January 7, 2010

2010 Coffey Cousins' Reunion to be Held in Delaware

The 21st Annual Coffey Cousins' Reunion will be held this year from April 22-24 in Claymont, DE. We have had only one reunion that far up the Atlantic and that was in Baltimore some years ago. It promises to be a unique experience for many of us with planned tours of some of the more historic places in nearby Philadelphia.

Cut off date for guaranteed reservations with Coffey Cousins' discount is Mar. 25, 2010. Telephone the hotel front desk at 1-302-7922700.

Many of us will arrive a few days prior to the 22d and depart on the morning of 25th.

Headquarters for the Reunion is the Holiday Inn Select at 630 Naamans Road in Claymont. Click on the image below for a larger view.  Room rates are $69 per night.  The hotel will accept early registrations for the same rate should you want to come earlier to research at the National Archives branch in Philly, or to make additional tours on your own.  Click on the title of this blog to visit the Holiday Inn Select website.

A tour of Independence Park in Philadelphia is planned for Friday, April 23.  Buses will leave the Holiday Inn promptly at 9AM. Independence Hall is reserved for us at 11AM and we need to be 15 minutes early. Here you'll see where Jefferson, Franklin, and others hammered out the Declaration of Independence. You will also be able to see the Liberty Bell. After the tour you will be on your own for the day to visit other historical places such as the home of Betsy Ross, Franklin's home, his grave site, etc. The Archives repository is within very short walking distance from Independence Hall.

There are trolleys that loop the park and is probably the best way to get around. A one-time ticket purchase is good for all day. One inconvenience: Motorized wheel chairs and scooters are not permitted on the trolleys. If you need a wheel chair, contact Wayne Mower ASAP at the number below.

Another tour is planned for Saturday, April 24. This one will be to Valley Force and will leave the hotel at 9AM sharp. This will be a carpool trip. You will be on your own to tour at your leisure but we will meet at 3PM to return to the hotel. Dinner that night is at 6PM and we can't be late for that! The dinner is buffet style and will include entrees of Beef and Chicken, potatoes and vegetables, rolls, dessert, and beverage.

Cost and Fees:

Independence Park - $30/per person for the Bus
Tickets for the trolly - $27 for adults; children 4-12 years, $10
Independence Hall early reservation fee: $1.50
Valley Forge Park: No charge
Saturday night banquet at Holiday Inn: $30/per person, gratuity included.

Hosts for the event are Wayne and Jean (our president) Mower.  They can answer any additional questions you might have by calling them at (302) 798-3828.

Be sure and contact the hotel directly for reservations.  For Banquet and Tours, please use the form below and mail to Wayne and Jean at the address given.

Cut or copy and return to Wayne Mower, 19 Ruby Dr, Claymont, DE 19703-1420:

Independence Park Tour on April 23:

# ______ @ $30.00 each for Bus

# ______ $27.00 for trolley - each adults

# ______ @ $10.00 each for trolley - each child 4-12

Independence Hall early reservation fee

# ______ @ $1.50 each

Valley Forge Park (No Charge) # ______ NC

Saturday Night Banquet (at Holiday Inn)

# ______ @ $30.00 each Gratuity included

NAME: _________________________________________
PHONE NO. __________________
ADDRESS: ______________________________________

Please include list of all names in your party on a separate sheet

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