Make plans now to attend the 38th annual Dingler Family Reunion in Tallahassee, Florida, July 21-23.

Yes, Florida. We had talked about going back to Rome, Georgia, at last year’s reunion, but things didn’t work out. Unfortunately the hotel situation in Rome didn’t work out for us. About half of the hotels declined our requests du to a lack of availability, and a couple of the remaining hotels didn’t have meeting space available. We ran the remaining hotels by Diane Harbin for her thoughts, and she agreed that the choices weren’t good. So it was back to the drawing board, and we decided to change things up a bit again.

We’ve never been to Florida before, so why not? Enter Tallahassee. It’s the state capital with a lot to see and do. We have never been, so it should be a fund weekend of exploring and reconnecting.

The SpringHill Suites Tallahassee Central is our host hotel, and we have a room block of 20 rooms. All rooms are priced at $99/night plus tax. You will have your choice of a King Suite or a Two Queen Suite. This rate is good for two days before the reunion as well as two days after, just in case someone wants to arrive early or stay late.

To make your reservations, you have two options:

  • Call the hotel directly at 850-325-1103
  • Call Marriott’s toll-free reservations number at 888-236-2427

You must ask for the Dingler Family Reunion rate to get the reunion rate. It’s also important for you to mention you’re with the reunion because the meeting room cost is waived if we have at least ten rooms booked.

The room rate is only guaranteed until July 7, so make sure you book before then.

Check back later for information about the location for our meeting and dinner on Saturday night. We’re working on arrangements now and hope to have something to share in the near future.

Our Saturday night dinner will be at BJ’s Tallahassee at 5 PM on Saturday, July 22. Learn more.

See you in Tallahassee!

SpringHill Suites Tallahassee Central (hotel website)
1300 Executive Center Dr
Tallahassee, FL  32301
(850) 325-1103


The Dingler Family 2016 Reunion Dinner will be at Don’s Seafood in Covington, Louisiana on Saturday, July 16 at 6 PM.

Don’s Seafood is located at 126 Lake Dr in Covington, less than a mile from the hotel. We will have a private room for our group, and as we’ve done in previous years we’ll be ordering off of the regular menu.  If you’re interested in seeing what Don’s has to offer, take a peek at the menu on their website.

We look forward to seeing everyone at 6 PM on July 16!

Original Size: 12.0 x 8.0. Spicy crawfish and the Northshore's own Abita beer are a happy combination and a common sight during crawfish season.

Spicy crawfish and the Northshore’s own Abita beer are a happy combination and a common sight during crawfish season (Photo courtesy of

The Dingler Family Reunion will be coming to Covington, Louisiana, in 2016, and the hotel block is ready for you to book.  This year’s reunion will take place July 15-17 in Covington in an area known as Louisiana’s Northshore (owing to its location on the north shores of Lake Pontchatrain).

Covington is ~1hr from from New Orleans, close enough to avail yourself of all the music, food, culture, history, and fun for which the city is known. If New Orleans isn’t on your agenda for reunion weekend, rest assured, there’s plenty to do in St. Tammany Parish.

We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Country Inn and Suites in Covington. Room rates are as follows:

King Guest Room (2 ppl) $99.00 + tax/night
2 Queen Guest Room (4 ppl) $99.00 + tax/night
King Studio Suite (4 ppl) $109.00 + tax/night
1 Bedroom, King Suite (4 ppl) $119.00 + tax/night
1 Bedroom, 2 Queen Suite (4 ppl) $119.00 + tax/night

The room block is guaranteed until June 14, so make sure you make your reservations before that date.

To book your room, call the hotel at 985-809-0467 and tell them you are with the Dingler Family Reunion. It is important that you tell them you with our group, because we will not be charged for our use of the meeting room for the weekend as long as we book a certain number of rooms. If you don’t tell them you’re with the reunion, we don’t get credit, so don’t forget.

Please note that the hotel does not allow pets other than service animals. None of the hotels that made our short list were “pet-friendly” this year unfortunately.

We’ll be posting some additional links and info about the area with suggestions for things to do while you are in town, so keep an eye out for those over the next six months.

We look forward to seeing y’all in Covington!

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the placement of a grave marker for Johannes Dingler at Swords Cemetery in Madison, Georgia, there will be a rededication ceremony there on Saturday, July 18 at 11 AM. We invite everyone who is attending the Dingler Reunion this weekend to attend, and we hope to see everyone at the cemetery tomorrow.

We’d like to thank Diane Harbin for making the arrangements, and we are happy to have the Daughters of the American Revolution be a part of this event.

Directions to the cemetery from the Hampton Inn in Madison:

  1. Exit the hotel parking lot and turn right.
  2. Turn left on Eatonton Road
  3. Turn left onto I-20 East. Follow the highway for 6 miles.
  4. Leave the highway at towards Buckhead
  5. Turn left onto S Main St/Seven Islands Rd for 1.3 miles.
  6. Turn right onto Park Mills Rd for 3 miles.
  7. Turn left onto Blue Springs Rd for 1 mile.
  8. The cemetery will be on the left.

Hope to see you there!

It’s nearly time for the Dingler Reunion. We’re only a week away and looking forward to seeing everybody coming to Madison. The deadline for booking rooms was last week, so if you’re planning to be in Madison, we hope you were able to book as part of the room block. if not, there may still be rooms available at the hotel. Contact the Hampton Inn in Madison at (706) 342-9003 to book your room if necessary.

We will be meeting for dinner on Saturday, July 18, at 5 PM at the Cracker Barrel (003 Eatonton Rd) in Madison. The restaurant is 1/10th of a mile from the hotel, so nobody should have any problems finding it. Don’t worry though, we’ll provide directions just in case.

See you in Madison!