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About the Island
To Preserve "Whate'er is left to us of ancient heritage." T.E. Brown
Update: NAMA Convention Lunch menu changes - use new registration form
The available lunch menu selections have been changed since the registration form was included in the Winter bulletin. The Club sandwich is no longer available, and the prices have changed. Please use this updated registration form
If you have already sent in your form, don't worry about it. If you selected a club sandwich, you will be contacted by email to make another selection.
For all registrations, expect to get back an email from Jim Kneale that confirms that we have recieved your information and entered it correctly. If you don't see any response in several weeks, please contact me to assure that it wasn't lost
NAMA Convention 2016
The 2016 convention program has something for everybody: from inspiring workshops on Manx heritage - to hoisting the sails of a schooner. Make your way to historic Annapolis next June for our semi-annual celebration of all things Manx.
Activities begin on Thursday, June 23rd as people begin to check in to the O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel. Nothing organized is planned aside from gathering in the hotel's John Barry Restaurant or another local pub. There are many dining options available nearby (if you aren't looking for seating for 100, that is).
Friday is the day to explore the maritime heritage of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. We pick up one of two optional cruises at the city dock. The first option is aboard an air conditioned luxury yacht for a scenic Severn River cruise. There is a snack bar and outdoor space to enjoy the breeze as well. This option offers a stable and accessible vessel for our members who haven't got their sea legs.
The second option is aboard a beautiful 74 food wooden schooner for a true sailing experience. Help raise the sails, steer the boat, or simply sit back and relax as Woodwind sails from the historic Annapolis waterfront, past the Naval Academy and cruises into the Chesapeake Bay - See more at: http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com. Note that they sail rain or shine unless the captain deems it unsafe to go out. Free ponchos are available.
Nearby you will find the Pusser's Caribbean Grille dockside bar and restaurant, which was thoroughly vetted by the NAMA board. Explore the historic areas of Annapolis, take a walking or trolley tour, or wander around the waterfront of America's Sailing Capital. Later that evening we meet back at the hotel for a buffet dinner and general meeting with election of officers.
Annapolis is the home of the US Naval Academy, and on Saturday we offer an optional guided tour. The tour is a leisurely walk of approximately one mile over an hour and 15 minutes. Highlights life at the U.S. Naval Academy past and present. Tour includes Lejeune Hall, Bancroft Hall, Tecumseh Court, Herndon Monument, Main Chapel, and the Crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War hero. After the tour an optional lunch is available in the academy's Drydock restaurant. Note that everyone 18 and older must have a government issued photo ID to enter the grounds, and passport if you are not a US citizen.
After lunch, we return to the hotel for an afternoon of presentations and workshops on all things Manx [Bill - do you have any content to add?] Saturday evening is a dinner with a choice of Crabcakes or Filet Mignon, followed by the installation of officers.
Sunday morning we return to the Naval Academy Chapel for church services arranged with the help of our Chaplain Stephen Shaitberger, who is retired Navy.
Some logistics details are in order: Annapolis was chosen because of the array of activities within walking distance, but "walking distance" can vary from person to person. We will be renting a full-size passenger van to ferry those members that need a lift to the activities. In addition, there is a circulator bus service that stops near the hotel, the city dock, and other points of interest. For those who are unfamiliar with east coast traffic, note that driving in Washington DC works about as well as the government. If you want to add a trip to the Smithsonian to your visit, use the Metro or a tour bus to get into the city rather than attempting to drive within the beltway. Try to avoid rush hour.
BWI Airport is 25 miles away and a fairly direct route down I-97 to Annapolis
If you chose not to rent a car, the hotel recommends either a taxi or two airport shuttle services - www.supershuttle.com or www.theairportshuttle.com.
We request that the registration forms be returned by St Patrick's day, March 17th. If there are more or less room registrations that estimated, then we need to adjust them by a deadline shortly thereafter. We have a block of rooms reserved and summer weekends are the high season. When making reservations, call the hotel and assure that you say you are with the North American Manx convention. The block of rooms will be released by May 20th and any nearby hotels will likely be booked on Saturday and significantly more expensive.
As the date draws closer, additional details will be posted to the website or included with future newsletters.
About the North American Manx Association
The North American Manx Association (NAMA) is a non- profit, ethnic and cultural heritage institution founded in 1928, as a successor organization to Mona's Relief Society of Cleveland, Ohio. NAMA is a group of Americans and Canadians dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the Manx culture. Most of NAMA's 850 active members are second and third-generation North American. In the U.S., there are chapters in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Rocky Mountain; Galva, Illinois; the Greater Washington, D.C. area; Minnesota; Nebraska; Northern California; San Diego, California; and Wisconsin.
In Canada, you will find Manx groups in Ontario; and in Vancouver, British Columbia. NAMA is interested in helping Manx in all areas get in touch with local chapters or assisting those who want to start new chapters.
NAMA publishes the quarterly NAMA Bulletin, sent to each of its enrolled members.
For Manx genealogy, there is the Isle of Man Family History Society (IOMFHS). Since they are not a part of NAMA, you should join both organizations.