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USS Knox 2017 Reunion

Welcome to the USS Knox 2017 Reunion in Cincinnati, Ohio

Join us September 21st through 24th in downtown Cincinnati for the USS Knox 2017! Bring your spouse or loved one for a mix of pre-planned activities and socializing with fellow crew mates!

    • Stay at the NEW Hampton Inn in Newport/Cincinnati.
    • Read each of the tabs below for details.
    • Watch the video for an overview & instructions.
    • Step 1, RSVP & mail in your registration! ……………………… Please call us to confirm rates & availability.
    • Step 2, reserve your room below! Deadline: June 29th!
    • Cassie will then be in touch regarding your reservation.

Call Cassie at 330-790-1230 to reserve your space or email her at cassie@oddballescapes.com for more information!


Watch this video for event information & instructions for registering.
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Event Details

 

Welcome to the Hampton Inn & Suites Newport/Cincinnati

Welcome to the NEW Hampton Inn & Suites, located in Newport, Kentucky. Newport is just across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati. Check out some photos of the hotel where you will be staying. Please know that these photos are for your reference only and may not appear in person exactly as they do in the photographs.

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Amenities and features of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Newport/Cincinnati

The new Hampton Inn & Suites features beautiful views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline. Your experience will include:

    • centrally located to Newport on the Levee
    • free hot breakfast or On the Run Breakfast bag
    • two outdoor patio areas
    • heated indoor saltwater pool
    • fitness center
    • 24-hour Suite Shop for snacks & travel essentials
    • USB outlets & plenty of plugs in each room
    • complementary WiFi throughout
    • mini-fridge in all rooms
    • 50-inch HDTV in all rooms
    • service animals are allowed
    • sorry, no pets allowed

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Check out the Hampton Inn & Suite’s video with images of the new hotel!

A day-by-day description of your itinerary

Below is a day-be-day description of your time at the reunion. Please use this as a guide only, as scheduled events and times may need to be adjusted in the future. We will update this site as often as needed with itinerary changes.
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Activities in orange are included as part of the 2017 Reunion.
Activities in green are not included in the package and must be purchased on an individual basis.
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These activities ARE INCLUDED as part of your event package:

MUSEUM The National Museum of the US Air Force is located just outside Dayton, Ohio, at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Guided tours are offered throughout the day, each focusing on different topics. Feel free to join several! The theatre and flight simulators are not pack of the package and may be available for an additional charge. And don’t forget to visit the museum’s Memorial Park.
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Newport Aquarium Entrance tickets included! Newport Aquarium’s basic admission ticket gets you access to all of hte Aquarium’s exhibits, shows and galleries, all at one low price. This ticket provides unprecedented value, ease and convenience – with just one transaction. Open Saturday from 10am-6pm. Arrive early, as the Banquet is scheduled for later that evening.
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RIVERBOAT BANQUET
Your banquet will be held onboard a Riverboat Cruise! Cruise under the stars and fine on a feast fit for an Admiral. Would you enjoy a little music to top off your banquet? A local area band or DJ will be onboard for your musical pleasure. We will provide a description of the menu in your Welcome Packets at the hotel. And a cash bar is available onboard the boat!
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Free Time! Activities in Cincinnati and Newport

These activities are NOT included as part of the package.
Spend your free time enjoying local attractions & events! You will have free time when you arrive on Thursday, free time on Friday evening, and free time on Saturday morning! So what is there to do in the area? This is a busy weekend in Cincinnati! Here are some of the top attractions & events that are perfect for your downtime. Some may require advanced reservations or pre-payment. Arrangements are not made as part of the group – you are responsible for coordinating the details. We’re simply suggesting activities in the area.

    • Newport on the Levee – our hotel is within walking distance to restaurants, shopping & entertainment!
    • Cincinnati Reds baseball – the Reds play the Cardinals on Thursday night, and take on the Red Sox over the weekend!
    • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – visit the second oldest zoo in the USA!
    • Newport Gangster Tours
    • The Underground is a Christian-affiliated concert venue.
    • Northern Kentucky horse farms & race tracks.
    • Craft breweries & distillery tours. Further south you can visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
    • William Howard Taft National Historic Site..
    • Several casinos.
    • Museums include a sign museum, the creation museum, the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and so much more.
    • Amusement parks – both Kings Island and Coney Island are nearby.
    • Shopping – many places within walking distance at Newport on the Levee. If you are a serious shopper, there are several malls in town as well as Jungle Jim’s grocery store. The Cincinnati Premium Outlets are located about 35 minutes north of downtown, and the Tanger Outlets are about 1 hour north of the city.

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We will include a list of things to do in your Welcome Packet, when you arrive at the hotel. The hotel front desk staff is also great at giving suggestions! Feel free to talk with them about the Cincinnati area.

Step 1: Register for the event!

The reunion is a blend of free time and scheduled activities together as a group. Please join us for event activities! As you can see from the Itinerary tab, we are providing the following activities as part of the registration fee:

    • Wright-Patterson Museum – day trip via charter bus. Transportation and museum tour included.
    • Newport Aquarium – entrance tickets to the aquarium are included for Saturday, September 23rd.
    • Banquet Dinner on Riverboat Cruise – enjoy entertainment & dinner onboard a riverboat cruise.

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Spots are filling up, so register now! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each participant is required to register (apart from the hotel reservation) for the activities offered as part of the event. These activities may sell out. While we will do our best to provide a place for you with the group for these activities, we cannot guarantee availability now that early registration for the even has ended (last date was May 31st). Please talk with Denny, Tina, or Cassie about rates and availability.
(Those who registered and paid for activities before May 31st will receive a free T-shirt or hat at the event!)
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Event registration = $140 per person. Rates are subject to change, and based on availability.
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Please print this form, and mail in the completed for along with your payment.
Click here to print the registration form and mail it with payment.
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Please make checks payable to: USS Knox Reunion Association
Please mail payments to: Dennis White,474 Harrison Woods Court, Anderson, OH 45244
Guest names! Please include a list of ALL guests’ full names that will be attending.
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If you’re not ready to mail in your registration, but want to RSVP to let us know that you will be attending, please call Denny, Tina, or Cassie.
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For questions about the reunion, call Denny at 330-559-4079, or call Tina at 513-470-9189.
For questions regarding your hotel reservation & travel plans, contact Cassie at cassie@oddballescapes.com or at 330-219-9321.

STEP 2: Choose your room style for your stay

You have several choices when it comes to your room category while at the hotel. Please know that these photos are for your reference only and may not appear in person exactly as they do in the photographs. The position of the beds may vary and a city view from the window is not guaranteed.

Early registration deadline to book your room: Wednesday, June 29th!

Early registration is strongly encouraged! Only a certain number of rooms have been set aside for this event. It is possible that our Group Rates will sell out. In the event that our block of rooms sells out, Cassie will work with you directly to discuss rates & availability.

Standard 2 Queen Beds
Standard rooms are non-smoking and come with 1 King Cozy Hampton Bed, sofa bed, a refrigerator, HDTV, free WiFi, coffeemaker, iron and board, hairdryer, and free hot breakfast.
$206 avg per night + 11.3% tax

Standard 1 King Bed
Standard rooms are non-smoking and come with 2 Queen Cozy Hampton Beds, a refrigerator, HDTV, free WiFi, coffeemaker, iron and board, hairdryer, and free hot breakfast.
$206 avg per night + 11.3% tax

Accessible 1 King Bed
Accessible rooms feature all the great amenities of the standard rooms with more space and grab bars. Note: The video talks about 2 Queen Beds, but we have reserved a block of accessible rooms with 1 King Bed!
$206 avg per night + 11.3% tax

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Ready to book your room?
When you are ready to book and purchase your room, you must register directly with Cassie in order to receive group rates and secure your room category. Please click here to reserve your room with Cassie. Simply enter the guest information and payment information, then click Submit. Cassie will call or email you to confirm your reservation within 1-2 business days.

How to get to Cincinnati / Newport?

Each guest will be responsible for his or her own transportation to Cincinnati / Newport.


Arriving by car. For those driving to the reunion, here’s the great news, the Hampton Inn & Suites offers complimentary parking! No valet service is available.
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Our hotel is located at this address:
275 Columbia Street
Newport, Kentucky, 41071
Telephone: 859-415-0678
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Arriving by plane. For those flying to to the reunion, the nearest airport is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. It is about a 20-minute drive from the airport to the hotel. Transportation from the airport to the hotel (and back) is available for an additional cost. Cassie can help arrange this.
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Arrival on Thursday, September 21st. Today is the official arrival date. Check-in time is 4:00pm. For those who wish to arrive a day or two early, please contact Cassie to discuss extended rates.
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Departures on Sunday, September 24th. Today is the official final date of the event. Check out time is 11:00am. For those who wish to stay an extra day or two, please contact Cassie to discuss extended rates.
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Cassie can help you with your travel arrangements if you prefer.
Simply email Cassie at cassie@oddballescapes.com, or call her directly at 330-219-9321.

Questions & Answers

Here’s what you need to know about the USS Knox 2017 Reunion in Cincinnati/Newport.
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For questions about the reunion, call Denny at 330-559-4079, or call Tina at 513-470-9189.
For questions regarding your hotel reservation & travel plans, contact Cassie at cassie@oddballescapes.com or at 330-219-9321.

 I'm not sure if I will attend - what should I do?

You can contact Cassie, Denny or Tina to let them know that you’re interested in attending. That way we can keep an eye on things, and let you know when the rooms at the fixed rate are close to filling up. Also let us know the approximate date that you will submit your registration and reserve your hotel room.

Please keep in mind that early registration is strongly encouraged! Only a certain number of rooms have been set aside for this event. It is possible that our Fixed Rates will sell out. In the event that our block of rooms sells out, Cassie will work with you directly to discuss rates & availability.

 How do I book my room?

When you are ready to book and purchase your room, you must register directly with Cassie in order to receive group rates and secure your room category. Please click here to reserve your room with Cassie. Simply enter the guest information and payment information, then click Submit.

Cassie will call or email you to confirm your reservation within 1-2 business days.

 Are accessible rooms available?

Yes! Accessible rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible rooms are limited on the hotel premise, so please reserve them for people who truly need the extra space for wheelchairs, etc.

Accessible guest rooms features all the great amenities of the Hampton Inn’s standard room with even more space.

In each standard and accessible room, enjoy a clean and fresh Hampton bed®, 37″ or 42″ LCD flat screen TV, coffee maker, iron with ironing board and free in-room movie channel. Enjoy free high-speed internet access, free hot breakfast, free coffee and tea in the lobby 24 hours a day and 24-hour front desk message and fax service.

 Can I book the room separately?

Please book your room as part of the group, as part of our group package includes the Welcome Meeting Space and additional benefits.

If there is a reason why you need to book your room separately (or stay in another hotel), please forward your confirmation number to Cassie at cassie@oddballescapes.com. That way, if there is a problem during your stay, she can assist you.

 Are taxes included in the room rate?

We list the total price AFTER tax on the event page. However, the average room price per night is $206 before an 11.3% tax is applied.

 Can I use my Hilton Rewards?

Yes, if you have a Hilton Rewards member number, you will be able to enter that number during the reservation process.

However, if you prefer to apply your rewards points toward your room, please email Cassie at cassie@oddballescapes.com. She can help apply your Hilton Rewards points toward your reservation.

 Can I arrive early and/or stay later?

Yes! The event is officially starts Thursday, September 21st and wraps up on Sunday, September 24th.

However, some people want to extend their stay and arrive a night or two early, or stay additional nights after the event. Please contact Cassie to arrange your hotel nights. cassie@oddballescapes.com or direct on her cell at 330-219-9321. She can also help arrange additional hotel nights, without losing the benefits of the group discount during the event!

 Can I stay at another hotel?

We chose this hotel because of its close proximity to activities, included events, restaurants, bars, and shopping.

If there is a reason why you need to book your room at another hotel, please contact Cassie to discuss your plans. She would like a copy of your confirmation number, that way we know where everyone is staying, and can assist with any problems during your stay.

 How do I book my flight?

Each guest will be responsible for his or her own flights to/from Cincinnati (CVG). Since each guest is coming from a different city, group rates are not available. Most guests will prefer to book their flights themselves so that they can choose their departure airport, preferred airline, and preferred itineraries.

TO CINCINNATI: We recommend that flights arrive on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
FROM CINCINNATI: We recommend that flights fly out Sunday, September 24, 2017.

 Can you help me with my flight?

Most guests will prefer to book their flights themselves so that they can choose their departure airport, preferred airline, and preferred itineraries.

However, if you need assistance booking your flight, you can email Cassie at cassie@oddballescapes.com with the following information: Preferred Departure Airport. Preferred Airline. Number of Passengers (including yourself). Phone number so that she can contact you regarding different flight itinerary options.

 Can I fly into an airport other than Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky?

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport is the closest airport to our hotel/event.

However, you are welcomed to fly into any airport of your choosing. For example, a guest may have family in Columbus and wish to spend a couple days before or after the 2017 Reunion visiting with family. Some guests may opt for a roadtrip and drive to Cincinnati! How you arrive to Cincinnati/Newport is your choice. But, we recognize that flights into the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport will be the most common option, so we are recommending this airport.

 Does the hotel offer free shuttles to/from the airport?

No, complimentary shuttles are not available between the airport and the hotel. However, local shuttle services are available for a fee. Please contact Cassie for additional details.

 What will I eat? Is food included?

A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is available each morning at the hotel.

On Saturday night, dinner is included during the banquet onboard the riverboat cruise. Drinks are limited – please bring money for the cash bar. A complete menu will be available as we get closer to the date. We will share this with those who register for the event.

All other lunches and dinners are not included – food is flexible because everyone’s tastes are different! The hotel is within walking distance to the various restaurants, bars, and craft breweries located at Newport on the Levee.

Lunch is NOT included while at the National Museum of the US Air Force. They have a cafe on location, and each person will be responsible for their own lunch that day. We also suggest bringing snacks or other dietary requirements with you on the bus that day.

 What is included? And what costs are my responsibility?

The package includes:

    • Discounted group/military rates at the Hampton Inn & Suites (if you register via our link).
    • Welcome room set aside for your group at the hotel on Thursday, September 21st.
    • Charter bus to the Wright-Patterson AFB Museum for a day of touring the museum.
    • Entrance tickets to the Newport Aquarium for Saturday, September 23rd.
    • Banquet onboard a riverboat cruise, complete with dinner and music.

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You are responsible for:

    • Your flights or transportation to/from the Cincinnati area.
    • Your hotel room at the Hampton Inn & Suites.
    • Daily food and drink.
    • Optional costs such as rental car, souvenirs, activities, or extended travel plans.

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 What will the experience be like at the National Museum of the US Air Force?

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force galleries present military aviation history, boasting more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display, many rare and one-of-a-kind, along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers’ legacy with today’s stealth and precision technology. The museum invites you to visit and enjoy the exhibits, including aircraft, engines, equipment and weapons of the USAF.

There are several public tours available. Self guided tours are easy for visitors to tour the facility at their own pace. The museum is laid out in chronological order. Audio tours are also available. Or, free guided tours are offered daily and last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Advance registration is not necessary.

Memorial Park is a way for units and individuals associated with the Air Force to be honored for their contributions to the Air Force. The Park currently contains over 600 memorials. Don’t miss this part of the museum!

Films are shown throughout the day at the AF Museum Theater. Tickets are at an additional cost. We will provide the up-to-date film information closer to the reunion date.

We will provide information on the National Museum of the US Air Force in your Welcome Packets at the hotel!

Need a wheelchair? There is a limited supply of wheelchairs and motorized carts available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis (weight limit is 350 pounds). Please bring your own wheelchair if possible. There will be room in the bus’s storage compartment for your personal wheelchair.

Please note: The museum’s floor is concrete, and visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Chairs and benches are located throughout the museum galleries.

 Can I take photos at the National Museum of the US Air Force?

Photography or videotaping of aircraft and exhibits in the Museum is encouraged. Because the Museum uses exhibit lighting, the use of flash equipment indoors is recommended.

 Can I enter the aircraft at the National Museum of the US Air Force?

Please read the Museum’s policy:

“Aircraft openings: Due to our commitment to preserving aircraft, the museum policy is that aircraft will not be opened. However, special consideration is given to veterans, who flew, crewed and maintained aircraft in our inventory (or the same type of aircraft). A reunion group can request access to an aircraft for current or former aircrew, maintenance and support personnel. Unfortunately, spouses, children, or friends cannot be approved. Some aircraft are not accessible for opening, due to display techniques or safety limitations. With approval, an aircraft opening is scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00AM-9:00AM. The request needs to be in writing and received at least two weeks prior to your reunion dates. Address the request to Teresa Montgomery, Special Events, 1100 Spaatz Street, WPAFB, OH 45433-7102 or e-mail the request to jane.leach@us.af.mil . Please include in the request the organization, number of people, date, and which aircraft. We are sorry, but walk-in requests cannot be fulfilled.”

 What will the experience be like at the Newport Aquarium?

Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. You’ll be amazed at all there is to see and do, including fun and interactive activities, like touching a shark or meeting a penguin.

We will provide information on the Newport Aquarium in your Welcome Packets at the hotel!

 What will the experience be like at the Banquet onboard the Riverboat Cruise?

Dress code. They do not have a dress code. Customers dress in everything from casual to formal. They encourage everyone to dress based on the situation you are celebrating.

Where will we go on our cruise? It all depends on the length of your cruise. A typical dinner cruise will go 5-7 miles up the river and back. All of our cruises provide the best viewing possible of the Cincinnati area.

Smoking. Yes, smoking is allowed, but only on the outside decks. No smoking is allowed anywhere on the interior cabin of the boat.

Drinks & Cash Bar. Coffee, tea, and water are included with all dining cruises. A cash bar is available on all cruises for the purchase of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Bad weather. They sail rain or shine. In the event of severe weather or dangerous river conditions, it is up to the captain of the boat to make that decision. There are times where storms can roll through the river valley and can cause a cruise to be delayed, but that is usually only for a short amount of time. If the situation exists where we are unable to cruise, we will arrange an in-dock event.

 What type of activities can I do during my free time?

Spend your free time enjoying local attractions & events!

    • Newport on the Levee – our hotel is within walking distance to restaurants, shopping & entertainment!
    • Cincinnati Reds baseball – the Reds play the Cardinals on Thursday night, and take on the Red Sox over the weekend!
    • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – visit the second oldest zoo in the USA!
    • Newport Gangster Tours
    • The Underground is a Christian-affiliated concert venue.
    • Northern Kentucky horse farms & race tracks.
    • Craft breweries & distillery tours. Further south you can visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
    • William Howard Taft National Historic Site..
    • Several casinos.
    • Museums include a sign museum, the creation museum, the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and so much more.
    • Amusement parks – both Kings Island and Coney Island are nearby.
    • Shopping – many places within walking distance at Newport on the Levee. If you are a serious shopper, there are several malls in town as well as Jungle Jim’s grocery store. The Cincinnati Premium Outlets are located about 35 minutes north of downtown, and the Tanger Outlets are about 1 hour north of the city.

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There is a lot to do in the area! These are just some of the top attractions & events that are perfect for your free time. Some may require advanced reservations or pre-payment. Arrangements are not made as part of the group – you are responsible for coordinating the details. We’re simply suggesting activities in the area – feel free to explore on your own!

 Do the activities offer accessible options?

At the National Museum of the US Air Force, there is a limited supply of wheelchairs and motorized carts available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis (weight limit is 350 pounds). Please bring your own wheelchair if possible. There will be room in the bus’s storage compartment for your personal wheelchair.

The Aquarium is wheelchair accessible. We have one optional attraction, Shark Bridge, which requires guests to walk independently across it. However, we offer similar views and vantage points of our Shark Tank for those who aren’t able to cross the bridge. Also, there are wheelchairs available free of charge at Newport Aquarium on a first come, first serve basis.

Onboard the Riverboat Cruise, you can bring your own wheelchair or walking aid. The boats are handicapped accessible. They have ramps that lead onto the first deck of every boat. On the Belle of Cincinnati, we do have an elevator available that makes it possible to go up to the second and third deck. The River Queen and Mark Twain do not have elevators. Accessible bathrooms are on the River Queen and the Belle of Cincinnati. WE WILL ANNOUNCE OUR ASSIGNED BOAT CLOSER TO THE EVENT DATE.

 Will I have a great time sharing the weekend and socializing with fellow crew mates?

ABSOLUTELY!

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