If you haven’t made your travel plans yet, what are you waiting for? It is time to reserve your hotel and register online for the upcoming regional workshop being held at Stone Mountain. Regional workshops are smaller than the national workshops and give you a great opportunity to get to know other interpreters and learn about their organizations. Like other workshops, you have the opportunity to attend interpreter led sessions, offsite visit, and network with other interpreters during social events.
Stone Mountain is on the outskirts of Atlanta. Many of us live in areas that are developing and changing to adapt to the growing populations moving to our neighborhoods. Opening speaker, Hermina Glass-Hill, will share with us about interpreting in urban spaces. Our keynote speaker, Jerry Hightower, is one to not miss. He is entertaining and a wealth of knowledge. He works in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area which is a natural area that runs through an urban environment.
We have great sessions scheduled for our upcoming workshop. Topics include citizen science, telling difficult stories, interpretive techniques, natural and cultural issues, technology and more. A full list can be found on our region website, here. There is something for everybody to learn. Take an opportunity to visit the grounds of Stone Mountain during guided programs. Offsite trips are a great time to bond with fellow interpreters with similar interests and backgrounds. You have the opportunity to see places in a different light than you would as a regular visitor. Offsite visits will take you to the MLK National Historic Site, Zoo Atlanta, Woodruff Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta History Center or the Wren’s Nest. Space may be limited so reserve yours today.
Don’t miss our evening socials and entertainment. Socials are a great time to catch up with old friends, make new ones and enjoy being interpreter nerds with your own kind. On Wednesday evening, Tracy Sue Walker, a local storyteller, will spin a tale for the ages. On Thursday, our silent auction will come to an end and we will hold our live auction. When you pack your bags, make sure to include items for the auction and your checkbook! The auctions support our scholarship program that gives our regional members the opportunity to attend regional and national workshop. We like to have a few higher priced items for our live auction. Some of our highest bid items from past auctions include various forms of alcohol, visits to different member’s facilities and a half-eaten chicken! That last one is not recommended as a regular auction item.
I encourage everyone to be part of the upcoming workshop. It is a time to get recharged and gain new ideas for the upcoming year while hanging out with some of the coolest, most interesting people. If you haven’t registered yet, the early bird deadline is January 25th and workshop discount on lodging is only guaranteed through January 27th. Get online to register and start packing your bags. I want to see you in a couple of weeks!