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Newsletter Sent March 2017

CALLING ALL TEACHERS!!

Download the PDF of Barabara Seagram's mailing in case you missed it. Updates to all details regarding dates, events and more within.

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Newsletter Sent Sepetmber 2016

CALLING ALL TEACHERS!!

PLEASE COME TO TORONTO: 18-21 JULY, 2017

FLY IN ON MON 17 JULY...

WE HAVE SO MUCH PLANNED FOR YOU!! See coupon below where you can send in your payment and sign up for our special events NOW.

Barbara Seagram & Enid Roitman are both Toronto bridge teachers and have teamed up to organize hospitality while you are here. We are both away a great deal from Fall onwards so really need to organize all this now. PLUS we have to book buses, book Theatre seats and arrange restaurants.

EARLY BOOKING PRICES ARE BELOW. This price is if you reserve and send in payment by December 10, 201March 20th, 2017  April 20th, 2017. SEND YOUR CHECKS IN NOW PLEASE. I am gambling on the currency exchange and I am taking the risk personally on these numbers in event of a drastic rate change so please understand why we have to deal with this so far in advance. AS WELL AS Theatre, bus and restaurant issues.

July is a busy time in Toronto so we need to firm up numbers now. Even though for all of you, it may seem like ages away, in the world of the tourism industry, it is just around the corner.

 

ENTERTAINMENT PLANS!

TUESDAY, JULY 18

9 am - 3 pm Drive to Kleinburg, ON, ½ hr north of where we will be staying in downtown Toronto.

HAVE A GUIDED TOUR OF THE FAMOUS McMICHAEL COLLECTION. A VERY WELL KNOWN ART GALLERY OF CANADIAN ART, MOST FAMOUS FOR THE "GROUP OF SEVEN" ARTISTS.

Enjoy some free time exploring the beautiful grounds and enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to the city. The entire venue is well-worth seeing.

In the early decades of the twentieth century, circumstances brought together several artists who were committed to exploring, through art, the unique character of the Canadian landscape. Collectively they agreed: Canada's rugged wilderness regions needed to be recorded in a distinctive painting style. This style would break from European tradition and reflect an increasingly nationalistic sentiment.

Today, these men are among Canada's most famous artists. For many, their works have come to symbolize what is the distinctly Canadian identity.

The original Group of Seven artists were: Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael and A.Y. Jackson. Several others joined the group, including A.J. Casson and Tom Thomson.

This year the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) is partnering with the Hammer Museum to introduce Lawren Harris's iconic landscapes to audiences in Los Angeles and Boston. The Idea of North is the name of the exhibition: The Paintings of Lawren Harris will be the first major solo exhibition of his work to be shown in the United States. The exhibition is curated by comedian, musician, actor and writer Steve Martin.

There is also an extensive collection of First Nations (Native American) and Inuit art at the McMichael Collection.

Price for the day: $75.00 Can $ or $58.00 US

EARLY BOOKING PRICE IF YOU PAY BY DECEMBER 10, 2016 March 20th, 2017  April 20th, 2017. which includes the chartered air-conditioned coach to get us there, tour admission and lunch in the restaurant at the Gallery.

Pay after December 10 March 20th, 2017  April 20th, 2017: $100.00 Can $ or $75.00 USD

On Tuesday late afternoon and evening, Convention events will be planned by your executive.

WED. JULY 19

Enjoy a packed day of exciting speakers at ABTA Convention.

LUNCHEON OUT WITH THE GROUP @ 12 noon: BADALI'S RESTAURANT: 156 FRONT ST WEST

Enjoy lunch out with your fellow teachers.

We are really hoping that everyone who attends the ABTA Convention will make an effort to come to this luncheon. It is a three course meal for $25.00 Can including tax and grats: $20.00 USD. EARLY BOOKING PRICE IF PAID BY DECEMBER 10, 2016 March 20th, 2017  April 20th, 2017. They are reserving a special dining room just for us so we need to fill it!!! Badali's is known for its Italian cuisine at delicious prices.

Pay after December 10, 2016March 20th, 2017  April 20th, 2017: $35.00 CAN or $27.00 USD

NOTE: No handicapped or wheelchair access at Badali's.

WED. 19 JULY: The fun continues!!

5 pm: DINNER OUT AT "FRED'S NOT HERE" RESTAURANT

@ 321 KING ST WEST. Excellent dining and good service.

We walk a few blocks to the restaurant and have a three course dinner.

NOTE: Five steps up to dining area so no wheelchair access.

Then we will be picked up in buses and taken a short way to

ED MIRVISH THEATRE @ 244 Victoria St (Yonge & Dundas).

8.00 pm: ED MIRVISH THEATRE:

SEE THE NEW PLAY TAKING BROADWAY BY STORM

BEAUTIFUL

THE STORY OF CAROLE KING'S RISE TO STARDOM

Carole fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than BEAUTIFUL music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

These are some of her songs:

  • BEAUTIFUL
  • TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY
  • WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW
  • I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE
  • IT'S TOO LATE
  • YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND

Join us for this fun-packed evening!!

COST FOR DINNER & THEATRE PACKAGE (Best seat category)

$175.00 CAN or $135.00 USD if paid before December 10, 2016 March 20th, 2017  April 20th, 2017

$200.00 CAN or $155.00 USD if paid after December 10, 2016 March 20th, 2017  April 20th, 2017

THU 20 JULY

Enjoy a packed day of exciting speakers at ABTA Convention.

THU EVENING: A.B.T.A. BANQUET

FRI 21 JULY

MORE SPEAKERS FOR ABTA Convention until 11 am or so.

Please pass this on to all other teachers you know. They do not have to be a member of ABTA to attend the ABTA Convention. Send also to interested, keen students, in hopes they may consider learning to teach and may attend! This may help to bolster our membership.

 

PLEASE SIGN ME UP NOW FOR THE FOLLOWING

Send payment forabove entertainment onlyto Barbara Seagram and send payment for convention (see below) to Kathy Rolfe.

 

MY CHECK IS ENCLOSED (no credit cards please)

Mail checks (made out to Barbara Seagram) to:

Barbara Seagram
220 Lawrence Ave East
Toronto ON M4N 1T2
Canada

Postage from USA is $1.20 US

Please include the following:

  • NAME
  • EMAIL ADDRESS
  • TEL. NO (with area code)
  • ADDRESS
  • PLEASE SPECIFY WHICH EVENT YOU WISH TO ATTEND:
    TUESDAY July 18: McMichael Art Gallery: 9 am-3 pm
    WED July 19: Lunch at Badali's: 12 noon
    WED July 19: Dinner at Fred's Not Here & Theatre: BEAUTIFUL

 

ABTA CONVENTION PAYMENT

Please note that cost of ABTA Convention is not included in above costs.

COST OF ATTENDING the ABTA CONVENTION ITSELF INCLUDING BANQUET:

$165.00 USD if paid to ABTA before May 1st, 2017.

$190.00 USD if paid to ABTA after May 1st, 2017.

You may invite guests to attend the banquet for an additional fee of only $55.00 USD.

(Note: Only USD will be accepted. Canadians, please get a draft or money order to send to Kathy Rolfe)

 

Send payment for ABTA CONVENTION to

Kathy Rolfe
ABTA
P.O. Box 232
Greenwood, MO 64034-0232
USA

Kathy's telephone number is 816-237-0519

 

Watch for more information on this in our excellent ABTA Quarterly. Brent Manley is now our Editor (former Editor of ACBL Bulletin). Be sure to send him material and articles to print! brentmanley@yahoo.com

For more information on ABTA, contact Patty Tucker (President) at wimsey@mindspring.com or Kathy Rolfe (Secretary) at abtaemail@gmail.com

 

 

SPEAKERS AT OUR TORONTO ABTA CONVENTION

Linda Green has lined up an impressive list of speakers for our convention next year. Have a look at this list!!! Most are confirmed.

  • Bob Hamman
  • Zia Mahmood
  • John Rayner
  • Audrey Grant
  • Jerry Helms
  • Augie Boehm
  • Corey Krantz
  • Fred Gitelman
  • Jerry Clerkin
  • Chris Moll
  • Jeff Schuett
  • Robert Todd
  • Bob Morris
  • Julian Laderman
  • Gene Davidson
  • Rosemary Boden
  • Brenda Manning
  • Leslie Shafer

As well, we will have our annual

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

sponsored by MASTER POINT PRESS

Tell your students about this award. Contact Joyce Penn at abtaTOY@gmail.com for more information about this excellent award for GRASSROOTS teachers.

and our Book of the Year and Software of the Year awards. Contact Pat Harrington at mrsbridge@embarqmail.com for more information.

and our MASTER TEACHER award program. Apply for this prestigious upgrade to your teaching status. Contact Betty Starzec lstarzec@comcast.net for more information on how to do this.

Submit an article with your favorite teaching tip. ABTA has an Award called the Apple Basket Award. Submit your ideas for the Apple Basket to Brenda Montague bestbridgeteacher@yahoo.com

 

SHARE A ROOM

If you are needing someone with whom to share a room, Wendy Dewell, one of our ABTA members, has volunteered to help with this.

You may reach Wendy at

wendy_dewell@yahoo.com
408-807-4596
TORONTO NABC
(NORTH AMERICAN BRIDGE CHAMPIONSHIPS) STARTS ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON

 

AS FAR AS WE KNOW...

NABC EVENTS WILL ALL TAKE PLACE AT THE CONVENTION CENTRE ON FRONT STREET

ACBL HOST HOTELS:

  • ROYAL YORK HOTEL
  • WESTIN HOTEL (further away than the others)
  • INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL

AS FAR AS WE KNOW...

HOTEL RATES AT THESE HOTELS WILL BE $159.00 CAN PER NIGHT (APPROX. $122.00 USD PER NIGHT)

 

To book your ACBL Host Hotel: Contact

ACBL Housing Bureau after Jan 15th
@ 1-855-742-9185

 

ABTA IS HOLDING SPACE WHICH YOU CAN BOOK NOW (ASK BARB SEAGRAM FOR INFO)

 

AT STRATHCONA HOTEL (A 4 MINUTE (2 blocks) from CONVENTION CENTRE @ $139.00 CAN $ PER NIGHT

(APPROX. $106.00 USD PER NIGHT)

This is a boutique hotel. NOTE: ROOMS ARE VERY SMALL.

To book STRATHCONA HOTEL (you can book this hotel now)

Internet Booking Instructions:

  1. Click on this link:

https://booking.ihotelier.com/istay/istay.jsp?hotelid=10245&identifier=abta

 

This will take you to the reservations page for The Strathcona Hotel.

  1. Select the desired dates and proceed with the reservation.

Internet Booking Instructions (written instructions):

If you need written instructions, please use the following instructions:

Go to www.thestrathconahotel.com.

  1. Click on the "RESERVATIONS" tab at the top of the page.

  2. Chose your arrival and departures dates, number of rooms and number of adults/children.

  3. Click "Enter your access or promotional code", click "Promo/Corporate Code" and enter the code "abta".

  4. Click "Continue" and then choose the "American Bridge Teachers' Association" rates to complete your reservation.

Telephone / Email Booking Instructions:

Guests may call the Hotel directly to make their own reservations.

Please call toll free at 1-800-268-8304 or 416-363-3321. Guests may also send an email request to reservations@thestrathconahotel.com to reserve their rooms. Ask for the rates for the American Bridge Teachers' Association.

This hotel is directly across the street from Royal York Hotel and is where we will have breakfasts and our banquet dinner.

 

AT TIME OF PRINTING, $100.00 USD BUYS YOU $130.00 CAN $

BUY SOME CANADIAN DOLLARS NOW!!!

e.g. Go out for a $40.00 Can dinner and it costs you only $30.00 USD

YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO NOT COME TO TORONTO!!

ALSO, THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE & DO IN TORONTO

DEAL OF THE YEAR!!

TAKE A HOP ON HOP OFF BUS

21 stops, get on or off at any of the stops

$42.00 CAN or $32.00 USD for a 7 day pass!

www.citysightseeingtoronto.com

THERE IS ALSO: TOUR GUYS (FREE WALKING TOURS)

Our tours run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

A FREE downtown Toronto walking tour from Union Station, through the Financial District, to City Hall

Downtown Toronto Tour: "Power, Politics, & The PATH"

Starting at Union Station, the primary hub of Toronto transit and busiest train station in Canada, this 90-minute walking tour heads north into The Financial District. Walking past the tallest skyscrapers in Canada and the headquarters of most of the nation's banks and financial institutions. You will see Toronto's "underground city" - 25 + km of interconnected hallways, corridors, and atriums filled with shops, services and food courts that serve the workforce in the office towers above. It connects all the subway stations and key buildings downtown!

The tour will conclude with a stop at both Old City Hall and the current City Hall, where recent events have made news worldwide and where there is public art and are often community events and cultural festivals throughout the warmer months.

MEETING PLACE: This walking tour starts by the clock inside the Great Hall of Union Station (across the street from Royal York Hotel)

10.30 am -12 noon NOT MONDAYS

Where it ends: This tour ends at Toronto City Hall, 2km from the start.

Cost: FREE! Since the guides are volunteers (i.e. do not get paid), we encourage you to tip your guide if you enjoyed the experience!

If the weather is bad , this tour can be done almost entirely INDOORS using the famous PATH system of underground corridors!

 

MORE FREE TOURS:

Old Town Toronto History Tour

Food Tour - St Lawrence Market

Graffiti Tour - Queen Street West & Graffiti Alley

 

BOOK YOUR AIR TICKET SOON!!

AMERICANS, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR PASSPORT WILL BE VALID. YOU NEED A PASSPORT TO ENTER CANADA.

We welcome you to our country which is celebrating our 150th anniversary of independence in 2017.

It is a good idea to always travel with a passport that is good for six months after the end of your stay. Many countries fuss about this. I do not think that Canada is one of these countries but be on the safe side.

When you book online, there is one airline that will not come up on the regular roster. That is Porter Airlines. Their rates are often better and they are an excellent airline. They come and go from our ISLAND AIRPORT in downtown Toronto which is also more convenient for you. www.flyporter.com

They fly to and from: Boston, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, New York City, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Washington and Burlington, Vermont.

 

 

THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN COMPILED BY ENID ROITMAN & BARBARA SEAGRAM WHO, ALONG WITH A.B.T.A. INVITE YOU TO COME TO OUR WONDERFUL CITY AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BECOMING AN EVEN BETTER BRIDGE TEACHER!

We really hope you will also stay and play in the excellent NABC that follows. The NABC continues on for 10 days 21-31 July, 2017. Stay for some or all of this!

 

There are many opportunities for taking more courses at the NABC.

  • CLUB & DIRECTOR COURSE
  • RECEPTION FOR TEACHERS & CLUB MANAGERS
  • TEACHER ACCREDITATION PROGRAM (TAP)
  • LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE IN A DAY

You can become an accredited teacher for this excellent new program

  • ZERO TOLERANCE PROGRAM
  • ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION FOR TEACHERS & CLUB OWNERS
  • CLUB DIRECTORS REFRESHER COURSE

 

QUESTIONS: EMAIL BARBARA SEAGRAM

bseagram@uniserve.com

 

 

MASTERPOINT PRESS does an ABTA newsletter from time to time.

You have to have signed up for this in order for them to send it to you.

Greetings from Sally at Master Point Press! I'm here to let you know that if you're not currently on our Master Point Press ABTA Teacher's Newsletter mailing list, you should send me your email right away! We send out newsletters with details of teacher specials on our books, interviews with authors and fellow teachers, and coming closer to next year's ABTA convention, we'll be sending out more details about the convention. If you're unsure whether you're on our list, send me an email anyway! I hope to see you all next year in Toronto.

sally@masterpointpress.com