Joe has offered to "host" the weekend activities with the rental of a "party house" on the water and taking all responsiblilty for all arrangements and costs for the weekend....
Rotor and Frances got together on Tues, May 23 and following are the results of their visits.
Dates: June 29, 30 and July 1, 2001
Is this a firm date?
Location: Mission Bay area of San Diego
Friday night 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.:
Dinner-Dance at Marina Village Conference Center
$60/person (based on 100 people attending.
A nice banquet room overlooking the water (room
capacity is 130)
A buffet dinner with all the trimming, coffee, tea and
Purple & White table linen and napkins, china,
A bartender service (no-host bar)
Remembrance book (the photographer will compile the
photos into a book and mail everyone a copy)
Set up and clean up
Table decorations and door prizes*
If we choose this package, the catering company will
take care of everything, so there are no extra
expenses and we do not have to shop around for DJ,
*Table decorations and door prizes will be purchased
separately (Frances hopes to pick up some Souveneirs from
Sasebo for door prizes when she goes home in July).
If $60 is too expensive, we can eliminate the
bartender ($3/person), the photographer ($3/person),
decorations and door prizes ($4/person), and instead
of a dinner, have heavy hors d'oeuvres. This will
reduce the cost to about $45.00.
Paradise Point - dinners start around $42 but this
includes banquet room and dinner only, everything else
(bar, DJ, photographer, etc) still has to be added on.
Bahia Resort Hotel - banquet room rentals started at
$850 and a lot depended on the number of people
All in all, they liked Marina Village; the location, the
facilities and the full package catering service at a
reasonable price was appealing. They take
reservations one year in advance, so IF we decide on
this package, we should book it in early next month.
We need to collect $20/person to cover the deposit.
Once we formally decide on the dates and banquet
location and the package, we'll provide information on
where to send the money. Also we'll get a couple
local volunteers to go to the caterer for a taste test
and to finalize the menu.
Saturday (Times TBD, park closes at 10 p.m.)
Picnic at Sunset Beach, cost TBD
The beach has calm waters, nice sandy beach area,
large grass area with picnic tables and playground
equipment for the kids.
Rotor can pull the required permits and we can have a
BBQ. Rotor is gathering quotes from caterers right
now, so we don't have any prices yet. We think it will
be between $15 - $20/person for a full service caterer
(canopies over the buffet area, etc). If we use the
same caterers as for Friday night, then we may get a
discount, they also provide a "security guard" to keep
uninvited guests from crashing the party.
We don't know how crowded the beach gets on the
weekend; that's something we'll still have to
Itinerary for reunion
Location: San Diego, California
Dates: Friday, June 29 ~ Monday July 2, 2001
Friday, June 29: cocktails, dinner, dance
Saturday, June 30: picnic/barbeque, evening bonfire
Sunday: how about a group trip to Seaworld or one of the many attractions in the area?
All of the information posted here will remain here until the final outcome of the vote for a location for our reunion.
Frances and Rotor looked at several hotels in Mission Bay; hotels around Marina Village, near Belmont Park, they went
inland a couple of miles to looked at the neighborhood
and compared the rates. Based on everything they have
seen, they recommend the following two hotels:
Bahia Resort Hotel - this is a full service hotel with
all the amenities (pool, fitness room, beachfront,
marina, equipment rentals, restaurants, bars, etc.).
There are two sternwheelers (paddleboats) for bay
The Bahia is located across the street from Sunset
Beach and less than a mile from Marina Village.
Approx. group rates :
Standard rooms (king or two double beds) - $150
Frances wasn't too impressed with this one, the room she saw
was an older bungalow type; had a coffee maker, but no
refrigerator. The room was very average.
Studios (king or two doubles) - $170
Frances really liked this one; it has a large room with a
sitting area with sleeper sofa and has a kitchenette
with a refrigerator. She will probably stay in one of
these rooms. She's bringing her husband and two small
kids to the Reunion and for a family of their size, she feels that this seems to be a good fit.
One bedroom Suites - $200
Frances didn't see a suite, so if interested, ask Rotor.
Dana Inn - This hotel doesn't have all the amenities
of Bahia, but it is on the Marina and has boat and jet
ski rentals, bicycles, tennis court and pool. They
have limited room services and a seasonal poolside
bar. There's also a restuarant across the parking
All the rooms are pretty much the same - standard
hotel rooms with a king or two double beds, all rooms
have a refrigerator, but most only have a shower and
The group rates are $111 for a pool view room and $150
for a bay view room.
The first floor pool view rooms have a nice
little sitting area outside a sliding glass door and
the bay view rooms do not.
Dana Inn is 1/4 mile from Marina Village and 1/2 mile
Paradise Point is still nice, but without the group
rate, a standard room starts at $245.
They found one hotel near Belmont Park for under $100,
but it's an older hotel with little amenities. This
hotel was about 3 miles from Marina Village.
The average rate in Mission Bay for a standard room
appears to be around $120. If you go further inland
(5 miles or so) you can probably find something in the
high $80's. But you'll need transportation and
traffic can get congested.
If you plan to lodge at either Bahia or Dana Inn,
please let us know so we can start making
arrangements. If you decide to find lodging on your
own - I recommend that you ask Rotor or another local
to check out the place before you make reservations,
to make sure it's in a safe area and that it's not too
far from the festivities.
Go to related links page to get more information on various places where lodging is available.