MBS Grand Conclave XXXIII
August 7-9, 2015 ~ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Grand Conclave XXXIII will be held in the historic city of Amsterdam, the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. Founded in the Middle Ages, Amsterdam has become the commercial capital of the country and one of the most important financial centers of Europe. The city is home to more than one hundred kilometers of navigable water canals and has earned the nickname "The Venice of the North". Amsterdam is comprised of approximately 90 islands, which are linked by more than 1,200 bridges. Its proximity to the North Sea affords it a very favorable climate. For those who can arrive early, the Deventer Book Fair, the largest book fair in Europe, is scheduled in the Netherlands for Sunday, August 2.
The Bilderberg Garden Hotel is the Conclave venue. Located in a quiet section of the city, the center of Amsterdam and all attractions are within easy access using the efficient public transportation system or, as many in the city do, by bicycle. Within a short walk, you will find the most fashionable shopping locations and some of Amsterdam’s greatest museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw. We have arranged for a Conclave group rate of €139 per night with various room configurations. The Netherlands utilizes the euro "€" as its standard currency. Hotel reservations can be arranged by using the Hotel Registration Form. You can fax or email the form or send it by regular mail to the Bilderberg Garden Hotel. If phoning for further information, be certain to identify yourself as a member of the Miniature Book Society. Hotel registration must be completed by June 7th to guarantee space availability. Do not book your room directly via any website, as you will not be able to take advantage of the group rate. The group rate will be in effect for the dates between August 4th and August 11th.
Hotel amenities include flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, telephone, mini-bar, in-room safe, desk, seating area, coffee and tea facilities, bath with overhead shower, and a hair dryer. The Bilderberg Garden Hotel is pet friendly (extra charge). Valet parking is available for an extra charge. In addition, the hotel offers room service, wake-up service, concierge, elevator, excursion and ticket service. Languages spoken by the hotel staff include Dutch, English, German, and French. The Bilderberg Garden Hotel is about a 25 minute ($45/€ 40) taxi ride from the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and about a 20 minute ($34/€ 30) taxi ride from the Amsterdam Central train station. Many public transportation options are available.
Registration fee is $250 per person and includes a keepsake bag, 3 breakfasts (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday), dinner on Friday evening, the Saturday program, a dessert buffet on Saturday evening , admission to the MBS Book Fair, and the Awards Banquet on Sunday evening.
All members who arrive early on Thursday are invited to meet at the one of the casual restaurants nearby on Thursday evening for dinner and fellowship. Dinner is at your own expense. As we finalize the specific plans, we will inform everyone about the actual location, their menu, and website.
Friday, August 7th.
This is typically a relaxing day which includes time for members to check in, register, mix and mingle, and sightsee. The MBS board meeting will be held in the morning. Evening activities will include a cash bar cocktail hour, dinner, the Book Swap, and the traditional Silent Auction.
Saturday, August 8th.
Following a full breakfast will be the annual General Meeting. Afterwards we will board a special tour bus for a trip to two museums in The Hague, the Meermanno Museum and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. At the Meermanno, the group will be split into three smaller groups so attendees can visit the wonderful Bibliotheca Thurkowiana Minor which was acquired in 2012. The rotational tour will include this miniature library and the regular museum. Between the visits to the Meermanno Museum and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek there will be a lunch break (at your own expense). With a sightseeing bus tour through The Hague, we will return to the hotel at about 5:00 p.m. This will allow for more free time and any dinner plans (at your own expense) you may want to make. The dessert buffet preceding the MBS Auction will begin at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to allow enough time to preview the auction items as this is always a lively event. The distinguished auctioneer will be Father Joe Curran.
Sunday, August 9th.
The MBS Book Fair will follow a full breakfast. Vendor set-up can begin at 8:00 a.m. The Book Fair will be open to MBS members only between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. and then open to the general public beginning at 11:00 a.m.; the fair will conclude at 4:00 p.m. The Awards Banquet will be preceded by a cash bar reception at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. The special speaker for the dinner program is Mr. Ricky Tax of the Meermanno Museum . During this event, presentations are done for the Anderson-Yarnell, and the Norman W. Forgue Awards as well as the Glasgow Cup.
Monday, August 10th. The final event of the formal Conclave Program will be a full breakfast where participants can say their ‘good bye’ wishes and/or prepare for the post-Conclave optional trip.
An optional bus tour to the Zuiderzee Museum is scheduled for Monday, August 10th. The details have to be confirmed but we plan on leaving the hotel at 9:00 a.m. via tour bus to Hoorn, then a steam tram to Medemblik, and a steamboat to the museum. We will return in the afternoon. The cost for this excursion is $60.
Conclave Registration: July 7th.
Send payment and registration form to Karen Nyman, MBS Treasurer, 702 Rosecrans Street, San Diego CA 92106-3013.
Bilderberg Garden Hotel Reservations: June 7th (2 months prior).
You must make your reservations by this date to ensure availability. Cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to arrival.
MBS Auction Items: July 7th.
Proceeds of the auction benefit the MBS, please mail your items to
Cathie Abney, 3105 Milton Road, Middletown OH 45042-3656. Cathie will repackage everything and arrange transportation to Amsterdam.
Silent Auction Items: July 17th.
Proceeds of the Silent Auction are split 50/50 between the donor and MBS. Please contact
Karen Nyman before mailing the items
(email firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-226-4441). Mail to: Karen Nyman, 702 Rosecrans Street, San Diego CA 92106-3013.
Keepsakes: July 17th.
If you reside in the U.S. or Canada, please mail 75 keepsakes to Jim Brogan, 53 Dreahook Road, Branchburg NJ 08876. Jim will transport them to Amsterdam. If you reside in a country other than the U.S. or Canada, please send your keepsakes to Tine Krijnen, Kerkebuurt 163, Berkout 1647 ME, Netherlands.
Tine Krijnen, Conclave Host