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National Amateur Press Association
 

The 138th NAPA Convention
 

at
Knoxville, Tennessee
July 4–6, 2013

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Knoxville West — Papermill Drive
6324 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
(865) 824-9030


Tue 6/25/2013 9:54 PM

Convention Room Rate Still Good

The remainder of our block of rooms for the Convention has been released now that the deadline is past, but that’s not bad news.

First, you can still get in on the $89 per night rate if you want to, assuming rooms are available. Call our convention hotel, the Holiday Inn Express - Papermill Drive, at (865) 824-9030. Naturally, be sure to mention you are with NAPA. The dates are July 4–6, and the rate is also good for July 3.

Second, even though we fell more than 20% below the number of rooms we had blocked, the hotel will also honor that $89 rate for those who did make their reservations already.

Speaking of July 3 . . . an Invitation for You

Anyone who is at the hotel by 6 p.m. the Wednesday evening before the Convention begins, and is interested in joining in with a group outing to P. F. Chang’s, a nearby Chinese restaurant, is welcome to join in. (A pre-convention Chinese dinner is a nice idea that we’re borrowing from the AAPA, for whom it has been a tradition of long standing.)

Look Who’s Coming to Convention . . .

Bill & Ruth Boys, Marc & Alice Brosey, Michelle Klosterman, Arie Koelewyn, Jack Oliver, Thomas Owen, and Jake & Leah Warner have booked rooms for all or part of the Convention. (That doesn’t count any of the east Tennessee members who might be planning to attend as commuters.)

Sunday, July 7 . . . an Invitation for You

If you’ll be around long enough the Sunday morning after the Convention, you’re invited to a post-convention brunch at the home of Bill & Ruth Boys, 9 a.m. till whenever. Their home is only two miles from the convention hotel.

—Bill Boys, Coordinator, NAPA Email News


Sat 6/15/2013 10:50 PM

Master Bookbinder Bob Roberts to Be Convention Banquet Speaker

We are very pleased to announce that our banquet speaker will be Bob Roberts, the proprietor of The Gilded Leaf: Fine Bookbinding & Restoration. He will speak on various aspects of the craft and show examples to illustrate his talk. You might like to check out the website at www.gildedleafbindery.com.

The convention banquet on Saturday evening, July 6, will be held at 6 p.m. in the banquet room of Naples Italian Restaurant, a favorite in Knoxville and often the winner of Metropulse newspaper’s poll as the Best Italian Restaurant in town.

No reservation will be necessary because we will each order off of the menu. The convention photo will also be taken at Naples, outdoors in the parking lot.

Convention Room Rate Package Still Good for Five More Days

You can still get in on the $89 per night rate at our convention hotel, the Holiday Inn Express— Papermill Drive. The number to call is (865) 824-9030. Be sure to mention you are with NAPA. Our official convention dates are July 4–6, and the rate is also good for July 3.

—Bill Boys, Coordinator, NAPA Email News


Sat 6/8/2013 7:41 PM

Convention Reservation Deadline – June 20 – and Other Convention Items

We already see reservations for Jack Oliver, Michelle Klosterman, Jake & Leah Warner, Tom Owen, Bill & Ruth Boys, and Marc & Alice Brosey.

The reservation deadline has been set by the hotel, and is now less than two weeks away, so we encourage you to phone yours in if you are planning to attend. The number to call is (865) 824-9030.

The hotel is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Knoxville West / Papermill – 6324 Papermill Drive, Knoxville TN 37919. The dates are Thursday through Saturday, July 4–6.

Room rates are $89 plus taxes. This rate is also available for those arriving on July 3rd.

The hotel’s website has photos, lots more information, directions, etc. The URL is: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/knoxville/tyspm/hoteldetail/directions.

The convention banquet on Saturday evening will be held in the banquet room of Naples Italian Restaurant, a favorite in Knoxville and often the winner of Metropulse newspaper’s poll as the Best Italian Restaurant in town.

—Bill Boys, Coordinator, NAPA Email News


Fri 5/24/2013 6:22 PM

New Convention Site Is Knoxville, Tenn.; Dates are July 4, 5 & 6

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Knoxville West / Papermill will be the site of our 2013 convention. The address is 6324 Papermill Drive, Knoxville TN 37919.

The dates will be Thursday through Saturday, July 4 - 6.

Room rates will be $89 plus taxes. This rate will also be available for those arriving on July 3rd.

Reservations can be made at (865) 824-9030, but wait until Tuesday, May 28, to phone in. This gives them time to update the reservation computer system to accept our group discounted rate.

The hotel’s website has photos, lots more information, directions, etc. The URL is: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/knoxville/tyspm/hoteldetail/directions.

—Bill Boys, Coordinator, NAPA Email News


Mon 5/20/2013 8:40 PM:

Important – Convention Site to Be Changed – More Info to Follow As Soon As Possible

Regrettably, Savannah will not be our convention site this year. As of today, arrangements had not been firmed up there and at this late date, hotels are telling us they are nearly full, so President Marc Brosey is investigating options in either Knoxville or in Maryland. As soon as we have more info, we will pass it on immediately.

Of immediate importance is to advise you that if you have made travel arrangements to Savannah, please be advised to cancel them.

—Bill Boys, Coordinator, NAPA Email News


Fri 5/10/2013 6:46 PM:

Convention Plans Are Changing; Still in Flux

Convention Arrangements Chair Troy McQueen reports that the Windham Wyngate Hotel in Savannah has rented its meeting room to a wedding party, so we will be going to a different site (not determined yet) and in addition we might have to shift our convention dates by one or two days. He is evaluating alternative sites at this very time.

As soon as new arrangements are definite we will send out another NAPA Email News with that info. Marc Brosey will also post that info in Manuscript Monthly in the bundle.

IMPORTANT – if you have already made a reservation at the Windham Wyngate, you will have to call them and cancel. The hotel’s number is (912) 925-2525. Cancellation is not automatic, even though our convention is no longer booked at that hotel.

If you have questions, call Troy at (803) 787-3833.

—Bill Boys, Coordinator, NAPA Email News


Fri 4/5/2013 2:33 PM:

Convention Dates Set

President Marc Brosey announces that the dates for our 2013 convention are July 4–7. The location is Savannah, Georgia, or vicinity. (A specific hotel has not yet been settled on.)

—Bill Boys, Coordinator, NAPA Email News


Thu 1/10/2013 1:11 PM:

Savannah, Georgia – our 2013 Convention City

More convention-planning notes from Troy McQueen:

Savannah squares are the heart & soul of the city.

In fact, the historic district is defined by the limit of the squares. As the squares developed through time, so did the history of Savannah, as the history took place almost entirely around and in the Savannah squares.

During most of the development of the city, the squares were used for communal activities, such as gathering water, baking bread, celebrating holidays and victories and many more activities. They were also used as stock yards and gathering places for those from outside the city for protection in time of attack.

As originally laid out, each of the Savannah squares was at the center of a basic organizational unit called a ward. Each ward contained a square. All communal activities of a ward took place in the square which was at its center. As the wards and squares were planned, the east and west sides of each square contained two large lots, known as "trust lots". These lots were reserved for public buildings, such as churches, schools and institutions. On the north and south sides of the squares, the land was divided into 20 "tithing lots", with a lane down the middle for passage. These lanes form the streets of Savannah's historic district today.

Each tithing lot was not simply a building site unto itself. It was part of a 50 acre grant made to the original settler. The 50 acres consisted of the tithing lot, a 5 acre garden lot nearby and approximately 45 acre farm outside the city limits.

The original plan of the city included 24 squares, of which only six were built originally by James Oglethorpe.

We should have time to see most of these squares, weather permitting.

Here is one of many restuarants to visit. [Some are a bit higher in price. See The Olde Pink House, for example.] We may suggest a list of ‘reasonable price’ eateries for those on a limited budget. Those computer hacks can search for restaurants and other interests on the Web.

The Pirates’ House (www.thepirateshouse.com)

Since 1753, The Pirates’ House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said.

The entire family will enjoy Savannah's most intriguing restaurant. At the Pirates’ House, our most precious treasure is our food, acclaimed for over three decades. Our extensive menu includes dishes for all tastes and our varied selection of scandalous desserts is sure to delight. Like a tale of the high seas, The Pirates’ House rambles in all directions. We operate 15 separate dining rooms each with a distinct charm all its own.

      20 East Broad Street
      Savannah, GA 31401
      [912] 233-5757

Lunch Menu 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Southern Style Buffet 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dinner Menu 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri-Sat 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Another suggestion:
The Olde Pink House, 23 Abercorn Street

Save this one for a special treat! However, the price may exceed most budgets.

Eunice and I send greetings and wishes to your family for a Great, Grand and Enjoyable New Year 2013. – Troy

—Bill Boys, Coordinator, NAPA Email News


Thu 12/13/2012 8:50 PM:

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – OUR 2013 CONVENTION CITY

Troy McQueen bids us an early “Welcome to ‘America's Most Haunted City!’ aka Savannah, Georgia.”

With its many cemeteries, gothic mansions, and trees covered in hanging Spanish moss, Savannah, Georgia, fits the bill of a haunted city about as well as any town in America. It was one of only a few places that escaped being burned during Sherma’'s famous “March to the Sea” during the Civil War, and so it still contains a good deal of antebellum architecture that serves as a perfect breeding ground for ghost stories. One example is the Pirates’ House, a restaurant that in the late 1700s served as a pub for a notoriously rough clientele of sailors and buccaneers.

Shanghaiing was a common practice, and unsuspecting or drunk patrons were often waylaid and then dragged to the harbor via a series of underground tunnels connected to the bar's rum cellar. To this day, many consider the cellar to be haunted, and it is said that at night the sounds of drunken sailors singing can still be heard. (Shanghaiing refers to the practice of conscripting men as sailors by coercive techniques such as trickery, intimidation, or violence. Those engaged in this form of kidnapping were known as crimps.)

The Pirates’ House, 1754, is one of Savannah’s major attractions. The quaint and colorful Pirate’s House is located a block from the river in historic Trustee’s Garden. Built in 1754 and associated with Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” it became a rendezvous for bloodthirsty pirates and sailors from all the Seven Seas.

The convention will be hosted by Troy McQueen.

Further details will be announced here.


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