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All this and more await bridge players coming to the Fall NABC in Boston. District 25 is excited to provide an opportunity to showcase the New England Region and all it has to offer. Six New England states plus Cape Cod, the Hartford Bridge Club (which is the oldest member-owned club in North America) and the Goodwill Committee will each sponsor a day during the tournament. There will be a daily drawing for a gift bag filled with products from each New England location. Hospitality items will feature selected cuisines from New England. Stop by the display tables during the tournament to learn more about each location, its unique features and the surprises we have to share with you.

New England Region DayNovember 20th
Maine State DayNovember 21st
Massachusetts State DayNovember 22nd
Hartford Bridge Club DayNovember 23rd
Goodwill DayNovember 24th
Connecticut State DayNovember 25th
Rhode Island State DayNovember 26th
Cape Cod DayNovember 27th
New Hampshire State DayNovember 28th
Vermont State DayNovember 29th

New England Region Day - November 20, 2008

New England is well known for its beauty, history, and culture. Four distinct seasons conjure up images of the wonderful delights awaiting those who visit many picturesque locations. Lazy summers afford the opportunity to explore miles of beaches along New England’s coastline and savor world-renowned seafood specialties. Brilliant autumns, with their fall foliage, blanket the country side in red and gold. Crystal sharp winters bring snow-laden mountain slopes to challenge any skier’s prowess. The lush green colors of spring provide a pleasant backdrop for picnics and hiking on a multitude of New England trails.

Each of the six New England states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont – offers vacationers a unique experience. Historic sites date back to our nations founding while modern casinos boast to be the largest in the country. Rolling green landscapes in small town villages are not far from metropolitan areas filled with industry and cultural activities. Majestic mountains overlook miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean waters.

It is rare to find another region with such diverse features. Join us at the Boston NABC and find out why New England remains high on the list for many travelers.
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Maine State Day - November 21, 2008

Maine is a vacation land encompassing nearly all of the outdoor beauty and cultural pleasures that New England offers as a whole. The northern and inner regions welcome whitewater rafters, skiers, snowmobilers, hunters, and fishermen with their mountains, majestic forests, and abundant lakes and streams. The coastline is sprinkled with lighthouses that send out their beacons and mournful hoots for mariners. One highlight of the coastal region is the magnificent Acadia National Park, where early-morning hikers can watch the sun rise in the first place in the United States. Old Orchard Beach and Kennebunkport are family attractions in southeast Maine with several miles of spectacular ocean beach. No outdoorsman has seen it all until they visit Baxter State Park and Mount Kathadin, which is larger in size than the state of Rhode Island.

Maine’s towns and cities have made an effort to preserve much of their 18th- and 19th-century neighborhoods. These elegant buildings now are often the home of excellent resttaurants (don’t miss the lobster), galleries, antique stores, and unique, charming shops. Coastline cities and towns welcome visitors to watch the action at their working harbors, where private and commercial fishing boats move in and out among pleasure boats, ferries to Canada, and whale-watch cruise boats. Portland, the largest city in Maine, which was first settled in 1632, has preserved much of its "old port" neighborhood. The Kittery Outlets have over 120 shops and L.L. Bean in Freeport attracts thousands of shoppers annually.

Historic inns and B&Bs, many of which were once sea captains’ homes, let you rest in places where history was made. Resorts and hotels along the coast and inland offer a variety of lodging services. Maine is the place to go for cool summer breezes, biking along the sea, shopping for bargains, or discovering New England’s seafaring past. With its inland mountains, rocky coastline, and charming cities, Maine offers the entire palette of New England’s pleasures.
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Massachusetts State Day - November 22, 2008

Boston in November is a wonderful city to explore, with outstanding historical, cultural and recreational activities. The Freedom Trail is a "don’t miss" opportunity to walk through our country’s early history, following the red footprints from Boston Common to the USS Constitution. Many theaters are within walking distance of the host hotels, or a short taxi ride away. You’ll find touring companies of the most popular Broadway shows and regional theater productions of Broadway quality can be found at prices New York hasn’t seen in years. For sports enthusiasts tickets are usually available at a premium for Celtics and Bruins games in Boston proper. Our New England Patriots are in suburban Foxboro, a short ride away, and tickets may be purchased from brokers.

November weather can be unpredictable, but often quite mild given the time of year. Our location is ideal for getting out and walking to window-shop, people-watch and take in one of the most beautiful and walkable cities in our country. For thhose who attended the 1999 Boston Fall NABC you may recall that the weather was so mild you could lunch outdoors at many nearby restaurants.

On Saturday November 22nd, the host state of Massachusetts has some special plans for bridge players joining us in Boston. Besides our state day table providing a wealth of information, we will have a Boston Trivia Quiz in the Daily Bulletin. After the evening game we will draw names from those who participated in the quiz. The lucky winners will be awarded prizes. Post-game hospitality will give players a sampling of the delicious culinary delights from our state. So plan to stop by and join the fun. This could be your lucky day!
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Hartford Bridge Club Day - November 23, 2008

The Hartford Bridge Club is the oldest, continuously running, member-owned bridge club in North America. Located in Hartford, CT the club has grown from fewer than 50 members in 1931 to over 500 players on today’s roster. In 2006 we celebrated our 75th year in operation!

Players from novices to professionals have joined us at our bridge tables. One of the highlights in the club’s history includes a visit from Charles Goren. In 1945 he accepted an invitation to come to the Hartford Bridge Club to play in a tournament event. Club members were extremely pleased to have the presence of such a highly regarded bridge icon.

The club’s successful tenure is a tribute to the many volunteers who carry out a wide variety of programs to make the club more player-friendly. Numerous educational programs offer both beginners and intermediate players an opportunity to learn the game and improve their skills. By partnering with adult education programs in surrounding communities, we have expanded our contacts throughout the region and added new members to our club. In-house, we have instituted "warm touches" to make members feel more welcome, including a daily pairer player, who is available for anyone who comes in without a partner; a club librarian who manages an inflow of books for the reading pleasure of our members; a group of younger members who transport elderly members to and from the club; and, of course, an extensive array of refreshments for each of the dozen weekly games.

In recognition for its numerous efforts to promote the game of bridge, the Harford Bridge Club was honored as a recipient of the Jane Johnson Club of the Year Award in 2004. Our club is very pleased to be asked to sponsor a day at the 2008 Boston Nationals. When you stop by our table we would like to share some special moments from our history and a souvenir from our members. Please come by and see for yourself why our motto remains to be "The Club with a Heart".
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ACBL Goodwill Day - November 24, 2008

The ACBL Goodwill Committee was organized in 1955 with John E. Simon as chair and Louise Durham as co-chair. Aileen Osofsky became chair in 1985 and has expanded the committee’s endeavors, taking on promotion of active ethics, awareness of those with disabilities such as hearing loss, support for junior programs and naming of a goodwill member of the year. Each member of the ACBL Board of Directors is entitled to appoint two lifetime members from his or her district annually. Goodwill Day is celebrated the Monday of each NABC. Districts and units are encouraged to establish and recognize their own Goodwill Committees

The Goodwill Committee welcomes you to the 2008 Fall Nationals and hopes you enjoy your stay in Boston. Please take note of some of the small ways in which you can do your part to make the tournament a pleasant experience for all of our players. Good luck at the bridge table!

Top 10 Goodwill Gestures:

  1. Greet and Welcome Opponents
  2. Always Say, "Director, Please"
  3. Lead or Place Dummy before You Write
  4. Mentor a New Player
  5. Say, "Thank You, Partner"
  6. Compliment Opponent’s Play
  7. Discuss Hands after the Game
  8. Accept Defeat and Victory with Grace
  9. Leave a Tidy Table
  10. Smile Often!

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Connecticut State Day - November 25, 2008

Connecticut has everything. Perched on New England’s eastern seaboard, life in this small state offers everything from urban Fairfield County, for many a suburb of New York City, to the relaxed, country-like beauty of the rolling Litchfield County Hills. Connecticut offers a full spectrum of diversified geography, artistic venues, business enterprises, and educational opportunities.

The foothills of the Berkshires dominate the northwestern corner of the state where covered bridges, picturesque villages, and the reasonable proximity to New York capture the attention of many who choose this location for first or second homes. Along Long Island Sound the coastal towns retain their light houses, beaches, and charm. Mystic Seaport recaptures the whaling and seagoing industries of long ago and the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is devoted solely to the sea life and research of Long Island Sound. To the east there are glamorous casinos and rural countrysides which attract visitors from near and far. In the center of the state is the capital city of Hartford, which is known as the nation’s insurance center, and boasts home to the famous Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, the historic Old State House, and the residences of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The state is an industrial center noted for insurance, manufacturing and banking. Artists thrive with numerous venues for expression from larger performing centers to small intimate playhouses. Many prestigious universities continue to draw students from around the world which boast world leaders and famous personalities among their graduates. Entertainment and vacation spots abound across the state bringing thousands of visitors annually.

Connecticut is clearly a state with a broad appeal for its residents and many tourists, not the least of which are the 3000+ avid bridge players in its membership. The Connecticut Bridge Association is proud to have North America’s oldest continuously operated member-owned club as part of its unit – the Hartford Bridge Club – which is 77 years and counting. Come visit our table at the Boston Nationals on CT State Day to learn more about what our state has to offer and look for the special treats for those who stop by!
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Rhode Island State Day - November 26, 2008

The State of Rhode Island, whose official name is the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, consists of 5 counties - Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington—seven cities and 32 towns. Providence, Rhode Island’s largest city and the state capital, was founded by Roger Williams in 1636. On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island was the first state to declare its independence from England –and the last of the 13 colonies to ratify the Constitution. Many buildings, including some private homes, date back to colonial times.

Rhode Island ranks 44th of the 50 states in population. Despite being the smallest state, Rhode Island has more than 300 miles of coastline and many rivers and lakes within its borders. The most prominent feature of the state is Narragansett Bay, which contains many small islands. Block Island is located 10 miles south of the mainland. The western part of the state is heavily forested, containing many fresh water lakes, ponds, and rivers to appeal to the non-seafaring visitor. Historic features include the Blackstone River, which is considered to be the first industrial river in the state, and the first textile mill in America standing along the banks of the river in Pawtucket, which has been converted into a museum.

For bridge trivia enthusiasts our state has something special to share. According to the bridge encyclopedia, Harold S. Vanderbilt of Newport, Rhode Island was the man who revised the scoring principles of auction bridge into the modern game of duplicate bridge enjoyed by millions today. Many of the early bidding systems were attributed to Vanderbilt. Come visit our display table on Rhode Island State Day and find out what other interesting facts our small state has to share with you.
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Cape Cod Day - November 27, 2008

Cape Cod is well-known to travelers as the most famous beach region in all of New England, offering spectacular ocean settings with views of wide dune fields and sandy bluffs. Add to this the charm of numerous harbors, quaint villages, and forests with the smell of the sea, and you'll understand the unique lure of this beautiful tourist location.

Besides its sandy beaches, Cape Cod is rich in history and offers a variety of activities to please visitors of all ages. The upper cape bridges serve as the entry way to this elbow-shaped peninsula located in the eastern most portion of Massachusetts. Early American history abounds here with towns founded in the early days of American history. Mid-cape highlights include a natural history museum of Cape Cod, ferry service to the nearby vacation islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, whale watch excursions, and Hyannis Harbor tours where you might see Basking sharks, ocean sun fish, dolphins, porpoises and more. Glass-blowing and shaping at the glass factory is both educational and entertaining. Heading down cape toward Provincetown, you'll pass the National Seashore and the location of the Marconi early experimental radio transmission station that successfully sent radio signals to Europe for the first time. Provincetown is past the picturesque dunes at Truro and offers a variety of shops that highlight the local arts. The 250 foot tall Pilgrim Tower located there is built on a hill and can be seen from about 15 miles away. Whale watching tours and fishing trips are available from the wharves here to enjoy the bounties of the Atlantic Ocean.

Whether you're looking for colonial history or modern activities, Cape Cod provides a spectrum of entertainment and educational endeavors. Restaurants of all type abound and are famous for their exceptional seafood cuisine. Whether you want to explore America’s early heritage, laze on the warm, sandy beaches, shop in the many unique little stores, or commune with nature on the many beautiful nature and bike trails, Cape Cod provides that special getaway with something for all to enjoy.
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New Hampshire State Day - November 28, 2008

New Hampshire’s bridge community takes great pride in seeing the NABC return to Boston for the first time in nine years. Just north of the Massachusetts border, New Hampshire is an excellent place in which to live and raise a family but also boasts many attractions for visitors. New Hampshire enjoys all four seasons, from a winter wonderland of popular skiing venues, to a summer haven for beach and lake enthusiasts, to a major annual destination for "leaf peepers" during fall foliage season. Improvements in highway design have made it easier to traverse the state, both north-south and east-west. For those arriving by air, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport offers many options for avoiding larger hubs and lengthy commutes.

New Hampshire is rich in history and tourist spots. The state abounds with small towns established in post-revolutionary times and mills that were once major centers of manufacturing. Over time, many of the state’s mills have been refurbished to serve the needs of a changing economy yet maintaining their heritage. The state’s largest cities—Nashua, Manchester and Concord—form the backbone of the southern tier, and are located close to Boston, the Atlantic Ocean, the White Mountains, Vermont and Maine, and eastern Canada, our great neighbor to the north. One major draw to this Granite State is a drive on the Mount Washington Auto Road. With the ever-changing weather conditions on this highest peak in New England, no two trips are ever the same and continue to lure travelers back. Beautiful Lake Winnipesauke is another key vacation spot . It is New Hampshire’s largest lake and the third largest in New England, spanning over 21 miles.

New Hampshire and ACBL Unit 150 welcome you to the Fall NABC. We hope you visit our display table to learn more about our state and that you will plan to visit the Granite State soon. Our doors are always open.
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Vermont State Day - November 29, 2008

Vermont is the place to simply stand still and enjoy the beauty of outdoors and nature. Jacques Cartier first saw the area in 1535. On July 30, 1609 French explorer Samuel de Champlain claimed t what is now Lake Champlain, giving the mountains the appellation "les Verts Monts" (the Green Mountains). It seems fitting that Vermont is known as the Green Mountain State, since it is one of America’s most eco-friendly states, with green hotels, organic farms and enthusiastic recycling. The lush green landscape, including its beautiful mountains and farmlands, provides a backdrop for hiking, biking, fishing or paddling through the cool forests.

Vermont is best known for its ski season and gorgeous fall foliage. Numerous white frosted mountains provide miles of trails for skiing, snow tubing, or boarding. After all, the snowboard is a great Vermont invention. Foliage season brings mile after mile of trees with leaves turned to red, gold and purple. The brightest reds are maples and the sugar maples are tapped in the spring for their sap which is boiled down to make its famous maple syrup. It is the only New England state without an ocean shoreline, but most of its western border is the historic and lovely Lake Champlain.

Visitors taking Vermont vacations receive a cozy, often old-fashioned welcome, at lodgings that can range from small B&Bs to country inns to modern resorts with spas and other luxuries. Historic sites feature the people and places of the American Revolution. Fascinating museums as well as art, theater and music venues help offset the abundant outdoor and winter activities. There is shopping in country stores, galleries, museum stores, or at sprawling outlet communities. Regardless of whether you are looking for outdoor or indoor adventures, there is something special for all who travel to Vermont, truly a state for all seasons.
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