LAST DAY TO BOOK 31 MAY
Let’s celebrate 400 +2 years of the Manx in America at Plymouth, Massachusetts!
Enjoy: Thursday evening 4th August 2022 – Meet & Greet • Friday 5th Colonial Tour • Saturday 6th Workshops with Manx language, music and culture experts from the island and our Official Banquet
BOOK NOW! We have an amazing Convention planned for you!
2020 marked the 400th Anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims who sailed from England aboard The Mayflower. As you know, we had planned to celebrate this momentous anniversary but the pandemic put paid to those plans. However, in true Manx spirit we are trying again in 2022.
Let’s recap, shall we? In 1620, in search of religious freedom a boatload of brave souls set out to form a settlement on the shores of America in a town that became known as Plymouth, Massachusetts. They landed in the dead of winter. Luckily for them, the area was already home to the local indigenous people, the very friendly Wampanoag, and the two groups lived together in relative harmony for nearly fifty years, largely as a result of a peace agreement brokered by the small but feisty Manxman aboard the vessel, Captain Myles Standish. He was not the ship’s captain but the Captain of the Militia and he was in charge of the Pilgrims’ security. We are all going to learn a great deal more about our illustrious ancestor (He was known as Captain Shrimp by the settlors and ‘“little pot that soon boils over” by the locals!) over our Convention weekend.
We hope that parents and grandparents will seriously consider the possibility of bringing your children and grandchildren to this historic Convention that brings together our two great cultures. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as Plymouth has two years of non-stop entertainment planned to celebrate the anniversary of the landing. The Mayflower replica has been restored and we are including a 45-minute self-guided tour as part of our Friday activities as well as a fascinating trip to the Plimoth Patuxet living museum.
Hotel & Travel
Make your hotel reservation at the Hotel 1620, Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360. It is very important that you book directly with the hotel and do not go through another booking option as it will not count towards our room total. Call for Reservations: 508-747-4900 or book online at www.hotel1620.com quoting booking reference NAMA2022. Our special room price is $229 per night during this very busy season for Plymouth. If you have already booked please call to confirm the dates you will be staying. Remember the Convention starts on the evening of August 4th.
The nearest major airports are Boston Logan and T.F. Green at Providence, Rhode Island. This is a useful website for transportation connections. www.newenglandtravelplanner.com The bus does not go to the heart of Plymouth and the last mile or so must be completed by taxi. There is a phone at the ‘Plymouth’ bus stop. We recommend friends car pool from the airport as there is adequate parking at Hotel 1620.
Remember: Only members in good standing can come to the Convention. The membership form is on the back of the Booking form, so feel free to complete it if you owe some dues or wish to join. You can include the check with your Convention booking form (below) but please write two separate checks to help our accounting team (The Prendergast Brothers!).