The Braille Monitor                                                                                                  March 2005

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2005 NFB Convention Tours in Louisville

by Charles Allen

Racing at Churchill Downs
Racing at Churchill Downs

From the Editor: Federationists pride ourselves on the amount of work we accomplish at our national conventions, but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so, if you don�t have schedule conflicts, consider one or more of these Kentucky tours. Remember that Charlie Allen is serious when he warns us to make tour reservations before June 15. This is what he says:

Welcome to Louisville for another NFB family reunion. We have arranged tours for both families with children and those who admit to being at least twenty-one. We are going north to Indiana and east to Frankfort. We have two tours on Saturday, July 2, and five on Wednesday, July 6. Please make your reservations by June 15, well before you get to the convention, so that we can give our buses, vans, and destinations advance notice of the number of people to expect.

When I was making reservations for Caesars of Indiana, I called the Galt House for a suggestion about transportation. The hotel's suggestion was Indiana Express. When I talked with Mr. Cedrick, he expressed interest in taking Federation groups to dinner or other locations throughout the convention. Call him at (502) 550-9458 to make arrangements. He has vans that will accommodate as many as fifteen or as few as seven. Please don't try to book him when we have scheduled tours to Caesars.

Tour 1:

On Saturday, July 2, visit Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Cheer the horses to victory from air-conditioned Millionaires Row. Eat all you want from a buffet serving oven-roasted chicken, Caesar salad, country-roasted potatoes, green beans with bacon, and dessert. The $35 price includes transportation, admission, a program, and the buffet (not including drinks). Leave at 12:00 noon, return about 6:00 p.m. Note: Churchill Downs has no races on Wednesday, July 6.

Tour 2:

Visit Caesars gambling boat in Elizabeth, Indiana, on Saturday, July 2. Leave the Galt House at 5:00 p.m. and return by 11:00 p.m. We will repeat the tour on Wednesday, July 6, leaving at 12:45 p.m. and returning by 6:00 p.m. The price of $20 includes transportation and Caesars magnificent buffet. You must be twenty-one to take this tour. Indicate Caesars Saturday or Caesars Wednesday, your telephone number, and your date of birth on the reservation form. Remember that you are responsible for your return trip to the Galt House if you miss the scheduled van.

Tour 3:

On Wednesday, July 6, visit the American Printing House for the Blind, where you will have the opportunity to purchase products. Depart at 12:30 p.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. The price of $15 includes transportation.

Tour 4:

On Wednesday, July 6, travel to Joe Huber's Family Farm and Restaurant in Starlight, Indiana. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat dinner, feed the ducks, and explore the farm on the tractor-pulled wagon tour. You can purchase fruit and vegetables in the gift shop. The price, which includes transportation and lunch, is $25 for adults; those twelve or under may tour for $18. Please indicate the ages of each member of your group so that I can make reservations accordingly. We will leave the Galt House at 12:30 p.m. and return about 4:30 p.m.

Tour 5:

On Wednesday, July 6, visit Frankfort, Kentucky's capital city. We plan to stop for lunch in Shelbyville at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, established by Colonel Harlan Sanders and his wife, Claudia. Eat Kentucky Fried Chicken the way the Colonel meant it to be. In Frankfort we will visit the Kentucky History Center, where we have been promised a tactile and auditory presentation of Kentucky history. There is a large gift shop located here. Employees of Rebecca-Ruth Candy will let us know how they make that wonderful candy, let us taste samples, and of course buy or ship candy from their gift shop. Scheduled for remodeling, the old shop building has steep entrance steps. The tour price, which includes transportation, lunch, and center admission, is $30 for adults and $20 for those twelve and under. Half of us will go to the Kentucky History Center while the other half visits Rebecca-Ruth; then we will switch. We will leave at 12:15 p.m. and return by 6:00 p.m. Please indicate the ages of those in your party so that I can make reservations accordingly.

Tour 6:

Plan a relaxed, fun-filled Wednesday evening. Attend the Comedy Caravan, noted for booking accomplished comedians. We will begin loading buses at 6:30 p.m. and return about 10:30 p.m. The cost of $20 includes transportation and admission. Drinks and snacks are available at additional cost. The Comedy Caravan can seat only 250, so make your reservations early. You must be at least twenty-one.

Please make your reservations no later than June 15, 2005. Call Charles Allen with tour questions at (502) 875-1413 or email <[email protected]>. Reservation requests with checks made payable to the NFB of Kentucky should be mailed to Charles Allen, 801 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-3313.


Reservation Requests

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Telephone (with area code):_____________________________

Email address:_________________________________________

Tour 1: Churchill Downs, Saturday, July 2

     Number of tickets: ____ @ $35 each, subtotal: ____

Tour 2: Caesars of Indiana

     Saturday, July 2

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

     Wednesday, July 6

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

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

Tour 3: American Printing House for the Blind

     Number of tickets: ____@ $15, subtotal: _____

Tour 4: Joe Huber's Family Farm and Restaurant

     Number of tickets: (adults) ___@ $25, subtotal: _____

     Number of tickets under twelve ___@ $18, subtotal: _____

Tour 5: Claudia Sanders Dinner House, Kentucky History Center, Rebecca-Ruth

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     Adult tickets ___@ $30, subtotal: _____

     Under twelve ___@ $20, subtotal: _____

Tour 6: Comedy Caravan

     Number of tickets: ___@ $20, subtotal: _____

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