mill is hosting SAM's MILLFEST...FREE Admission, FREE Music,  FREE Fun, & Food Trucks 12-6 

 

 

 (Currently pending) on admission @ McCoy Stadium                                                                                      (http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?sid=t533&ymd=20080830&content_id=452367&vkey=team1)

 

5 miles. Bus service in front of hotel         

The Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston's minor league team) are inviting the Pawtucket Slaterettes, one of the nation's only women's baseball leagues, to play 33 innings of baseball at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, August 25.. The special event pays tribute to the historic 33-inning game played in 1981 by the PawSox and the visiting Rochester Red Wings, "Over the past two seasons, we have been blessed to welcome such players from the AAGPBL as Rhode Island's own Wilma Briggs and California's Maybelle "All the Way May" Blair and Shirley Burkovich. Part of this tribute is a tip of the cap to them. 

 

For the more adventurist...

 

EAST

 

Reduced admission @  Blithewold  for Sat. 8/25/18 (Regular $15.00, Reunion $9.00)                                           (https://www.blithewold.org/about/the-estate/)

 20.2 miles. Bus service from Kennedy Plaza.         Present your Reunion Badge for discount (if you don't have your badge just tell them your with the Stoddert/Jupiter)

Argh, Matey. This be where Capt. Ahab sailed from.

 

Reduced (Veterans) admission @  Linden Place for Sat. 8/25/18                                                                           (https://lindenplace.org/museum/ ;)

19.1  miles. Bus service from Kennedy Plaza.         Present your Reunion Badge for discount (if you don't have your badge just tell them your with the Stoddert/Jupiter)

 

Highlights include tales of DeWolf family exploits, from their privateering and slave trading to their financial ruin and triumphant return to prosperity during Victorian times. Docents introduce visitors to family members Pomeroy Colt, founder of United States Rubber, now Uniroyal, his mother Theodora DeWolf Colt, who as Madam Colt ran Bristol Society from Linden Place as if she was Queen Victoria and the great actress Ethel Barrymore who married in to this most prominent of American families.

 

(Currently pending) on admission @  New Bedford Whaling Museum for Sat. 8/25/18                                  (https://www.whalingmuseum.org/ )

32.9 miles. Bus service from Kennedy Plaza.         Present your Reunion Badge for group rate(if you don't have your badge just tell them your with the Stoddert/Jupiter)

 

 

Free admission @ Kilburn Mill  for Sat. 8/25/18                                                                                                       (https://kilburnmill.com/event/the-grand-panorama-of-a-whaling-voyage/)

34.5 miles. Bus service from Kennedy Plaza.         Present your Reunion Badge for free admission (if you don't have your badge just tell them your with the Stoddert/Jupiter)

"A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World."  I've seen this and it is truly amazing. See America's longest painting - longer than the Empire State Building is tall.

All 1,275 feet of the Panorama is currently on exhibit to awe visitors. 

Just down the point is The Fort Taber Fort Rodman military Museum                                                        

Well worth seeing, the site of many re-enactments and where I learned to throw a hatchet.                                    (http://forttaber.org/)

 

(Currently pending) on admission @  for Sat. 8/25/18   Plimouth Plantation                                                    (https://www.plimoth.org/)

53 miles

Where it all started. An hour on the highway  to Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation, the Plimoth Grist Mill (I really enjoyed this place), and the Mayflower II (oops, just found out it's at Mystic Seaport getting work done).

 

 

North

 

    

45 miles     Group rate admission @ Larz Anderson Auto Museum for Sat. 8/25/18                                                 (https://larzanderson.org/)                                                                                

Collection of antique motors & vintage bikes displayed in a château -style Victorian carriage house.  

 

52 miles    Free admission @ Minuteman National Park for Sat. 8/25/18                                                                  (https://www.nps.gov/mima/learn/index.htm)

Minute Man National Historical Park.  Lexington to the East, Concord to the West. Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams. Just like they taught us in school. It really happened.

 

70 miles     Free admission @ Saugus Iron Works for Sat. 8/25/18    C                                                                     (https://www.nps.gov/sair/index.htm)

The first integrated ironworks in America (1646). It includes the reconstructed blast furnace, forge, rolling mill, shear, slitter and a quarter-ton drop hammer. The facility is powered by seven large waterwheels, some of which are rigged to work in tandem with huge wooden gears connecting them. It has a wharf to load the iron onto ocean-going vessels, as well as a large, restored 17th-century house.

 

 South

 

(Currently pending) on admission @ Mystic Seaport                                                                                          (https://www.mysticseaport.org/)

 

50 miles on I-95 South. From whaling ships to a Viking raider, a living, working wooden shipyard that's always a treat.

 

Free admission @ USS Nautilus                                                                                                                                 (http://www.ussnautilus.org/)

 

57 miles on I-95 South

Aboard NAUTILUS, experience the decks that made Naval history: the world's first nuclear powered vessel, first ship to go to the North Pole, and first submarine to journey "20,000 Leagues under the sea."  Great submarine museum on the same lot. Just up the river from General Dynamics/Electric Boat shipyard, where our future submarine fleet is being built. 

 

 

WaterFire     Sat. 8/25/18  7:30 p.m.                                                                                                                             (https://waterfire.org/schedule/2018-waterfire-providence-event-schedule/)

 

Yeah, I know that's the banquet. But if you get a chance after the festivities, take the wife down to the Basin. You'll get points for it.

 

Waterfire centers around a series of nearly 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, as residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river, listening to music and watching performances. Boats pass quietly before the flames, as black-clad performers tend the fires from sunset to midnight.

 

 

 

 Beach's 

 

 East or South to the Coast,        

 

Scusset Beach,                Sandwich, MA       61 miles    A 1.5 mile stretch along the Cape Cod Canal with camping, fishing pier, swimming areas & bike paths.     (Non resident parking $20.00)

Horseneck Beach             Westport, MA        35 miles    Beach with wind-surfing conditions, estuary for bird-watching & trails on a sprawling landscape.                (Non resident parking $20.00)

Narragansett Beach         Narragansett, RI   36 miles                                                                                                                                                                    (https://www.narragansettri.gov/323/Narragansett-Town-Beach)

Matunic Beach                 S. Kingstown, RI   39 miles     Nice, clean and long sand beach with  restrooms, showers and a place to buy refreshments.             (http://www.riparks.com/Locations/LocationEastMatunuck.html

Misquamicut Beach         Westerly, RI          48 miles     Bustling state beach with a bathhouse, lifeguard, shade gazebos, picnic tables & a gift shop              (http://www.riparks.com/Locations/LocationMisquamicut.html)

 

Warwick Town Beach       Warwick, RI         14 miles   Waterfront recreational area with baseball fields, picnic tables & 3 miles of paved bicycle trails.              (?)

                                                     

Conimicut Point Beach     Warwick, RI         14 miles   Wonderful beach with kids play area and slides..nice and calm, good fishing                                            (?)

                                                   

Rocky Point Park              Warwick, RI         15 miles    This park, is a very simple park, but with stunning views, a couple of beaches, a paved walking trail, rocks to fish from and lots of open space.

                                                                                        Formerly the locally famous Rocky Point Amusement Park.                                                                   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Point_Amusement_Park)        

                                                                                        Also have free movies.                                                                                                                             (http://moviesintheparkri.com/)