Thursday, June 23, 2016

Convention Day! Here's the 53rd NAMA Convention Schedule 2016

See you in Annapolis!


Thursday 23rd June 2016:
1pm: NAMA Convention Registration desk opens. Failt Erriu! Welcome!
2pm - 5pm: Board Meeting in Galway B Meeting Room (Board Only)

3pm: O'Callaghan Hotel room check-in begins
Evening: Informal dinner and fellowship in the hotel pub or nearby restaurants. An impromptu musical event in the O’Callaghan’s bar is anticipated!

Friday 24th June 2016:
10:45 am - 1:00 pm: Check-in for optional Woodwind Schooner cruise along dock at Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, 80 Compromise Street at right side of Spa Creek (Ego Alley).  Allow 17-minutes walking time.  Talk to NAMA check-in staff about taking our bus. Light snacks and full bar service available on board. Collect your ticket at check-in.
12:15 - 2 pm: Check in for optional Scenic Severn River cruise at Susan Campbell Park at the Annapolis City Dock, 1 Dock St. at left side of Spa Creek (Ego Alley).  Allow 17-minutes walking time.  Talk to NAMA check-in staff about taking our bus. Light snacks and full bar service available on board. Collect your ticket at check-in.
Lunch: Suggested get-together at Pusser's Caribbean Grille, the Marriott Hotel, 80 Compromise Street. That’s along the dock at the right side of the “Ego Alley” inlet. (Unhosted)
Afternoon on your own to explore the waterfront and historical areas of Annapolis
7:30 pm Buffet Dinner and General Meeting at O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel in the Galway A & B rooms. The Convention photo will be taken during this event.

Saturday 25th June 2016:
10-12: Optional Historical Tour of Naval Academy starting at Visitor Center, 52 King George St.  Allow 18-minutes walking time and 15-minutes security screening. NOTE: To enter the base you will need a valid photo ID. A state-issued driver’s license works unless you are from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri or Washington State, in which case bring a passport, or your DoD ID, or the Minnesota REAL ID-compliant driver’s license.
12.00: Optional lunch at Naval Academy’s Drydock Restaurant.
1:00 to 5.00pm: Manx Workshops at O'Callaghan Hotel Galway A and B Meeting Room, See page ? for details
6:30 pm  Presidential Dinner and Awards at The O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel in the Galway A & B rooms.
The invocation and a remembrance of members passed will be given by our Chaplain, the Rev. Canon Stephen Schaitberger before the meal.
Guest talk: Dr. Ellen Lawler will introduce us to 18th-century Manx emigrant, Henry Callister, an important colonial naturalist who settled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
North American Manx Association Youth Award: The Dinner will include the 2016 North American Manx Association Youth Award presented on behalf of the Isle of Man Department of Education to Nicole Wozny for her contribution to the body of Manx history encapsulated in our motto “To Preserve "Whate'er is left to us of ancient heritage." Nicole projected an historic collection of Magic Lantern glass slides dating back to Victorian times and photographed them for posterity. The collection was donated by Myrra Johnson, in memory of her father, Walter J. Stevenson, to the Manx Museum during the 2014 Convention. A letter from Myrra will be read aloud.
The Presentation of the slate of 2016-2018 North American Manx Association Officers will occur during dinner.
Honored Guests at our Convention Dinner include:
Dr. Ellen Lawler, Guest Speaker, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Salisbury University, Maryland.
Leslie Hanson, President of the World Manx Association
and Honorary Vice-President of the North American Manx Association

Sunday 26th June 2016:
Morning: Public worship services for Catholics and Protestants acknowledging visitors from the North American Manx Association will be held at the United States Naval Academy Main Chapel at 9.30am and 11.00am respectively.  Enter at Gate 3 at Maryland and Hanover Street.  Allow 17 minutes to walk, and 15 minutes for security screening.  Bring compliant photo ID or passport.  Other church service details are included in the program.
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RAFFLES: In recognition of our geographic catchment area, the Greater Washington Area Manx Society has put together three baskets celebrating the cultures of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. To remember our heritage there is also a Manx raffle basket. The raffle will be drawn during our Saturday Dinner. Tickets will be available from Check-in and throughout the event. $5 per ticket or five for $20.

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