RAFINO Reunion 2018
RAFINO Reunion 2018 will be Held in Albuquerque 10 - 14 October 2018
Bruce and Lucy Prater, will host the 2018 RAFINO reunion at the Isleta Resort/Casino (http://www.isleta.com/resort/default.aspx). Dates for the reunion are Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 through Sunday, 14 Oct 2018. For those who cannot wait, early registrant check-in begins the afternoon of Tuesday, 09 Oct 2018 Mark your calendars now for the reunion, just 353 days away.
Registration fee (covering registration, Banquet Buffet, welcome reception, 4 drink tickets for use at banquet or reception, and Hospitality Room with sodas, water, beer, wine, and morning donuts/bagels) is $175.00 per registered attendee (member and/or spouse and registered guest).
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air.
Guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning. Literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park October 6-14, 2018.
From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. The signature event remains Balloon Fiesta—which, with almost 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.
Imagine 54 football fields, all put together. That's the size of Balloon Fiesta Park's 78-acre launch field! And at this Park's "playing field," there are no losing teams and no viewing stands. Guests walk the field and are part of the action.
Checkout these links (provided by a commercial room booking service - which we do not endorse) for more details on the festival: Albuquerque Balloon Festival Pro Tips and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival Guide.
Only in Albuquerque can you walk (YES! Up close and personal) among more than 500 hot air balloons as they make their way from the field at the Balloon Fiesta Park to hundreds of feet, painting the sky full of colors and shapes, above you. As the world’s largest event of its kind, this festival engages all five senses. Take in images unseen anywhere else. Stand among these peaceful giants and feel the air change as hot air balloons rise all around you.
But Wait, There’s More… Hosted by Bruce and Lucy Prater (who have called the area home since dirt was discovered), Albuquerque and the surrounding area provides for a unique Southwestern experience. Plenty of food, sights and activities for all: from the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, Unser Racing Museum, Historic Old Town, several Winery Tours, a Breaking Bad Tour, Indian Cultural Center, all handicap accessible. And we even haven’t gotten to the hotel yet.
Host, Bruce Prater has contracted with the Isleta Resort and Casino (phone: (505) 724-3800 ) , which, he advises, is a a place where veterans are appreciated. That address is: 11000 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM
Decorated with works by Native American artists, this contemporary resort • casino is located 8.5 miles from Albuquerque International Sunport.
The sleek, art-filled rooms and suites feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi; some add balconies with desert views. An upscale suite features 2 balconies and a pool table.
The resort offers both an indoor and outdoor pool, plus golf courses, a spa, a game complex with bowling, billiards and laser tag, and fishing; in addition to the casino. Dining options include a steakhouse, pasta buffet, and a coffee bar. Live entertainment is showcased regularly.
Per Bruce: "It is a pretty nice establishment. Yes, it is both a Casino and Resort. We are using the Resort area (Lodging, Hospitality and Banquet Rooms, Pool, Spa and one restaurant) which is separated by a zig-zag hallway. You can't see, barely hear, any slot machines or smell smoke (not allowed in resort area). The resort is about 12 miles (South) from center of downtown, there is however, a free shuttle (3 minutes) to the train stop that can then get you downtown or all the way to Santa Fe. Yes, it is as nice at it looks in the pictures (I took them). It's actually better than nice, closer to great! Did I mention how nice it is?""
Bruce has negotiated a room rate of
$115.54 per night.
Taxes, etc. are included in these nightly rates.
Reservations can be made by calling (505) 724-3800 and using Group Code:
Note: you must register personally with the hotel; your RAFINO online reunion registration does NOT include the hotel reservation. (We do ask for you to specify on the RAFINO registration form where you plan to stay, but that is just for purposes of reconciling with the hotel's system.)
Room Amenities include:
- Hypo-allergenic bedding available
- Premium bedding
- Pillow-top mattress
- Down comforter
- Egyptian-cotton sheets
- Blackout drapes/curtains Private bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Shower/tub combination
- Deep soaking bathtub
- Free toiletries
- Air conditioning
- In-room safe
- Coffee/tea maker
- Free local calls
- Iron/ironing board
- Digital HDTV
- iPod docking station
- Daily Housekeeping
- Room service (limited hours)
Elevate your taste buds at Isleta Resort & Casino with food inspired by the Southwest, made distinctly for you. Indulge in everything from prime rib to barbeque and deli-style sandwiches at Isleta. You can savor the taste of the Southwest at Embers Steakhouse featuring an array of our finest food offerings from succulent steaks to rich and buttery seafood selections or enjoy barbeque favorites with a local flare at TIWA Restaurant & Lounge where you can feast on savory elk sausage, freshly made pizzas and all your favorite dishes to comfort your aching stomach. If you’re on the go, Chile Ristra, Daubers & the Snack Bar can keep you charged up and in the action with both hot and cold selections; from burritos to hot dogs; we’ve got you covered. Looking for a little something to top you off? Enjoy ice cream, freshly baked pastries and a Starbucks coffee menu at Chill.
Arriving in Albuquerque
The Hotel is 13 minutes south of the International Airport (approximately 10 miles).
Tentative agenda will be:
Monday 8 Oct
- 1300-1800 Early Registration (check in with reunion staff)
- HR open 1200-2000
Tuesday 9 Oct
- 1900-1800 Early Registration
- Group Dinner 1830-2030
- HR open 0800-2200
Wednesday 10 Oct (formal opening of the Reunion)
- 0900-1800 Registration
- Welcome Reception (fully registered attendees) 1900-2100
- Hospitality Room 0800-2200.
Thursday 11 Oct
- HR 0730-1430
- Possible Tours/Lazy Time/Self-Explore 0900-1700.
- HR open 0800-2200
Friday 12 Oct
- HR open 0700 to 0500
- Possible Tours/Lazy Time/Self-Explore 0900-1700.
- Golf/Bowling Tournament(s)0900-1430
- 1500-1630 TAPS Memorial Service for Departed
- 1630-2100 An Authentic Metanza at the Prater Home
- HR open 2100 to 2300.
Saturday 13 Oct
- Hospitality Room opens 0500-1730
- Balloon Fiesta - Morning Launch 0530-1000
- Business Meeting 1100-1200
- Possible Lazy Time/Self-Explore 1200-1600.
- Photo Opportunity: 1600-1800
- Cocktails and Banquet 1800-2100
- Hospitality Room open 2100-2400
Hospitality Room (HR)
Hospitality room (room# tbd ) is open to all registered guests (i.e., those who have paid the full registration fee) . Hospitality room will be opened during much of the reception. It will be stocked with Beer, wine, sodas, water, and snacks. Each morning, the hospitality room will have Bagels, donuts, and coffee.
We will try our very best to keep the Schedule of Events as close to the above as possible.
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