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    NATIONAL SQUARES E-BULLETIN VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2 August 2010 GREAT LAKES—GREAT DANCING 60th NATIONAL SQUARE DANCE CONVENTION® DETROIT, MI JUNE 22-25, 2011
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      NATIONAL SQUARES E-BULLETIN

      VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2 August 2010



      GREAT LAKES—GREAT DANCING
      60th NATIONAL SQUARE DANCE CONVENTION®
      DETROIT, MI JUNE 22-25, 2011

      www.60thnsdc.com


      TAKE EVERYTHING YOU HAD PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
      AND HEARD ABOUT DETROIT AND THROW IT OUT!!!

      We had the pleasure of attending the 60th National Square Dance
      Convention Pre-
      Convention in Detroit. We were truly amazed at what a beautiful city
      Detroit is!
      We strolled along the city’s River Walk, where we found people out jogging,
      walking and just hanging out enjoying the view, which is truly
      beautiful. The
      architecture and hand-painted interior design of one of the older
      buildings (which
      offers a free tour) is just one of Detroit’s hidden jewels. Throughout
      the city is
      hand-painted decorative tile work. The Renaissance Center offers
      visitors a free
      tour, which includes a ride in the glass elevator up to the 72nd floor
      where you are
      treated to a spectacular view! Detroit’s People Mover makes getting
      around the
      downtown area very easy. We found the downtown area to be very clean and
      the
      people very friendly. In talking to other visitors and tourists, (yes,
      Detroit has
      tourists) there seems to be one common thread-SURPRISED AT WHAT A
      WONDERFUL CITY DETROIT IS! Our only regret-not bringing a camera.
      Why? We had pre-conceived ideas about the city of Detroit. You can be sure
      we’ll bring our camera when we come back in June, 2011!


      VISITING MICHIGAN
      FEATURING THE KEWEENAW PENINSULA AND THE
      WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA

      Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is abundant with rugged natural beauty along
      the Lake Superior
      shoreline. Some interesting attractions if you’re taking the northern
      route through Michigan
      could include the following: Waaay up north is the Keweenaw Peninsula-it
      is the heart of copper
      mining in Michigan. There are copper mine tours in the village of
      Mohawk. In the same area is
      the Keweenaw National Historic Park and Laurium Mansion Tours near the
      village of Calumet.
      Along the Lake Superior shoreline is the city of Marquette. Nearby, is
      the U.S. National Ski Hall
      of Fame & Museum in Ishpeming. The area also features the Michigan Iron
      Industry Museum in
      Negaunee. Throughout the Upper Peninsula are several lighthouses and
      casinos. There is so
      much to see and do it’s impossible to list more than just a few
      attractions. For more information
      on these and other attractions in Michigan visit www.puremichigan.org


      VISITING DETROIT
      FEATURING CASINOS

      Detroit is home to three casino-hotels-Greektown, MGM Grand Detroit and
      MotorCity.

      Greektown is one of our host hotels. It is a 30 story, 400 room hotel
      offering views of the Detroit River and Canada. It has 100,000 sq. ft.
      of gaming space with 2,500 slot machines and 90 gaming tables. They have
      four fine dining restaurants, as well as casual dining.

      MGM Grand Detroit features over 90 table games and 4,000 of the latest
      slots and video poker. They have three signature restaurants from
      Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina. In addition to fine dining, MGM Detroit
      also offers casual dining. Rejuvenate in their luxury spa.


      MotorCity offers five-reel games, video poker, the most popular video
      slots, more
      than 57 table games and a non-smoking Poker Room. Their restaurants
      range from
      casual to fine dining. MotorCity has Detroit’s first Radio Bar featuring
      live broadcast with live entertainment daily.

      Each casino offers its own special atmosphere. All casinos are within
      walking distance of
      Detroit’s People Mover. For more general and updated information visit
      www.greektowncasino.com – www.mgmgranddetroit.com – www.motorcitycasino.com


      DETROIT’S PEOPLE MOVER

      Feeling nervous about getting around downtown Detroit? Catch a ride on
      the people mover and
      let those fears glide away. The people mover is an elevated,
      climate-controlled, computer
      operated train. I had the opportunity to ride the people mover numerous
      times while visiting
      Detroit for the pre-convention. I found the ride to be smooth and the
      other passengers friendly
      and very helpful to us first-timers. There are people mover maps on
      board all the cars. These
      maps are easy to read and list all attractions/restaurants/shops, etc.
      within walking distance of
      each stop. There are thirteen stops along the route; all stations (with
      the exception of the Grand
      Circus Park Station) are handicap accessible. It didn’t take much effort
      to learn the way around
      downtown via the people mover. When at the people mover stations, be
      sure to pay attention to
      the beautiful tile work on the walls of the station. Each station has a
      unique design to the tile
      work.

      Access to the people mover is within various buildings throughout the
      downtown area, including
      Cobo Hall, the Renaissance Center and Greektown Casino. Worried about
      rain while waiting
      for the people mover? All stations are under cover. Hours of operation
      are: Monday-Thursday
      6:30 a.m. – Midnight; Friday 6:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. –
      2:00a.m.; Sunday Noon
      – Midnight. Hours will be extended for special events as needed. A round
      trip takes
      approximately 15 minutes with cars arriving in the station every 3 to 4
      minutes. There will be a
      FREE People Mover pass included in your registration packet, venture out
      and enjoy Detroit!


      REGISTRATION & HOUSING INFORMATION

      You can download a registration form by visiting 60nsdc.com and click on
      registration or by
      contacting Lloyd and Linda Catey, 60th
      NSDC, 3462 Doane Hwy., Grand Ledge, MI 48837
      Please note that if you are planning on traveling to Canada a passport
      is required.

      FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 60th NSDC, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:
      60nsdc.com.

      SEW & SAVE AT THE 60th NSDC

      After hours of dancing, when your feet are tired, do-si-do starts
      sounding like do-paso, and you
      cannot stand one more twirl, we have the perfect solution for you! Stop
      by the Sew & Save
      rooms. There you can occupy yourself by tracing many different patterns,
      gathering sewing tips
      from our experts, or gleaning tidbits of knowledge from informational
      brochures. Have a button
      that needs attending to? No problem! Come to the repair room where we
      will take care of that
      offending button.

      Just want some time away from dancing? Again, no problem! Attend one of
      the several
      different sewing seminars available to you. But, you say, what will my
      partner do? You guessed
      it. No Problem! Your partner can visit the partner's lounge where they
      can sit back and relax, do
      a jigsaw puzzle, or find their own project patterns. Don't forget to
      drop your ticket for the
      giveaway items of your choice. The winning tickets will be posted and
      item available for pick
      up after the room closes on Saturday. Come join us and see why we
      believe our Sew & Save
      room has something to offer everyone!

      CAMPING AT THE 60th NSDC

      We will be using the Wayne County Fairgrounds and RV Park for our
      camping facilities. The
      campground is located at 10871 Quirk Road in Belleville. This is
      approximately a 30-minute
      drive to the convention center via I-94 to US-10. A four-day bus pass
      from the campground to
      the convention center is available for a fee of $50.00 per person ($60
      after 5/31/11). Buses will
      run every 30 minutes. There are approximately 125 camping sites
      available for hookup to water
      and electricity and about 200 dry sites. All sites have 30-amp
      electrical service and are 20’ wide.
      There is also a small area set up for tent campers. Restrooms, showers,
      dumpsters and a dump
      station are available free of charge for campers at the RV park. RV
      camping with electric and
      water is $45.00 per night and dry camping is $25.00 per night. There is
      a four-night minimum
      stay. For more information on the campground, visit their website at:
      www.waynecountyfairgrounds.net


      We all know dancing requires a certain amount of math skills (quarter
      turns, half turns, etc.).
      Well here’s an interesting math equation:

      MOTOWN + MO’FUN + MO’DANCIN = 60th NSDC, DETROIT, 2011!!

      THERE AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A DETROIT PARTY BECAUSE A
      DETROIT PARTY DON’T STOP!
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