The Braille Monitor                                                                                       March 2003

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2003 Convention Tours

by Charles Allen

The running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
From the Editor: Charlie Allen is a longtime leader of both the Kentucky affiliate and the National Association of Blind Merchants. He has put together the tour schedule for 2003. The two dates for tours in 2003 are Saturday, June 28, and Wednesday, July 2. Here is the tour information:

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, the time has come to speak of many things, especially of 2003 convention tours. Now that the city and county governments have merged, Louisville is the sixteenth largest city by population in the United States. In friendliness, Louisville continues to be ranked number one.

Tour 1: Our first Wednesday afternoon tour is to the American Printing House for the Blind and to the McDowell Rehabilitation Center. You will leave the Galt House at 12:30 p.m. for the American Printing House for the Blind. You will be there until 3:30 p.m. when you will travel on to the Kentucky Department for the Blind's McDowell Rehabilitation Center for a tour of the facility and refreshments. You will be back to the Galt House by 6:00 p.m. The cost per person is $15.

Tour 2: On Wednesday visit the site of the Kentucky Derby. Leave the Galt House at 2:00 p.m. for Churchill Downs to enjoy the sport of kings. Food will be available at the track if you choose to purchase it. Return to the Galt House about 9:00 p.m., after the last race. The cost per person of $20 includes admission to the Sky Terrace (indoor, air-conditioned seating) and a program.

Tour 3: Spend Wednesday evening cruising the Ohio River on board the beautiful paddlewheel riverboat, the Belle of Louisville. We will load from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., then cruise the mighty Ohio until 10:30 p.m. We will have music for your entertainment. Food will be available at regular ship prices. The price per person is $15.

Tour 4: Another way to enjoy your Wednesday evening is to journey to Bardstown to hear the musical, The Stephen Foster Story. Relax in the amphitheater under the stars and hear many Foster compositions presented in a historical framework. The tour will depart at 4:00 p.m. and return about midnight. The cost of $50 per person includes dinner at 5:30 p.m. before the musical.

Tour 5: Visit Caesar's of Indiana, located at Elizabeth, Indiana. You can go on Saturday afternoon, June 28 at 5:00 p.m. or at 1:00 p.m. on our Wednesday tour day. Both trips cost $20 per person and include a Player's Card entitling the holder to a buffet lunch or dinner. If you book this tour, you must include your date of birth because you must be at least twenty-one years of age. We will leave the Galt House together but will have the option of returning by van at times of our own choosing.

Tour 6: Go to Buffalo Crossing Fun Ranch in Shelbyville on Saturday, June 28. Our tour will leave the Galt House at 3:00 p.m. and return about 9:00 p.m. The cost of $45 includes a buffet featuring many delicious buffalo dishes and some fine southern vegetables. Available are a trolley ride and an animal exhibit, where you can feed the animals. A family with a history of serious heart disease developed this business after learning that buffalo meat is heart-healthy red meat. Buffalo Crossing recently sponsored a fundraising event for the Kentucky School for the Blind.

If you have questions about the tours, please contact Charles Allen. Call (502) 875-1413 or e-mail <[email protected]>. Reservation requests including your contact information and indicating which tours are being ordered and the number of people for each, with checks made out to the NFB of Kentucky, must be received by May 15, 2003. Mail reservations to Charles Allen, 667 Montclair Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

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Tour 1: American Printing House for the Blind/McDowell Rehabilitation Center

       Number of tickets: ___ Cost @$15 each, subtotal:___

Tour 2: Churchill Downs

       Number of tickets: ___ Cost @$20 each, subtotal: ___

Tour 3: Belle of Louisville

       Number of tickets: ___ Cost @$15 each, subtotal: ___

Tour 4: Stephen Foster Story

       Number of tickets: ___ Cost @$50 each, subtotal: ___

Tour 5: Caesar's of Indiana

       Saturday, June 28

       Number of tickets: ___ Cost @$20 each, subtotal: ___

       Date(s) of Birth: month/day/year

       Wednesday, July 2

       Number of tickets: ___ Cost @$20 each, subtotal: ___

       Date(s) of Birth: month/day/year

Tour 6: Buffalo Crossing

       Saturday, June 28

       Number of tickets: ___ Cost @$45 each, subtotal: ___

                                   Total: $___________

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