I regret to announce that the 2020 Dingler Family Reunion will not take place this year as an in-person event. The current situation related to COVID-19 is such that we do not feel it would be safe to hold the event this year. We are sure that those who were planning to attend are just as disappointed as we are.
For those of you who made hotel reservations at Homewood Suites in Columbus, the hotel has advised us that your reservation has been cancelled along with the overall group block.
We are planning to hold a virtual reunion meeting on Saturday, July 18, using Zoom. The exact time is TBD, but we will send out information when we get closer to the date. We hope to see you there.
We are planning to meet again in person in 2021. We are sticking with Columbus, and we are already working with the hotel to secure July 16-18 for our group. Mark your calendars now and save the date.
Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you can join us online in July and in Columbus in 2021. Stay safe!
Mark your calendars for July 20-22. Those are the dates for this year’s Dingler Family Reunion. We are returning to Georgia where the “Alpine” village of Helen will be our host for the reunion weekend. Helen has been mentioned in the past as a possible site, and everyone was enthusiastic about the suggestion when it was discussed at last year’s reunion.
Helen is located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains region. While it is a small city (only 430 residents!), Helen is also Georgia’s third most visited city. The city used to be a logging town, but when the industry declined, Helen reinvented itself as a tourist destination with an alpine village theme. It’s the charm of Bavaria, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Don’t forget to pack your Lederhosen and Dirndl!
We have a block of rooms at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Helen (8220 S Main Street Helen, Georgia 30545-3649 706-878-2111). The nightly rate is $124.99 + tax (+ $5.00/night Georgia fee). A free hot buffet breakfast is included along with complimentary WiFi, a fitness room, and an outdoor pool. You can book your room by calling the hotel at 706-878-2111. Make sure you let them know you are with the Dingler Family Reunion. The hotel is providing the meeting room at no cost as long as we book at least half of the room block, so be sure to get the reunion rate.
The deadline to book your room and take advantage of the group rate is July 13.
Now we know that the rate is a bit higher than we’ve received in the past, but the nightly rates in Helen are higher because it is a popular destination. We think it will be worth it, so we hope to see you there. Please note that the hotel does not allow pets.
Learning More about Alpine Helen
If you are looking for more information about Alpine Helen, check out the Alpine Helen / White County Convention & Visitors Bureau website. There you will find information on attractions, dining, shopping, and more. You can also read the Helen Travel Guide brochure for 2018.
Alpine Helen is active on social media. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Here’s a video from their YouTube page.