Enroute Reunion Events

2019 Enroute Reunion - Gatlinburg, TN
    ** Reunion Fee is $10.00/person **

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Transportation from McGee Tyson airport in Knoxville direct to the Greystone Lodge in Gatlinburg has been arranged with Discount Taxi (865) 755-5143 at a greatly reduced rate.  As you enter the baggage claim area, there will be a table set up for “435th Enroute Reunion”.  This arrangement can be made available 9, 10, and 11 October.  The taxi will be a mini-van for up to five people and their luggage.  Each trip will cost $80 per trip regardless of the number of passengers.  Other taxis may charge as much as $80 per passenger for this trip.  I will do all I can to arrange free transport back to the airport by car pooling.

If everyone flying into Knoxville will e-mail to me their flight number and arrival time, I will try to coordinate groups with a shorter wait time to gain up to five people per taxi.  A short wait for other arrivals can save a lot of money.  If you also include your departure flight and time I will work car pooling for departures.

Send Flight info and arrival/departure times, and number of passengers to me at johnsonfloyd18@gmail.com.


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Wedneday Evening October 9, 2019

We are proud to announce the
Country Tonight Show
and welcome everyone to join us for this festive OUTSTANDING show
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The theatre is giving our Veteran's group a very special price of only $20 a person, when its normally $37.50.
** 435th OMS Enroute Reunion Veterans Group will be recognized during the show ** 
** We invite to watch the various videos of the show on their website **
https://www.countrytonitepf.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R7dg7pwqZI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LauaTAgOj3g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LauaTAgOj3g


We would like to see an outstanding show of our members to represent
the 435th OMS Enroute Veterans Reunion Group, when we are recognized during the show.

Show starts at 8:30pm
Show ends at 10:30pm

Country Tonight Show

WELCOME TO COUNTRY TONITE PIGEON FORGE SHOW!

Looking for true Pigeon Forge entertainment? Look no further as we are celebrating our 21st Spectacular season in Pigeon Forge. Country Tonite launches a BRAND NEW PIGEON FORGE SHOW – which means new production numbers, new choreography, new lighting effects, new side-splitting comedy, and new costumes.  Country Tonite’s 2019 season promises to surpass all expectations as they combine your favorite country classics with hot new country hits and hilarious country comedy in this fast paced show.   It’s the songs you know and love and comedy everyone (even the kids can relate to).  And because Country Tonite is the only show in the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge, TN area with youth performers – it is fun for the whole family!

VOTED BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR!

The great thing about this show in Pigeon Forge is that you don’t even have to be a fan of country music to LOVE Country Tonite! It’s that “feel-good” kind of show that will stay with you long after the vacation is over.

IT’S THE BEST SHOW…ASK ANYBODY! Buy your tickets thru our very reunion website. for the best show in Pigeon Forge entertainment at Country Tonite Theatre.

SIMPLY THE BEST SHOW IN PIGEON FORGE 

Our group will be attending the 8:30pm show.
--- Group needs to arrive at the theatre 30-45 minutes prior to show time.
--- A group photo will be taken and immediately thereafter our group will be escorted to their seats.
--- Once seated, our group is free to get refreshments and visit the gift shop.
--- Nightly DVD recordings available.

We will post soon where we will assemble and enter as a group.
You must buy your tickets here on the website, when you are registering to attend the reunion.
More information will be posted, as it comes available.

Country Tonight Show
129 Showplace Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
https://www.countrytonitepf.com/


 

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Thursday Evening October 10, 2019
The Wild Bear Tavern
" ICE BREAKER CELEBRATION "


Starts: 5:30 pm (time may change)
4236 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
SEE TAB ON LEFT SIDE

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Oak Ridge Tour
Tour is $30.00/person - museum entry and tour guide

OAK RIDGE TOUR

Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 0800 hrs departure
Address: TBD

Great news for Enrouters attending the 2019 Reunion in Gatlinburg, Tennessee!  Our host has finalized plans for a trip to Oak Ridge, TN.  We will visit the new  “American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE)”.  We will then have lunch at “The Soup Kitchen” restaurant, followed by an escorted, guided tour of the “Secret City”, the once highly-classified area in which the material used in the World War II atomic bombs was developed.

AMSE 01.jpgThe previous AMSE facility has been closed down, but the brand new location opened recently and is the first stop on our tour.  You will have plenty of time to explore the museum before we move on.  In addition, a second new museum location is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019 and that location will be added to our afternoon tour itinerary.  Museum entry fees are covered by the tour fee paid when you registered.

 

Soup Kitchen 01 Bread.jpgA group lunch is next up.  “The Soup Kitchen” is located in one of the historic buildings of the original “Secret City”.  The cafeteria style restaurant is locally famous for delicious soup & sandwich combinations, but many other items are available.  We have a separate room reserved for our group. 

Soup selections may vary daily and cost $5.55.  Breads run $1.70.  Hot and cold sandwiches on great breads cost around $6.00-7.00.  Salads and desserts are also available. Check the website.

Our guide, Mr. Ray Smith, will be joining us at lunch.  He is now retired as Historian of Y-12, a section of the “Secret City” project.  Mr. Smith is currently an Oak Ridge Historian..

After lunch, Ray Smith will lead our car-pool parade to three or more interesting historical sites within the “Secret City” area, stopping at each site for informative briefings and viewing.  Standard tours of the “Secret City” allow only USA citizens.  Ray Smith has specially arranged this tour in such a manner that the German citizen members of our group will be welcome for the entire tour.

There will be a  nominal tour fee for museum entrance(s) and for the tour guide.  Lunch will be cafeteria style and pay as you go.  These fees will be placed on the web site as soon as they are finalized.  Wherever possible, fees have been included in your prepaid tour fee to simplify matters.  Transportation will be by car-pooling (also allowed by special arrangement by Historian Ray Smith).  We will depart the Lodge for Oak Ridge in a car-pool parade at 8:00am (0800 hrs), Friday, 11 October 2019, returning at approximately 6:00pm (1800 hrs).  Maps will be provided for drivers, but GPS would be of great benefit.

WEB SITES

AMSE – https://amse.org

The Soup Kitchen – www.thesoupkitchen.com/oak-ridge

Secret City Videos – https://www.y12.doe.gov/about/history/video-gallery

It is highly recommended that you view these videos before the tour; a little fore-knowledge adds greatly to tour enjoyment.

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REUNION BANQUET
The Saturday Evening Banquet

Banquet is $50.00/person - three meat buffet 
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Located in our hotel
Time: TBD

Our reunion banquet will be catered right in our hospitality room.  No need to drive anywhere.  Holston’s Catering Co. will prepare the room and will bring in plenty of food.  

A POW/MIA Table will be honored.

The buffet will be as follows:

Salad

Tossed salad - includes mixed greens, grape tomatoes, shaved red onions, shredded carrots, chopped bacon, cheddar & jack cheese, handmade croutons - Served with choice of two dressings.     

Main Course

Pulled Pork & Chicken & Smoked Brisket - Served with fresh rolls, baked beans, coleslaw, and potato salad 

Dessert

Assorted cobblers                                                                                                                             

Drinks

Drink station w/ Sweet & Unsweet Tea, and water                                                                      

Cost for this buffet will be $50.00 per person.

Our speaker for the evening will be Ray Smith, retired Y-12 Historian, currently a City of Oak Ridge Historian.  Mr. Smith is the guide for the “Secret City”/Oak Ridge Tour scheduled for Friday, 11 October.  His after-dinner presentation will deal with the book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, by Mr. Smith’s friend Denise Kiernan.  However, he has indicated he will open an extended period for questions about all aspects of The Manhattan Project.        

Ray Smith

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Senior Historical Specialist, Strata G: https://www.stratag.org/

Historian, City of Oak Ridge: http://smithdray1.net/angeltowns/or/orth.htm

Commissioner, Tennessee Historical Commission: https:///www.tn.gov/environment/about-tdec/tennessee-historical-commissioni.html

Historian, Y-12 National Security Complex (retired): www.y12.doe.gov/about/history

Board Member, Atomic Heritage Foundation: https://www.atomicheritage.org

Photographer: https://ray-smith.smugmug.com

Author: www.lulu.com/spotlight.smithdray

Newspaper Columnist: http://smithdray1.net/historicallyspeaking/archive.html

Webmaster: www.draysmith.com



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