Spring 2018 Issue

2018 National Seminar

Our 60th annual seminar will be held from July 29th to August 1st at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. (A Marriott property) This year we will have a departure from the regular schedule due to some scheduling conflicts. If you are bringing a spouse or significant other please notify them of the schedule change.

On Monday, the starting day of the seminar, we will have our normal welcome breakfast. Following the breakfast we will not have the spouse’s tour as in the past. On Monday evening we will have our MCQB/MCA reception on the General Jackson Riverboat which is a short walk from the hotel. (Transportation is available) This will include a cocktail hour, dinner and a show and will start at 6:15 (the boat will leave so please be prompt)

On Tuesday morning, we will have the spouse’s tour. It will leave the hotel at 9:30 and include a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame followed by lunch at the Crazy Horse Saloon a Nashville landmark and will return to the hotel at about 2:00 pm. On Tuesday evening we will have the Chairman’s reception in the hospitality suite.

The rate for a standard room is $211 per night plus taxes etc. We were able to secure the same room rate for 3 days prior and after our event. This is based on room availability, so if you wish to take advantage of this, make your reservations early.

The Gaylord property is massive and it is easy to get lost. There is an app available on-line that will guide you through the property and especially important, it will get you back to your room. Using an Apple device, it you go to the App Store and search for Navigate Gaylord Hotels, the app will come up. It was useful during the planning visit. I would guess it would be similar to find on an Android device.

The hotel has about 3000 rooms, 19 restaurants of various price points, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, gym and golf. In short, it has it all. It is less than 10 miles from the Nashville Airport and about a 20 minute taxi to downtown, the Grand Old Opry is next door. The entire property is about 9 acres and totally enclosed by a dome. If you want to book a show at the Grand Old Opry, it is suggested that you do it early, as it fills up quickly.

Nashville has many great restaurants, bars and places to listen to music. The MCA hopes to see you there and we look forward to a great meeting and social events along with a chance to catch up with old friends. A form to register for the seminar is available on-line along with hotel information for the room block. If you plan to attend please submit the form early and make your reservations with the hotel. Note: If you do not stay within the MCA room block there is an additional charge for the seminar as the MCA must fill the block to get the rate.