RE: [Harp-L] SPAH St Louis 2013 hotel

Hi Winslow,

Could you please give us "virgin" SPAH goers, a little primer on the
convention.  For example, once you join SPAH, what are the costs involved in
attending the convention?  What is the registration fee for the conventions
and are the seminars included in the registration fee, etc., etc.?  I can't
seem to find any of this information on the SPAH website.  

Thanks so much...I'm sure I'm not the only person wondering!  :)

Goodyear, AZ

-----Original Message-----
From: Winslow Yerxa [mailto:winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2013 1:44 PM
To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] SPAH St Louis 2013 hotel

The St. Louis Renaissance Hotel building is insulated from airplane noise. I
stayed overnight there during our November 2011 site visit, and never heard
an airplane while in the building. (Compare that to our Minneapolis hotel, 
which was directly under a very noisy flight path, with planes audibly
taking off and landing every few minutes.)

The Renaissance also has the facilities we need for a successful SPAH
convention. We re-visited the previous hotel and they tried hard to sell us,
but they simply don't have the right space without distributing activities
into far-flung, disconnected spaces (remember what a drag that was in
Sacramento?) and even putting up tents outdoors, and it does not flow and
connect well. Yes, it has that artificial lake and side lawn and restaurant
alley next door - all very nice indeed. 

But facilities come first, and the Renaissance is very strong on facilities.
It would be great if we could have suitable facilities and beautiful,
convenient surroundings - and affordable room rates. Maybe one of these
years . . .

Winslow Yerxa
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 From: David Fairweather <dmf273@xxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:09 AM
Subject: [Harp-L] SPAH St Louis 2013
I was checking out the hotel for SPAH 2013 on Google Maps.  Apparently it is
not the same hotel as the last St Louis SPAH.   This time its at the
Renaissance Airport hotel.   It appears to be a short walk from the
airport.  I wonder if the airplane noise will be an issue? I rather enjoyed
the last hotel which had a river view, a Mark Twain ambience, and was
adjacent to a shopping mall with some nice restaraunts.  The 2013 hotel is
also a short walk to Dennys, Church's Chicken, a Steak house and a
convenience mart. And, no kidding, it is directly across the street from the
Hustler Hollywood strip club.

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