The 45th National Stereoscopic Association Convention
EXCURSION INFORMATIONAll excursions are open to everyone. You do not need to be a registered Convention attendee to attend, but you will still need to purchase tickets using the Convention form. All excursions were chosen with regard to member interest, 3D photography opportunities, and uniqueness to the area. Itineraries may be subject to some modifications due to weather. Excursions require a minimum enrollment and are subject to cancellation. Please note that tripods are not allowed on three of the tours.
Excursion #1Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Tuesday, July 30, 10:00 AM - 2:45 PM, $25.00
Explore the beautiful flower gardens and reflecting pools at the majestic Stan Hywet Hall, a 65 room Tudor Revival Manor House built between 1912 and 1915 by Goodyear co-founder F. A. Seiberling for his family. The estate includes 5 historic buildings and 10 historic gardens on 70 acres. The collections and furnishings in the manor house are original to the estate. The Manor House and gardens will be a self-guided tour and lunch will be on your own at Molly's Café, located in what were the horse stalls of the Carriage House.
Photography of the grounds and manor are permitted but tripods or monopods are not. No flash photography is allowed in the Manor House. Photos are permitted for personal use only, no commercial use of images is allowed.
Here are some facts about the Manor House:
Stan Hywet Hall; photo by John Bueche
Excursion #2Suite Life at the Ballpark
Tuesday, July 30, 3:45 PM - 10:30 PM, $50.00 (Limited to 40 guests)
Play Ball!! We have a suite reserved for the first 40 people who sign up for this exciting event. The evening includes a bus ride to Canal Park, home of the Akron RubberDucks Double-A baseball team (a Cleveland Indians affiliate), a tour of the stadium, photography on the field during batting practice (limited to first and third base lines), seats in the Owner's Suite (located directly behind home plate), buffet dinner consisting of typical baseball fare, and a ball game. That night the RubberDucks will be hosting the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Check back later to see if we are able to get closer to the field for photography during the game; we are working on this. Photography is permitted throughout the public areas of the ball park. We will let you know if tripods and monopods are allowed.
Excursion #3Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Option 1 - Akron Glass Studio and Dinner, $35
Are you up for trying a new experience? Do we have an event for you!!! Come on over to the Akron Glass Works with us and witness glass blowing up close and personal. Enjoy dinner upstairs in the newly restored sanctuary of a 1931 Presbyterian Church, photographing glass blowers (friends and family members), and shopping at the Glass Works and across the street at Don Drumm Studios. The Drumm Studios includes two extensive gallery buildings selling works by over 500 top North American artists. Don Drumm Studios & Gallery is consistently voted one of the top American craft retailers in the country. Dinner will be a choice of Chicken Picata or Roast Beef, Grilled Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Rolls, Brownies and Sodas.
Option 2 - Akron Glass Studio and Dinner with Glass Blowing, $60 (Limited to 20 guests)
To enhance your excursion experience, try your hand at creating a one-of-a-kind Friendship Ball to keep or give to a special someone. You will have the opportunity to blow molten glass into a beautiful ornament in a color of your choice. This opportunity is an additional $25 and will be limited to 20 people. So sign up soon and don't miss your chance to create a special remembrance of this year's 3D-Con.
Excursion #4MAPS Air Museum
Sunday, August 4, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, $40
After a busy week of convention activities, relax and explore the history of flight in the state boasting the Birthplace of Aviation. Join us for a fun BBQ dinner and afterwards photograph 40+ aircraft, both inside and outside the hangar. An extensive "Gallery of Heroes" museum features a unique and rare selection of military artifacts. Many of the items in the displays were donated by Ohio veterans who served this country. A second collection is on the upper level in the Ohio Military Museum. Flash photography, tripods and monopods are permitted everywhere at the Air Museum. Here is the menu we have selected:
MAPS Air Museum; photo by John Bueche
Excursion #5Football, Wine, Carvings and Chocolate...Oh My!!!
Monday, August 5, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM, $75.00
Our first stop on this fun, full day tour will be at the Pro Football Hall of Fame allowing you two and a half hours of exploring the shining tribute to those who have made professional football America's most popular sport. The Hall has many interactive displays that give you a feeling of what it is like to play the game. Explore the large hall with bronze busts of all the enshrinees. The stunning display of rings created for the Super Bowl champions will dazzle you. Photography is allowed in all areas except the Card Room and the Theater. Monopods and tripods are not allowed anywhere in the museum.
Lunch will be provided at the beautiful Gervasi Vineyard, our next stop on the tour, and will include a wine tasting and winery tour. Photography is permitted everywhere on the grounds, except during the winery tour. Don't be discouraged, though, the grounds are stunning and offer great photo ops.
Lunch will be Italian Salad with Bread, Chicken Parmesan, Pasta with Marinara, Dessert and Coffee and Iced Tea.
Our next stop will be at the fascinating Warther Museum showcasing over 64 hand-carved pieces made of ebony, ivory and walnut. Teaching himself how to whittle and carve, Ernest "Mooney" Warther, born to Swiss immigrant parents, carved very intricate steam engines, a working steel mill and the Lincoln Funeral Train. One of his earliest works was a pair of working pliers carved out of a single block of wood. Using a larger block of wood, he carved 511 pair of working pliers, all interconnected. In addition to his carvings, the museum contains his wife, Frieda's, 73,000 piece button collection and the family's 5,500 piece Native American arrowhead collection. This is truly a one-of-a-kind attraction that will amaze you. Photography is permitted, as well as tripods and monopods.
On the way back to the hotel, we will make one more stop at the Harry London/Fannie May Chocolate Company and Factory where you will watch a movie about the two companies. You will have time to purchase many delicious candies, including the chocolate version of the seed, or nut, of the Ohio state tree, the Buckeye. Take all the photos you want, but the real versions of the candies are the best way to remember this stop on the full day tour.
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