Association of Blind Citizens Trip To Applefest

Join the Association of Blind Citizens on Saturday, October 18th for the 25th Annual Applefest at Wachusett Mountain. We know it is short notice — but what better way to spend a fall day. Tickets for this event will be $25.00 per person and includes transportation, festival admission, luncheon voucher w/reserved seating and SkyRide ticket.

Festival Highlights include:

  • Mountainside BBQ & specialty foods
  • Beer garden
  • More than 60 crafts vendors
  • Farmer’s market
  • Music and strolling entertainment
  • SkyRide

Our group will depart from Park Street Station at 9:00 a.m. and return at approximately 5:00 p.m. This should give everyone time to enjoy all of the events this excursion has to offer. There is a limit of 10 participants on a first come, first served basis. Please register by calling 781-654-2000 and leave your name and telephone number expressing your interest. We will confirm you reservation by a return phone call.

ABC Trip to New York City

The Association of Blind Citizens will be sponsoring a fall trip to New York City on the weekend of Saturday, November 17th/18th. Come to the Big Apple, and see why it’s called the city that never sleeps. Through this ABC trip, you’ll experience much of what NYC has to offer from locals in the know. There are two options to choose from: The one day trip by air or the two day trip via rail and bus. The itineraries are:

Itinerary 1: Weekend In New York

  • 8:10 A.M.: Depart from Boston’s South Station on the Amtrak Acela Express high speed train, arriving at New York’s Penn Station at 11:45
  • 12:00 P.M.: Check in and drop off luggage at hotel.
  • 1:00 P.M.: Enjoy lunch at an authentic New York City restaurant, location to be determined. Then walk to Times Square.
  • 3:00 P.M.: Board tour bus for the New York See It All Tour which begins in Times Square. This 5 hour tour will show you everything Manhattan has to offer. You will be able to get off the shuttle at 20 major Landmarks. The shuttle also features soft drinks on ice, and a stop at the South Street Seaport for food and shopping. The tour will end at The Empire State Building.
  • 8:30 P.M. – Whenever: On your own. Enjoy New York. Information will be provided on area attractions and nightlife.
  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 11:00 A.M.: Walking tour of Greenwich Village. “The Village” is located on the West side of downtown Manhattan. The Village includes the primary campus for New York University, and Washington Square Park which is the heart of the village. The Village offers a performing arts scene, including the Blue Man Group, who perform at the Astor Place Theater.
  • 3:00 P.M. – Beyond: Take hourly buses back to Boston.

The cost for this trip is $250.00 per person double occupancy, or $375.00 for singles. The fee includes your Amtrak ticket from Boston to New York, NYC See It All Tour, one night’s lodging, the Sunday morning walking tour, and scheduled bus transportation from New York to Boston.

Itinerary 2

  • 8:00 A.M.: Depart on the US Airways Shuttle arriving at New York La Guardia at 9:20 A.M.;
  • 9:45 A.M.: Travel from La Guardia airport to Manhattan;
  • 10:30 A.M.: Enjoy a bite to eat or the New York streetscape as you arrive in Manhattan and wait to meet the group for the walking tour;
  • 11:00 A.M.: Walking tour of Greenwich Village.
  • 2:30 P.M.: Board the shuttle for the NYC Down Town Tour. You’ll see key Manhattan sites in this 3 hour tour. You’ll be joined by anyone else taking the 1 day trip option;
  • 5:30 P.M.: Bid Manhattan island a fond farewell as you head to La Guardia Airport in the borough of Queens.
  • 7:00 P.M.: Depart on the US Airways Shuttle, and you’ll arrive at Boston Logan at 8:18 P.M. completing what is sure to be a fun filled whirlwind 12 hour adventure in New York.

The cost for the one day option is $250.00 per person. This includes roundtrip air travel from Boston to New York, transfers to and from La Guardia airport, the walking tour, and admission on the NYC Down Town tour shuttle.

Whichever option you book, you’ll experience much of what New York has to offer, and be a part of this first ever ABC excursion to the Big Apple.

This New York City experience will require a substantial amount of walking and use of public transportation may be needed. In addition, there are substantial periods where participants will be on their own. ABC is not able to control environmental conditions, so be prepared to be flexible and use your mobility skills. Details will be provided following confirmation of participation.

Space is limited to ten (10) participants and reservations must be reseived by October 29. Reservations will only be confirmed upon receipt of the payment. Please include your telephone number on your check. Make checks payable to the Association of Blind Citizens and mail to
ABC
P.O. Box 246
Holbrook, MA 02343.

The trip fee is non-refundable and will only be returned if ABC cancels the trip. For more information, please call 781-654-2000.

Association of Blind Citizens free Annual Summer Luncheon

The Association of Blind Citizens will hold its Summer Luncheon on August 26th at the Fours Restaurant located at 166 Canal Street in Boston. The Restaurant is a two minute walk from the North Station MBTA station. Come and be part of an ABC summer tradition.

The luncheon will include several appetizers, a variety of hot sandwiches and a cash bar will be available. The sit-down Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM.

Joining us At 2:00 PM will be WBZ’s talk radio host, entertainer, and trivia expert Morgan White Jr. You have heard his trivia game on the radio, but this is your chance to test your knowledge live. Morgan’s style and wit make him a unique and interesting individual. Morgan will have many prizes to reward you for your knowledge.

To conclude the day, we will be having a demonstration of Bunco. bunco is a game of dice, played in rounds. Players take turns rolling the dice and trying to accumulate as many points as possible to win each round. This game can be played by people who are blind with minimal modifications.

ABC’s Summer luncheon will be free to the blind community. Get a group of your friends and test your knowledge. Please be sure to make a reservation and let us know the number of guests in your party. Register by calling 781 654-2000 and be sure to leave a telephone number so we may confirm your reservation.

Association of Blind Citizens Annual Holiday Luncheon

The Association of Blind Citizens will hold its annual Holiday Luncheon on December 4th at the Fours Restaurant located at 166 Canal Street in Boston. The restaurant is a two minute walk from the North Station MBTA station.

The luncheon will include several appetizers, a variety of hot sandwiches and a cash bar will be available. The party will begin at 12:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM.

Come and be part of a holiday sing along, participate in raffles, and be part of a traditional Yankee Swap. If you wish to participate in the Yankee Swap you must bring a wrapped gift valued at eight to ten dollars.

ABC’s holiday luncheon will be free to the blind community. Bring your friends and be part of this memorable holiday event.

Please be sure to notify us regarding who will be attending and the number of guests in your party. Register by calling 781 654-2000 and be sure to leave a telephone number to confirm your reservation.

ABC day trip to Nantucket island

The Association of Blind Citizens is sponsoring a trip to Nantucket Island on October 23rd.

The van will leave from the Park Street MBTA station in Boston at 8:45 A.M. and will return at approximately 8:00 P.M. We will be traveling to Hyannis and boarding the high speed ferry, The Grey Lady, for a one hour ride to the island of Nantucket. When we arrive on Nantucket we will have lunch at Captain Toby’s restaurant. We will take a two-hour tour of the island and hear many stories about the island’s residents and, in keeping with the Halloween season, we may even hear about some of the island’s ghosts! We will have some free time to stop at a local fudge shop and the Nantucket Bake Shop, which features many of the island’s favorite treats. We will board the high speed ferry at around 5:00 P.M. and finish our trip to Boston in a private van.

The cost of this trip is $30.00 per person. This includes round trip transportation from Boston to Hyannis, round trip passage from Hyannis to Nantucket and the island tour. Lunch and any treats are not included.

Space is limited to ten (10) participants and reservations will only be confirmed upon receipt of the payment. Please include your telephone number on your check. Make checks payable to the Association of Blind Citizens and mail to
ABC, P.O. Box 246, Holbrook, MA 02343. The trip fee is non-refundable and will only be returned if ABC cancels the trip. For more information please call 781-654-2000.

A day in Newport and a Local Winery

Saturday – May 15, 2004

Come join the Association of Blind Citizens in Newport, Rhode Island for a day of fun as we learn about birds, grand living and wine making in New England. The first stop will take us to the Normand Bird Sanctuary in Newport, Rhode Island. We will have a private guide that will teach us about the many birds that live in New England. We walk out on to trails where we will listen and attempt to identify the various birds by their call. Our second stop will bring us to a grand Newport mansion. We will be escorted by a local guide that will talk to us about the inhabitants of these grand homes and give us much history of the area.

We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way home we will also have a chance to learn about how local wines are produced as we stop at a Rhode Island winery. This day excursion will surely be a pleasurable experience as we take part in many educational activities in a relaxing atmosphere. A van will depart from Boston at 9:00 a.m., from the Park Street MBTA Station and head south toward Newport, Rhode Island.

The itinerary for this one day event is as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Arrive in Newport – Norman Bird Sanctuary tour
  • 12:30 p.m. – back on the van and lunch at a local restaurant (luncheon not included in trip price)
  • 2:00 p.m. – Arrive at a Newport mansion for an informative and educational tour.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Return to bus for travel to a local winery.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Stop at a local winery for wine tasting and an opportunity to buy some New England wine.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Back on the van for the return trip to Boston

The cost for this ABC day in Newport, Rhode Island will be $30 per person. The $30.00 recreation fee covers round-trip transportation, Admission to bird sanctuary, admission to mansion, admission to winery and taste samples, snacks on the van and lots of fun and friendship.

Please make checks payable to the Association of Blind Citizens, P.O. Box 246, Holbrook, MA 02343. Space is limited to ten participants so do not wait and be left behind. Reservations will be taken on a first come basis and will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The recreation fee is nonrefundable unless the trip is canceled due to weather conditions. For additional information or questions please call the News and Activities line at 781-654-2000 and leave a message. Be sure to include your contact information in your message.

Yoga Class in Boston

ABC has contracted with a Yoga instructor to conduct a Yoga class for visually impaired individuals. The class will be held at the Metropolitan health club located at 209 Columbus AVE. near the Back Bay MBTA station in Boston. The first class will be held on Friday January 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

ABC will subsidize most of the cost of the program. Each participant would pay $5 per class attended. We need at least 6 individuals to keep running these classes. To indicate your interest, please respond to president@blindcitizens.org or call 781 654-2000.

We have one space left in this class but we will maintain a waiting list so please let us know if you are interested in attending.

Association of Blind Citizens Annual Holiday Luncheon

The Association of Blind Citizens will hold its annual Holiday Luncheon on December 6th at the Fours Restaurant located at 166 Canal Street in Boston. The restaurant is a two minute walk from the North Station MBTA station.

The luncheon will include several appetizers, a variety of hot sandwiches and a cash bar will be available. The party will begin at 12:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM.

Come and be part of a holiday sing along, participate in raffles, and be part of a traditional Yankee Swap. If you wish to participate in the Yankee Swap you must bring a wrapped gift valued at eight to ten dollars.

ABC’s holiday luncheon will be free to the blind community. Bring your friends and be part of this memorable holiday event.

Please be sure to notify us regarding who will be attending and the number of guests in your party. Register by calling 781 654-2000 and be sure to leave a telephone number to confirm your reservation.

Association of Blind Citizens A day at Plymouth Plantation and Local Winery November 1, 2003

Come join the Association of Blind Citizens in America’s home town; Plymouth, Massachusetts for a day of fun as we learn about the history and lifestyle in a New England community in 1622. We will also have a chance to learn about how local wines are produced. This day excursion will surely be a pleasurable experience as we take part in activities from a day gone by in a relaxing atmosphere. A van will depart from Boston at 9:00 a.m., from the Park Street MBTA Station and head south toward America’s hometown of Plymouth.

The itinerary for this one day event is as follows: Saturday- November 1

  • 9:00 a.m. – Depart Boston on a 15-passenger van.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Arrive at Plymouth Plantation
  • 1:00 p.m. – back on the van to have lunch at a local restaurant
  • 2:30 p.m. – Arrive at a local Plymouth winery for a tour and wine tasting
  • 4:00 p.m. – Back on the van for the return trip to Boston

The cost for this ABC day in America’s hometown will be $10 per person. The recreation fee covers round-trip transportation, Admission to Plymouth Plantation, admission to winery and taste samples, snacks on the van and lots of fun and friendship. Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant.

Please make checks payable to the Association of Blind Citizens P.O. Box 246 Holbrook, MA 02343. Space is limited to ten participants so do not wait and be left behind. Reservations will be taken on a first come basis and will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The recreation fee is nonrefundable unless the trip is canceled due to weather conditions. For additional information or questions please call the News and Activities line @ 781-654-2000 and leave a message. Be sure to include your contact information in your message.

Association of Blind Citizens New Hampshire White Mountains Summer Breeze Outing, August 16/17, 2003

Come join the Association of Blind Citizens in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire for a weekend of fun as we enjoy the mountain surroundings and feel a Summer Breeze that is sure to cool us in the dog days of summer. This two day excursion will surely be a pleasurable experience as we take part in many activities in a relaxing atmosphere.

From Boston a van will depart at 9:00 a.m., from the Park Street MBTA Station and head north towards the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Along the way we will stop at the Canterbury Shaker Village for a tour and lunch.

The itinerary for the two day event is as follows:
Saturday- August 16

  • 9:00 a.m.- Depart Boston on a 15-passenger van
  • 10:30 a.m.- Stop for a tour of Canterbury Shaker Village and lunch
  • 1:45 p.m.- back on the van to Littleton, NH. There may be an optional boat cruise available depending on level of group interest.
  • 3:30 p.m.- Arrive in Littleton, NH
  • 4:00- 5:30 p.m.- Shopping on Main Street A chance to browse around on Littleton’s beautiful main street. Visit the Chutters General Store, and check out the longest candy counter in the world, and observe homemade fudge being made.
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.- Cookout A chance to enjoy a good North Country cookout, and share laughs, and fun with others.
  • 9 p.m. A choice to check out the JAX Jr. movie theater, visit the Oasis Patio Lounge with entertainment, get a Bishops homemade ice cream or spend time enjoying the night activities in Littleton on your own.
  • 9:30 p.m. Bon Fire at Gil Vickerys backyard

Sunday August 17, 2003

  • 7:30 a.m.- Breakfast at Littleton Diner on Main Street.
  • 9 a.m. depart Littleton for tour of Castle in the Clouds
  • 1:00- Depart for Boston.
  • 2 p.m.- Stop in Hooksett Rest Area, New Hampshire liquor store.
  • 5 p.m.- Arrive back in Boston.

The cost for this ABC Summer Breeze outing will be $85/pp double occupancy or $115 for single occupancy. The recreation fee covers round-trip transportation, one night lodging, admission to Canterbury Shaker Village, admission to Castle in the Clouds , one meal, marshmallows for the Bon Fire and lots of fun and friendship.

Please make checks payable to
the Association of Blind Citizens
Po Box 246
Holbrook, MA 02343.

Space is limited so do not wait and be left behind. Deadline for reservations will be August 6th. Reservations will be taken on a first come basis and will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The recreation fee is nonrefundable unless ABC cancels the trip because of weather conditions. For additional information or questions please call the News and Activities line @ 781-654-2000 and leave a message and be sure to include your contact information.

WIN at the ABC open

The Association of Blind Citizens (ABC) is sponsoring the ABC Open Poker tournament. The ABC is a non-profit organization of the blind and visually impaired with a mission to promote economic, social, and recreational opportunity for the blind community.

The ABC Open will take place on April 4 at 8 p.m. EST. It will no doubt be 24 hours of exciting table action. There’s much more at stake than simple bragging rights. At the end of the 24 hours, the player with the most chips will win the grand prize, a $200 gift certificate to Independent Living Aids, providers of a wide range of products that make life easier for the blind. You can take this opportunity to join the Association of Blind Citizens free of charge. If you decide to join ABC before the end of the tournament, you will be entered in a drawing to win one of four yearly membership vouchers to ZForm, valued at $59.95 each! To find out more about the Association of Blind Citizens, and fill out their simple form to join online and qualify for the drawing, visit: http://www.zform.com/tournament/abc_signup2.html?referrer=3247

The Association of Blind Citizens encourages you to take advantage of this fully accessible online tournament. ABC is an organization that believes in promoting opportunities for the blind in all areas, including entertainment and recreation, and our mission goes hand in hand with ZForm’s to open up the world of online entertainment to the blind.

To learn more about the Association of Blind Citizens please visit www.blindcitizens.org.

ABC Expands Scholarship Program

The Association of Blind Citizens will be offering a total of ten thousand dollars in college scholarships to blind or visually impaired individuals seeking a college degree. The Reggie Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be valued at $3,000 and seven additional $1,000 scholarships will be available. The scholarships will be offered for the 2003/2004 school year and may be applied to tuition, living expenses or education related expenses resulting from vision impairment. The application for these scholarships can only be obtained on ABC’s web site. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit www.blindcitizens.org and click on the SCHOLARSHIP link for more details and an application form. Scholarship applications and supporting documents must be received by April 15, 2003.

Night At The Movies With DVS

The Association of Blind Citizens presents “A Night At The Movies ( with DVS).” November 16th at 9:00 PM in the Capital Room at the Holiday Inn in Concord, New Hampshire ABC presents the movie “Hope Floats”. This great comedy starring Sandra Bullock is rated PG13. Come and enjoy the free movie with audio description and free popcorn and soft drinks for all.

This event is guaranteed to be the best entertainment value in Concord! So, do not miss it. The Holiday Inn Concord is located at 172 North Main Street. If you have any questions please call ABC’s news and activities line at 781-654-2000 and leave a message.

ABC Sponsors Camps for Blind Children

The Association of Blind Citizens announces the sponsorship of 40 blind children to attend summer camps during the summer of 2002. ABC’s board of directors believes that summer camp provides blind children with experiences that would normally not be available to a blind child in his or her community. Summer camps are an important building block towards developing independence and allow the blind child to strengthen confidence in his or her abilities. During the camp experience, blind children will use mobility skills to travel in new surroundings, interact with other blind children as peers and experience activities such as: swimming, boating, horseback riding, archery, beep ball, and arts and crafts. ABC hopes the sponsorship of these blind children will be an important step in allowing a blind child to gain valuable experiences that will benefit him or her in the future. ABC hopes that funds will permit the expansion of these sponsorships in the 2003 camp season.

If you wish to financially support this sponsorship program by making a tax deductible contribution, you can make checks or money orders payable to the
Association of Blind Citizens
P.O. Box 246
Holbrook, MA 02343.

ABC Awards Educational Scholarships

The Association of Blind Citizens announces the 2002/2003 scholarship recipients. The Reggie Johnson Memorial Scholarship valued at $2000 is awarded to Desiree M. Croteau of Averill Park, New York. The remaining three scholarships, each valued at $1000 are awarded to Ronit Ovadia of Pleasant Hill, California, Chris Cooke of Kenmore, Washington and Sandra D. Marsiglia of York, Pennsylvania. The ABC board of directors thanks all of the fine candidates from around the country for applying for these educational scholarships. The board also congratulates the recipients of the scholarships. A special thanks is also extended to the ABC Scholarship Committee for taking the time to review the scholarship applications. ABC hopes to be able to expand the scholarship program for the 2003/2004 academic year.

National Beep Baseball ScoreBoard

The Association of Blind Citizens announces the first national beep baseball scoreboard. ABC invites all beep baseball team managers or their designees to post team scores on our free scoreboard. You may post results from tournament games, local games against other beep baseball teams and charity games. ABC will compile all the results on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM Eastern time and results will be posted by 9:00 PM Eastern. The results will remain posted for one week.

You may submit your info at any time by visiting www.blindcitizens.org click on our BEeP BASEBALL link and click on our SUBMIT SCORES link. ABC hopes that this scoreboard will provide teams with a central location where all beep baseball results can be viewed. ABC is also offering a link to any beep baseball teams who may be interested. If you want more info on obtaining a link on ABC’s web site send email to president@blindcitizdns.org

Abc Annual Lunch

On Saturday, September 21, from 12 P.M. to 3 P.M., the Association of Blind Citizens is sponsoring it’s second annual Lunch at the Park. This year’s event will be held at Cusick Park, at the corner of Charles and Boylston Streets in Boston. Come and renew old friendships and make new friends as we enjoy what will hopefully be a typical New England fall day. This is your opportunity to provide input in what activities or projects you would like to see the organization become involved with. A complimentary lunch will be served at 1:30 P.M. for all attendees, but, if you wish to come earlier, the Boston Renegades will be conducting a Beep Ball demonstration at 12:30 P.M.. This is a great opportunity for those who have never played Beep Ball before and who may be interested in trying out for the 2003 Boston Renegades.

In order for ABC to provide enough food for everyone we will need to know the number of people who are attending (so that no one leaves hungry!) so please respond to this e-mail or call 781-654-2000 and leave us your name and the number of people in your party. Hope to see all of you at this event.

Directions to Cusick Park: Take Green Line trains to Arlington Street MBTA station in Boston. As you exit the station you are at the corner of Arlington and Boylston streets; turn right on Boylston and walk one block to the corner of Boylston and Charles Street (one of the landmarks you will pass is the Four Seasons Hotel); Turn left so that you are crossing Boylston Street; Once you cross the street you will find the Park coming up on your right. The Park name is on a large green sign. The Park contains a Little League field and the regulation-sized field. We will be on the regulation-sized field.

August 17/18 2002

Come join the Association of Blind Citizens in the beautiful New Hampshire White Mountains for a weekend of fun as we enjoy the mountain surroundings and feel a Summer Breeze that is sure to cool us in the dog days of summer. This two day excursion will surely be a pleasurable experience as we take part in many activities in a relaxing atmosphere.

From Boston a van will depart at 9:00 a.m., from the Park Street MBTA Station and head north towards the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Along the way we will stop for lunch and brief you on some of the sites that will enhance your visit during this weekend event. The itinerary for the two day event is as follows:

Saturday- August 17

  • 9:00 a.m.- Depart Boston on a 15-passenger van
  • 12:00 p.m.- Stop for lunch
  • 12:45 p.m.- back on the van to Littleton, NH
  • 2 p.m.- Arrive in Littleton, NH
  • 3:00- 5:30 p.m.- Hay Ride!
  • 5:30 p.m.- Shopping on Main Street
    A chance to browse around on Littleton’s beautiful main street. Come visit the Chutters General Store, and check out the longest candy counter in the world, and observe homemade fudge being made.
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.- Cookout at the Maple Leaf Motel.
    A chance to enjoy a good North Country cookout, and share laughs, and fun with others.
  • 9 p.m.- A choice to check out the JAX Jr. movie theater, visit the Oasis Patio Lounge with entertainment, get a Bishops homemade ice cream or spend time enjoying the night activities in Littleton on your own.
  • 9:30 p.m.- Bon Fire at Gil Vickerys backyard with a old-fashioned White Mountain sing-a-long.

Sunday August 18 2002

  • 8 a.m.- Breakfast at Littleton Diner on Main Street
  • 10 a.m.- depart Littleton for Hobo Railroad
  • 1 p.m.- Depart for Boston
  • 2 p.m.- Stop in Hooksett Rest Area, New Hampshire liquor store
  • 5 p.m.- Arrive back in Boston

The cost for this ABC Summer Breeze outing will be $85 per person double occupancy or $115 for single occupancy. The recreation fee covers round-trip transportation, one night lodging, 60 minute hayride to Rock Estates in a mule drawn wagon, 90 minute ride on the Hobo Railroad through the white mountains, one meal, marshmallows for the Bon Fire and lots of fun and friendship. This package is also available from Concord, NH, depending on level of interest (requires at least seven participants).

Please make checks payable to the Association of Blind Citizens, Po Box 246, Holbrook, MA 02343. Space is limited so do not wait and be left behind. Reservations will be taken on a first come basis and will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The recreation fee is nonrefundable unless ABC cancels the trip because of weather conditions.

For additional information or questions please call the News and Activities line @ 781-654-2000 and leave a message for John Oliveira and be sure to include your contact information.

Job Announcement

The Boston Renegades will be holding a tryout for pitchers and catchers on April 6 from 12:00 until 2:00 PM at the soccer field at Cassidy Park in Cleveland Circle in Brighton. If you or a friend have an interest in being a pitcher or backup pitcher/catcher for the Boston Renegades, Massachusetts premier beep ball team for the blind, then this opportunity is for you.

The pitcher and catcher must be sighted and be willing to commit four hours on Saturdays from April 20th through July 27th. These paid positions will also include one all expense paid trip to Chicago to a national tournament.

Beep ball is an adaptive recreation program sponsored by the Association of Blind Citizens. If you are interested and want more information or are seeking an internship with a worthy charitable organization, please contact John Oliveira at 781-961-1023.

If you are interested in finding a beep ball team in your state please visit www.nbba.org.

The Boston Renegades first practice will be held on April 20th at 12:00 pm until 4:00 PM on the soccer field at Cassidy Park in Brighton. You can access the field by taking the Green line C train to Cleveland Circle, the last stop.

The field is located across the street from where the train drops you off. When the weather is questionable, please be sure to call ABC’s news and activities line to confirm that practice is being held. The news and activities number is 781-654-2000 and the announcement will be updated at 9:00 AM on Saturdays. Be sure to call before you leave to avoid unnecessary travel.

We will be having a batting clinic starting at 12:30 PM. It is very important that all players who intend to play this year come to this practice. We need to know the real level of interest and how committed players will be this summer. The clinic will be very important and will not be available again this summer. ABC also needs to determine the actual number of players that will be on the team.

I will provide more details in another message.

Please pass the word on to anyone you know that wishes to play ball this year. We still need two or three sighted team assistants; so if you know someone that might be interested, please let me know. If you have anyquestions you can email me at johnnyo@gis.net.

Beep Ball Meeting

The Association of Blind Citizens will hold a meeting at the Boston Public Library in conference room 5 from 6 to 8 PM on March 6, 2002.

Come and learn about beep ball and how you can participate as a player, team assistant or volunteer. If you are blind or visually impaired, ABC may have a spot on the roster for you this summer. If you want a support role on the team then come to this meeting. Attend this meeting and learn how you should be training to play a competitive sport. Join ABC officers after the meeting for dinner at a nearby restaurant.

If you want to learn more about beep ball please visit our web site at
www.blindcitizens.org or call John Oliveira at
(781) 654-2000. If you wish to financially support this beep ball recreational program by making a tax deductible contribution, you can make checks or money orders payable to the
Association of Blind Citizens,
P.O. Box 246
Holbrook, MA 02343.

dJanuary Trip Announcement

The Association of Blind Citizens is sponsoring a trip to the Peterborough Basket Company, in Peterborough New Hampshire and Silver Ranch in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

On Sunday January 27th, A New England Tradition Continues… The Peterboro Basket Company continues the time-honored tradition of basket making. For almost 150 years the company has produced baskets legendary for their quality and durability. It is the oldest business and building in Peterborough. Come and learn about the Craftsmanship, patience, and time which are all factors of this great New England tradition.

ABC members will be given a private tour of the retail space and receive an explanation and demonstration of basket weaving. After the tour, you will be able to purchase baskets and other products related to basket weaving.

We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant before moving on to our afternoon activity. We will visit Silver Ranch in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. You will enjoy the sound of jingling bells, creak of leather, and squeak of snow under runners or rumble of wheels as you take a two mile Hayride or Sleigh ride through the woods. If time permits airplane charters are available at an additional twenty dollars per person. If you’re interested in this additional activity, please give me a call.

The bus will depart from Boston’s Park Street Station at 9:00 AM and return in the early evening. The price for this day experience will be only $40 for ABC members and $75 for nonmembers. The price includes round-trip transportation, a sleigh or hay ride , admission to the special private tour and continental breakfast on the road.

Please make checks or money orders payable to Association of Blind Citizens and mail to
PO. Box 246,
Holbrook, MA 02343.

Be sure to include your telephone number on the check or money order so that we can call you with updated information. If the trip is canceled or rescheduled, your payment is fully refundable. For more information leave a message for John Oliveira at
781-654-2000.

To join the Association of Blind Citizens visit
www.blindcitizens.org or call
781 654-2000 and leave the requested information on our voice mail system.

Association Of Blind Citizens Holiday Party

The Association of Blind Citizens will hold it’s first annual Holiday Luncheon on December 1 at the Fours Restaurant located at 166 Canal street in Boston. The restaurant is a two minute walk from the North Station MBTA station.

The sit down lunch will include several appetizers, a variety of hot sandwiches and a cash bar. The party will begin at 12:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM.

Come and be part of a holiday sing along, participate in raffles, and be part of a traditional Yankee Swap. If you wish to participate in the Yankee Swap you must bring a wrapped gift valued at seven to ten dollars.

Advance purchase of tickets for ABC’s holiday luncheon will be five dollars for members and ten for nonmembers and must be purchased prior to November 26. Ticket prices at the door are ten dollars for members and fifteen for nonmembers.

Bring your friends and be part of this memorable holiday event. Make checks payable to the Association of Blind Citizens and mail to
P.O. Box 246
Holbrook, MA 02343.

Please be sure to include your telephone number on your check. If you have any questions please contact John Oliveira at
781 654-2000.

Apple Picking and Winery Tour

The Association of Blind Citizens is sponsoring a trip to Nashoba Valley Winery, Orchard and J’s Restaurant.

Come and celebrate the Orchard’s ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL with ABC on September 8th.

We will be given a tour of the winery and enjoy a wine tasting. You will be able to purchase your favorite food at a Traditional barbecue and lots of ice cream from the ice cream stand. You may enjoy your treats while you listen to live music or enjoy a hay ride through the Orchard.

Nashoba Valley Winery’s signature Harvest Festival will feature the best of the Pick Your Own Season as the orchard will be in full production. Peaches, blackberries, raspberries, and Gravenstein and McIntosh apples will all be available for picking. Also, the winery’s rustic farm house restaurant, is available for a more formal lunch. As we depart Bolton, we will make a stop at Bolton Orchards. Bolton Orchards has a vast retail area where you will be able to purchase your favorite and fruity delights for the ride home.

The bus will depart from New Bedford at the Wilks Library at 8:00 AM and Boston from the Park Street Station at 9:30 AM and return in the early evening. The price for this day experience will be only $30 for ABC members and $45 for nonmembers. The price includes round-trip transportation, a hay ride, admission to the winery tour and musical entertainment.

Please make checks or money orders payable to Association of Blind Citizens and mail to
PO. Box 246,
Holbrook, MA 02343.

Be sure to include your telephone number on the check or money order so that we can call you with the exact location of your pick-up. If the trip is canceled or rescheduled, your payment is fully refundable. For more information leave a message for John Oliveira at
781-654-2000.

To join the Association of Blind Citizens visit
www.blindcitizens.org or call
781 654-2000 and leave the requested information on our voice mail system.

Baseball Practice

ABC’s Boston Renegades will be holding beep baseball practice on May 11 at noon at the Cypress Lights Field located on the corner of Cypress and Tappen Street, Brookline. You can access the field from the D Line of the MBTA and get off at the Brookline Hills stop and cross the street and you will be at the field. Use the entrance that contains the light towers. We will be holding practice and play our games on this field on Saturdays until june 9th. After the practice join us for a snack at a area restaurant.

For more information contact John Oliveira at 781-654-2000.

First Baseball Practice

The Boston Renegades first practice will be held on May 5th at 12:00 pm at Cassidy Park on the field at the corner of Chestnut Hill Avenue and Beacon Street in Brighton. You can access the entrance to the field off of Chestnut Hill Avenue. You can take public transportation that will bring you very close to the field. Take the Green line’s C train to Clevland Circle which will bring you to the corner of Chestnut Hill Avenue and Beacon Street. If you proceed down Chestnut Hill Avenue, you will find the entrance to the field a short distance from the corner. You can also access the intersection of Chestnut Hill Avenue and Beacon Street from the Green Line’s B and D trains. Using the C train is easier and lets you off directly at this intersection. I will have one of the team assistants at this intersection at 11:45 to assist players in locating the field.

This Spring has been very wet and has caused much damage to many of the area’s baseball fields. Because of the wet weather many fields in Brookline have been taken out of service. This has left the Boston Renegades looking for a field. We are also competing with little league and other local leagues for field space. To find out if the field will be available for public use you need to call ABC’s field info line where cancellation notices will be posted by 3:00 PM on the day of an evening practice and by 9:00 AM on the day of an afternoon practice.

You may reach ABC’s beep baseball info line at 1-800-555-8355 and enter 1077176 at the main menu. The ABC has been granted a permit for the date and time, but the city reserves the right to close the field because of conditions related to weather or safety concerns.

We will be having a batting clinic starting at 12:30 PM. It is very important that all players who intend to play this year come to this practice. We need to know the real level of interest and how committed players will be this summer. The clinic will be very important and will not be available again this summer. ABC also needs to determine actual number of players that will be on the team. ABC has been granted a permit by Brookline for every Saturday from May 12 to June 9th. We will have the field from noon to 4 PM. We will be playing games on June 2 and 23. We will hold practice on the remaining Saturdays in May and June. I will provide more details in another message.

Please pass the word on to anyone you know that wishes to play ball this year. We will be able to work on other practice dates and schedule later but we need all players to be at this practice on Saturday afternoon. We still need two or three sighted team assistants; so if you know someone that might be interested, please let me know. If you have any questions you can email me at president@blindcitizens.org.

ABC Meeting on March 14

The Association of Blind Citizens will hold a meeting at the Boston Public Library from 6 to 8 PM on March 14, 2001. Come and learn about beep ball and how you can participate as a player, team assistant or volunteer. If you are blind or visually impaired, ABC may have a spot on the roster for you this summer. If you want a support role on the team then come to this meeting. Attend this meeting and learn how you should be training to play a competitive sport. Join ABC officers after the meeting for dinner at a nearby restaurant.

If you have any questions please visit our web site at
www.blindcitizens.org or call John Oliveira at 781 654-2000.

If you wish to financially support this beep ball recreational program by making a tax deductible contribution, you can make checks or money orders payable to
the Association of Blind Citizens,
P.O. Box 246,
Holbrook, MA 02343.

Abc Trip to maple sugar house

The Association of Blind Citizens is sponsoring a tour to an authentic maple syrup sugarhouse and the Concord Museum on March 24th.

Come with us to Parkers Maple Barn where you will experience a Sugar House in full operation. Learn how to make maple syrup the old fashioned way, with a wood fire. This gives the maple syrup a distinct flavor that you just don’t get with an oil fire. Making maple syrup has been a family tradition at Parker’s for 3 decades. After our guided tour of the sugarhouse, you will enjoy breakfast where you will have a chance to enjoy the maple syrup. After breakfast you will have some free time to browse in the gift shop where you can purchase many maple products. As we return to Boston we will stop at the concord Museum for a private tour. Concord, Massachusetts is a community rich in historical association, renowned as the site of the battle that began the American Revolution and as the home of the most original thinkers and writers of the American literary renaissance.

The Museum, founded in 1886, serves as a center of learning and cultural enjoyment for the thousands of visitors touring Concord each year. The Concord Museum collection began around 1850 and was exhibited before the Civil War; only a handful of Americana collections can claim to be as old or as remarkably well-documented. The Concord Museum collection is a distinguished one containing numerous examples of 17th, 18th, and 19th-century decorative arts — case furniture, tables, seating furniture, clocks, looking glasses, textiles, ceramics, and metalware — all with histories linking them to first owners in Concord. The collection has been recognized for its national significance by curators, historians and educators for more than a century.

Highlights of the Museum’s renowned collection include:

  • The lantern hung in the Old North Church steeple on the night of Paul Revere’s famous ride
  • Artifacts from the American Revolution, including powder horns, muskets,cannonballs and fifes.
  • The world’s largest collection of Thoreau possessions, including furnishings from his cabin at Walden Pond
  • The contents of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study where he wrote his influential essays

The cost of this exciting and educational trip is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. The charge includes roundtrip transportation, breakfast, all admission fees, taxes and tips. Our luxury motor coach will depart from the Wilks Library in New Bedford at 7:30 AM, from Boston at 8:45 AM outside the Park Street station on the Tremont street side and from Cambridge at 9:00 AM at the passenger pick up and drop off area in the Alwife MBTA station. Space on this trip is limited so please register as soon as possible. Please make checks or money orders payable to the Association of Blind Citizens or ABC and mail to
PO. Box 246,
Holbrook, MA 02343.

Please include your telephone number on your check or money order so that we can provide you with additional departure location information. ABC will issue a refund if we cancel the trip; otherwise your trip fee is nonrefundable. If you have any questions please contact John Oliveira at (781) 654-2000 or by email at
president@blindcitizens.org.

ABC offers Scholarship.

The Association of Blind Citizens will be offering four scholarships to blind or visually impaired individuals seeking a college degree. The scholarships will be offered for the 2002/2003 school year. The scholarships may be applied to tuition, living expenses or related expenses resulting from vision impairment. A scholarship committee will be appointed to further develop criteria for eligibility. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit www.blindcitizens.org and click on the scholarship link for more details and an application form

Join the Association of Blind Citizens today by visiting our web site at
www.blindcitizens.org or by calling our voice mail at 781 654-2000 and provide us with the requested information.

“Our Cups Runneth Over”

Functional & Sculptural Ceramic Cups Tour

Tuesday, November 28th, 2000

You are cordially invited to The Society of Arts and Crafts, 175 Newbury St., on Tuesday, November 28th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for blind, visually impaired and sighted ABC members to experience fine craft as we offer a guided tour featuring the work of over 50 ceramic artists from across the country. Cups range from tumblers to teacups, and from functional to sculptural. Both one-of-a-kind pieces and limited production work will be represented. As time permits, we will also highlight several artists represented in our retail gallery.

Please rsvp via email to societycraft@earthlink.net, or by phone to
Tiffany Grossman at (617) 266-1810 x12. Space is limited.


Accessible musical at Wheelock Theater

The Association of Blind Citizens is proud to support accessible theater productions. ABC is proud to announce member weekend at the theater. Please join us at the award winning Wheelock Family Theatre for an exciting performance of Hello, Dolly! Winner of a record ten Tony Awards, Hello, Dolly!, with its brilliant musical score, gorgeous costumes and dazzling dancing waiters, is the quintessential American musical. Enjoy an audio described performance of this classical musical.

The Audio Described performances will be held on November 24th at 7:30 PM & November 26th at 3:00 PM. A special price is being offered to ABC members. In order to receive this member’s only discount you must purchase your tickets through ABC by November 1, 2000. Tickets are $15, $13, $8.

Please make checks or money orders payable to Association of Blind Citizens and mail to
PO. Box 246,
Holbrook, MA 02343.

To qualify for this members only discount you must join ABC by November 1, 2000. To join ABC please visit our web site at
www.blindcitizens.org and click on the join link.

You may also join by telephone by calling
781-654-2000 and providing the requested information on our voice mail. Membership is currently free.

Get your friends together and support accessible theater performances in and around Boston. You may purchase as many tickets as you need and all orders must be received by November 1 to guarantee this special ABC price.


Next meeting

The Association of Blind Citizens will hold a meeting at the Boston Public Library from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, November 2, 2000. Come and learn what exciting activities are being planned by the newest consumer organization of blind and visually impaired individuals.

We urge you to attend this meeting and share your ideas for our organization. We would like your assistance and participation to carry out an aggressive legislative agenda for the upcoming year. Several recreational and cultural activities are currently under development which will be of interest to many of you.

If you are blind or visually impaired, or are a friend or family member of someone who is visually impaired take the time to attend this meeting and gain valuable information that is guaranteed to have an impact.

Come and join us to learn more about this exciting organization.

For more information please call John Oliveira, President or Brian Langlois, Secretary at 781-654-2000 or visit us on the world wide web at
www.blindcitizens.org


Trip to Old Sturbridge Village

The Association of Blind Citizens is sponsoring a trip to Old Sturbridge Village. Come and celebrate HALLOWEEN 19TH-CENTURY STYLE with ABC on October 28th.

Old Sturbridge Village is an outdoor museum that re-creates everyday life in a New England town of the early 19th century. The museum has nearly 40 restored buildings, including mills, shops, homes, a working farm, and meetinghouses.

After completing our visit to Old Sturbridge Village, we will stop at Hyland brewery and orchard. We will be given a private tour of the brewery and enjoy some free samples. You will be able to purchase freshly baked products from the bake shop and homemade ice cream from the ice cream stand. You may enjoy your treats while you listen to live music or visit some farm animals. You may also want to take the opportunity to go apple picking in the orchard. The bus will depart from New Bedford at 7:30 AM and Boston at 8:45 AM and return in the early evening. The price for this day experience will be only $30 for ABC members and $45 for nonmembers. The price includes round-trip transportation, lunch, admission to Old Sturbridge Village and Hyland Brewery and Orchard.

Please make checks or money orders payable to Association of Blind Citizens and mail to
PO. Box 246, Holbrook, MA 02343.

Be sure to include your telephone number on the check or money order so that we can call you with exact location of your pick up. If the trip is canceled or rescheduled, your payment is fully refundable. For more information leave a message for
John Oliveira at 781-654-2000.

To join the Association of Blind Citizens visit
www.blindcitizens.org or call
781 654-2000 and leave the requested information on our voice mail system.


Beep Baseball Game

The Association of Blind Citizens is sponsoring a beep baseball game on October 21st at noon at the Cypress Lights Field located on the corner of Cypress and Tappen Street, Brookline. You can access the field from the D Line of the MBTA and get off at the Brookline Hills stop and cross the street and you will be at the field. Use the entrance that contains the light towers. Come and cheer on the ABC Renegades as we play the Lowell Labs.

After the game join us for a snack at a area restaurant. The admission cost for the game is five dollars for nonmembers and no charge for ABC members.

For more information contact John Oliveira at 781-654-2000.

Join the Association of Blind Citizens today by visiting our web site at
www.blindcitizens.org or by calling our voice mail at 781 654-2000 and provide us with the requested information.