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2013 USNCSA - Newport, R.I.
05-05-201313 to 05-10-2013

During the Washington reunion, ship's company meeting, the majority voted to continue the USS PROVIDENCE Association with the following, reunion modifications. Schedule the next reunion to coincide with the U. S. Navy Cruiser Sailor Association (USNCSA), reunion, which will be held in Newport, Rhode Island, Sunday May 5 to Friday May 10, 2013. This will be a joint reunion, however, PROVIDENCE will have a separate business meeting during the time the USNCSA is conducting their business meeting. Also endorsed was a PROVIDENCE stand alone reunion during Sept/Oct 2014 at Long Beach, Calif. (note-the USS IOWA was recently moved to this venue).
Please contact Jim Chryst to advise if you are planning to attend the 2013 Cruiser Sailor Reunion, with the USS PROVIDENCE. 717-284-6996, cell 973-222-5499, or
U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association Revised: 11-10-2012
National Reunion 2013 -Newport, Rhode Island
Plan of the Week
Sunday, 5 May
                1200       Hospitality Room Opens - Registration Begins
                                Tour Newport and surrounding area attractions on your own
                                                 (Newport Grand Slots Casino is across the Street)
                                                                Lunch and dinner on your own today.
                1730       Hospitality Room - Welcoming Address - CEO Newport Visitors Center
                                                                Followed by a Taste of Rhode Island
Monday, 6 May 
                0845       Buses leave hotel
                0930       Tour of Battleship Cove and Museum Ships (The largest US Naval Museum in the Country)
                1130       Lunch aboard ship - USS Massachusetts
                1230       Buses Departs for hotel
                                Drive by view of the Lizzie Borden Home and Museum
                1300       Board Meeting
                1645       Buses leave for Dinner on the Newport Dinner Train along the beautiful Narragansett Bay                                              
                1730       Board Dinner Train
                2030       Train Returns to Depot
Tuesday, 7 May 
                0830       Buses leave hotel
                0900       Ladies Tour of Rough Point the Doris Duke Mansion, Museum and Gift Shop
                1030       Board Buses for shopping at the Christmas Tree Shoppe
                0915       Annual Business Meeting in the Conference Room
                1145       Bus departs for Hotel from the Christmas Tree Shoppe
                1230       Luncheon Buffet & Merchandise Raffle at the hotel (Cash Bar)
                                (Notify hotel of diet restrictions, gluten-vegetable options are available)               
                                                Guest Speaker: Michael T. Ansay, LTC, IN, USAR - Naval Undersea Warfare Center
                1700       Hospitality Room Opens
                                Dinner on your Own
                1900       Hospitality Room - Presentation on history & preservation of historic Fort Adams
                                                Guest Speaker: Robert J. McCormick, Director of Marketing & the Visitor Experience
                                 Coffee Cabinets/Rhode Island Trivia

Wednesday, 8 May            
                0815       Buses leave hotel
                0845       Memorial Service - US Naval Base Chapel
                                                US Navy Color Guard
                                                Choir: United Methodist Elder Care Time and Again Chorus
                1000       Visit the Naval War College Museum and Gift Shop
                1145       Bus departs for next destination:
                1200       Arrive at Newport Playhouse Theatre for Luncheon Buffet, Show and Cabaret (All hats must be removed)
                1630       Return to Hotel - Dinner on your own ( really won't need it)
                1900       Hospitality Room Opens - Presentation on USS Salem
                                                Guest Speaker: Michael Condon, Executive Director
                1930       Hospitality Room Cheese and Cracker Social and Wine and Beer Tasting Event

Thursday, 9 May
                0830       Buses leave hotel
                0900       Tour the Breakers Mansion (Home of the NY Central Railroad President, Cornelius Vanderbilt, II)
                1100       Trolley Tour of Scenic Ocean Drive, Ft. Adams - A National Historical Landmark and Historic Newport
                1230       Return to Hotel - Lunch on your own
                1600       Hospitality room closes
                1700       Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar) and Banquet Buffet
                                                Guest Speaker - CAPT Alan Abramson, Past CO USS Shiloh (CG-67) 6/22/07 - 4/30/09
                                                                 Chairman of Joint Military Operations for the Naval War College
Friday, 10 May
                0900       Leave hotel for Tour of USS Salem (Optional)
                                Check out and depart for home. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY LADIES!!
U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association
21st Annual National Reunion
5-9 May 2013
Newport, Rhode Island
(Please print your name(s) as you want them to appear on your name tag)

Name_________________________________________________ Phone__________________________________
Address_____________________________________ City/State/Zip______________________________________
Spouse/Guest Name_____________________________________________________________________________

USNCSA Member? Yes_____ No_____                                                       Cost        #Persons               Total

Registration Fee (Per Person)                                                                                             $35.00   ________             _______

Monday, 6 May - Tour of Battleship Cove & lunch on board                                   $45.00   ________             _______

                                 Newport Dinner Train (Cash Bar)                                                   $78.00   ________             _______
                                 Please Circle your choice of meal;
Stuffed Filet of Sole / Brannigan's Baby Back Ribs / Chicken Vanderbilt
                                Vegetarian option also available

Tuesday, 7 May - Ladies Tour of Rough Point Mansion &                                       $40.00   ________             _______
                                shopping at the Christmas Tree Shop

                                 Deli Buffet Luncheon & Merchandise Raffle                              $15.00   ________             _______
Wednesday, 8 May - Memorial Service, Naval War College Museum,                   $68.00   ________             _______
                                 Newport Playhouse Theatre for luncheon buffet,
                                 Show & Cabaret (Cash Bar)                                                                                                           

Thursday, 9 May - Tour of Breakers Mansion & Narrated Trolley                          $65.00   ________             _______
                                 Tour of Newport, Rhode Island      

                                 Buffet Banquet (Cash Bar)                                                            $28.00   ________             _______

                                                                                                                                                TOTAL:                               _______

Friday, 10 May - OPTIONAL Tour of USS Salem in Quincy, MA                                          
                                (Appx cost is $25.00).Exact price to be determined upon number of attendees.
                                Payable                 @ check-in / registration  

Check your plan of the week for complimentary special events being held in the hospitality room - hope to see you there!

*Unless specifically stated; lunch, taxes, fees, and gratuity are included in price. The Association will take care of gratuities for tour drivers and guides.

*Please advise Ed August at or 508-252-3524 of any special dietary needs or handicap assistance required.         


MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO USNCSA, Deadline for submission is April 1, 2013.
Mail To: Edward August, 21 Colonial Way, Rehoboth, MA 02769

National Reunion 2013 - Newport, Rhode Island
Welcome to Newport - "America's First Resort"

Newport is a city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island. Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, it is the home of Salve Regina University and the Naval Station Newport which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. A major 180th century port city, Newport now contains among the highest number of surviving colonial buildings of any city in the United States. Newport was known for being the city of some of the "Summer White Houses" during the administration of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

Newport has long been entwined with the United States Navy, From 1952 to 1973, it hosted the Cruiser-Destroyer Force of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and subsequently it has from time to time hosted smaller numbers of warships. It held the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy during the American Civil War (1861-65), when the undergraduate officer training school was temporarily moved north from Annapolis, Maryland. The decommissioned aircraft-carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) is moored in an inactive status at the dock previously used by the Cruiser-Destroyer Force. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) shared the pier until June 2010. (We will be making a stop by the USS Saratoga during our ride on the Newport Dinner Train)

The departure of the Cruiser-Destroyer fleet from Newport and the closure of nearby Naval Air Station Quonset Point in 1973 was devastating to the local economy. The population of Newport decreased, businesses closed, and property values plummeted. However, in the late 1960's the city had begun revitalizing the downtown area with the construction of America's Cup Avenue (where this year Newport, again hosted the America's Cup Yacht Races), malls of stores and condominiums, and upscale hotels. Construction was completed on the Newport Bridge, The Preservation Society of Newport County began opening Newport's historic mansions to the public, and the tourist industry became Newport's primary commercial enterprise over the subsequent years.

One of Newport's famous National Historic Landmark Districts is, Bellevue Avenue, the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where important tennis players are commemorated, as well as a number of mansions dating back to the Gilded Age, including the Breakers (which we will be touring), Belcourt Castle, Chateau-sur-Mer. The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Rough Point (one of our stops on the Ladies Tour), and the William Watts Sherman House.

Newport plays host to a number of festivals during the summer months, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Sunset Music Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Newport International Boat Show.

Aquidneck Island is home to many beaches, public and private. In Newport, the largest public beach, Easton's beach, or first beach, has a view of the famed Cliff Walk which is considered one of the most popular attractions in the city. It is a 3.5 mile public access walkway bordering the shoreline, and has been designated a National Recreation Trail. Gooseberry Beach, Brenton Point State Park (home of the annual Brenton Point Kite Festival) are sites that we will be viewing as we tour along the infamous Ocean Drive aboard Newport's charming trolleys.

Fort Adams, a historical fort dating back to the War of 1812 houses the Museum of Yachting and host both the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival annually. A representative from the Fort Adams Trust will be visiting our hospitality room to give a presentation on the history and the Trust's efforts to restore the fort.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in charming Newport, the city - by - the - sea, rich in history and spectacular views, for the USNCSA's 2013 annual reunion May 5 - 9.

Transportation to Newport:
Freshly renovated T. F. Greene Airport is a 40 minute ride from Providence/Warwick, Rhode Island (PVD). It offers eight major airlines and seven commuter lines. Logan International Airport in Boston (BOS) is about an hour away.

There is no shuttle transportation from either airport but private limo and cab services are available for approximately $25.00
one way. The following are a list of available transportation providers:

All Occasion Limo                                                Lands End Limo
Michael Bent                                        Walter & Kirsten
1-800-454-1380                                  1- 401- 847 - 4883


A - 1 Car and Cab............................(401) 841-0411
Cozy Cab..........................................(401) 846-2500
Orange Cab......................................(401) 841-0030
Rainbow Cab...................................(401) 849-1333

Individuals must make their own hotel reservations with the
Best Western Mainstay Inn, conveniently located right off Route 138 just outside Newport's downtown area.
151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd, Newport, RI (401) 849-9880
1-800-937-8376 or (

**Be sure to mention that you are part of the US Navy Cruiser Sailors Association reunion group to get the discounted group rate of $65.00 per night plus applicable taxes. (Single and double occupancy)
Please notify the hotel of any special requests or handicapped access, including shower bars, etc. Deadline for the discounted rate is April 1, 2013. Rates will not be guaranteed after this date.

If you would like to extend your trip to Newport the hotel will honor the group rate for two days prior and two days after the reunion.

Newport Grand Slots
Directly across the street from the hotel you can spend some of your free time enjoying the sights and sounds of over 1,000 slot machines and virtual game tables in luxurious slot parlors. Several restaurants and beverage outlets are located inside the
Also, a brief walk from the hotel are other local shopping venues and restaurants that are available for your convenience.

Battleship Cove and Museum Ships, Monday, 6 May
Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts has the country's most complete collection of American World War II Navy ship's including the Battleship Massachusetts, the submarine Lionfish, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. a landing craft and 2 PT boats.
The Pearl Harbor experience is a new exhibit that brings the attack at Pearl Harbor to life with its state-of-the-art special effects technology, archive film and surround-sound. The only outdoor reenactment of Pearl Harbor anywhere. We will be enjoying a buffet luncheon in the nostalgic atmosphere of the Officer's Wardroom aboard the Battleship.
**Access to the Battleship has limited handicapped accessibility and cannot accommodate scooters because of the steep incline of the ramp. Please inform us if this is an issue and we will attempt to make alternate arrangements for you.

Lizzie! Did she or didn't she...we will do a drive by of the home of Lizzie Borden, defendant in the most famous murder case in American history...In the crime of the century Lizzie was accused of the vicious hatchet murders of her father and his wife in the home located at 451 Rock Street, Fall River, Massachusetts.

The Newport Dinner Train Welcome Aboard...Enjoy the experience of Rhode Island's only moving dinner train on a 3 hour sentimental journey along scenic Narragansett Bay. Powering the train is a 44-ton General Electric diesel locomotive built in 1946. Each of the three dining cars were built between 1941 and 1952 by the Budd Coach Company, and the interior of each car is meticulously restored to quietly reflect the Golden Age of Railroading. The Newport Dinner Train is one of three outstanding dinner trains in the country selected by the Food Network for dining excellence...and you will experience this first hand as we ride the rails while enjoying a delicious dinner.
**Please keep in mind that these are authentic train cars, therefore, there is limited handicapped accessibility. There are three steps to access the train and there will be porters to assist entry. However, wheelchairs and scooters cannot be boarded. The aisle leading to the restroom is very narrow and the restroom itself is small and limited to one person's use at a time.

Ladies Tour - Rough Point - Tuesday, 7 May
Rough Point is the Newport home of Doris Duke, collector, philanthropist, and world traveler. You will be immersed in fine art, furnishings and antiques that Miss Duke spent a lifetime collecting from exotic locations around the world. We will tour her home as a welcomed guest and experience life as a 20th century heiress.
Each year the gallery displays a special exhibit featuring different aspects of Doris's life. We do not know at this time what the
theme of the exhibit will be for 2013 so it will be a surprise to us all.
**This tour is completely handicapped accessible with an elevator.

The Christmas Tree Shop
Visitors to Newport cannot resist the urge to make a stop at the local Christmas Tree Shop. Everything from seasonal decorations, tableware, toys, gifts and everything else you could
possibly need you will find here at very reasonable prices, where
"Don't you just love a bargain" has become a popular local slogan.
**Handicapped accessible

Memorial Service - Wednesday, 8 May
The newly renovated "Chapel of Hope" located on the Naval Station Newport (NAVSTA) with a view of the Newport Bridge will be the site of our annual Memorial Service.
**Handicapped accessible

Naval War College Museum & Gift Shop
Established in 1884, the U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine-students in 1885, and about 300 of today's active-duty admirals and generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.
This national landmark hosts a torpedo display and exhibits on Naval Warfare history and the Naval Heritage of Narragansett Bay. Visit the fully stocked gift shop for that one of kind gift or souvenir.
** Handicapped accessible

Newport Playhouse Dinner Theatre
A favorite spot for locals and tourists...enjoy a "humongous" buffet - a wonderful play and a fun-filled cabaret. Professional actors will delight you in an intimate theatre with talent worthy of Broadway.
"Spreading It Around" is a lighthearted comedy that finds Angela Drayton, a wealthy widow in a retirement community. Tired of handing out money to her unappreciative children, she starts the S.I.N. (Spending It Now) Foundation, to give to those truly in need. This terrifies her greedy son, driving him to devise a plan to have her committed. Mama will have none of that!

**Management respectfully requests that all hats be removed prior to entering the playhouse.
**Handicapped seating is available upon request in the theatre.

Tour of the Breakers Mansion - Thursday 9 May
The Breakers tour brings the house, the furnishings, and even its sculpture to life as never before. Tour guides will tell you stories of life in this great 70- room summer estate.
**This mansion is handicapped accessible with an elevator.

Trolley Tour of Ocean Drive and Fort Adams
Newport's ten-mile drive combines the history of a wealthy summer community with a fabulous Newport recreational treasure of public parks and miles of public access shoreline to rank as one of the most popular "drives" in the country.
**Handicapped accessible




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