Braille Monitor                                                                                 March 2006

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Exploring Texas 2006 Convention Tours

by Tommy Craig

From the Editor: If it’s March, it must be time to think about convention tours. President of the NFB of Texas Tommy Craig and the rest of our affiliate hosts have rustled up a fine array of activities for you to enjoy on Monday evening, Wednesday afternoon, and Friday following convention adjournment. Read on, and make your tour decisions early. Here are the tour descriptions:

As everyone knows, things are bigger and of course better in Texas. During the 2006 national convention in Dallas the members of the NFB of Texas would like you to have a chance to explore a little of what Texas has to offer. In order to do this, we have arranged a number of tours to suit everyone’s interest. As you will see, there are a variety of tour choices. If you see one you like, please make your reservations early. The deadline for tour reservations is June 12. If there isn’t enough interest in a particular tour, it will be dropped, and your money will be refunded. So, if you see something you like, make sure you get those reservations in early so your tour doesn’t get canceled.

Major League Evening Baseball Game

The first tour will be on Monday, July 3. It’s a must for all you baseball fans. The tour includes transportation to the ball park in Arlington to see the Texas Rangers play the Blue Jays. A ticket to the game is also included in the tour price of $44.

Now for tour day, Wednesday, July 5. As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from. All of these tours will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

Dallas Highlights and JFK Museum Tour: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Tour members will leave for a Dallas Highlights Tour featuring sights such as the Old Red Courthouse, Dealey Plaza, the grassy knoll and the JFK assassination site, the JFK Memorial, the Sixth Floor Museum (exploring the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy), the West End historic district, Dallas City Hall, Pioneer Plaza (forty bronze longhorns), the arts district, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall, McKinney Avenue, homes in Highland Park, and much more.

Tour includes transportation, tour guide and admission to the 6th floor museum. Price $32.00 per person.

Fort Worth Stockyards and Shopping Tour: 2:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tour members will leave for Fort Worth, affectionately known as “Cowtown.” You will be wowed with Fort Worth’s lively cowboy and cowgirl heritage and culture on a guided city tour featuring sights such as the Water Gardens, Sundance Square, the commanding angels gracing the grand new multimillion dollar Bass Performance Hall, the cultural district, and a tour through Billy Bob’s of Texas (the world’s largest honky tonk).

The group will experience a cattle drive of longhorns that parade right down Exchange Boulevard. The tour will conclude in the historic Stockyards, where you will have time to browse the western shops or belly up to the bar on saddle bar stools and dine on your own. All participants will receive a souvenir Fort Worth bandana.

Price $35.00 per person.

Wine Tasting Tour of Grapevine Old Main Street: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

People on this tour will enjoy tasting the wines of Texas at two of Grapevine’s finest wineries. Afterwards tour members will discover the delights of distinctive shops offering antiques and collectibles in Old Town Grapevine on a guided tour.

Price $48.00 per person.

Shop Till Ya Drop Tour: 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Were you born to shop? With more shopping centers per capita than any other major city nationwide, Dallas is a shopper’s paradise. However, two shopping malls offer a marvelous taste of what shopping is all about in Dallas.

No shopping tour would be complete without a drive by and salute to the flagship store of Neiman Marcus, which opened in 1914 and covers an entire city block. Then we will head north to either Galleria Mall or Northpark Center.

Price $26.00 per person.

Walk among the Fair Park Murals and Women’s Museum Tour: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

From its beginnings in 1886 to its transformation in 1936 for the Texas Centennial Exposition, Fair Park has undergone some dramatic changes in its architecture and seen its share of illustrious visitors, including Woodrow Wilson, Booker T. Washington, Quanah Parker, Carrie Nation, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Queen of England, and many others. Come travel back in time on a walking tour of the historic heart of the park, where much of Fair Park’s colorful history has been concentrated.

Next, located in Fair Park is one of the Southwest’s best museums, the Women’s Museum, which focuses on the accomplishments of women in history. Guests will enjoy several interactive exhibits.

Price: $35.00 per person.

Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park: 1:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Six Flags Over Texas—it’s playtime and the ultimate family or group experience. With over one hundred rides, shows, and adventures, the entertainment capital of Texas has something to appeal to everyone. Tour includes transportation and park admission.

Price $58.00 per person.

For those of you who just can’t get enough of Texas, we have one more chance to enjoy the taste and culture of the Lone Star State. On Friday evening, July 7, we invite you to join us for barbecue and a real rodeo.

Trail Dust Steakhouse and the Mesquite Championship Rodeo: 6:00 to 10:30 p.m.

This evening is a real treat with dinner at the Trail Dust Steakhouse, a place where ties are not allowed and the steaks are succulent. Afterwards the group will enjoy the excitement of some of the best rodeo action in the Southwest. Cowboys will take a tumble from bullriding, other rodeo participants will try calf roping, and the women will barrel race. It’s nonstop action at this Championship Rodeo, where the cowboys are competing.

Tour includes transportation, dinner, and rodeo admission. Price $63.00 per person.

As you can see, there’s a lot to do in Dallas. So make your plans now to join us for the best convention ever.


TOUR REGISTRATION FORM

Name: __________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: __________________________________________________________
Cell: ______________________ Home: ________________________ Fax: ________________________

Tour 1: Dallas Highlights and JFK Museum
Number of tickets: ______ @ $32.00 each, subtotal: __________

Tour 2: Fort Worth Stockyards and Shopping
Number of tickets: ______ @ $35.00 each, subtotal: ___________

Tour 3: Wine Tasting Tour of Grapevine Old Main Street
Number of tickets: ______ @ $48.00 each, subtotal: ___________

Tour 4: Shop Till Ya Drop Tour
Number of tickets: ______ @ $26.00 each, subtotal:

Tour 5: Walk among the Fair Park Murals and Women’s Museum
Number of tickets: ______ @ $35.00 each, subtotal: ___________

Tour 6: Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park
Number of tickets: ______ @ $58.00 each, subtotal: ___________

Tour 7: Texas Rangers and Blue Jays
Number of tickets: ______ @ $44.00 each, subtotal: ___________

Tour 8: Trail Dust Steakhouse and the Mesquite Championship Rodeo
Number of tickets: ______@ $63.00 each, subtotal: ___________

Prices include all taxes and gratuities when meals are included.

Total for tours: $ __________

Make checks payable and remit payment to:

All In One Tour Services
145 World Trade Center
P. O. Box 421461
Dallas, Texas 75342
Attention: Alice Riggins

Questions or to register by phone:

(800) 756-1233 toll-free USA
(214) 698-0332 phone
(214) 698-0302 fax
Email <alltours@swbell.net>
Web site: <www.allinonetourservices.com>

Final payment must be received by June 12, 2006.

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