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Meetings will be on Zoom until further notice.
Our group is co-ed and has been meeting for over 6 years. We enjoy chatting with each other, eating good food and discussing interesting books. Every meeting is fun! Newcomers are always welcome!
Please RSVP on our Meetup website. Your future Fiction Addiction Book Club dates will be posted on a monthly basis in the future.
February 1, 2022, "The Last Bookshop in London" by Madeline Martin, Reviewer, Linda Ficacelli.
Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, it is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.
Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace Bennett discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.
March 1, 2022, "The Four Winds" by Kristen Hannah, Reviewer, Nancy Sheehan
An epic novel by the NYT bestselling and award winning author and popular in our book club of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.
. . . . Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life.
*Other books we have read by Kristen Hannah: The Nightingale, The Girls of Fire Fly Lane, The Great Alone, Winter Garden, The Magic Hour.
April 5, 2022, "Book of Lost Friends" by Lisa Wingate, Reviewer, Ann Meacham
A new novel by award winning author, Lisa Wingate, was inspired by historical events: a story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its connection to her own students' lives.
She brings to life stories from actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold off.
A heartwarming story.
Snowmobile weekend...Join us for a fabulous winter get away!!! This includes lovely accommodations at a country inn in North Conway, New Hampshire. Friday, snowmobiling in the North Conway area, Saturday optional skiing at nearby Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine or choose from many activities in the area listed below. All this makes for a wonderful weekend for everyone!
This trip will be limited to the first 16 people who sign up. So sign up today! $150 deposit to Jeff Schleidt confirms your reservation. Venmo (as Friend)[masked] (Preferred) or His address will be messaged to you once you sign up. Please read all the details below.
Lodging at the New England Inn in Intervale, NH
Go on line to see all that is has to offer.
SNOWMOBILING WILL BE NOW 3 HOURS OF FUN
this will cost a little more but it will be worth it.
Single sled is $140
Double sled is $180
Helmets come with sled
Snow gear,(snow suit, boots) $10
Bring your own gloves
Prices as follows with snowmobiling gear
Helmets come with sled,
Best deal 2 sharing kingsize bed
Lodge duplex, kitchen 3 king bedrooms
Room $340 + double sled $180 = $520 divide by 2 = $260 each
Room $340 + single sled $140x2 = $620 Divide by 2 -$310 each
3 per room cabin with kingsize bed and 2 twins
$280.( Double sled) for snowmobiling
$350. Single Sled
2 Per Room cabin with kingsize bed and 1 twin
$375 Double sled
$445 Single sled
Cabin by it self 2 people
Please indicate your choice of roommate otherwise will be assigned
Price includes accommodations Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, cobiling ( 3 hour guided snowmobiling tour along a mountain trail) helmet. Snowmobile gear $10.
Depart Thursday, 2/3/2022@ 9 a.m. Meet up sites TBD
All meals and other adventures will be at members expense. I have a weekend planned with fun activities as shown below. The itinerary is subject to change. You are always free to leave the group and do your own thing.
Thursday: dinner at the Inn at Tuckermans Tavern
Friday: Snowmobiling ~8:30 a.m. ~ Breakfast at a great breakfast place within 10 minutes of the inn.
Head to Northern Extreme Exposures in Bartlett, 20 minutes away. We'll suit up in our snow mobile clothing (included) and head out for a scenic 2 hour guided tour. Snowmobile reservations are for TBD (usually 10 a.m. or noon.
You may choose to stroll through North Conway and check out the town, Snow Shoe or cross country ski, Snowmobile, visit a local brewery, swim at the Inn, play games or enjoy plenty of options in the area.
~Late afternoon we'll take a trip to a local pub that has great food, great music and is a great place to unwind and enjoy each others company.
~We'll have breakfast at the Inn
Ski: interested in skiing to Shawnee Peak, Bridgton, Maine, about 20 minutes from North Conway.
Snowmobile, 3 hour 10:30 - 1:30
Snow shoe or cross country ski on nearby trail
Take a scenic drive through Mount Washington to the Mount Washington Grand Resort and enjoy a gourmet lunch overlooking the beautiful White Mountains
Trip to Tuckermans Brewery
Enjoy a spa treatment at a local spa
Shop the outlets for bargains
Bring your bathing suit and enjoy a swim at the Inn
I will be bringing all the games from game night so be prepared for LOL's
Sunday morning, we'll get on the road after breakfast and return to reality.
Summary of out of pocket meal costs - just summarizing, but on the high side, total for all meals around $250. Costs will vary depending on your palate, your drink choices and your own pocketbook.
Breakfasts Friday - Sunday $8 - $12 including tips $30
Lunches Thursday - Sunday $8 - $15 including tips $40
Dinners - Not including alcohol
Thursday at the Inn $25
Friday, local Pub $25 - $40
Saturday dinner $30 - $60
Call Jeff at[masked] with any questions
NO refunds after 1/10/2022
Bring snacks, fruits,BYOB for the rooms. There are small refrigerators in each room There is a common room on the property and last visit the owners allowed us to use the room for games in the evening.
FEBRUARY 19 – 27, 2022 (Tour 2/20 - 2/26) We will go 1 day prior and stay 1 day later due to end time of tours on the 26th. Upfront cost $250 LAND DEPOSIT, $675 AIR FARE, $264 TRAVEL & SERVICE INSURANCE. Balance due 11/22/21
I have one double (already have a roommate for you, female only).
Included ~ 7 Night Tour package with 1 Pre Night & 1 Post Night ~ 8 Nights, 9 days Travel Insurance, Air fare from BDL to LAS (non stop). $[masked]
**YOU MUST BE VACCINATED** New travel rules as of 9/1/21. Unfortunately a few had to drop out so we have an opening for 2 vaccinated members. PLEASE CALL ME. The $100 payment with your RSVP will be refunded once I get your Credit Card info for land, air & insurance booking.
10/9 - Prices may be higher at time of booking due to change in airfare and will be added to cost. As of today, the price above includes today's air pricing. Breakfast daily (except Pre/Post mornings), 1 lunch, 2 dinners
2/19/22 - Depart Hartford 8 a.m. Arrive Vegas 10:42 a.m.
2/26/22 Depart Vegas 12 p.m. Arrive Hartford 2/27/22 7:38 p.m. Redeye
*Options for air on your own would reduce cost by $675. As long as your in Vegas at Treasure Island on 2/20/22 for the start of the tour & welcome meeting at 6 p.m. you can arrange your own air if desired. Upon departure from Vegas - the last leg will drop us at the airport and flights must be made AFTER 3 PM, hence the Post night stay over.
ROOMMATES ~ If you are going to travel with a friend/member, make note. If not, I will pair you with a like minded member.
Day 1 Saturday, 2/19/22 ARRIVE IN LAS VEGAS and explore on your own. Overnight Treasure Island
Day 2 Sunday, 2/20/22 If you arrived on Saturday, you have all day to explore. I will present several options, rental car suggestions. 6 PM – Treasure Island (locations will be posted when we check in). We will meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink. Overnight Treasure Island
Day 3 Monday, 2/21/22 The tour and all the adventures begin. LAS VEGAS–ZION NATIONAL PARK–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
ZION NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing with free time to explore.BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing includes scenic drive through the park. Overnight Bryce Canyon Grand
Day 4 Tuesday, 2/22 BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK–MOAB
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive to Moab..MOAB Free time this evening. Overnight Hyatt Place Moab
Day 5 Wednesday, 2/23 MOAB. EXCURSION TO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK & DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing includes scenic drive through the park.DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK Guided visit. Return to Moab for free time this evening. Overnight Hyatt Place Moab
Day 6 Thursday, 2/24 MOAB–MONUMENT VALLEY NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
MONUMENT VALLEY NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK 4-Wheel-Drive tour with a Navajo Guide. Visit Goulding’s Lodge for regional lunch including Navajo Fry Bread.GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Orientation drive. Free time this evening. Overnight Maswik North – Grand Canyon National Park Lodge
Day 7 Friday, 2/25 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Free day. Farewell dinner. ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in the Grand Canyon with a helicopter flightseeing tour. Overnight Maswik North – Grand Canyon National Park Lodge
Day 8 Saturday, 2/26 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Morning drive to Las Vegas.LAS VEGAS. We will be dropped off at our hotel for an evening on our own. Overnight Treasure Island
Day 9, Sunday, 2/27 Breakfast on our own and departures to the airport for our flights home.
SWISS ESCAPE - ZURICH, NEUCHATEL-LAKE GENEVA-BERNE-LUCERNE-LUGANO March 3 - March 11, 2022
Update 11/5 - Sorry this one SOLD OUT fast due to the amazing price. Escapes offered usually only last a few days so next time, call me asap if you have the slightest thought of going. Thanks all!!
Call me[masked] or email me [masked] for more info and to request Client form for booking. You must be vaccinated and your passport should have an expiration date beyond August 15, 2022 *I am looking for a roommate because I want to do this trip.
$1,499pp Air-Inclusive Package (based on double occupancy) Single supplement only $250
ONLY WHILE AVAILABLE – BOOK NOW!!
Non stop flights JFK – ZUR MXP – JFK (New York/Zurich, Milan/New York) Depart JFK March 3, tour starts March 4, return date March 11
Depart JFK March 3, 7:45 pm arrive ZUR March 4, 9:40 a.m. (overnight)
Return MXP March 11, 12 pm arrive (same day) JFK 3:25
You would purchase your own r/t air to JFK
Lots of free time to explore each beautiful city on your own or join an optional excursion which will be offered while on tour.
ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. Dinner
ZURICH–NEUCHÂTEL–LAKE GENEVA - ZURICH Orientation walk of the old town includes sights of the Fraumünsterkirche. NEUCHÂTEL Free time en route to Geneva. 174 mi / 280 km Breakfast
LAKE GENEVA - LAKE GENEVA Guided visit to Chillon Castle. Free time this afternoon and evening. Breakfast
LAKE GENEVA–BERNE–LUCERNE - BERNE Guided walking tour includes the Old Town, a stop at Bear Park, and a panoramic view of the city from Rose Garden. Free time for lunch. Free time late afternoon and evening. 155 mi / 250 km Breakfast
LUCERNE - LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion Monument, the Old Town, and Chapel Bridge. Dinner at a local restaurant. Breakfast Dinner
LUCERNE–LUGANO - Scenic drive through the Swiss Alps on the way to Lugano.
LUGANO Free time. 112mi/180 km Breakfast
LUGANO - LUGANO Free time this morning and afternoon. Farewell dinner this evening at your hotel. ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Lugano with an excursion to Bellinzona Castles. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus Breakfast Dinner
LUGANO - Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Milan, Italy.) Breakfast
LUGANO - Optional Excursions (not included in price but can be purchased on the tour)
LAKE LUGANO CRUISE WITH MEAL
Embark your private boat for a relaxing cruise on breathtaking Lake Lugano and learn about the local traditions and dishes for dinner.
CASTLES OF BELLINZONA WITH LUNCH AND ENCHANTING COMO
Switzerland, Italy -- Italy, Switzerland. You'll have a tough time deciding which country you love best on this exceptional day trip featuring the fairytale castles of Bellinzona and the sparkling lake and lovely Old Town of Como.