For Immediate Release
The Triplet Connection
2004 National Convention
Janis Brett Elspas
WORLD'S LARGEST GATHERING OF TRIPLETS
SCHEDULED FOR JULY IN ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS, MO - June 3, 2004 -- More than 100 sets of triplets, quads
and other higher order multiples are expected to take part in The Triplet
Connection's national convention which will convene here from July 9
11, 2004, it was announced today by Kree Lindsay, Convention Director of
The Triplet Connection (http://www.tripletconnection.org).
The annual gathering, sponsored by non-profit The Triplet Connection (TC),
is slated to take place at the Renaissance St. Louis Hotel - Airport, 9801
Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis. With families anticipated from all over
the U.S. (including the St. Louis metro area) with multiples ranging in
age from just a few months old through young adulthood, this will be the
largest gathering of triplets and other higher order multiples in the world
The 2004 theme is "Meet Me in St. Louis" in celebration of the 100th
of the World's Fair. The 3-day event will offer a full schedule of
and socializing for both parents and children.
""The sense of awe never ceases to amaze me when I walk into the ballroom
full of multiples for our Welcome Party," says Lindsay, who has directed
every convention since 1991 when her own triplets were six years old.
"For once, our atypical families feel totally normal and in their own
element. It's great fun for the triplet kids too, as many of them come
to convention because they don't know any higher order multiples in their
own hometowns. The intense interest of the print and broadcast media who
cover the convention, also give the general public a view into the window
of the wonderful world of higher order multiples," she adds.
3-DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*
*All events take place at the St. Louis Airport Renaissance Hotel, except
for Six Flags and Magic House
Friday, July 9
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Higher order families will be out in force at Six Flags St. Louis
- Families arrive at the hotel all day with cases of diapers, formula,
triplet strollers and multiple kids the same age in tow wearing the same
6 - 9 p.m.
- Welcome Party, including Triplet Parade judged by panel of local media
celebrities; Parade Grand Marshall TBA
- "Meet me in St. Louis" theme to coincide with the 100th anniversary of
the first World's Fair
Saturday, July 10
9 a.m. - Noon
- Parenting seminars simultaneous with children's entertainment
- Seminars include home organization, doing sports with kids, budgeting,
enhancing your marriage while raising a large family, and more
- Children's entertainers include singer Bob Reid, and others. There will
also be special activities for babies/toddlers, teens, Dads and
Four-legged race (3-legged race, triplet style) refereed by local sports
Parents Olympics Competition (to coincide with 100th anniversary of the
Olympics, also judged by local celebs), featuring all the things multiple
parents have practice at such as diapering three babies, sorting a basket
of miss-matched socks, pushing three strollers at once and more
1:30 - 5 p.m.
Annual Pool Party with more wet kids than you've ever seen!
6 - 9 p.m.
Janet Bleyl, TC Founder, mom of 10, including identical triplet boys, will
address the group, followed by a keynote
speaker, Dr. Geret Giles, for parents, while children enjoy more
Sunday, July 11
8:30 - 10 a.m. Farewell Breakfast and Group Pictures
11:00 a.m. Magic House Event
The event is open to all families with triplets, quads, quints and advance
registration prior to July 1 is required. Registration for the entire
weekend is $80 for each parent, $50 for each accompanying adults, $50 for
each child age 4-17, $20 for tots age 2 and 3 and no charge for babies
under 2 years old. Hotel room charges are not included in the Registration
cost. To register for the convention, download the registration form from
http://www.tripletconnection.org and mail payment to Phyllis McNicholas, 9280
Amberwood Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094. For questions, call Kree Lindsay,
Convention Director, at 562-944-3395.
The Triplet Connection is based on the West Coast and is the largest and
oldest organization offering a network of services and support for parents
expecting or raising triplets or larger multiple births. This non-profit
was founded by triplet mom Janet Bleyl so that others would have access
to the information and emotional support she did not. The organization
has member families throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad in countries
on every continent. Interested families can contact The Triplet Connection
at PO Box 693392, Stockton, CA 95269-3392; 209-474-0885;
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