Reunion 2012

September 17-23, 2012




This will be the longest reunion to date, with so much to do we have spread it out so there wouldn’t be such long days away from the hotel and all your friends. The Grand Gateway Hotel in Rapid City, SD will be reunion central. Reservation can be made by calling the hotel directly at (605)342-1300 or toll free at 1-866-742-1300. Fax request for reservations should be sent to the attention of the reservation department at (605) 342-0663. The room rate is $79.00 per night.


Reunion Reservation form - PDF

Reunion Reservation form - Microsoft Word


There will be live entertainment at the dinner dance by Elvis (Jake Beard).


Tours schedule for the Reunion are:    


Monday, September 17, 2012 –

 Explore Rapid City: $19.00 p/person inclusive.

Meet group at motel at 5:00 pm, dept. 5:15 pm for downtown Rapid City and off load at Prairie Edge Galleries. Unearthing the beauty of the past while embracing the unique mark of the individual artist, Contemporary Native art collection embodies the spirituality of the Lakota people and reveals the heart of the amazing culture. Stroll around downtown to take in the City of Presidents, a series of life-size Bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents along the city’s streets and sidewalks. Dine on your own at any of the many restaurant options such as Firehouse Brewery, Tally’s Silver Spoon, Corn Exchange, and more. Reload at the side street beside Prairie Edge Galleries at 8:00 pm for return to motel.


*Includes transportation, narration, sales tax and based on 30 passenger min.


Some suggestions for restaurants within a block:

Corn Exchange

727 Main Street , Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 1-605-343-5070

Delmonico Grill

609 Main Street , Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 1-605-791-1664

Firehouse Brewing Company

610 Main Street , Rapid City, SD
Phone: 1-605-348-1915

Murphy's Pub & Grill

510 9th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 1-605-791-2244

Tally's Silver Spoon

530 6th Street , Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 1-605-342-7621

Wine Cellar Restaurant

513 6th Street (next door to Hotel Alex Johnson), Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 1-605-718-2675


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

 Badlands National Park: $38.00 p/person inclusive.

Meet group at motel at 9:00 AM, dept. 9:15 AM for the Minuteman Missile Silo for touring. Travel to the Cactus Flats entrance of Badlands National Park with a short stop at the Ben Reifel visitor Center.Reload for a scenic drive in the park with stops for photos and short walks. This scenic adventure takes you through the magnificent area where rain, wind and frost have carved steep canyons, sharp ridges, gullies and pinnacles, providing a glimpse into the relentless pace of geologic change. A lunch break on your own will be planned as well at the Cedar Pass Lodge. Exit Badlands National Park for some free time at the world famous Wall Drug. This unique shopping emporium is filled with fun activities, displays and more. Return in Rapid City est. at 3:45-4:00 pm.


*Includes transportation, narration, Badlands fee, sales tax and based on 35 passenger min.

** Group on own for meal, HOWEVER, groups need to make menu selections in advance.  Cost is $13 for entree (hamburger, Indian Taco, buffalo burger or chicken salad with drink (coffee, tea, soda, water) and includes tax and tip)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 –

 Hill City/Mt. Rushmore: $74.00 p/person inclusive.

Meet group at motel at 1:00 pm, dept. 1:15 pm travel to Keystone. Board the 1880 Train for a vintage ride through history which will depart at 2:30 pm. Group arrival in the town of Hill City; take some time to explore downtown Hill City known for their art galleries such as Jon Crane, jewelry shops to geological history. Stop at Prairie Berry Winery with South Dakota wines since 1876. They currently offer more than 15 grape, fruit and honey wines to taste and purchase, all completely made onsite. Enjoy BBQ Pork, House Potato Salad, and Beans. Reload 6:30 pm and travel to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial via Hwy 385/244 with a short stop at Washington’s profile, then free time to explore Mt. Rushmore. Tour, photos, then prepare for the Patriotic nightly Lighting Ceremony program which begins at 8:00 pm. Return in Rapid City est. 9:45-10:00 pm.


*Includes transportation, narration, Mt. Rushmore parking fee, 1880 Train tickets, and meal at Prairie Berry Winery, sales tax and based on a 35 passenger minimum.


Thursday, September 20, 2012 –

Crazy Horse/Custer State Park: $56.00 p/person.

Meet at the motel at 9:00 am, dept. 9:15 AM for Custer State Park. Travel down scenic Iron Mountain Road known for its pig-tail bridges and tunnels that frame Mt. Rushmore in the distance. Arrive at a gracious stone and wood lodge set in a beautiful mountain valley, surrounded by ponderosa pine forest known as the State Game Lodge. While at this “Summer White House”, enjoy an included lunch buffet. On the menu: fresh greens and an array of fresh fruit and vegetables. Delicious prepared salads followed by Chef’s hot bar selections, soup, genuine Custer State Park buffalo stew, carving station and dessert table. Includes choice of soft drink, ice tea or coffee. Travel to Crazy Horse Memorial, another awe-inspiring rock carving over 50 years in the process. Return to Rapid City est. 3:15 – 3:30 pm.


*Includes transportation, narration, admissions for Crazy Horse & Custer State Park, lunch buffet, sales tax and based on a minimum of 35 passengers.


Friday, September 21, 2012 –

 Northern Hills: $66.00 p/person inclusive.

Meet group at motel at 2:00 pm, dept. 2:15 PM for Deadwood. Long before the modern day gaming halls were built, Deadwood was known as a lawless town run by infamous gamblers and gunslingers and home to legendary characters like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. Depart at 3:30 pm on Deadwood’s finest journey through time. As you travel down Deadwood’s cobblestone streets, you will hear about an era gone by. Arrive at Mt. Moriah Cemetery where you will learn about all the characters who contributed to Deadwood’s history. Enjoy free time in Deadwood to explore the casinos and more. Gather at the Silverado for your evening Crab buffet included (time est. 6:30 pm). Reload at 8:00 pm for return to Rapid City at 9:00 pm.


*Includes transportation, narration, Mt. Moriah tickets, Silverado Buffet, sales tax and based on a 35 passenger minimum.



2012 Reunion Schedule of Events


Monday, 17 Sept.

         1000-1600         Registration in the lobby

         1200 - ?              Hospitality room open

         1700 -2000        Rapid City Tour (dinner on your own).


Tuesday, 18 Sept

         0800 - ?              Hospitality room open

         0900-1630         Badlands, Wall Drug, Minuteman Silo, and lunch on your own at Cedar

                                       Pass Lodge


Wednesday, 19 Sept.

         0800 - ?              Hospitality room open

         1300                    Train ride/ Hill City/Mt Rushmore lighting Ceremony.

                                       Lunch at Prairie Berry Winery


Thursday, 20 Sept.

         0800 - ?              Hospitality room open

         0900- 1530        Crazy Horse/Custer State Park. Lunch Buffet at State Game Lodge


Friday, 21 Sept.

         0800 - ?              Hospitality room open

         1400-2100         Deadwood, Mt. Moriah tour and Silverado’s Crab Buffet


Saturday, 22 Sept.

         0900-1100         Business meeting.

                                       (Hospitality room closed during business meeting)

         1100-1600         Hospitality Room open

                                       (Closes at 1600 to set up for Dinner Dance)

         1800-1900         Social Hour

         1900 - ?              Dinner Dance in Hospitality room, Music

                                       Entertainment provided by Jake Beard


Sunday, 23 Sept.

         0800-1200         Check out and departure

                                       (Help will be needed packing up the Hospitality room and museum)