LST 793 Reunion 2000

         La Fete de Lafayette”

                      Sept. 21-23, 2000.


                                                 300 Wright Avenue

                                                             Houma, LA  70364                                                                                                                           (504) 872-9591


                                                             October 29, 1999


Dear LST 793 Crew and Family,


     It is our pleasure to invite you to the LST 793 Year 2000 Reunion.  It will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana on September 21, 22 and 23, 2000.  Plans are well underway to show you a good time as you gather with friends and family.  Come on down and share in the “Joie de Vivre” or “Joy of Life” that is famous down in Cajun Country and with this LST group.  You’ll experience the true culture of the region.


     We have negotiated an excellent room rate and amenities.  The hotel selected is the new Hampton Inn of Lafayette at a rate of $60.00 per night plus 10.5% tax.  The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast and a nice hospitality room.  Make your reservations early and no later than August 21, 2000.  The telephone number is (318) 236-6161.  Mention that you are reserving for the LST 793 Reunion.  You will need to leave a credit card number to hold your reservation.  The rate is for 2 doubles or a king and up to 4 in the room.


     A full day of sightseeing is planned for Friday.  A motorcoach will be reserved along with a guide.  You will go to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Acadian Cultural Center to see a film titled The Cajun Way: Echoes of Acadia which chronicles the Acadian deportation from Nova Scotia in 1755.  You will be guided through Vermilionville, which is a living history museum and Acadian village and brings to life the early days of Cajun and Creole settlers from the mid-1700’s to the late-1800’s.  There are native craft and cooking demonstrations, a bakery, restaurant, art gallery and if we’re lucky, live music and entertainment.  You will visit St. Martinville along Bayou Teche with the Evangeline Oak and St. Martin de Tours Church Square where the heroine of Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline” is immortilized.  You will then tour the “Shadows-on-the-Teche” plantation home.  If time permits you will visit the Konrico Company Store at the Conrad Rice Mill - America’s oldest rice mill still in operation and in old Lafayette you will see the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and 500-year-old oak tree.  The cost for this day will depend on the number of attendees but should range between $30-$40 for the day including transportation, guide, tips and all admissions.  We will make a quick lunch stop and it will be on your own.  Walking is limited and is on flat, level land.


      On Saturday we offer an optional sightseeing excursion – an Atchafalaya Basin Swamp Tour at McGee’s Landing.  We encourage all of you to do this.  The boat is a large, handicapped-accessible pontoon boat; it is covered and has a restroom on board.  The tour is 1˝ hours and guaranteed to show you a part of this country you have never seen before.  The folklore, flora, fauna and wildlife alone will mesmerize you!  We have tentatively held 20 places but the boat can accommodate up to 50.  Don’t miss this!  The cost is $8.50 if we have a minimum of 20 or $10 if not.  This is very reasonable.  McGee’s Landing also has a restaurant at the landing if you want to have lunch.  See the enclosed brochure.


      For those of you that opt not to do the “swamp” tour, there are many other things to see and do.  There is the Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory and the Cypress Bayou Casino that are both within 45-60 minutes away.  There is the Acadiana Mall and a flea market for those who like to shop.  There are very nice golf courses, a nature park, zoo, Evangeline Downs Racetrack and many other attractions and activities.  Of course, the hospitality room will always be available to those who just want to relax and visit.


     On Saturday evening we will have our banquet at Randol’s.  This restaurant is the epitome of Cajun good times.  If offers good food in a relaxed atmosphere with live Cajun music and dancing.  This restaurant believes that good food nourishes the body, but good times and good friends feed the soul.  You’ll never forget this experience!  The cost of the banquet is $22 for a limited menu with options for seafood, fish or poultry.


     The Lafayette Regional Airport is serviced by American Eagle, Continental and Atlantic Southeast – a Delta connection and has daily flights from Atlanta and Dallas.  The New Orleans airport is 2 hours away.  The Baton Rouge airport is 1 hour away.


     We have enclosed a local map and brochures on the hotel, restaurant and area attractions.  You can write for more information at the following addresses:  Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce,  P. O. Box 51307,  Lafayette, LA  70505-1307 or Louisiana Tour Guide,   P. O. Box 3988,  Baton Rouge, LA  70821-3988.  There is also an abundance of information available on the internet.  Most of the legwork and research done so far was done using the internet.


     We hope all these arrangements, activities and prices meet with your approval.   We would love to have each and every one of you join us here in Louisiana to see the local area and renew friendships.  The more the merrier!  As we say down in Louisiana  “Let the Good Times Roll!”  Hope to see you here.


     Please return the information card to us as soon as you know anything and include any updated information.  It’s easy -- just complete the card, add a stamp and drop it in the mail.  We’ve done most of the work for you.  Let us hear from all of you.


Au Revoir

Your LST friends and hosts,



Rita and Kathy Rhodes