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18th North American Solstice and Sky Annual Meet 2023 (June 19-24, 2023) (NASSAM)

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NASSAM 2023 will be in Beckley, West Virginia, June 19-24, 2023. Your hosts will be Jim and Debbie Lyddon. I'm just filling in here for them to help out with a bit of advertising. The hotel is Country Inn, Beckley, West Virginia. Call for reservations 304-252-5100, Option 1.

The Facebook page is here 18th North American Solstice and Sky Annual Meet 2023 (June 19-24) | Facebook, and you are encouraged to amble over there to check things out. Jim has been in West Virginia checking runs and venues (read restaurants), and he's posted a number of times with photographs.

I'll do what I can to keep folks up to date here with the most pertinent information, but you're encouraged to visit the FB page and the official website which should be up by mid-October.
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NASSAM 2023 will be in Beckley, West Virginia, June 19-24, 2023. Your hosts will be Jim and Debbie Lyddon. I'm just filling in here for them to help out with a bit of advertising. The hotel is Country Inn, Beckley, West Virginia. The entire hotel is devoted to this event. I'm not sure if all the rooms are booked at this point. I'll check on that shortly. Call for reservations 304-252-5100, Option 1.

The Facebook page is here 18th North American Solstice and Sky Annual Meet 2023 (June 19-24) | Facebook, and you are encouraged to amble over there to check things out. Jim has been in West Virginia checking runs and venues (read restaurants), and he's posted a number of times with photographs.

I'll do what I can to keep folks up to date here with the most pertinent information, but you're encouraged to visit the FB page and the official website which should be up by mid-October.
There are a number of us who are not, and never will be, on FB, so if you want to ensure attendance by as many people as possible you should be sure that you have a presence somewher other than there.
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There are a number of us who are not, and never will be, on FB, so if you want to ensure attendance by as many people as possible you should be sure that you have a presence somewher other than there.
I'm one of those people.
There is also come chat over on the Solstice Forum for anyone who checks out things over there. Here is that link (1) 18th North American Solstice and Sky Annual Meet 2023 (June 19-24, 2023) (NASSAM) | Pontiac Solstice Forum.

And some additional hotel information:
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LOL I avoided FB for years. Then it became necessary to keep man club members informed. It's just a platform that allows you to engage as much or as little as you decide. You can actually participate as little as you wish while taking advantage of the good features. I have come to appreciate some of its features and choose to ignore others. Win win.
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What is the "man club"?

Is that like Spanky's "He-Man woman haters club" ? I always thought Alfalfa had the right idea pursuing Darla instead.
What is the "man club"?

Is that like Spanky's "He-Man woman haters club" ? I always thought Alfalfa had the right idea pursuing Darla instead.
I read "man" as an attempt at "many", but your interpretation is more fun.
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I'm one of those people.
There are a number of us who are not, and never will be, on FB, so if you want to ensure attendance by as many people as possible you should be sure that you have a presence somewher other than there.
What’s Facebook. Never been on it and never will
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NASSAM 2023 will be in Beckley, West Virginia, June 19-24, 2023. Your hosts will be Jim and Debbie Lyddon. I'm just filling in here for them to help out with a bit of advertising. The hotel is Country Inn, Beckley, West Virginia. Call for reservations 304-252-5100, Option 1.

The Facebook page is here 18th North American Solstice and Sky Annual Meet 2023 (June 19-24) | Facebook, and you are encouraged to amble over there to check things out. Jim has been in West Virginia checking runs and venues (read restaurants), and he's posted a number of times with photographs.

I'll do what I can to keep folks up to date here with the most pertinent information, but you're encouraged to visit the FB page and the official website which should be up by mid-October.
Thanks! signed up for the group and hoping to attend my first NASSAM as this one is close to home!
... It's just a platform that allows you to engage as much or as little as you decide. ...
Once you join and submit, Flakebook tracks everything you do, whether signed in or not.
Some people don't appreciate that. Now, back2 topic:


Good luck folks with your annual meet next year in W Virginia
If you have a cell phone, they track everything you do. It's a fact of life.
From the organizers and the hotel...an FYI.

[email protected]

Hi James,

I see we are still having phone issues.
Please reach out and give everyone my person cell : 304.237.0968.

They can call Monday – Friday 9am-5pm and reach me to get their reservations set up.
I do not like them fighting to get ahold of someone as much as you all hate fighting to get through.
You can also give them this email as well if they would rather send it to me and I call and verify everything..

Thank you, call if you have any questions.

Emily Almond - General Manager
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson - WVBECK
2120 Harper Road
Beckley, West Virginia 25801
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The long-awaited NASSAM 2023 website is operational.

nassam2023.com

You may now register and pay for the event, sign up for runs, and preorder your T-shirts.

Consider volunteering to be a Road Captain.
it would be nice to be able to see prices for registration and any other charges to plan for this. With out having to go through the registration form.
it would be nice to be able to see prices for registration and any other charges to plan for this. With out having to go through the registration form.
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Having registered, I can pass along the registration cost is $90 per person. T-shirt cost varies by a couple of dollars based upon size. A medium was $23 and a 2XL was $25. I didn't see any other merchandise for sale.
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Recently posted to FB by organizers 2/26/23
150 Kappas registered
54 Skys/83 Sols
13 coupes
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Passing along the latest...

Just seven weeks to go!

175 cars are currently registered. There have been a few cancellations, mostly due to medical reasons, over the last month, but there has been a net gain in registrants.

If you have been waiting, wait no longer. We need to place the T-shirt orders, car sticker orders, turn in banquet numbers, etc. Don’t miss out on the third largest NASSAM in history. Sign up today!

4-6 Road Captain openings remain. Two on Monday, one Wednesday, one Saturday. (Thursday and Friday’s slots are all filled). Those four runs are filled with participants waiting for their leader. Two more Hawks Nest 2 runs can be opened (on Tuesday and Wednesday) as soon as those initial four RC spots are filled and when we pick up RC’s number 5 and 6.

Due to cancellations, there are a dozen participant slots currently available, in case you had trouble finding spots initially and were looking to add.

We will be returning to Beckley in 3 weeks – Car Show details, group photo location, banquet details to be finalized. It will be determined if there would be a dress rehearsal of “The Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” at Theatre West Virginia that our group could attend on our open night on Tuesday. That performance would also be an option on Saturday night to those staying until Sunday, as the theatre's regular season will be running by then. Plan B will be to have showings of “October Sky” and “Dirty Dancing” at the hotel, movies pertinent to venues that you will visit during the week.

We are working with Rob Coach (Rob the Elder) and Tom Bell to create a video recording of Rob’s “Kappa Inspection and Maintenance” Class, so more Kappa owners can access this information and learn about their cars. (And Rob is working on a surprise for previous participants!)

We have a volunteer photographer for the group photo.

There will be a Road Captain Meeting Sunday, June 18th, 2023 at suppertime with food. A PowerPoint presentation has been made to help familiarize you with the details of all the stops on all the runs.

Scott Harvey, the new manager at Country Inn, has been running a wait list for those wishing to stay at the Country Inn, but may have booked elsewhere due to previous unavailability. Contact the hotel if you would like to try to get on the list for a room there.

A couple of Kappa owners have sent us items for the Silent Auction. We have room for more if you, your friends, your employer, etc. would like to donate anything to the cause.

Thanks for your attention!
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The latest from the organizers...

Please note that there are no GPX files attached to this update on the forum, and that this will appear to the the third highest attended level.

NASSAM Update #4

FIVE weeks to go. 184 cars registered to date. (178 cars paid)
The SECOND largest Kappa event (Poconos 2014) recorded 185 cars…………………..
We have updated our email list to reflect recent registrants and believe that we now have everyone included. As such, this update #4 will reiterate pertinent information from the earlier updates that some may have missed.
As we did at NASSAM 2021, there will be daily email updates to all attendees to convey any updates, changes, additions or deletions to our schedules.
There are still a handful of people that have “registered” for the event, but have not paid. If you are still coming, and have not paid, please complete your registration. If registered and not coming, if you could please let us know. If you are unsure if you paid, check your old emails for a PayPal receipt, or inquire and we can let you know. You must be a PAID registrant to participate in any of the Meet & Greet, Ice Cream Social, Car Show, Banquet, Runs & Group Photo activities, etc.

FINAL T-shirt orders are due by Friday, May 26th, 2023 to meet our printing deadline. There is no plan for additional printings.

Registration Deadline / Refund Request Deadline June 9th, 2023. This is the day we turn in the dining numbers for the Friday banquet, and the number of dinners the Event will be charged for. If you were to cancel after, we would still incur the expense for your meal which would not be eaten.

Email your Photos throughout the NASSAM week to Tom Bell: [email protected] to have them included in the slideshow preceding the banquet meal on Friday night at Tamarack.
Our next trip to Beckley will be in a week when all details of the NASSAM week will be finalized.

4-5 Road Captain openings remain, slots created by the cancellation of two intended Road Captains:
Monday – Head of the Dragon – many cars await a captain.
Wednesday – Devils Den – many cars await a captain.
Wednesday – Not Yet Posted is Hawks Nest 2. If we can get a Road Captain, this run can be posted, but let’s fill the other RC needs first.
Friday - Devils Den – many cars await a captain.
Saturday – By Popular Demand 3 – many cars await a captain.
Participants slots are available Tuesday and Wednesday as of this writing.

There will be a Road Captain Meeting Sunday evening, June 18th, at suppertime.

There have been a few recent event/hotel cancellations. Contact Scott Harvey, Country Inn manager if you would prefer to be at the Country Inn. If something isn’t immediately available, he is running a wait list for rooms. If we don’t fill all the rooms, we’ll have random non-Kappa folks staying with us on a nightly basis.
We are accepting donated items for the Silent Auction: NASSAM related, Kappa related, automotive related. I’ve had a sneak preview of some beautiful handmade items coming in. It’s all for our charity.
Attached are 11 of the 12 Garmin GPX files. (Mondays Claw of the Dragon participants, Do Not Download this version of Claw of the Dragon. A separate Monday COD version will be released due to a differing restaurant). The Back of the Dragon GPX will be released upon our return from Beckley. We can load these files onto your Garmin at the event if not completed before arrival.

Event Sponsors are materializing: Hagerty Insurance, Hagerty Drivers Club, Performance Autowerks, Black Cat Customs, Solo, Wind Restrictor, SaddlX, City of Beckley and more anticipated.
Tuesday, June 20th is West Virginia Day – the state will be 160 years old. I don’t know what that means for local businesses, but reconfirm any individual plans for that date to be sure where you are going will be open.

Registration/Check-in will open at Noon on Sunday, June 18th in the Mountaineer Conference Center at the Country Inn.
Those on the Summersville Run will need to place their lunch order with the Event Office by the evening of the day before the run. We’ll have menus available to review.

Rob Coach (Rocky Mountain Solstice & Sky Club) will be offering Kappa Inspection and Maintenance Classes throughout the week.

Thank you!
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