Braille Monitor                                                    March 2008

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Touring Texas

by Tommy Craig

From the Editor: Tommy Craig is president of the NFB of Texas. He has been working with a tour operator to organize interesting tours during our national convention. Here is the information you will need to make your tour reservations:

As everyone knows, things are bigger and of course better in Texas. During the 2008 national convention in Dallas the members of the NFB of Texas would like you to have a chance to sample a little bit 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 number of tour choices. If you see one you like, please make your reservations early. The deadline for tour reservations is June 13. 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.

As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from. All tours will take place on Thursday afternoon, July 3, except for the comedy club tour, which is scheduled for Saturday night, July 5.

Tour 1. Dallas Highlights Tour and JFK Museum
1:30 p.m.–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, a tour of the Sixth Floor Museum (explores the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy), West End Historic District, Dallas City Hall, Pioneer Plaza (forty bronze longhorns), Arts District, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall, McKinney Avenue, homes in Highland Park, and much more.

Tour includes:

Cost: $41.50 a person

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

Cattle drive of longhorns down Exchange Boulevard in Ft. WorthTour members will board the Trinity Rail Express double-decker train and 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 multi-million-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.

Tour includes:

Cost: $42.50 a person

Tour 3. Wine Tasting and Tour of Grapevine’s Old Town Main Street
1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

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

Tour includes:

Cost : $72 a person

Tour 4. Six Flags over Texas Amusement Park
1:00 p.m.–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 all.

Tour includes:

Cost: $57.50 a person

Tour 5. The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde Tour
1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Uncover the lives of those famous outlaw lovers from Dallas, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. This action-packed adventure includes stops in West Dallas, Oak Cliff, Dallas, and (now modern) ambush highways of Irving. See the last remaining building in Dallas where Bonnie worked as a young, porcelain-skinned waitress. See where Clyde was hustled away daily by the law and the location of an attempted ambush of Bonnie and Clyde at Esters Road and Highway 183. Participants will also visit a safe house where a gunfight broke out between Clyde Barrow and six officers in 1933, the site of the Barrow’s Star Service station as well as the graves of both Bonnie and Clyde. The tour is led by the author of several Bonnie and Clyde books.

Tour includes:

Cost: $35 a person

Tour 6. Museum of Nature and Science and Women’s Museum Tours
1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Museum of Nature and Science is one of the most compelling, perhaps unique, museums in the Southwest. It features interactive and educational experiences with hands-on exhibits and an IMAX. Group will learn about dinosaurs, fossils, gems and minerals, dental gallery, a lagoon nature walk, and hands-on physics.

Next, located in Fair Park, is yet another one of the Southwest’s best museums, the Women’s Museum, which focuses on the accomplishments of women in history. There are several interactive exhibits for guests to enjoy.

Tour includes:

Cost: $45 a person

Tour 7. Saturday Night, July 5, 2008, Comedy Club and Dinner
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Laughter is the best medicine for the soul. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner with all of the trimmings and then be entertained by the best comedians in Dallas. It’s good clean fun, or so we are told.

Tour includes:

Cost: $71 a person

As you can see, there are a lot of things 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: _________________________________________________________

Phone: (H)___________________ (Cell) ___________________ (Fax) ___________________

Tour Name
Number of Attendees
Cost per Person
Total Cost
Tour 1. Dallas Highlights and JFK Museum   $ 41.50 $__________
Tour 2. Fort Worth Stockyards and Shopping   $ 42.50 $__________
Tour 3. Wine Tasting and Tour of Grapevine   $ 72.00 $__________
Tour 4. Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park   $ 57.50 $__________
Tour 5.The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde   $ 35.00 $__________
Tour 6. Museum of Nature and Science and Women’s Museum   $ 45.00 $__________

Tour 7. Saturday, July 5
Comedy Club and Dinner

  $ 71.00 $__________
Prices include all taxes and gratuities where meals are served.    

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>
Website: <www.allinonetourservices.com>
Final payment must be received by June 13, 2008.

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