New Orleans Conclave
- Hi MBS Friends!
This is Tammy, your MBS 2005 New Orleans Conclave host(hostess?)--
I will be getting the registration information to Paul(newsletter),
Jill(web site), Neale(e-mail group) before the end of the month to meet
the newsletter deadline. I am sorry that I did not have it ready for the
January newsletter. There are just a couple of details to finalize so
that I can have the correct fees to include before I can send it out.
These need to be certain to guarantee the success of the meeting. My
contacts know this fact and are working to clear the details up on time.
With the earlier date for this year's meeting, time constraints have been
a factor, I know.
Until then, I wanted to get some information out to you so that you would
not be worried about the status of the upcoming conclave. It is scheduled
for July 22nd through July 25th, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. I
am proud to be hosting the first American conclave in 3 years. Thanks for
the Devenyis and Garbetts(and their committee members) for two lovely
meetings in Toronto and Bath in 2003 and 2004, respectively. I am also
excited to be the host exactly 10 years after I attended my first
conclave in 1995 in Pasadena, CA hosted by the Selmers(we miss you
guys!) I am working hard to make sure that this year's event is as
memorable as all the meetings that I have attended in the past ten years.
Please bear with me; I do have help( and offers of more help) for the
meeting, but I do live in an area where there are no other MBS members of
record, so that makes planning more difficult. But enough of that...
Please make your plans to attend this year's conclave, whether it will be
your first or 21st! It will be a wonderful time for all miniature book
lovers. And New Orleans is a fantastic city to visit! I know that it is
hot and humid in N.O. during the summer; I live 2 hours away. We DO have
air conditioning and the vast majority of our time will be indoors and
places were we will be comfortable. Don't let the weather hinder you from
enjoying a great time with friends in one of the most historic and oldest
cities in the South. Because the summer is the slow time in New Orleans,
there will be far less crowds to deal with than at other times of the
year. Furthermore, prices are lower at this time of the year, so your
money will go further. That means more money to spend on books! Because I
am a teacher and we return to school the first week of August here, I
chose the summer to hold our conclave. I know that vacations and family
times take up much of our summer, but I really hope that all of you will
carve out some time for your book friends this summer. New Orleans is
easy to get to as well; it has an international airport in Metairie, a
suburb of New Orleans with a variety of shuttles and public
transportation opportunities to get you to our hotel, the Royal St.
The Royal St. Charles Hotel is located at 135 St. Charles Avenue, New
Orleans, LA. The phone number to make reservations is 1.800.268.9749/
1.504.587.3700.You must make the reservation by telephone to get this
rate; they are not able to process it on the internet. For our overseas
members, if this is a problem, please e-mail me and I will put you in
e-mail contact with the Director of Sales. She said that she would try to
assist you. Please let them know that you are with the MBS group. The
special rate is $89.00 US per night, a $20.00 per night savings. If you
plan to arrive early or stay after the meeting, please make your
reservations as soon as possible. I was told that we could get the same
rate for days before or after the conclave based upon room availability.
Make sure that you remind them of this fact if you plan to do this.I
encourage everyone to make reservations as soon as possible to get the
rooms blocked for us. I hope that you will all choose to stay at our
chosen facility.If the price is more than you would like to pay on your
own, do like many of us and find an MBS roommate!
I am still finalizing the details for our Monday optional trip. However,
it looks like it will be something along the lines of a combination bus
city tour(air conditioned, of course!) and a riverboat cruise (inside air
conditioned!) to the Chalmette battlefield where the Battle of New
Orleans took place in 1812. A tour of the battlefield and lunch on the
riverboat will be included. It will be a good chance to see more of the
city in a comfortable environment. I hope that many of you choose to stay
and cruise the mighty Mississippi River with us!
There are many noteworthy attractions in New Orleans. Our hotel is one
block off the famous Canal Street, which borders the internationally know
French Quarter. The distinctive architecture of the French and Spanish
periods of the city's history is reason enough to visit. There are many
antique shops, book stores, and curiosity shops throughout the French
Quarter and the bordering districts. Magazine Street also has many
antique shops and variety of unique, interesting and eclectic stores to
peruse. The Garden District is just a street car ride away, and our
hotel, the Royal St. Charles, sits right on the path of one of the two
routes that are still in existence. You can exit our hotel and wait right
outside for the St. Charles streetcar to come by and pick you up. There
are a number of museums like the National D-Day Museum and the New
Orleans Museum of Art. Or perhaps your taste runs to the unusual; there
is a Voodoo Museum too! The Aquarium of the Americas and an IMAX theater
are at the end of Canal Street along the Mississippi River. There are
several nice enclosed(air conditioned) shopping facilities nearby too.
For those of you willing to spend time outdoors, there are buggy rides
which can be caught in front of Jackson Square and the St. Louis
Cathedral, where you can also get your palm read or a portrait done in
less than 20 minutes. The world famous Cafe du Monde' sits across the
street serving it's delicious Cafe au lait and beignets(a New Orleans
style powdered doughnut).Tours of The Audubon Zoo and riverboat cruises
are available daily. There are a wide variety of walking tours that you
can take: from the beautiful homes of the Garden District to the above
ground cemeteries, which are a necessity as New Orleans sits below sea
level! All of these things are within a walk, a streetcar ride, or a
brief bus or taxi ride from our hotel. All of these things are in
addition to the planned MBS activities that will keep us busy all
weekend. I always find it hard to break away from our mini book
activities during conclave, but if you or a nonmember spouse or friend
are interested, there are many, many things to do. I did not even mention
the jazz and blues clubs and bars that dot the French Quarter and the
rest of New Orleans. So much to see and do. Won't you join us?
Finally I would like to remind you to please be generous with your
keepsakes and auction items. Remember that the Saturday night auction is
the big fund raiser for the MBS every year. Joan Boring is collecting
auction items for this event again. In fact, I have a few things that I
need to send Joan myself! Thanks for doing this again, Joan. Edward
Hoyenski has graciously agreed to collect keepsakes this year. Please
forward those to him. I know that we told donors to send less for the
last few years. While I am basing my starting numbers on an attendance of
80 people, I am hoping to get 100 plus attendees to New Orleans, so just
use your best judgement. Items not used can be returned to you at your
request. And our distinguished vice-president Jon Mayo is accepting
donations for the Friday night silent auction. Please send those items to
his HOME address in the MBS directory.You can find the addresses for all
three in the directory. Let's make all 3 of these successful. Please
donate even if you are unable to attend.
I hope that this helps with some questions that you may have regarding
this year's meeting. Again, I will have the official registration form
out by the end of February so that you can begin signing up to attend the
Miniature Book Society's Grand Conclave XXIII 2005 in New Orleans.
Best wishes to all,
- Anyone who is wishing to send their registration money for the conclave
through PayPal, please include an extra $15.00 for the fee which PayPal
Tammy will need all the funds listed on the registration form to cover
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- As President of the Miniature Book Society I would like to second Tammy's
recent invitation to come to the MBS Conclave in New Orleans.
Conclave weekend is one of the best times of the year for lovers of
Not just the chance to see wionderful miniature books but also the chance
to meet and become friends with wonderful people.
I hope to see many of you there.
Neale M. Albert
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- Dear MBS Members,
As I look at the calendar today, I see that in 6 weeks many of us will
begin gathering in New Orleans for the 2005 edition of the Miniature Book
Society's Grand Conclave. I do hope that many of you are planning to
attend. Thanks to all of you who have already sent in your registration
forms or have e-mailed me with your plans to attend. It helps
tremendously in the planning to know as soon as possible how many are
If you are still undecided, I encourage you to make plans to come. Our
weekends together are priceless. We have such a good time visiting and
viewing miniature books as well as seeing the sights of the host city. I
cannot stress enough what an MBS member misses out on when they do not
attend the yearly conclave.
If you are planning to come, but haven't yet sent in an acknowledgement,
please do so. If you will drop me an e-mail telling me of your intention
to attend, it would be so helpful. Also, if you are coming, let me know
in your e-mail if you will need a table for the book fair and if you plan
to stay for the Monday trip. If I receive a reply in the affirmative via
e-mail, then I am willing to extend the deadline for the registration
form and payment, if that will be helpful to you. I will need those items
no later than July 1st,however; if you need to discuss these or other
alternate arrangements, please feel free to e-mail me at
tcminibks@... or call me at 1.601.582.3743. The deadline of June
21st is a month ahead of the conclave. This is a standard time frame used
to accurately plan for the meeting. It is also the deadline for booking a
room at the conclave hotel, The Royal St.
Charles(800.268.9749/504.587.3700). While I cannot change the hotel
deadline, I am willing to work with anyone who needs an adjustment of the
registration deadline. However, I do need to know in advance if you need
to take advantage of this offer. You can do this by e-mailing or calling
me. If you have any questions, please contact me as well.
I hope to see you next month in New Orleans. Won't you join your book
friends for a time of fun and friendship in the"Big Easy"?
Best regards to you all,
Tamela C. (Tammy) Camp
MBS Grand Conclave 2005 Host
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