Countdown to the Conference

It’s hard to believe that in only a few days we’ll be gathering together for the conference! We’re looking forward to seeing the more than 2200 attendees and welcoming you to D.C.

We wanted to give you a few final pointers and reminders to insure you have a wonderful time.

  1. Unfortunately WMATA decided to start major track work the weekend before our conference. Starting on August 11th Metro’s Orange and Silver lines will be single-tracking between McPherson Square and Smithsonian with trains running every twenty minutes even during rush hour. In addition the Blue line will only run from Franconia-Springfield to Arlington Cemetery. This is on top of on-going Red Line work where no trains are running between Fort Totten and NoMA- Gallaudet University. As John Martinez and Casey Coleman told you in their recent post keep an eye on Metro’s status and alerts pages and follow WMATA’s twitter feed.

Here are a few additional suggestions:

-If you are flying into National Airport use the Yellow Line to get into the City. You can transfer at Gallery Place to get the Red Line train to the hotel.

-Use the DC Circulator. The Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro bus stops at the bottom of the hill by the hotel. Not only can you use this to get you to Adams Morgan, it also stops at the Columbia Heights Metro stop where you can pick up the Green and Yellow lines which will get you to the National Mall and to the Nationals Stadium. You can use the Circulator to get to other places around downtown DC and to Union Station. Plus it only costs $1.

-Also try WMATA’s trip planner where you can get help with which buses will get you around the problem areas. Buses are $2 and you can use your Smart Trip or cash.

-Consider walking to your destination. Washington is a surprisingly compact city.

-Finally, pack your patience. Trains and buses will be extra crowded due to Metro construction. Leave yourself lots of time to get around. Hopefully the image of Frances Benjamin Johnston provided below will be a reminder to you to be calm and find the peace within as you travel around next week.

  1. This summer’s weather has been one for the record book. According to the Capital Weather Gang this past July was the 4th wettest in history and the rainiest since July 2015. And it only rained the second half of the month!  According to the current (as of 8/10/18) ten day forecast there is rain forecast this coming Saturday to Tuesday and then partly cloudy skies next Wednesday through Saturday with temperatures hovering around 90. However Washington is well known for changeable weather.
    As Mandie Vasquez said in her post be prepared for everything. And make sure to bring a wrap or sweater to deal with the over-air conditioned rooms.
  2. We hope you get out and explore in spite of the weather and Metro difficulties. The Host Committee blog is full of all kinds of recommendations of restaurants to try, places to visit, venues to listen to music and if you’re interested a place to get a tattoo to commemorate your trip to DC. Plus there are lots of tours of repositories available. Get out and see what your colleagues are doing in their work places.
  3. If you’re looking to give back you can still contact Katie Seitz and find out if there is space available to participate in the service project at the DC Archives. If you want to volunteer without leaving the hotel there will be a box available to put in supplies for Knine Rescue. If you want to give a financial donation to support Knine Rescue please bring that to the registration desk.
  4. If you are a knitter or crocheter you can leave completed 7” x 9” squares for Warm Up America in the box next to the one for Knine Rescue. Didn’t bring any supplies with you? There will be yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles available to take with you to a session where you can knit or crochet a square and bring it back when the square is done. Don’t know how to knit or crochet and want to learn? Or just want to gather with other crafters? Join us in the hotel lobby on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:30pm for a crafty gathering.

We’re looking forward to seeing you next week. We’ll be the ones wearing the sparkling Host Committee ribbons.  Say hello and let us know if you have any DC related questions.

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