PRINCETON CLASS OF 1973 MINI-REUNION
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Dates: Thursday, March 26 – Saturday, March 28, 2020 [Suggested activities for Sunday, March 29 included below]
Cost: $973.00 per person, payable in full by credit card upon registration. This fee DOES NOT include hotels, breakfasts, or lunches. Due to space constraints at restaurants and on tours, we are limited to 50 people. A waiting list will be maintained.
Registration: Registration is closed.
Refund Policy: No refunds on registration fees after December 31, 2019. We recommend that you invest in trip insurance if you are concerned about recouping registration costs due to cancellation.
Hotels: A list of hotels holding room blocks for this event may be found below.
Meals: Alcoholic beverages at our dinners include beer and wine but not cocktails.
Disability and Dietary Accommodations: While we cannot guarantee accommodations for accessibility or dietary restrictions, please note any issues when you register. We will do our best to meet your needs.
Questions? Please contact Macie Green VanRensselaer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday March 26
5:30-7:30 Cocktail Reception at the home of Richard Thaler ’73, 5 Tradd Street.
8:00-9:30 Dinner at Slightly North of Broad and presentation by Professor Martha A. Sandweiss on Slavery at Princeton. Sandweiss is a professor of History at Princeton. She has authored several books and is Founder and Project Director of the Princeton and Slavery Project, an investigation into Princeton University's historical ties to the institution of slavery. Meet at Slightly North of Broad (aka SNOB), 192 East Bay Street.
Friday March 27
9:30-11:30 Walking Tour of historic downtown Charleston. Meet at Charleston Place Hotel, 205 Meeting Street.
11:45-3:00. Free time for lunch, relaxation, shopping, walking the city.
3:00-5:00 Historic Cruise on the Pride of Charleston sailing sloop to cruise the Charleston Harbor with views of Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, Morris island (site of Fort Wagner) and more. Meet at 10 Wharfside Street.
5:00-7:00 Free time for relaxation, shopping, walking the city.
7:30-9:00 Dinner at Magnolias and presentation by Brian Hicks. Hicks is an award-winning senior writer and columnist for The Charleston Post and Courier. He is the author of In Darkest South Carolina, a book that covers the Briggs v. Elliot case that became known as Brown v. Board of Education, the topic of his presentation. Meet at Magnolias,185 East Bay Street.
Saturday March 28
9:30-noon. Bus tour of Historic Gullah Sites and the Old Slave Mart Museum. Meet at Charleston Visitors Center, 375 Meeting Street.
Noon-2:00 Free time for lunch, relaxation, shopping, walking the city.
2:30-4:30 Visit to McCleod Plantation Historic Site. Meet at TBA.
7:00-9:00 Dinner at The Revival and presentation by Harlan Greene, historian, researcher, archivist, and authority on Charleston’s past. He currently serves as head of the College of Charleston’s Special Collections Department. Greene has published numerous fiction and nonfiction books and essays focused on Charleston, homosexuality, and Jewish identity. He will discuss the highs and lows of the city’s history from 1670 to the present with interesting tidbits and trivia not found in history books. Meet at The Revival, 162 East Bay Street.
Suggested Activities for Free Time and Sunday, March 29
The Gibbes Museum of Art
Historic Charleston Foundation (tours of house museums, special events)
Historic Plantations and Gardens
Civil War Era Submarine Hunley
Several restaurants offer weekend jazz brunches, including High Cotton and Eli’s Table.
Hotels: You are responsible for securing your own accommodations. Room blocks have been arranged at the hotels in downtown Charleston listed below. You are not obligated to book with these hotels; there are numerous others in the greater Charleston area, as well as options available through AirBnB, VRBO, etc.
1. The Hampton Inn at 345 Meeting Street – 843-723-4000
3 nights for $978.12 including tax plus $20/day parking with in/out privileges, free breakfast included. Reference- Princeton Class of 1973 Reunion/Gale Stafford.
2. The King Charles Inn at 237 Meeting Street – 843-723-7451 or 866-546-4700
3 nights for $1140 including tax, free parking, cancellation can be made 3 days prior to arrival. Reference- Princeton Class of 1973 Reunion/Gale Stafford.
3. The Vendue Inn at 19 Vendue Range- 843-203-2828
3 Nights for Interior Rooms (no windows) at $910.06 including tax, 3 nights for Deluxe Rooms at $1228.13 including tax plus $25 plus tax/ night valet parking (public parking near by), free breakfast included, cancellation can be made 3 days prior to arrival. Reference- Princeton Class of 1973 Reunion/Gale Stafford.