Help With Tca Show
Posted 14 February 2004 - 05:35 PM
Can any one tell us where the Comfort Inn refered to in the TCA news letter is located , what town? city? and does anyone have an e-mail address for it.
Seeing we will be travelling more than half way around the planet to get there, what other places should we visit near Fairfax.
Jan can drive on the wrong side of the road so we would be mobile.
We are very interested in Civil war sites and Jan wants to see some quilting museums and quilting shops, (girls gun shops). We also believe the Blue Ridge Parkway would be worth driving, & thought that colonial Williamsburg or James Town might be interesting.
From LA or San Francisco, which airport would be the best 'hub' to fly into - Richmond VA, Baltimore MD, Arlington VA, or Alexandria VA?
Many thanks to anyone who can help.
Posted 14 February 2004 - 06:52 PM
Posted 14 February 2004 - 08:58 PM
Fly into Dulles International Airport if you can. It's only 15-20 miles from Fairfax, and no megalopolises between the airport and fairfax.
All the things you said you might do are cool. It's a beautiful part of the country. Get a good road atlas of the area and take secondary roads to and from the BRP. You might even just explore bitty back roads in the BRP area as the BRP itself can be pretty crowded sometimes.
In D.C itself there's a world of great things to do. The Smithsonian Museums on the D.C. mall are literallhy world-class.
One thing in the area that is very worthwhile doing is to tour George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. It's been remarkably preserved and restored.
Naturally, I assume you'll be touring the NRA's National Firearms Museum in Fairfax
Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with. Basil.
Posted 14 February 2004 - 09:47 PM
QUANTICO AIR/GROUND MUSEUM, Virginia, USA
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen MD
I could go on
Posted 15 February 2004 - 12:31 AM
P.S. I hope to make it to the TCA Show And Shoot this year. I look forward to meeting you, your wife, and many of our members!
Posted 15 February 2004 - 01:23 AM
Posted 15 February 2004 - 01:35 AM
Posted 15 February 2004 - 02:14 AM
I telephoned the Comfort Inn this evening and booked and paid so we will be there. Many many thanks guys for your excellent help. Your descriptions helped convince Jan that it will be a buzz.
Posted 15 February 2004 - 02:58 AM
Posted 15 February 2004 - 11:34 AM
Murray, drive to the end of the Orange line (Vienna Station), about 6 miles NW of fairfax at I-66 and I-495, park your car there and use the Metro for your D.C. tour. Do be forewarned that there will still be quite a bit of walking. The D.C. mall itself is a couple of miles long, with all the museums strung out on both sides.
A little known adjunct to the Metro subway maps is the StationMasters guide, which is a booklet worth its weight in gold. You can buy one during business hours at the ticket office at Metro Center subway stop.
It is essentially a complete compilation of the big subway street maps that you see posted at each subway stop. It has street details surrounding every subway stop, with hotels, stores, and points of interests marked. Also, has an alphabatized indexed list of categories of points of interest that lets you locate things like grocery stores, drugs stores, etc. by subway stop.
Also, get a tiny compass you can put on your keychain so you can get orientied quickly when you emerge on the street from a subway stop.
There are indeed some very bad sections of D.C., mainly located to the west of central D.C.,so don't take the western legs of the Orange, Blue, or Green Metro lines beyond the central D.C. area.
Too bad D.C. doesn't have concealed carry permits for honest citizens. If it did, most violent crime would evaporate there in about a month. Criminals are only stupid to a degree, and after a few were dispatched in the act, only the occasional druggie or criminally insane would need to be persuaded the hard way. Instead, the criminals are armed and the honest citizens are disarmed. Clearly a receipe for disaster, as witness the crime rate in D.C., and the unbelievable crime wave sweeping the UK during the last 5 years.
Posted 15 February 2004 - 12:25 PM
Posted 15 February 2004 - 03:01 PM
Well, there's little I can offer to what's already been said by others, that's for sure. DC is one of the MOST wonderful places to visit. There is so very much to see. Someone commented on a week ... that's for sure too. I pulled my son around in about 99 for 4 days and still didn't see 20% of what we (I) wanted him to.
The crime while off the beaten path is a reality but as others have stated, it's not something you'll have any problem with now that you are aware.
Let me make this perfectly clear. IT'S GOING TO BE HOT (potential for 90 deg. F +) . Not just hot but very humid. at least 85% or better so dress with that intent. Walking is the best way up and down the mall and, the mall is probably 2 miles long. At one end is the Lincoln Memorial and and the other, the Capitol Bldg. Everything in the middle is great. Don't forget to back pocket a bit of time for the Vietnam and Korean memorials (Korea is especially nice in the evening, just after dark.
A couple of other things I've really enjoyed over teh years are the Jefferson memorial, The Supreme Court Bldg., Obviously Air and Space, and the American History Museum (lots of WWI / WWII guns). The capital blg. itself is beyond belief. You could go to the Treasury and see them print all that US money that keeps going down in value but, ... I'd spend the time sitting and watching people.
Here's the ONE that I wish EVERYONE would make time to see. I've only been once as it's relitively new, but make teh effort to see the Holicost museum. It is beyond words. Enough said.
Lastly, many of the bldgs. are best seen if one has some contacts with government officials. I have a couple. I would be more than happy to forward on any requests for you and your wife and perhaps we can get you some tickets to places that would normally not be available to the average visitor on a tight schedule. Please feel free to email me and we can begin to discuss.
Again, lastly, many of the more common sights have tickets available on ticketmaster.com, etc. and this is a great time saver. Often, one stands in lines for several hours getting tickets for the viewing tomorrow and those lines are long as well.
I'll shut up. I will be there for the show/shoot and look very forward to meeting you and your wife.
Posted 15 February 2004 - 03:50 PM
Posted 15 February 2004 - 09:41 PM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 08:53 AM
And for the ladies, truly world-class shopping is available at Tysons Corner, with more malls, stores, etc. than you could ever afford.
Now I have a question for you. How do you get invited or information on the TCA show?
Posted 16 February 2004 - 11:33 AM
You will need to join the
TCA (Thompson Collectors Association)
You can do so by sending a check for dues in the amount of $30.00 per year.
P.O. Box 8710
Newark, OH 43058-8710
This includes a quarterly newsletter and invites to the shows & shoots.
Posted 16 February 2004 - 02:30 PM
Not much I can add to the excellent information already provided. Yes, Metro is the way to go in D.C. (pun intended!)
There was a mention of the FBI Building tour. It is indeed an excellent tour, but unfortunately this tour has been suspended for a while due to renovations. It will not be available again until at least this fall. However, there will be far more things you can do than you will have time for, so you certainly won't be bored.
If you are into Civil War sites, I agree that Gettysburg and Antietam are must sees and are only 2-3 hours drive north of D.C.
I was fortunate enough to visit your beautiful country 15 years ago and was shown great hospitality. Hopefully we can return the favor for you and your wife on your visit here.
See you in August.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 12:03 AM
Posted 17 February 2004 - 01:43 PM
As a result of what you have advised, we now plan to spend about a month in Virgina ending up at the Thompson show.
I recevied my official invitation from the ExecutiveVice President of the NRA to the offical opening of the "Thompson: On the side of law and Order" display on 18th March but I will have to decline as we can't see us being in Fairfax twice in the same year.
Once again guys, we really thank you for the excellent information and numerous emails we have received from you all.
Murray and Jan.
and we look forward to seeing you all at the show