I Conventus Novae Romae in North America
SEXTILIS • VII • VIII • IX MMDCCLXII a.u.c.
(7th, 8th & 9th August 2009)
The first North American Conventus has been organized with the invaluable assistance of a small group of very dedicated citizens, especially Gaia Aurelia Alexandra and Lucia Iulia Aquila. Without the local knowledge of Iulia it would have been far more difficult and without the enthusiasm and work of Aurelia what has been achieved would have been equally diminished.
Planning the first Conventus for North America was always going to be a challenge. The European Conventus is well established and provinces bid for the right to host a Conventus well in advance, allowing for fund raising and securing a contribution from the Treasury. With the North American Conventus by contrast less than a year was available to the group and there was no secured funding. It was however considered vital to break out of the planning cycle and present a Conventus for 2009, rather than wait for another year. In following years it is likely that the European model of provinces bidding to host a Conventus will be adopted for North America, and that the presentations will go from strength to strength.
Oh, yes we know Nashville is hot! The good news is they do have air conditioning and they do sell water ;)
- BY AIR : Nashville International Airport
- BY ROAD : Google map
SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION IN NASHVILLE
Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt 1 877 863 4780
2613 West End Avenue right across the street, 1km from Centennial Park
King or two double beds per unit , each unit includes a sofa bed Rate is per room and four people can stay per room:
Advance payment Fri $134, Sat $107, otherwise it is Fri $149 Sat $119, with breakfast it is Fri $165 Sat $135 and each guest gets a $20 breakfast coupon to eat the hotel restaurant.
- Has several rooms available
Complimentary Local Area Shuttle. Shuttle $12 from airport, Taxi is approx $25 (I think it may cost more) parking garage costs but you might be able to park on the street. Directions from airport: I-40 WEST TO BROADWAY EXIT, TURN LEFT & STAY RIGHT ON WEST END AVE. HOTEL IS ON THE LEFT APPROX. 2 MILES FROM I-40. I-40 EAST TO BROADWAY EXIT, TURN RIGHT & STAY TO RIGHT ON WEST END AVENUE HOTEL IS ON THE LEFT APPROX. 2 MILES FROM I-40.
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University 1-615-321-1300 or 1-800-228-9290
2555 West End Avenue right across the street from Centennial Park parking garage costs but you might be able to park on the street.
King or 2 Double up to 4 people per room $ 149.00/night King or 2 double, 2 adults + 2 children per room $169/night with breakfast
Directions from airport: I-40 West to Broadway Exit 209B. Turn left on Broadway. Merge right onto West End Avenue. Hotel one mile ahead on left.
- Has several rooms available
Loews Vanderbilt (615) 320-1700
2100 West End Ave. about a half mile from the Park
$126.75 per night for two guests includes continental breakfast
The usual rate is $159 but you can get a deal online for $126 each nite When you book your room for two nights sign up for the “You First” promotion , which is free and you will receive a $50 food and beverage credit. Very Nice hotel, about a half mile to Centennial, walking distance for most. Well worth it. I think it has free parking.
Directions from Nashville International Airport:
Take I-40 West to the Broadway Exit (#209A)
Take the Broadway Exit and turn left on Broadway (at traffic light)
Keep right on Broadway until you reach a fork in the road
Steer right at the fork onto West End Avenue and continue until you reach the hotel
The hotel will be on your right just after 21st Avenue
- Has several rooms – One of a local citizen's favorites
Hampton Inn & Suites Vanderbilt Elliston Place 1-615-320-6060 1-800-HAMPTON
http://www.hamptoninn.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=BNAUVHX 2330 Elliston Place Just two or three blocks (1 km) from Centennial Park
$169 per night king with sofabed $199 per night suite double beds in two-room non-smoking apartment-style suite features a fully equipped kitchen including a full-size refrigerator, cooking top, sink, microwave, cooking utensils and dishware up to four adults in room. Continental Breakfast
- Has rooms available, Free Parking
Directions from airport: Start out going SOUTHEAST toward AIRPORT SERVICE RD. Turn LEFT. Merge onto I-40 W toward NASHVILLE/I-65/I-24. Keep LEFT to take I-40 W via EXIT 211A toward MEMPHIS. Take EXIT 209 toward CHURCH ST/CHARLOTTE AVE. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto GEORGE L DAVIS BLVD/US-70 W/TN-24 W. Turn LEFT onto CHURCH ST. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto ELLISTON PL.
Courtyard By Marriott Vanderbilt - West End Phone: 1-615-327-9900 Toll-free: 1-800-245-1959
1901 West End Avenue
$139 per night for two guests standard king available only
Directions from airport: Take the Broadway Exit and turn left on Broadway (at traffic light) Keep right on Broadway until you reach a fork in the road Steer right at the fork onto West End Avenue and continue until you reach the hotel The hotel will be on your right
(Comment by local citizen: "For the price, I would stay at one of the first three")
Extended Stay America Nashville – Vanderbilt (615) 383-7490 1-800-804-3724
3311 West End Ave.
For 2 adults: $89.99 per night 2 double beds $84.99 per night King. For 4 adults: $99.99 per night 2 Double beds
From the airport (Nashville Int'l Airport), take I-40 West approximately 3 1/2 miles. Take Exit 213A (I-440 West) and travel approximately 7 miles. Take Exit 1 (US-70S/West End Ave.). Turn right onto West End Ave. and travel approximately 200 yards. Extended Stay America will be on the right.
- Has rooms available
- Those wishing to attend the Conventus should apply to join the registration list
ITINERARY & COSTS
Day 1 - Friday August 7
|Hotels||03.00 PM - 06.00 PM||Check in throughout the day/afternoon|
|Blackstone Restaurant||07.00 PM -||Dinner Blackstone website|
Day 2 - Saturday August 8
|Parthenon Temple||08.30 AM - 09.00 AM||Meet on Steps of Parthenon Temple, Centennial Park Map location|
|Parthenon Temple||09.00 AM - 11.00 AM||Docent Tour at the Parthenon in Centennial Park. Admission $5.50 Parthenon website Parthenon wiki entry|
|Centennial Park||11.00 AM - 01.00 PM||Ritual, Latin reading & games About Centennial Park|
|Centennial Park area eatery||01.00 PM - 03.00 PM||Lunch|
|Nashville exploration||03.00 PM - 06.00 PM||Free time to explore Nashville|
|Valentino’s Ristorante||06.00 PM - 10.00 PM||Dinner. A Classical Presentation by esteemed Speaker and fellow Nova Roma Citizen, A. Sempronius Regulus, followed by crafts and a quiz Valentino's website|
Day 3 - Sunday August 9
|Hotels||08.00 AM - 09.00 AM||Check out & breakfast|
|To be determined||10.00 AM - 11.30 AM||Roman games|
|Provence||11.30 AM - 12.30 PM||Lunch, followed by an exploration of the Historic District, Curio Shoppes and Used Bookstores.|
|Belmont Mansion||01.00 PM - 02.00 PM||Tour. Admission $8.00. Belmont Mansion website Belmont Wiki entry|
|Belmont Mansion||02.00 PM - 03.00 PM||Shopping at the mansion's magnificent Gift Shop of Greco•Roman Items|
|Belmont Mansion||03.00 PM -||Close of conventus|