Reunion Information for San Antonio 2010
The San Antonio reunion is rapidly approaching.  If you have not reserved a room at the
Crockett Hotel it is a must to do so ASAP.  Phone: 1 800 292 1050 and tell them you are with the USS New group.  The dates again for the reunion are Sept. 16-19, 2010.  There is updated reunion information on facebook under the USS New page.  If you have not joined the group or checked out the pictures check it out.

The Crockett Hotel is across the street from the Alamo and within walking distance to more activities than you can do in a weekend.  The trolley stops out front, the riverwalk is across the street and down the steps.  You can catch the river taxi there.  Shopping on site. 

San Antonio:

The dress is casual, western if possible, for all events at the reunion.  Jeans and shorts are acceptable attire.  Leave your suit and tie at home.
50/50 Drawing to be held with profits going to fund future USS New newsletters.
Anyone who can get some door prizes donated or donate something we can auction off or have a raffle for please help us.  Again the money is for newsletters.

We need $200 per couple paid in advance by July 15, 2010 for those attending the reunion.  This money is non refundable since it is to pre pay the things that require prepayment.  This will cover the following:
Dangles or badges
3 Days use of Hospitality Room set up and clean up including snacks and soft drinks
Friday Dinner: Casa Rio Restaurant on the Riverwalk
Enchilada /fajita buffet
Guacamola, chili con queso, beef and chicken fajita strips, pico de gallo, sour creme, grilled peppers and onions, shredded cheese, cheese enchiladas, chili con carne, Mexican rice, refried beans, tortillas, chips, hot sauce, ice tea, bunuelos included. Cash bar
Saturday Dinner: County Line Bar B Que
Served family style. Heaping bowls of potato salad, cole slaw, and beans plus bread, tea, coffee and soft drinks.  Smoked chicken, beef ribs, brisket, and sausage.  Homemade icecream.
Miscellaneous expenses
Please remit check, cash or pesos to:
Donald Smith
3105 S Nelson                                                    
email Don and Betty Smith
Amarillo, Texas 79103 
All of the above have to be pre paid so we have paid it.


Each couple is asked to bring a $30 Gift representing their home state.  Wrap each gift and mark the state on the outside.  It doesnít have to be fancy wrap.  A paper bag with the state name on the outside would do.  These will be given out at the Sat. meeting with the games.  Each couple that brings a gift will take a gift home.

Cost to each Individual in San Antonio:   Cost will vary per individual choices
Lodging at the Crockett Hotel $89 plus  16.75% tax  per night this includes breakfast and coffee and tea in the lobby.  .  If you have to cancel it will be up to you to call them and do so.  The phone number is:
1 800 292 1050.
Valet Parking: $25 plus 8.125% tax  at the Crockett.  There are various city lots around hotel from $8-$18 a day
Airport Taxi: Approximately $20-$23 each way per cab
Three Lunches on your own
Thurs. night dinner on your own
Any tours you might be interested in

My suggestion is to make a stop at the San Antonio Visitor Center and OFFICIAL City Store  317 Alamo Plaza (walk from the Crockett)  Souveniers, discount tickets, tourist information.  Iím sure weíll go as a group on Thurs.
Tours:  Trolley 60 minute Historic tour $19.95 / $27.95 for all day Hopper Pass Trolley can be boarded as desired for $1.25 per trip instead of Hopper Pass  Tours begin at 9:30AM daily
El Mercado:   I call it little Mexico. All kinds of shopping and meals.  Lunch at  La Margaritas is a must.  Get a coupon for a discount and a free margarita at the tourist bureau.  The trolley will take you there.  Mariachi bands can usually be seen along with other entertainment in the streets.
Street car: $4 for an all day pass
River Taxi: Taxi Service Hours
The Rio Taxi Yellow Service operates daily from 9 AM to 9 PM.
The Rio Taxi Red Service operations daily from 9 AM to 9 PM.

Rio Taxi Ticket Prices
Rates are as follows:
Tickets are only available on the Rio Taxi boat.

Rio Taxi Yellow One Way: $5.00
Rio Taxi Yellow 24-Hour Day Pass*: $10.00
Rio Taxi Yellow Three Day Pass*: $25.00

Rio Taxi Red 24-Hour Day Pass*: $10.00
Rio Taxi Red Three Day Pass*:$25.00

Combination Red/Yellow 24 Hour Pass*: $15.00

*Unlimited Rides

All prices are tax inclusive
Imax Theater: Between  the Crockett and Meager Hotel 849 East Commerce Street Suite 285 Relive 13 days of American History in 48 minutes
Relive history's unforgettable thirteen days of glory as 189 Texian and Tejano defenders fight for Texas Independence. IMAX puts you in the middle of this historic action with its six-story screen and six-track stereo sound.

WILLIAM BARRET TRAVIS
(Casey Biggs) A Native of South Carolina, Travis was a leading member of the Independence movement. When Co-Commander James Bowie became ill, the young firebrand stood in sole command of The Alamo.

ANTONIO LOPEZ de SANTA ANNA (Enrique Sandino) He led Mexican troops to both victory and defeat. Helped lose most of Mexico's northern territories and rose and fell from power on at least four different occasions.

DAVID CROCKETT (Merrill Connally) Rising from humble Tennessee origins to the halls of Congress, he was a backwoods legend. Crockett volunteered for the Texas Army and ended up as one of The Alamo's most famous defenders.

JUAN SEGUIN (Derek Cabellero) Leader of the "pro-independence" Tejanos, Captain Seguin was an Alamo courier and later a hero of the Battle of San Jacinto.



JAMES BONHAM (Don Swayze) The most famous Alamo courier and native of South Carolina. Bonham entered The Alamo twice during the siege and returned knowing the fortress was doomed.


TORIBIO LOSOYA (Martin Cuellar) One of eight Tejano defenders of The Alamo. A native of San Antonio de Bexar, he grew up and died a hero within the walls of The Alamo.


JAMES BOWIE (Steve Sandor) Raised in Louisiana, Bowie was a living legend when he walked into The Alamo. Succumbing to illness at the start of the siege, he spent his last 13 days fighting fever and Santa Anna's army.


Alamo: Free  Directly across the street from the Crockett.  I highly suggest going to the Imax Theater first before going to the Alamo
There is so much to see and do within walking distance that we canít even begin to list everything. 
If you have any suggestions or questions please feel free to call
1 806 570 2450 or
email calamitysmith@msn.com
The entire reunion except for transportation to and from San Antonio is still between $600 and $700 per couple depending on tours, individual meals, and shopping taste.

POD for the weekend:

            POD San Antonio, Texas

Thursday  Sept. 16, 2010

The Crockett Hotel is a completely non smoking building.  Anyone smoking will be charged $250.
Complimentary Coffee and Tea all day long in the hotel lobby
12:00 PM Hospitality Room opens Light Snacks and drinks
3:00 PM Check in at the Crockett Hotel in San Antonio
Enjoy the afternoon checking out the area and meeting and greeting friends
Dinner on your own

Friday Sept. 17, 2010

6:00AM-8AM Complimentary Breakfast at the Crockett
Complimentary Coffee and Teas in the lobby
8AM Hospitality room opens
9AM-5PM  Tour San Antonio by boat, trolley, walk, swim or however you decide or sit and visit along the water.
Lunch is on your own
5:30 PM Mexican Dinner at Casa Rio 430 East Commerce  Enchilada/Fajita Buffett
5:45 PM Dinner served  Cash bar
7:30PM Dinner concludes evening on your own
Hospitality room will be open

Saturday Sept. 18, 2010

6AM-8AM  Complimentary Breakfast at the Crockett
Complimentary Coffee and Teas in the lobby
9AM Business Meeting in Hospitality Room/ Memorial Service/ 50-50 drawing and games
Following Hospitality Room activities continue enjoying San Antonio and spending time with friends
Lunch on your own
5:30 PM All you can eat Bar B Que Dinner at County Line Restaurant   111W Crockett Street #104 Cash bar
Hospitality Room opens after dinner
Enjoy another San Antonio evening

Sunday Sept. 18, 2010

6AM-9AM Complimentary Breakfast at the Crockett
12:00 Check out time
Have a safe trip home or where ever your travels take you

If you know of anyone who served aboard the New that has passed away since our last reunion will you please send the information to:
kenlin02@yahoo.com This is Ken Nichols email address and he and Harvey Hoffman will be handling our memorial service.

Those already booked are:

William and Diane Becker         
Jerry and Sharon Browne          
Salvator and Clara Canzone       
Michael and Janice Haynes                       
Harvey and Ileine  Hoffman                       
James and Debbie Jackson          
Robert and Joyce Lesak                 

Paul and Kay Mann                       
Kenneth and Linda Nichols  
Larry and Karen Oakley                
Kenneth and Linda Paris                                                        
Don and Betty Smith
David Burchett                                                                         
Ken Nichols
George Reininger                                                                    
Rick Palmer
Don and Betty Smith  (3 rooms)                         
Jim and Karen Collins  
Jerrry Frissell                                                                           

Charles and Sue Anders                    
Larry and Sandra Landrum       
Doug and Cathy Hirth              
Dennis and Bethany Butler     
Ted and Nancy Miller                    
Steve and Cindy Cheatwood 
Fred and Seanee Davis   
If you have an addition or correction to this page please email Rick as well as Betty about it.
If you know of any who have deceased since the last reunion or have deveased prior and we are just learning of it please contact Rick Palmer and Ken Nichols