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 The picture shows a baseball 

stadium filled to capacity with cheering fans.
"Take me out to the ball game" at the home of the Atlanta Braves.

Courtesy of the Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc., copyright 1998 all rights reserved.

Food and Fun in Atlanta

by Al Falligan

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From the Editor: Al Falligan is NFB of Georgia's National Convention arrangements chairman. This month he provides us with a little information about the area of Atlanta near our convention headquarters hotel. This is what he says:

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April is here, which means that there are just over two months to go to our first convention ever in Atlanta June 30 through July 6. If you haven't made your travel plans yet, you had better do so today. If you're lucky, the bargain fares Sue Kable of Glyndon Square Travel has been finding for Federationists will still be in effect. Call Sue at (800) 875-9685. With your travel arrangements settled, you can then make your room reservation with the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The rates this year are singles, $57; doubles and twins, $59; triples, $61; and quads, $63, plus a tax, which at present is 14 percent. Children rooming with parents and not requiring an extra bed are free.

To make your reservations, write directly to Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, or call (404) 521-0000. Do not call Marriott's national toll-free number. Reservations made through this national number will not be valid. They must be made directly with the hotel. The hotel will want a deposit of $60 or a credit card number. If a credit card is used, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $60 check. If a reservation is canceled prior to June 4, 1999, $30 of the $60 deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

Of course, each year we gather in our thousands at NFB conventions to carry out the business of the most dynamic organization of the blind in the world today, to check out the latest developments in technology, to network with blind people from across the country who share our interests, and to help determine the direction the organized blind will take in the months and years to come. In 1999 the NFB of Georgia is welcoming the organization to Atlanta for the very first time. We are looking forward to showing off the greatest city in the South to everyone in the Federation.

Atlanta is filled with memorable restaurants and extraordinary opportunities for shopping. And at the Marriott Marquis and the Hilton you will be at the heart of it all. Dozens of shops and eateries, part of the world-famous Peachtree Center, are actually connected to our headquarters hotel. No matter how busy you are during convention, you will have to eat occasionally, and the range and excellence of restaurants available within three blocks will astonish you.

The Mall at Peachtree Center is located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree Street and International Boulevard. A stroll through its rich marble walkways, more than seventy unique shops, restaurants, quick-bite eateries, and services galore makes shopping at this Center a must. The three-level, glass-enclosed Mall is part of the renowned Peachtree Center Office Complex and, in addition to the Marriott Marquis, is also connected to the MARTA rapid rail station. The Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood are practically next door, and the Georgia World Congress Center, the Atlanta Market Center, Centennial Olympic Park, and other major points of interest in Downtown Atlanta are quite nearby. At least nine restaurants are close to the Marriott, including Benihana; Charlie & Barney's Bar & Grill; and the Tap Room, which offers an Old World Southern Italian cuisine with an upscale urban bar.

While strolling on Peachtree Street, you'll have easy access to the Savannah Seafood Restaurant, where fresh seafood meals are served daily. At the Steak and Ale, prices are $9.95 and above, and Brick Oven Pizzeria prices range from $5.95 to $14.95. For a special treat, why not enjoy a memorable dining experience atop the seventy-third floor of the Peachtree Plaza Hotel in the Sundial Restaurant? Prices start at $25. While dining here, you will have a panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline. The restaurant slowly revolves, making a 360-degree revolution hourly. If it's not a smoggy evening, Stone Mountain can be seen. This is only a tiny sample of the dining adventures awaiting you in Atlanta.

As we mentioned in the tours article last month, on July 6 the Atlanta Braves will be playing the Florida Marlins at Turner Field. The Georgia affiliate has purchased a limited number of tickets for this game on the final night of the convention. Tickets are $12 each. To order, send money orders, cashier's checks, or personal checks payable to NFB of Georgia to Alfred Falligan, Convention Chairperson, 6240 Mozart Drive, Riverdale, Georgia 30296, or call (770) 997-7462.

Don't put off making your plans to attend the NFB convention this July. It's the last time you'll be able to do it in this century. We are going to have a wonderful time, but it won't be the same without you.

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