Class of 1960 Charleston Mini Reunion

Class of 1960 Charleston Mini Reunion
Mon, 03/19/2012 - 6:00pm - Thu, 03/22/2012 - 12:00pm

Dear Members and Friends of the Yale Class of 1960                   

Re:  Mini Reunion in Charleston, S. C. on March 19 – 22, 2012

We write to give you the highlights of the mini reunion in Charleston in March 2012. Charleston has been the site of recent minis for the Classes of 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1957.  We are very fortunate in that our classmate Charlie Duell is the President of the Middleton Place Foundation, which operates Middleton Place National Historic Landmark, one of the outstanding garden properties in the USA. Charlie and his wife Sallie know Charleston extraordinarily well and have undertaken that we will have a very full and informative 3 days in and around their city. This itinerary is designed to expose us to the best of Charleston while allowing time to pursue individual interests. Charleston was just written up in the Dining Section of The New York Times on Feb. 8th.  We have arranged that our closing luncheon will be at McCrady’s, one of the restaurants highlighted in this article.

Our itinerary calls for us to arrive at Middleton Place (MP) in time for drinks and dinner on Monday, March 19th.  We will be spending the night at the Inn at MP.  We have reserved all 53 rooms; thus, we will only be able to accommodate a maximum of 106, assuming 2 people to a room. The next day will begin with a lecture on the history of MP and its surroundings.  Thereafter we will tour the gardens, main house, stableyards, plantation chapel and slave cemetery. After lunch, we will depart for Drayton Hall, a nearby plantation house, which survived intact both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.  Afterwards, we will proceed into downtown Charleston and check into the Mills House Hotel. Each of us will be on his/her own for dinner.

After breakfast on Wednesday, there will be a guided walking tour of historic Charleston. Our group will be divided into smaller units so that we can learn as much as possible about the history and architecture of this city. There will be private visits to two very early houses.  Our walk will end up at the Carolina Yacht Club where Charlie has arranged for us to have lunch which will be followed by a talk that Charlie feels will be compellingly interesting.

The remainder of the afternoon will provide for a choice of visits to several downtown museums, an architectural tour of Broad Street, or a chance to shop or nap.  Late in the afternoon, we will have a private tour of the Edmondston-Alston House (EAH), that has been in Charlie’s family for 170 years. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at EAH following the tour.  Again we are on our own for dinner.

On our last morning, we will board a boat to tour Charleston’s harbor and in so doing we will visit Fort Sumter, the site of the start of the Civil War. Those not interested in pursuing this trip can visit museums, tour other parts of the city or shop. Our mini will wind up with the aforementioned luncheon.

Charleston is a great place from which to pursue many things including visits to the island communities of the lowlands, golf at Kiawah or Yeamans Hall and a tour of Savannah which is about 2 hours away by car. Charleston’s airport is well served by the major airlines.

COST - Excluding the cost of the hotels and the 2 dinners, the 3 day reunion will cost $500 per person or $1,000 per couple. To reserve, please fill in the attached reservation form and send it and a check made out to Jim Taylor to him at 14 Lawrence Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

HOTELS – Each of us will be responsible for reserving his/her room at the 2 hotels. You can do so by calling the following:

The Inn at Middleton Place – Tel. 800-543-4774. Cost is $129 whether single or double occupancy.  This includes breakfast.

Mills House Hotel – Tel. 800-874-9600.  Cost is $179 per night whether single or double occupancy. This does not include breakfast.

In each case, do indicate that you are with the Yale Class of 1960.  Also do note that we will release 50% of the unspoken for rooms on November 20th of this year. Rooms reserved thereafter, if available, may cost somewhat more.

Dinners in Charleston – A list will be provided closer to the date of the reunion.

Hope you are able to join us in Charleston!

Jim Taylor