USS Mahan Association 2011 Reunion


19-23 October, 2011


  The 2011 reunion was held at the Holiday Inn Select Opryland/Airport.  We had a great turnout this year with over 30 members and their mates.  Wednesday was the usual check-in day with every one cycling through the hospitality room to greet old friends and meet some new ones.  We had several new attendees from both the DLG-11 and DDG-42.  First timers are always a welcome sight, as it ensures our organization will continue well into the future.


Thursday had us taking a bus trip through some beautiful Tennessee countryside to the Jack Daniels Distillery. We had a guided tour thru various sections of the distillery.  Some of us wanted to just stay and smell from the aging vats the rest of the day.  Might have been a very cheap drunk for some of us old salts!  Below is a photo of some of the crew getting off to an early start on the tour.  Some of us made a detour to the store to purchase personalized bottles of Gentleman Jack, only available in Tennessee.


After the Jack Daniels tour we headed into Lynchburg for lunch and some shopping.  Lynchburg is a pretty small town with few restaurants and too many tourists, so it took a good part of the afternoon to get lunch.  By 3:00 PM we were all glad to get on the bus to rest our weary dogs and head back to the hotel.



Friday we all boarded the bus and proceeded to the Cumberland River for a lunch cruise on the General Jackson paddle wheeler.  We had a very good lunch, as well as some good music and entertainment by Steve Hall and Shotgun Red, plus many others.  Lots of good country music and a lot of laughs!


That evening we once again boarded the bus for a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, featuring Little Jimmie Dickens, Jeannie Seely, Riders in the Sky, Jim Ed Brown, The Rocky Top X-press and more, with Ray Price as the headliner of the night.


Saturday morning many of us took a special guided tour at Studio B. Historic RCA Studio B is one of the world's most important recording studios. More than 35,000 songs were brought to life by the Studio B magic, including more than 1,000 top ten American hits, and over 150 Elvis Presley recordings. From there we proceeded to a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame, which has an awesome collection of memorabilia from all of the major country singers.  Directly across the street is also the Music City Walk of Fame, which was inducting rock artist Peter Frampton during our visit.  We also had some time to wander around downtown Nashville.