NCACC Forty-First Annual Meeting
Richmond, Virginia July 13 - July 18, 2014
Are you Ready for Richmond?
The 41st Annual Conference of the NCACC will be held from July 13, 2014 through July 18, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond has been named the "Best Town Ever" by Outside Magazine. You should note that Pocahontas has lived here, Thomas Jefferson has governed here, Edgar Allen Poe has worked here and the Geico caveman was born here. Richmond is a place where you can walk in the footsteps of our forefathers, visit one of the numerous local breweries, enjoy some of our amazing restaurants or visit a local tattoo parlor, as Richmond is listed as the 3rd most tattooed city in the country.
We are located 44 miles west of Historic Williamsburg, 66 miles east of Charlottesville and 98 miles south of Washington, D.C. You will find Richmond to be a perfect base if you choose to travel to one of these locations before or after the conference.
The Omni Richmond Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Richmond. The hotel is nestled in the historic Shockoe Slip district where you will enjoy timeless architecture, world class dining, and wonderful entertainment. You are within walking distance of the center of Richmond's financial, judicial and legislative districts. You will be mere blocks from the historic Virginia State Capitol. The hotel is located at 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. The room rate will be $114 per night (plus taxes, etc.) and room reservations must be made by June 1, 2014. You can make reservations now at http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/Richmond/MeetingFacilities/NCACCFortyFirstConference7.aspx While the hotel has valet parking, the hotel is connected to a private parking garage not owned by the hotel and the fee is $20 per day for parking. Note: the Omni has a shuttle van that runs Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in a 5-mile radius from the hotel. The shuttle can, therefore, transport you to and from many of the locations listed at the end of this article.
The hotel does not provide a shuttle service from the airport. The Richmond International Airport is 10 miles from the hotel and is approximately a $30 taxi fare. The airport's website, www.flyrichmond.com, contains information about flight schedules, car rentals and other ground transportation, including James River Transportation, a shuttle service with a counter at the airport.
Online registration will be available at https://www.regonline.com/ncacc41st
The program committee has put together a great program. Conference registration is Saturday, July 12, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, July 13, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
When we were picking what is a "must see" in Richmond, we couldn't pick just one thing. So with that in mind, we are putting together a 3-hour open air trolley tour for Saturday evening. We will be picked up from the hotel at 4:00 p.m., and spend about an hour and a half on a guided historical ride around Richmond. At the conclusion of the historical portion, we will return any guests who wish to return to the hotel and then venture over to Carytown (an amazing spot for restaurants, small local shops and wonderful atmosphere) for drinks and more sightseeing. After Carytown, the trolley will return everyone back to the Omni at 7:00 p.m. The trolley only holds around 34 people so please sign up fast. This is a first come, first served event so be sure to sign up and see the sights of Richmond!
As in years past, our social events will begin on Sunday evening with a Virginia themed reception hosted by BNA at the hotel. This event is always a wonderful kickoff event and a perfect opportunity to make and renew friendships. The reception will be followed by the Morgan Thomas slideshow and the Education Committee’s fund raising auction.
Join us on Monday night as Lexis- Nexis will sponsor a catered event at the historic John Marshall Hotel. When it first opened in 1929, the John Marshall was the largest hotel in Virginia. This hotel has had many celebrity guests over the years such as Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore and Elizabeth Taylor. It was named in honor of John Marshall, the longest serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, who many historians consider to be the father of the United States judicial system. The hotel has been converted into a beautiful apartment building, but the ballroom is still awe inspiring. A fun local band will entertain the group. Be sure to join us for this event as we will have good food, good music and a lot of fun!
Tuesday afternoon the golfers are off to the Hunting Hawk Golf Course for lunch and the golf tournament. If you don't golf we have another activity for you! We are putting together groups for a tour of the Virginia State Capitol at 2:30 p.m. The Virginia Capitol is the oldest legislature continuously operating in the Western Hemisphere. It was designed by Thomas Jefferson and has served as a prototype for countless capitols, courthouses, municipal buildings, and even churches, for over 200 years. You may also notice that it looks familiar as it was used to represent the United States Capitol in the 2012 epic historical film "Lincoln."
On Wednesday, July 16, after the vendor showcase we will be having a catered social event, hosted by Thomson Reuters, at the Historic Tredegar Iron Works. This noteworthy and historically influential facility was opened in 1837 and by 1860 was the third-largest iron manufacturer in the United States. During the American Civil War it served as a primary iron and artillery production facility of the Confederate States of America. The 22-acre site has a private museum that will be open for us to walk through. We will be enjoying dinner outside with a perfect view of the sunset over the James River.
As usual, Thursday will be our closing banquet at the Omni hotel. It is sure to be a great event.
Finally, on Friday, July 17, we are putting together one last social event for anyone who is interested in spending more time with Thomas Jefferson. Get to know Thomas Jefferson better by visiting his home at Monticello, just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. We will be taking a bus that will leave the Omni at 11:00 a.m., Friday morning and arrive at Monticello between 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. We will have lunch at the Café at Monticello and then have a tour of the house that will last around 45 minutes. You will then have free time to tour the beautiful grounds and see the breathtaking views. We will depart Monticello around 4:00 p.m. and return to the Omni hotel around 5:30 p.m. The cost of this event will be $45 for an adult, $35 for a child (age 5-11), and $26 (age 5 and under), not including lunch. If less than 32 people sign up for this tour, we may have to cancel this event.
Things to Do in Richmond
RVA Segway Tours - http://segwayofrichmond.biz/
Carytown – Carytown bustles with mostly locally owned restaurants, spas and shops selling jewelry, antiques, toys, clothing and furniture.
Redskins Training Camp 2014 - The Washington Redskins training camp will return to Richmond for the second year. More than 150,000 fans came to Richmond last year to meet and get autographs from their favorite players.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was recently ranked the second most beautiful public garden in North America by voters in USA Today Travel's 10 Best Reader's Choice Awards and is one of the most-visited attractions in Richmond.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a top ten comprehensive art museum with collections that span 5,000 years of humankind's creative achievements.
Museum of the Confederacy – The Museum of the Confederacy owns the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts and documents related to the Confederate States of America, totaling over 130,000 items.
Edgar Allen Poe museum – Richmond's Poe Museum boasts the world's finest collection of Poe's manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings. The Poe museum provides a retreat into early nineteenth century Richmond where Poe lived and worked.
Science Museum of Virginia – The Science Museum of Virginia has hundreds of hands-on experiences to amaze and inspire you! This is a great destination for families with children and it is located right next door to the Children's Museum of Richmond (below).
Children's Museum of Richmond – The Children's Museum of Richmond has made Frommer's Top Destinations List for 2014 and is the perfect place to take young children to have some fun.
Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech – Since 1976, St. John's Church Foundation has presented historical reenactments at the original location of the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775. Professional actors in 1770s attire portray ten delegates that engage in the debates and arguments of the Second Virginia Convention, which lead up to Patrick Henry's immortal "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech.
Canal Tours – Join Richmond Canal Cruises for an informative, 40-minute, historically narrated tour of the James River and Kanawha Canal along Richmond’s Canal Walk.
Richmond Flying Squirrels Baseball – The Flying Squirrels are a minor league baseball team here in Richmond. If you choose to stay a few extra days in Richmond then you should really consider attending a game as they are a lot of fun! They will be having home games on the nights of July 17th – July 20th.
WWE Monday Night Raw - WWE will be at the Richmond Coliseum on Monday, July 14th for anyone who might be interested. The coliseum is located one mile from the Omni and approximately a 15-20 minute walk from the hotel.
Looking for Day Trips from Richmond?
Colonial Williamsburg – Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Explore the art museums, unleash your kids' inner colonists and shop or dine at one of Williamsburg's finest restaurants. Colonial Williamsburg is only about 1 hour from the Omni hotel.
Busch Gardens & Water Country USA – Visit Busch Gardens and/or Water Country USA and enjoy two of the finest amusement parks in the state. Busch Gardens is famous for its European theme and for having some of the best roller coasters in the United States. Water Country USA is the Mid-Atlantic's largest water park, and it offers live entertainment, shops and restaurants. Both of these parks are located in the Williamsburg region, which is approximately an hour from downtown Richmond.
Kings Dominion – Thrill-seekers will get their fix with one of the East Coast's largest collections of breath-taking roller coasters – a whopping 15 in all. It is also one of the only Virginia destinations where a water park is included in your amusement park admission. Kings Dominion is located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Richmond.
I look forward to seeing you in Richmond!
Trish Harrington, Clerk, Supreme Court of Virginia
(with an enormous amount of help from Sirena Kestner, Deputy Clerk)