On Wednesday evening, July 30th, a banquet will be held for all participants and guests at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences' Grand Lobby in downtown Charleston. Dinner will be served buffet style with an Italian theme and will include a generous antipasto display, three types of salad, a seafood stew, a variety of entreés, breadsticks, and a dessert display. The event will be catered by Embassy Suites of Charleston.
An after-dinner show is also planned for the evening's festivities in the form of corporate magician and entertainer John Slicer. John's specialized brand of "corporate wizardry" combines high-energy wit with interactive audience participation to create hilarious, jawdropping fun and captivate the viewer while tailoring the performance to the specific theme of the event. An evening definitely not to be missed!
For more on John Slicer and his unique style, please visit:
There are several exciting excursions planned for guests and family members on the days of Monday, July 28th, and Wednesday, July 30th, as well as a variety of offsite activities throughout the week for those interested in venturing out to see what Charleston and its surrounding areas has to offer. Shuttle services will be available to guests for the duration of the conference.
MONDAY, July 28:
(Scheduled Departure Time - 8:00 am)
Join us for a morning walking tour of historic downtown Lewisburg, a quaint, picturesque district that offers an array of unique specialty shops, trendy boutiques, award-winning galleries, and dining with an eclectic flair as well as opportunities to explore the area's rich history. From there, we travel a short distance to Beckley for an afternoon of lunch (paid by guest) and shopping at Tamarack, the nation’s first showcase of handcrafts, fine art, and regional cuisine. It comprises a warmly decorated retail store, working studios for resident artisans, a fine art gallery, a theater, and A Taste of West Virginia food court, managed by The Greenbrier Resort. A truly distinctive and memorable destination that offers the very best of West Virginia!
WEDNESDAY, July 30:
(Scheduled Departure Time - 9:00 am)
The morning begins with a tour of J. Q. Dickinson Salt Works, a family-owned- and -operated business located in nearby Malden, where gourmet finishing salt is harvested, produced, and packaged for sale on the premises. Dating from 1813 when founder William Dickinson settled along the Kanawha River, an area rich in brine from ancient sea springs located deep below the Appalachian Mountains, the company's salt making is a unique and innovative process, completed by hand without the use of big machinery or additives and resulting in an extraordinarily pure product. Afterward, it's on to Charleston's Capitol Market, home to a year-round outdoor produce market and an eclectic collection of indoor shops featuring locally crafted items as well as fresh fish and meat, books, wines, chocolates, and much more. We will be breaking for lunch while at the Market (paid by guest) with casual dining options available onsite, including Soho's, one of the city's most popular restaurants. Finally we head to Uncork and Create, in downtown Charleston, for an afternoon of fun and creativity, where visitors are encouraged to bring along adult beverages and snacks to help release their "inner artists"! Events are led by talented local artists/artisans who guide participants step-by-step in the creation of their own masterpiece...No experience necessary, and all materials are provided. Registration cost for the two-hour session, scheduled from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, is $35/person (paid by guest) and will include painting a pair of wine glasses guests can take with them.*
* Parcel shipping available compliments of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau
To register for this event online, please click on the following link: https://sites.cimplebox.com/events/registration.aspx?s=4202&c=2396&eid=52479&r=0.7852239
**PLEASE NOTE** Standard cancellation policy for Uncork and Create requires three days' minimum advance notice to reschedule a session and does not typically offer refund of pre-paid registration fees (as noted on the registration form); however, as most participants in this event are in town for a brief period only and will be unable to reschedule, the studio is prepared to make an exception to this policy and review any refund requests on a case-by-case basis.
For the teen or young adult looking for excitement and adventure in the Metro area, we recommend the following:
Memorial Ice Arena
Single Admission: $6.00
All-Day Admission: $ 12.00
Skate Rental: $2.00
Newly opened, state-of-the-art facility located in South Charleston, West Virginia. The arena has all the amenities, from an arcade to a heated seating area that will accommodate 500 spectators. Groups of all sizes welcome.
Galaxy Lanes (Bowling)
With their pro shop, game room, snack bar, and sports bar, they have everything to make your visit a great fun-filled experience, regardless of skill level.
Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday: 10am to 10pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 10am to Midnight
Day: $3.00 + tax Night: $3.50 + tax Shoe rental: $3.00/pair
The Southridge Grandprix and Family Fun Center
A variety of exciting activities await, including lazer tag, miniature golf, go-karts, and roller skating. Loads of fun for all ages!
Lazer tag: $7.00 per session or 4 sessions for $24.00
Grand Prix Track: $8.00 per ride or 3 rides for $22.00
Minature Golf: 18 Holes (Under age of 4) $3.50
18 Holes (Ages 4 and up) $5.50
Skate Sessions: Range from $4.50 - $7.00 Skate Rental: $2.75/pair
The park includes over a thousand acres of woodland, hiking and biking trails, a handicapped accessible 18-hole par three golf course, an Olympic-size pool, picnic shelters of all sizes, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, bike rentals, pedal boat rentals, and a modern playground area.
* Refer to site for activity rates
Marquee Cinemas (Southridge 12)
To check current movie listings and show times, please visit:
Registration for guest/spouse and teen activities will take place on Sunday morning, July 27th. There will be a designated table located in the venue foyer for those wishing to register.