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Please see the updated Navy-Notre Dame 2016 Weekend page for events, prices, and payment information.  New addition to the registration form is optional transportation from the Marriott to/from the tailgate at $20/person.  Please update your registration (here) if you wish to take advantage of this.  Final payment is due NLT 1 October 2016.  Any questions, please feel free to reach out to Bob Smith.

Here are the menus for Friday night dinner and Saturday’s tailgate:

Friday Dinner – Golfer’s  Grille at $135 per person hosted at the Marriott Cabana Club Beachside: 

  • Grilled Watermelon, Baby Arugula, Dried Cranberries, Red Onions, Candied Pecans and Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Sicilian Summer Salad
  • Pasta Salad-sweet apples, smoked ham, grilled pineapple and citrus dressing
  • Herb Crusted Rib Eye Steak, carved, served with brandied mushrooms and onions
  • Jack Daniels smoked beef brisket
  • Roasted Salmon with lemon broth
  • Roasted Root Vegetables,
  • Whole grain rice pilaf
  • Rolls and sweet butter
  • Pastry Chef sweet delights selection
  • Coffees and Tea
  • 2 Drink tickets per person good for Wine (Red or White) or Beer
  • Cash bar Available with room charge capability

Saturday Tailgate for $60 per person (Game Kickoff at 11:30 am):

  • 9:30-11:00 am:
    • Assorted Cheeses and Fruits and Bloody Mary Bar (Beer and Wine)
  • Post Game for 2 hours:
    • Slow Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork
    • Monroe’s Smokehouse Chicken
    • Slow Smoked Beef Brisket
    • Baked Beans
    • Cole Slaw
    • Cornbread
    • Garlic Bread
    • Sweet & Unsweet Iced Tea
    • Tap Beers and assorted wines from Chesapeake Brewing Company


EMAIL Blast 3 March 2016

Class of ’85,

       I hope this email finds all of you well and ready for Winter to be over and Spring to start soon. Before we know it, it will be Navy football season again and that means Class of ’85 tailgates. It also means, each day we get closer to the our 31st Class Reunion in Jacksonville, FL. at the Navy/Notre Dame game. (We will still have a full slate of home game tailgating and special events all season long. A few away tailgates this year sponsored by Class of ’85 and volunteer classmates in away game cities.) As of this week, we officially sold out the Navy ’85 and USNA sold out their entire block of almost 10,000 tickets for the ND game. We are by far, as expected, the largest single class attending and sitting together. We sold a total of 286 tickets to Class of ’85 members and families/friends. GREAT NEWS!! Now, let’s translate that into a great weekend at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort, our Friday Golf Outing, Shopping Trip to St. Augustine, Beachside dinner and of course, our tailgate and Navy Victory over Notre Dame on Saturday with an 11:30 am kickoff. I have finally settled the contract and site logistics for our tailgate. We have selected to partner with Monroe’s Barbecue and Smokehouse catering and with an 11:30 am game, we have opted for the following menu:

Pre-Game from 9:30-11:00, assorted cheese and fresh fruit snack and a Bloody Mary Bar (beer, wine and other non-alcoholic drinks to be served). After the game for 2 hours, we will then serve our main course of:

Slow Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork, Monroe’s Smokehouse Chicken, Slow Smoked Beef Brisket, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Cornbread, Garlic Bread, Sweet & Unsweet Iced Tea. Beer from the Chesapeake Brewery on tap, red and white wine. We will have restrooms available at our tailgate site (address is TBA).  

The cost for the Tailgate will be $60 per person for adults, kids 12-18 $45 and under 12 $20. Motor coaches to and from the Marriott will be $20 per person round trip. The St. Augustine sightseeing trip will be $30 to cover the transportation cost to and from St. Augustine from 10:00 am-3:00pm. (Buses depart at 10 and return by 3). How do you sign up? We have put all of this on the class website and you fill out your form and I will contact you to arrange payment via check or Paypal. Deadlines for registering for Events will be October 1st. AS ALWAYS, it helps me if you at least sign up so I have a rough estimate of where we are in numbers for various events. I will to collect money for events by 10/1/16 in order to pay all the vendors we are working with to make this happen, most require advance settlement. I am optimistic that with 286 tickets sold it will equate to at least 150 at our class dinner Friday on the beach and 200 or more at the class tailgate Saturday outside EverBank Stadium. If you are driving to the tailgate, there is a 250 car parking lot adjacent to our tailgate and I will publish info on how to find that lot and even reserve a spot in advance. (stay tuned to my emails and the Class of ’85 website for more info.) 

Okay, we are really LOOKING GREAT on this event and if you have not purchased tickets, you still can, go to this website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/navy-v-notre-dame-presented-by-jacksonville-florida-11-05-2016/event/22004F9DF9358E27?artistid=821772&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=8=_blank. (You will not be seated with our Class however). Visit our Class website or email me to register and or pay. Our class website again is: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. All of the info for hotel and dinner is on the Class website and this info will be posted soon to both the website and Facebook. I am very much looking forward to a “Dublin-like” event and as always, seeing so many of our Class of ’85 members and families and friends. My email is: robertsmith5@att.net. Get started today and get your plans together for an amazing Florida weekend.

Cheers and Go Navy!!

Bob Smith (Your travel expert)