Class of 1951 Nashville Mini Reunion

Class of 1951 Nashville Mini Reunion
Wed, 05/05/2010 - 1:00pm - Sun, 05/09/2010 - 1:00pm

Dear Classmates and Friends of 1951,

Good news! The price per person for the Nashville Mini-Reunion on May 5 - 9, 2010, over Mother’s Day, was significantly reduced due to the generous gift from an anonymous classmate as an incentive to those classmates who can’t participate due to the expense. This letter is being sent to all classmates, even those who said previously “definitely will not attend,” because it gives them an opportunity to change their minds and attend a unique and interesting Class event.

The letter sent to all classmates and friends, contains a Reservation and Payment Form which must be promptly returned to give a more definite idea of attendance. For those who answered “probable,” early payment is a safe investment because you can cancel without penalty before March 31. (See CANCELLATION below). Those who previously answered “definitely will not attend” don’t have to send back the Reservation and Payment Form unless they have changed their minds due to the price reduction.


Good news again! The agenda is essentially the same as described in the previous information letter with a notable exception. By popular demand of many classmates, the Grand Ole Opry has been added as an event for all attendees, not an optional event as before.

Wednesday, May 5 – We start off with a welcoming evening cocktail reception at the home of Jack and Lynn May, giving us the opportunity to see their fabulous art collection.

Thursday, May 6 – We will meet for breakfast at the hotel with a speaker. Following breakfast we have a guided bus tour of the city, including tours of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the backstage area of the Ryman Auditorium. Lunch will be at Swett’s Restaurant, a Nashville landmark. Dinner that night will be at the Parthenon beneath the watchful gaze of a statue of the Greek goddess Athena.

Friday, May 7 – After the planned breakfast with a speaker, we will take a guided bus tour of Nashville’s galleries and museums, the Fisk University Van Vechten Gallery and Cheekwood Art Museum and its arboretum. We will have lunch at the Cheekwood Pineapple Room. The afternoon is free, but all of us will leave by bus at 6 p.m. for the Grand Ole Opry which goes from 6:30 to 9:00. You can leave the performance at any time for dinner on your own in one of Nashville’s great restaurants. The concierge can arrange for you to go to other music venues in the city.

Saturday, May 8
– After breakfast with a speaker, we will travel to The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s residence, the third most visited presidential home, where we will have a private tour and history session. Lunch is included. The Class Dinner that night will be at the fabled Belle Meade Country Club.

Sunday, May 9 – Brunch at the hotel will start at 9 a.m. to accommodate our various departure times.


The subsidized cost, exclusive of your hotel bill and airfare, is $595, substantially lower than the estimated cost in the first letter. You can’t stay home this cheaply!


We will be staying at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel at a lower rate of $159 per night plus tax, negotiated by Jack and Lynn. Please make your reservations now by contacting the Hotel Reservations Department at (800) 336-3335 and identify yourself as part of the “Yale Alumni Reunion Class of 1951” group.


We give you a full refund if you cancel before March 31; after that, a cancellation refund will be prorated based on unrecoverable expenses.


A list of Nashville restaurants will be in the welcome packets in the hotel. Please return the Reservation and Payment Form ASAP and no later than January 31 to facilitate planning. We look forward to seeing you in Nashville.

Grant Esterling
1951 Class Secretary


Any questions contact Barbara Burt at the AYA at 203-432-8016 or