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The next meeting is on Saturday, November 9th, at 4:30pm. [More info]

 

USS Accord Watkins Glen Weekend 25
19-21 September 2014

Back in the days of Shuttle Odyssey, an internal splinter group of USS Avenger, we sensed a need to do something that had nothing to do with Star Trek. We planned a small hike at the Watkins Glen State Park, and we invited some fellow STARFLEET folks.

Some of the gangLittle did we know we'd someday be planning our 25th annual WGW. You should join us.

That simple beginning has evolved into USS Accord's annual fall gathering, centering around a hike of the Watkins Glen State Park gorge trails, and good meals with friends. Watkins Glen Weekends have seen strong contingents from Adamant, Ascension, Avenger, Challenger, Jaguar, New Horizons, Shadowstar, Tanagra, Thagard, and Valiant, plus visitors from as far away as Los Angeles. 1995's WGW was the biggest to date, involving an estimated 95 participants over the course of the weekend. (It's usually a more manageable 3-4 dozen.)

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The weekend gathering is free, except of course for your own travel, lodging, and food costs. Even visiting the state park is free, except for the parking fee per car. (We car-pool, and at last check the fee is $8 per car.) Kids are welcome, and if your kids are even remotely cute, you'll likely find yourself surrounded by willing babysitters. The park doesn't allow dogs other than service dogs, though.

Coming? Please RSVP!

Any questions? Please get in touch!

Lodging information

We encourage folks to collaborate on their own room-sharing plans. (You can see below who's already planning to come, and contact folks you know.)

Primary Hotel: Ramada Inn Ithaca

This year, we've got a block of rooms at the Ramada Inn Ithaca, a short drive from the Ithaca Airport and the Cayuga Heights Fire Station, our meeting location. Room reservations will be accepted up to August 22nd, 2014. Our group rate is $129.95/night plus tax. If you will be arriving late, need a rollaway (extra charge), or need a first floor room, please mention these when making your reservation. After August 22nd, any remaining rooms will be put back into the regular inventory for sale to the general public. Once that date passes, we can't guarantee that the hotel will have any rooms available as this is a very popular time of year for out-of-town visitors. Also, if getting a non-smoking room is important to you, be sure to request it when you make your reservation.

Ramada To reserve a room at the Ramada Inn, call 607-257-3100 or the national reservation line at 1-888-272-6232. Make sure to ask to be part of the Accord room block. You can reserve online using group code CGUSSACCORD.

Rooms are reserved for Friday and Saturday nights, September 19th and 20th. Arriving Thursday or staying until Monday is unlikely to pose a problem, but making such arrangements early is a good idea.

Backup Hotel: Trip Hotel Ithaca

We've also lined up space a short distance away at the Trip Hotel Ithaca, next to the Triphammer Marketplace. Some of you may remember it as the site of the 1999 Region 7 Conference. Our group rate is $119.95/night plus tax. Room reservations will be accepted up to August 22nd, 2014. To reserve a room at the Trip Hotel, call 607-257-2000 and give them our group number, USS9/19.

PLEASE: When you reserve one or more rooms, please let us know (a) which hotel and (b) how many rooms. That knowledge will help us to know how our blocks are doing and whether we might need additional rooms.


Glen-Chat-L Mailing List

Please subscribe to the Watkins Glen Weekend discussion list! This YahooGroups mailing list is your best bet for keeping up on the details. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Glen-Chat-L/


Please RSVP!

Use our online registration page! If you have any questions, contact wgw@ussaccord.org.


Schedule of Events

Friday: Casual afternoon gathering. We'll use the Ramada's lobby and lounge area as our "base of operations" from late afternoon on. You can meet us there, have a bite to eat, and relax with a beverage, etc.

Fri 6:00pm: Dinner at the Glenwood Pines. We'll be ordering from the menu, with each person responsible for paying for what he or she orders and eats. Please chip in if you share in appetizers, don't forget to add up everything you ordered personally, and as a good rule of thumb, add at least 25% of the total to cover tax and tip. Dinner here typically costs $8-15 per person; if you have $10 in your pocket, don't order an $8 dish and a $2 drink.

Sat 9:30am: Breakfast. If you're interested, meet for breakfast for something to eat before we get together for the Glen convoy. We recommend Ithaca Bakery (formerly CTB Appetizers or Collegetown Bagels) in the Triphammer Mall. Please plan breakfast such that you can be on time at the Ramada before 11.

Sat 10:45am: Gather for Glen convoy. Show up before 11am at the Ramada Inn parking lot on North Triphammer Road near the Shops at Ithaca Mall. Please be GASSED UP and ready to go by 11. We will leave directly for the Glen, do lunch at Burger King when we get there, then hike, which will take most of the afternoon.

After we return, there will be some quiet time to hang out at the park or clean up before....

Sat. 7:00pm: Dinner. Details to be announced. The last few years, we have had a fixed-price dinner at The Rose Taproom & Grill with several different choices of meal, served with a salad, vegetable, and baked potato, for $18 including tax and gratuity.

Sat. After Dinner: Whatever you please. Go sleep off the food. Go to various pubs if you're over 21. The last several years, many of us have gone to Purity Ice Cream for dessert.

Sunday 10:00am: Brunch at Ramada. Cost: About $14 per person, including tax and tip. We really do need to know whether you'll be at brunch, so there's enough room for everyone who's coming and so we don't have to pay out of our pockets for those who don't show up!


Saturday Night Dinner

Details to be announced. The last few years, we have had a fixed-price dinner at The Rose Taproom & Grill with several different choices of meal, served with a salad, vegetable, and baked potato, for $18 including tax and gratuity.


WGW2011 Attendee List to date!

USS Accord

General Mark H. Anbinder
Marie Beshures
Sherry Burrows
SKOAdm J.C. Cohen
Sergeant Major Kristie Vann Devine
Captain Will Devine
Commander Peter Green
Dale Nielsen
Captain Alan Rose

USS Avenger

Commander Kathy Dickinson
Commander Steve Dickinson
Adm Alex Rosenzweig
Commodore Judy Waidlich
Lt. Cmdr. Amy Wilson

USS Hadfield

Fleet Captain Debbie Blaser
FADM Dave Blaser

USS Serling

Commander Lisa Stuckey
Crewmember Monique Torres
Lt JG Jillian Walton

Unaffiliated

Capt Rhonda E! Green

Civilians

Aaron Kissiloff
Ari Kissiloff
Noah Kissiloff
Sheila Kissiloff
Lisa Mueller
Brea Taylor-Munro

2014 attendees will be added to the list soon! Please register now so we can add you! Page last updated 1 October 2013.