Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2012 NFB National Convention Tours

If you are planning on attending the 2012 NFB National Convention in Dallas TX, you may want to take a look at the tours being offered for that week.

Hello all:

Here are the tours for the National Convention of
the National Federation of the Blind, there is
one for the evening of July 1, 2012 and the others are
all for the 6th of July. For the tours to
commence, we must have a minimum of 20 people
going, if not then you will get your money returned.
I need a head count and at least half the deposit
no later than May 15, 2012. Final payments are
due June 15, 2012. Please read carefully, and contact
information is below the tours, so you know where to send the checks.
Sunday - July 1, 2012 from 7pm until 11pm. This
is also a fundraiser for the Travel and Tourism
Division $5.00 from each ticket will go to the division.

Jersey Boys – Broadway Show at the AT&T Performing Art Center, July 1, 2012

JERSEY BOYS, is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier
Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll
Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio,
Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of
how four blue-collar kids became one of the
greatest successes in pop music history.
They wrote their own songs, invented their own
sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide –
all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit
songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don't Cry,” “Rag
Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can't Take My Eyes
Off You.” “IT WILL RUN FOR CENTURIES!” proclaims Time Magazine.

The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time
Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff, book
writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio,
lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

This is also a fundraiser for the Travel and
Tourism Division of the NFB, $5.00 of the total
price is being donated to this proud division of the National
Federation of the Blind.

As an extra treat, and why this show is so
special, the Frankie Valli part is being played
by Cheryl Echevarria, President of the Travel and
Tourism Division, cousin, Brad Weinstock, as well
as a meet and greet with the cast of the show for photo and autographs etc.

My cousin is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Scheduled Tour
Sunday, July 1, 2012
7:00pm - 11:00pm
$90 per person
price includes motor-coach bus, taxes and fees.

We will meet in the lobby of the hotel at 7pm
*Min. 20 persons for tour to commence

Medieval Times Dinner Show - July 6, 2012
Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and
witness epic battles of steel and steed during
our All-New Show. From ringside seats,
discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with
more action, more fun & more excitement than ever before.

As you thrill to a rousing live jousting
tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship
and falconry, Medieval Time serves a four-course meal fit for

We will also have after the show a meet and greet
with the ensemble for photo opts, able to pet the
horses and touch the armory, and so much more!

The menu includes: (There is also a vegetarian
meal upon request, must let me know when booking.)

Tomato Bisque soup
Focaccia Bread with Olive oil and seasoning
Larger BBQ Spare Ribs
Oven-Roasted Chicken
Herb-Basted Potato Split into Two Quarters
Braided Apple Strudel
Larger beverage servings and coffee

You can eat your meal with your hands here, and
not have to worry, because we all will be.

Scheduled Tour
Friday, July 6, 2012
8:00pm – 10:00pm
$50.00 per person
$5 of the price will be donated to the Travel and Tourism Division
Children rate under 12 is $40.00

No Bus will be needed this event is 2 blocks away from the Hilton Anatole

We will meet in the lobby at 7pm with our tour guide
*Min. 20 persons for tour to commence


Join your tour guide, board your motorcoach...off
to enjoy the top sights and attractions of
Dallas’ Downtown, Uptown and Highland Park on this exciting
city tour! Visit Dealey Plaza in the West End
Historic District, birthplace of Dallas and site
of the tragic JFK assassination. See the world famous Sixth
Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which is dedicated
to the life, death and legacy of President John
F. Kennedy. Visit the Grassy Knoll where bystanders heard
gunshots and learn little known details of that fateful day.

At the Old Red Courthouse hear about the colorful
history of Dallas from the 1800’s to present…stop by John Neely Bryan’s Cabin
and the Kennedy Memorial. Visit spectacular
Pioneer Plaza, a downtown public park, which
commemorates a cattle drive of larger-than-life Texas Longhorns
and hear stories about Texas cowboys and western cattle drives!

Next, enjoy an introduction to the Dallas Arts
District, a rare jewel that is the centerpiece of
our cultural life and home to some of the finest architecture
in the world. Learn about the acclaimed, globally
significant Nasher Sculpture Center and the serene beauty of the Crow
Collection of Asian Art. See the stunning,
state-of-the-art Winspear Opera House and the
innovative design of the Wyly Theatre. Step inside the world-class
Meyerson Symphony Center, home to the Dallas
Symphony Orchestra, to learn about its legendary
sound and world renowned architect, I.M. Pei. Visit the historic,
Victorian Gothic jewel, the Cathedral Shrine of
the Virgin of the Guadalupe to see it's exquisite
European stained glass windows. Learn about the Belo
Mansion’s ties to the infamous gangsters, Bonnie and Clyde.

Tour scenic Turtle Creek; learning about the
native American Indians who once called this area
home; to the exclusive enclave of Highland Park, passing
by its beautiful mansions, parks, outdoor
sculpture, and upscale shopping and dining in
Highland Park Village. Finish your
tour in the Victory Park neighborhood; home to
Dallas' Mavs (NBA) and Dallas Stars (NHL)...and
filled with options for sophisticated dining, entertainment and

Scheduled Tour
Friday, July 6, 2012
9:00am - 12:00pm
$45 per person
*Min. 20 persons for tour to commence


“Where The West Begins.” Indians. Cattle.
Railroads. Oil. The History of Fort Worth reads
like the history of the American West. Your tour guide will introduce
you to downtown’s dazzling Sundance Square, a
historically rich area, full of attractions and a
beautiful setting for dining, theatre and exciting nightlife
entertainment. Walk the Heritage Trail for
fascinating western history….hear tall tales
about the Chisholm Trail and the famous outlaws, Butch Cassidy
and the Sundance Kid. See the Fort Worth Water
Gardens, the Bass Performance Hall, one of the
world’s finest concert and performance halls. Learn about
Hell’s Half Acre where saloons, gambling parlors,
shooting halls and dance halls once flourished
and hear stories of the cities colorful past!
Visit the superb Sid Richardson Museum to enjoy
western art by masters Russell and Remington.
Stop by Hotel Texas where President Kennedy spent his last

Then off to explore the Fort Worth Stockyards
National Historic District, where the Old West
comes to life! Enjoy a guided walk of the Stockyards and learn
about the historic attractions that speak to a
bygone era when the town was a stop for the
legendary cattle drives on the Chisholm Trail. Experience before
your eyes as a team of cowhands drives a herd of
Texas Longhorns along Exchange Avenue.

Every detail of this cattle drive...from the
saddles to the chaps, from the hats to the boots....is authentic!

Visit the Livestock Exchange, the “Wall Street of
the West”. See Cowtown Coliseum site of the
world’s first indoor rodeo. Step inside the White Elephant
Saloon – the interior was used in the filming of
Walker Texas Ranger. Tour the historic Stockyards Hotel and experience an
era when cattle and cotton were common currency
and outlaws were folk heroes. Drop in Billy Bob’s
Texas the world’s largest honky tonk…stop by the Bull
Ring Saloon; the birthplace of Texas Hold’em and
see their interesting collection of Texas
art. Try on cowboy boots at one of the many
western stores or pick up a memento or gift from
Stockyards Station – formerly sheep and hog barns, now home
too many unique shops and restaurants!

Put on your cowboy boots and join us for western
styled, thrilling evening at the Fort Worth Stockyards Championship
Rodeo. Relax and settle into your seat in the
historic Cowtown Coliseum, built in 1908 and the
site of the world's first indoor rodeo!

Scheduled Tour
Friday July 6, 2012
3:00 - 10:30pm
$65 per person (includes entrance to the Stockyards Rodeo)

*Min. 20 persons for tour to commence

*Dinner "On Your Own" in the Fort Worth Historic Stockyards

SOUTHFORK RANCH TOUR ...The Legend Lives On… July 6, 2012
No visit to Dallas is complete without visiting
the legendary Southfork Ranch! Tour the famed Southfork Ranch and Ewing Mansion
and re-live exciting moments from the
series. Relax on a guided tram tour of the ranch
grounds from the Visitors Center
en route to the Ewing Mansion. You'll hear a
history of the ranch and see Texas longhorns and
American quarter horses. At the Ewing Mansion, a tour guide
will give a full guided tour of the Mansion,
including interesting tidbits about the years of
filming and insight into the character of the Ewings.

Learn about the exciting new TV Series - Dallas,
the Next Generation! The battle for power, love
and Southfork erupts in the new Dallas on TNT next summer.
The one and only Dallas is back with more
delicious drama. JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing
return to the ranch with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time,
they're joined by the next generation of Ewings,
who take ambition and deception to a wicked new
level. The new Dallas stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe
and Jordana Brewster will be joined by iconic stars Patrick Duffy,
Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing.

The explosive rivalry between brothers J.R. Ewing
and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) now lives on through
another generation, with the future of the family fortune
in the hands of the Ewing offspring: cousins John
Ross Ewing (Henderson), the son of J.R. and
ex-wife Sue Ellen (Gray), and Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe),
the adopted son of Bobby.

As you depart the Mansion, feel free to stroll
through the ranch grounds, and stop and visit
"Lincoln's and Longhorns," displaying Jock Ewing's original
1978 Lincoln Continental. Re-live some of the
memorable moments from "Dallas" in the "Dallas Legends" Exhibit.

See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy's wedding dress,
video clips from the series, interviews with the
stars, and other memorabilia that will make you feel
right at home with the most infamous Texans of them all, the Ewings!

Scheduled Tour - July 6, 2012
9:00am - 12:00pm
$50 per person (includes entrance to Southfork Ranch)
*Min. 20 persons for tour to commence

Tour Registration Form:


City, State, Zip:

Phone: (H) (Cell) (Fax)

Tour Name

Number of Attendees

Cost per Person

Total Cost

Tour 1. Jersey Boys July 1st $ 90.00 per person

Tour 2. Medieval Times Dinner Show July 6 $50.00
per person, $40 Children under 12

Tour 3. Dallas Highlights Tour July 6th $ 45.00 per person

Tour 4. Forth Worth Highlights Tour July 6 $ 65.00 per person
Tour 5. Southfork Ranch Tour – The Legend Lives on July 6th $ 50.00 per person
Prices include taxes and fees, bus service and tips where food is concerned.

*A minimum of 20 people per tour to commence, if
you register for a tour, and then tour does not
go due to lack of registration, then you will have the
option of having your check or payment amount
returned to you, or having the option of picking another tour.

Payments deposits and headcounts must be submitted no later than May 15, 2012

Final Payments are June 10, 2012
**Cancellations made after June 10 with not be refunded.
Make checks payable and remit payment to:

Echevarria Travel
10 Aljan Drive
Brentwood, NY 11717

Attention: Cheryl Echevarria
Questions or to Register by phone
631-456-5394 or 1-866-580-5574

Paypal is also an option.
e-mail: reservations@echevarriatravel.com

Cheryl Echevarria is the President of the Travel
and Tourism Division and owner of Echevarria Travel

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