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January 26, 2017

Dear Vail  FAMILY:

We are excited about plans for our 2017 REUNION scheduled for Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22, 2017 in New Bern, NC. Please mark your calendar, call all your folks, and plan to attend.

Next MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW at The Courtyard Marriott Riverfront, at 218 Front Street, right in the heart of the Historic District, located directly on the mile wide Neuse River. We have reserved 25 rooms for July 21 & 22 at Special Rates of $139 for non-balcony rooms and $154 for rooms with balcony. The cutoff date is one month prior to our event, June 21, 2017.  To make RESERVATIONS, please call 1-800-321-2211 and give Reference Group Code: “VAI” or Vail Family Historical Foundation.

All the rooms have refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards, 32 inch HD televisions and free high speed internet access. Breakfast in not included, but Breakfast and Dinner are served in their new Lobby Bistro. There are wonderful places to eat within walking distance of the hotel, so I’m sure everyone will find them a delight. We will list some suggestions for a variety of places at our next detailed message.

Our dedicated Genealogist, George Haislip, has updated information on the VAIL FAMILY, which will be discussed and explored at our meeting. In addition, I thought you would be fascinated, as was I, to read an interest account of our well known relative, MADAM MOORE (Mary Vail Jones Wilson Moore, born 1705 in Chowan Co. ; died 1764 in New Bern, Craven County.)  Click this link to learn more about this unusual, historic lady.

One Large meeting room has been reserved for July 21 & 22 for our Hospitality/Welcome Meeting on Friday afternoon around 4 – 5:30 pm and the Business Meeting on Saturday morning at 9:00 am. Other events will be planned; such as Tours in the Afternoon and a SPECIAL REUNION DINNER on Saturday evening at 6 pm.

We have selected Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse for our Saturday evening dinner meeting. It is located at 202 Middle Street, very near our hotel. I will send more detailed info regarding the dinner as well as the Agenda for the weekend, as soon as ALL details are finalized.

If you have further questions at this time, please contact me by email Just wanted to get in touch with you with an Overall Plan.

Can’t wait to see all of you and catch up on our Wonderful family. Each of you are so precious to us and we need to stay connected and bring our younger ones into the fold.

With love and blessings,

Cousin Janice


Registration, dues and dinner info will be sent out later.

Gail H.  Hodges