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2019 DARWIN FAMILY REUNION
June 14-15 2019 Mobile, Alabama
The 2019 Darwin Family Reunion will be held Friday and Saturday, June 14 - 15, 2019 in Mobile, AL. Alabama's oldest city was founded in 1702 by French Canadian brothers Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, and Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, who established the settlement of Fort Louis de la Louisiane to establish control over France's claims to La Louisiane.
The Admiral Hotel Mobile, Curio Collection by Hilton, will serve as Reunion headquarters. This four-star hotel is located in the heart of Mobile?s historical and cultural district and within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of famed Dauphin Street. After the hotel underwent a multi-million dollar, full property renovation in 2015, it reopened as The Admiral Hotel, one of the South's finest historic landmark hotels since the original opening of The Admiral Semmes Hotel in 1940. Each of the 156-rooms features a mini fridge, walk-in shower, flat screen TV, complimentary Internet access, and a Keurig Coffee Maker. The hotel has two restaurants, concierge services, outdoor pool, and 24-hr. fitness center. Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), located 18-miles from the hotel, has a drive time of 20-minutes. Pensacola International Airport (PNS), located 57-miles from the hotel, has a drive time of approximately 1-hour.
A special group rate, based upon single/double occupancy, is offered for $129/night plus applicable taxes and fees, for a King or 2-Double Bed Deluxe guestroom and includes breakfast for two people per room. The rate runs from Wednesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 16 for any who wish to arrive early or stay through the weekend. Covered parking is available in the adjacent County Parking Garage for a fee of $15/day (Self-parking) or $20/day (Valet parking). These fees cover complimentary in/out privileges for hotel guests. The hotel is a smoke-free facility. Cut-Off date for room reservations is Sunday, May 12, 2019 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Hotel Check-In time is 3:00 PM, CST; Check-Out time is 11:00 AM. Make your hotel reservation by calling the National Hilton Reservation Line: 1-800-774-1500. Do NOT call the hotel directly to make your reservation; your call would be re-routed to the Hilton Reservation Line. When making your reservation, be sure to mention The Admiral Hotel Mobile and the DARWIN code to obtain the group rate.
You're encouraged to arrive on Thursday, June 13, in order to take part in Friday?s planned group activity. On Friday, we have a 10:30 AM arrival time at Battleship Memorial Park, home of Mobile's two National Historic Landmarks, the WWII battleship USS ALABAMA and the submarine USS DRUM, in addition to Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials and a variety of historical military equipment. Tours are self-guided, and it is recommended that you allow two and a half hours to tour the park. While the USS Alabama is easily accessible to all, some may opt to skip touring the USS Drum submarine, as it requires climbing ladders between levels. If driving your private vehicle to the park, there will be a $4 parking fee.
During the Reunion, the Hospitality Room will be open late Thursday afternoon through Saturday for visiting and sharing Darwin family information. Check in with us when you arrive to say "hello" and to receive final instructions for Friday morning's tour of Battleship Memorial Park. Then, feel free to come and go as you please in the Hospitality Room, stopping by to visit with your Darwin family members or to grab a cool drink and a snack.
Saturday evening events begin at 5 PM with a cash bar gathering to be followed by the Darwin Family Banquet at 6 PM and then the Annual Meeting of the Darwin Family Association. Dressy-casual attire is considered appropriate for the Saturday night Banquet, (i.e., no shorts or jeans, please).
I hope that you plan to join us for the Reunion again this year -- or for the first time. Make your travel plans and book your hotel reservation. If you have any questions or need further information, please email Kathryn Jackson . Diana and I look forward to seeing each of you and to another wonderful weekend of fellowship with our Darwin family.
Robert L. Darwin, President
Darwin Family Association
Email: Robert L. Darwin