Hello Alumni, Teachers and
you remember your first day in BERLIN? The first time you set foot inside the
school? Do you remember the Reichstag, Tiergarten,
Checkpoint Charlie, the Europa Center,
Funkturm, the Harnack
House, KaDeWe, the RTO, the Outpost Theatre, the
Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate, the Wannsee, the
Grunewald, the KuDamm and Oskar-Helene-Heim? Sure
you do! AND…if you’re like the rest
of us, you made a promise to yourself to never forget our
we get to revisit ALL these places…
JOIN US AT: THE BERLIN BRATS REUNION
July 27 -30,
This package will give you the
information you need to register…..so read on.
NC the site of our last Reunion, BERLIN
needs no introduction to you. However we
know you will have some questions.
BERLIN has 3 airports:
Tegel ~ the main airport for flights from
Western Europe and the United
States and located 10 miles from our Reunion
Hotel. Templehof Airport
for flights within Europe and is 5 miles from
the hotel. Schoenefeld Airport
for flights from European countries, Russia
is located 15 miles from our hotel. For more information on taking a taxi or a
bus from each of these airports to the hotel view our website at: www.BERLINBrats.org, then view “Passports, Airports, Flights and Cars”
in the Upcoming Events Box.
As we mentioned when making the
“BERLIN” announcement in 2003, airfares for a
summer Reunion will be rather high. We are going during peak period. If you are
able, use airline miles.
Purchasing our Air Ticket:
We recommend “Carlson Wagonlit Travel” in Fort Worth, Texas
for your trip arrangements. Please call
1-800-654-4995 and ask for Victoria Stevens.
Carlson has special fares with Lufthansa Airlines, and can help you with
the maze of promotional and published fares and the compromise between price
and rules. The best prices are more
restrictive. So if you need some
flexibility this may be the route to go.
A LINK is also provided on our website in the Upcoming Events Box.
If you’re internet savvy you may prefer negotiating some
of these sites for airfares:
The Best Western Steglitz International
Hotel Albrechtstr. 2, D-12165
BERLIN Tele: 011-49-30-790050
Located in the center of Steglitz,
across from city hall. We have a special group
rate of 70 Euros for a single room and 80 Euros for a double. Please
book via the special instructions on our website site at: www.BERLINBrats.org
If that is not possible, please make sure when calling that you inform
you are with “the Brats” and get the rates quoted above. Everyone will be charged for the 1st
night when booking. This rate does not
include breakfast. You do have until June 23, 2006 to cancel without
penalty. Additionally, the hotel will
honor the same rate from Saturday, July 22nd through Saturday,
August 5th for those who wish to tour BERLIN a little longer.
9:00AM: Welcome/Registration Table opens for
9:00AM: Optional Activity: Sightseeing Tour of BERLIN.
Meet & greet with English speaking guide for a sightseeing tour of BERLIN with historic
P/U and drop off at hotel. 3 hrs. 50 people
designed for those arriving the night before.
12:30PM: Showing of the newly released
movie: Brats: Our Journey Home (90
to 6:00PM: Welcome Reception. Hot and cold hors deurves
with a Cash Bar. Teachers will be
recognized and there will be a special presentation of the BERLIN Wall.
8:00AM: Registration, Merchandise and Membership
9:00AM: School Spirit
Day. Please wear our school colors! (..or purchase a Reunion Polo
Shirt and wear it!) School colors are Maroon and White……for those whose
memory may have faded a tad! Ha!
Buses. Will drive by the original school
in BERLIN, Gertrauden Schule (circa 1946 to 1953), then tour TAR (our elementary
school from ’53 to ’94 and our high school from ’53 to ‘65). Travel on to
the Allied Museum (formerly the Outpost Theatre). At the Museum we will
dine on lunch and attend a reception in our honor, then tour the “American
Exhibit” (…items we collected and
contributed to AND which a BERLIN
Brat Team of former students and educators have expensed much energy on for our
enjoyment!!! You still have time to temporarily contribute your own piece of
memorabilia. See how on our website). Then we are off to BAHS. We will
exchange gifts with the staff of Wilma Rudolph Oberschule
(formerly BAHS) and then tour the school. Class pictures will be taken for
the respective classes at each school with the Group Panoramic being taken at
BAHS. For those interested a brief ceremony will be held at the nearby
gravesite of Faculty Member ~ Mr. Philip Sullivan. Then it’s onto the German-American Volksfest. They will
be expecting us for a light dinner in the Beer Tent. While we dine on Brats, Potato Salad and Brotchen we will be entertained by our very own BERLIN
Brats Band! Rob Hotchkiss ’79, Jim
McLean ’78, Jason Spankle ’78 and Tim Craig ’79 all
performed at the Volksfest during their high school
days and will again perform for us in the tent and then later move on to the
outdoor stage. Talk about a
Homecoming!!! All musicians in their own
right….but you may recognize the name Rob Hotchkiss as he was formerly in the
band ~ “Train” which has numerous hits and garnered 2 Grammy’s. After dinner we load the buses and return to
the hotel – however many of you will want to stay and enjoy the Fest!!!
entrance fee for the Fest has been waived for us and discounted tickets for the
rides will be on sale at our Welcome/Registration Table in the hotel lobby on
Thursday. This will be a long day, so wear comfortable shoes!
must look “spiffy” however for our Class Pictures and our Reception at the
Museum…so please wear Maroon & White, maroon, or white!!! Show that School Spirit!!! Thanks!!!!
9:00AM: Registration, Merchandise and Membership
9:00AM: Optional Activity: Sightseeing tour of BERLIN. Meet & greet with English
speaking guide for a sightseeing tour of BERLIN
with historic BERLIN-Mitte. P/U and drop off at hotel. 3 hrs. 50 people required. Specially designed for those who didn’t have
the opportunity on Thursday. Same tour repeated.
9:30AM: 2nd Showing of the newly
released movie ~ Brats: Our Journey Home (90 minutes) If you didn’t catch the
showing on Thursday this is your last opportunity.
Hour ~ cash bar
Program and Dance in the hotel’s banquet room.
DJ and Cash Bar. A surprise
special performance. Dress: Casual-elegance.
(see the “Frequently Asked
Questions” sheet for further
registration fee for the Reunion includes the
private showing of the newly released movie, the Welcome Reception, Bus
transportation with lunch at the Museum and dinner at the Volksfest
on Friday, Saturday’s dinner/dance, two memorabilia
items with your registration package, decorations, name tag, printing, mailings
and production costs.
Cost per person is $150.00 if received
by April 30th, 2006.
Registration fees received after April 30th
incur an increase to $175.00.
of your Reunion registration, with full refund
of all fees, will be accepted until May 15th.
From that date the BERLIN Brats will be required to finalize all
payments to the various different vendors. Consequently, no refunds can be made
for cancellations received after this date.
our Reunion caters to adults we realize some
of you may be bringing younger children to enjoy the whole European
experience. The hotel does have an
activity room for younger children but does not necessarily provide
staffing. If you plan on bringing
younger children and need some assistance in acquiring “child care” while a
guest in the hotel please contact the BERLIN Brats at: BERLINBrats@gmail.com or call Jeri (Polansky) Glass at (623)764-1105.
- Log onto the Best Western Steglitz
International Hotel site via our site and per our special instructions
book your room as soon as possible.
The hotel was announced a year in advance and many have already
- Fill out the Reunion
Registration form and send it in with your payment by April 30th.
- Call a BERLIN
classmate and/or educator and make sure they are coming too!
View the RSVP
List on our site for those who already indicated they are coming.
look forward to seeing you in BERLIN! Don’t miss this one, it may be a once in a
Zurück nach BERLIN! Back to BERLIN!!
the BERLIN Brats 2006 Reunion
27 – 30, 2006
Name: ___________________ _________________ _________________
(first) (maiden) (last)
Class Year: _____________ or
Teacher of: __________________________
Years in BERLIN:
Name of spouse or guest(s)
of people Fee Total
Alumni/Teacher _______ @ $150 = $_______
$150 = $_______
(add $25.00 per person on registrations after April 30th,
Total Due: $_______
I/We are interested in the following optional activities:
of people Fee Total
Sightseeing Bus Tour:
Thurs or Saturday.
(circle one) _______
@ $15 = $_______
side trip to Prague:
hotel by motorcoach on Sunday, July 30th
at approximately 8am. Stop enroute in Dresden
for some sightseeing and lunch. Arrive in Prague,
check into our 4-star hotel. Typical Bohemian evening to include dinner and music at a
restaurant in Old Town Praha that evening. The next day is a full day of sightseeing,
part by coach, part by foot. Walk Old Town Square, see the Astronomical Clock, Gothic churches, Prague Castle
and St. Vitus Cathedral. This evening we will have a Dinner Cruise on
the Vltava River. Tuesday, August 1st we
depart from Prague via Meissen, here we will make a stop at the famous
porcelain factory. We then arrive back
at the Best Western Steglitz International Hotel late
in the evening.
Tour includes: transportation by Deluxe
motor coach, English speaking tour director, 2 room nights to include breakfast
at a 4-star Prague hotel, Bohemian Dinner, Dinner Cruise and Local Guides.
entrance fees are not included.
of people Fee Total
Per person for a Double bed (2 people
per room): _______ @ $400 = $_______
Per person for a Single bed (1 person/1
single bed) _______ @ $510 = $_______
can only accept the first 46 people to sign up for this event.
if there is not enough participation this tour will be canceled. That said, we
believe there is substantial interest in this offering.
to European booking methods if you need to find a roommate on the above Prague trip to avoid the
single penalty please email the BERLIN Brats at BERLINBrats@gmail.com or call Jeri (Polansky) Glass at:
New Total Due: to include optional trip(s): $ _________
Payment due by April 30th, 2006
Check Payable to:
and mail to:
41910 N. Crooked Stick
Anthem, AZ 85086
NOTE: If you are a past attendee of
BERLIN Reunions you will notice that there is no mention of a “hospitality
room” above. This is intentional as we
believe this Reunion is much different than
our previous ones. We feel this time you
are coming “to see BERLIN”
versus sitting in the hotel conversing with your classmates. We do encourage you to still bring some of
your memorabilia and yearbooks however.
We’re sure you will still want to glance back and share a photo or two!
this same note, we have left a lot more “open time” in the itinerary for exactly
the same reason. In your Welcome Package
will be a handout for things to do in and around BERLIN.
For pre-planning visit our website and view: “Things to Do” in the Upcoming
THE LOGO APPEARING AT THE TOP OF PAGE
ONE IS THE LOGO FOR THIS YEAR’S REUNION.
Selected by our Logo Committee and
Created by Susan (Sams) O’Neill ’85
PHOTOGRAPHER THIS YEAR IS: Bryan Duckett ‘84
Bryan was selected Digital
Photographer of 2005. View his work
Bryan will be offering private
sessions in BERLIN in addition to documenting
our Reunion weekend.