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I know this is long, but I wanted to get all of the information in one place so that you could print this, if you needed to think it over.

Although everyone won't be able to make it to Colon Paloosa 8 it looks like we will have a good size group this year. We currently have ten who have made hotel reservations to date with four of those bringing someone with them for a total of fourteen. Hopefully we will have others who will decide to come to CP8.

The hotel sent me a reminder that the cutoff date for reservations is 9/13/2010. After this date, any unused portion of the group room block will be released for general sale and room reservations will be accepted on a space and rate availability only. If you know of anyone who is thinking about attending please forward this message to them.

Don and Jo Ann Smith

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Subject: Colon Palooza 8

The following is the link where you can make reservations at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth for Colon Paloosa 8, which will begin the evening of Oct. 13th and end on Sunday Oct. 17th.

https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=2505198

This is a dedicated booking website for Colon Paloosa 8 so you can make, modify and cancel hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. If you want to call the hotel to make your reservations, you can call 1-800-266-9432. Be sure and tell them you are attending Colon Palooka 8 so you will get the negotiated room rate. If you have any problems, email me or call me at 682-518-7986.
The negotiated room rate is $139 plus tax. The normal rate for this type of room is $249 and the size of the room is 414 square feet. You can go to the following hotel website to look at pictures of the hotel and rooms plus get more details on the room amenities. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dfwdt-the-worthington-renaissance-fort-worth-hotel/ The rooms do not have a fridge, however they will provide one for $15 the first night with subsequent nights charged at $10 per night. I know another group who recently negotiated with this hotel, and they are having to pay $196 for the same type of room.
I have blocked 15 rooms for the nights of Oct. 13th, 14th, 15, and 16th and guaranteed 10 rooms. However, if someone wants to come early or stay longer, you will be able to add the two nights prior to Oct. 13th and/or the two nights after Oct. 16th. for the $139 rate plus tax. To date I have 9 individuals or families who have indicated they are coming, plus one maybe. Reservations have to be made on or before Sept. 15 to ensure getting a room at the negotiated rate. I will monitor the reservations and if we need more than 15 rooms I will try and block additional rooms.
I was also able to negotiate a $139 rate for one Terrace Suite which will give us a place to gather as a group. The normal rate for this suite is $359. Sorry, but Jo Ann and I will be taking the suite which has two rooms, with 841 square feet plus a terrace with 249 square feet. It does have a fridge, but I am not sure it is a large one. Jo Ann and I plan to bring our ice chests where we can all store drinks, ice, etc. It should be a great place to get together, when we are not doing something fun outside the hotel.
I was not able to negotiate any type of discounted rate for upgrades for additional suites so if you want to upgrade you will have to do your own negotiating. They also have a balcony suite which is a little smaller than the terrace suite, and it's starting price is about $349, however you might be able to get them to come off of this price, but I don't know how much. You can look at the rooms alternatives on the hotel website.
I have attached another copy of possible events for Colon Paloosa 8. If anyone has any other ideas, let me know.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think might be interested in attending Colon Palooza 8.
Don and Jo Ann Smith
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ColonPalooza 8
Possible Events

(1) Possible place to meet for the Thursday evening get together. The bar on the roof is a great place to meet. http://www.reata.net/fort-worth-restaurant.html ; http://www.reata.net/reata-fort-worth-dining-rooms.html
(2) We have been to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar in downtown Fort Worth and it was great fun. You can reserve a big table for a group and is walking distance from all the hotel’s http://www.petesduelingpianobar.com/ Next door is the Impov Comedy Club which is great fun for a group.
(3) The Stockyards Historical District is about 5 or 10 minutes taxi ride north of downtown. If everyone wanted to go we could get a small bus which would be cheaper. They have a rodeo every Friday and Saturday night. Billy Bob’s is the largest honky-tonk in the world. There are also several others things to do in the Stockyards District within easy walking distance. See the attractions directory on the website. http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/
(4) The White Elephant Saloon can be a fun place and is in the Stockyards Historical District. They have live music every night. http://www.myspace.com/whiteelephantsaloon
(5) Here is a Fort Worth site that lists several things people might be interested in doing. Base Performance Hall and three live theaters all downtown. Pub crawl and live music. All within walking distance of the hotels http://www.fortworth.com/weekend/
(6) If anyone is up for museums about 5 or 10 minutes taxi ride to the west of downtown are five museums all within walking distance of each other. They are all probably within three or four blocks of each other. http://www.fortworth.com/visitors/museums/
(7) If anyone wants to make the trip to Dallas which is 30 minutes by car or over an hour by train it can be great fun. If a lot of people wanted to make a day of it we could rent a van. You can also get to the Fair by train/light rail. Leaving the downtown Fort Worth Intermodal Center the Trinity Railway Express train takes about 50 minutes to get to Victory Station in Dallas. There you have to switch to the Dart green light rail line and proceed to the Fair Park Station where the State Fair is located which takes another 20 minutes. Probably an hour and ten minutes is the best you can do. I have attached the websites for the State Fair, Trinity Railway Express, and Dart light rail. The State Fair of Texas is very large and so this is certainly a whole day for anyone wanting to go. http://www.bigtex.com/ ; http://www.trinityrailwayexpress.org/ ; http://www.dart.org/riding/dartrail.asp
(8) Tour of Cowboy Stadium. http://stadium.dallascowboys.com/

dorookie
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I have already reserved my room, will you be posting meet up times and places when it gets closer? I am so looking forward to meeting everyone. Are there any dinner plans for all of us? I have never been to one so kind of not sure what we will be doing? Guess I am just wondering if we will be doing things together?

Beth

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Yes and yes. Details will be sent out as CP8 gets closer. We will have a meet up dinner for everyone, and when we know what time you are coming in, we will meet you in the lobby. Our group is just as supportive as it is on our website, but much more fun. Jo Ann

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I am excited and I can wait...Thanks..

I meant I cant wait...LOL

Beth

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Don & Jo Ann:
Looking forward to CP8! For anyone out there who may be "just considering"..."just DO it!" I first attended CP6, and found it to be a GREAT group of people, who REALLY know how to enjoy life, and who REALLY "get it". We've all been in the same boat at one time or another, so we're already bonded! Guaranteed good time!
Cheryl

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I'm coming! I've missed the last 2 paloozas, but won't miss this one! Can't wait to see my old pals and meet a few new ones!

I will be there Friday to Sunday, can't make it on Thursday. Will be booking my room this week.

Happy Monday!

Stacy

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I am flying in the 9th. I want to catch the Dallas game that Sunday. So I will have an extended vacation. I am bringing my Brother with me. That was a last minute change of plans but a very nice change. Special time to kick it wit the bro.... I am soooooooo there!!! Can't wait to see ya'll!!!

Jennie

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My room is booked....arriving on Thursday. I can't wait to make new friends and reconnect with those I've met at past Paloozas! It is an experience like no other!

Thank you Don and Jo Ann for all of your extra effort in making this a Palooza to remember.

Hugs to all,

Kay

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We are all booked. This will be my third Colon Palooza. I highly recommend attending.

Debbie

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I see there is a casino 73.6 miles north of our hotel. Anyone interested in a ROAD TRIP???

There are only 5 rooms left at the current rate so those thinking about it might want to book their room now to get the great rate.

Beth, Having a few locals means we find out the best food for the best price around (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts).

Lisa P.

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I am so excited and it looks like we are going to have a big group. I cant wait to meet everyone, this will be my first one...Any word on T-Shirts?

Beth

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Let's see final count before we decide on T-shirts. j

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Is there one nearby?

Hugs, Kathi

dorookie
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That would be so cool to get to meet you, hope you make it...

Beth

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Can those who are attending respond to this? I'd like to get an idea of who I might be seeing!

Thanks for coordinating all of this Joann & Don! You are the best!

Hugs,

Stacy

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Stacy,

John and I will be there. We can't wait to see everyone.

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I'll post the list tomorrow. Got a hot date whose taking me out to eat right now. j

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Got my room reserved already, I will be there...

Will there be T shirts to buy for this event?

Excited

Beth

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I'm bringing my husband, Jerry with me this time. Got the room, but not the flight yet. Waiting to see if Delta drops the price. (Doesn't seem to happen much since Northwest became Delta.) Can't wait!
Cheryl

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Cheryl and husband, Beth, Jennie and brother, Knort, Scouty, Sladich and husband, Suzann, Peggy, Craig, Janie, Jo Ann and Don. I count 14 at this time. There are several more who have not registered, but say that they are coming. I'm sure there will be local people show up or I hope so anyway. You need to register right away if you are coming so that you get the blocked rooms at the discounted rate.
Jo Ann

FYI - On February 6, 2011 Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas will host Super Bowl XLV. The Renaissance Worthington Hotel where we will hold Colon Palooza 8 will be the headquarters for ESPN Sports during Super Bowl. The following was in the Fort Worth News Paper.

ESPN's choice of Fort Worth as the network's Super Bowl XLV headquarters and Sundance Square as its beachhead has Fort Worth hotels waiting to see what groups the National Football League assigns them.
The Renaissance Worthington hotel, near the Chisholm Trail parking lot where the network will set up its broadcast pavilion, learned Tuesday that the NFL assigned 75 rooms in the hotel to ESPN for the peak Super Bowl period, said Jim Gabler, the hotel's director of sales and marketing. And the NFL may assign more rooms in the Worthington to ESPN……..
Don

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I am bringing my better half, Wendy, she is excited to come meet everyone too, as I always talk about everyone here...Second family to me..

Beth

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Hugs, Kathi

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It sounds like sooooo much fun! Looks like it will be my daughter again...my beau is not really a 'joiner'....ROFL!

Hugs, Kathi

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Hope you had a great day today. Looking forward to seeing you in October at CP8.

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I hope you CP8 people party like it's 2010! Seriously, it sound like mucho fun. Maybe I will make it to CP9, I would love to meet so many of you.

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