204th Meeting - Orlando, Florida

Co Sponsored in part by the Electronics Division 

of The American Ceramic Society

October 12-16, 2003

Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort

Nontechnical Registrant Program and Tours

All family members and guests are encouraged to register for the 204th Meeting as a “Nontechnical Registrant.” The modest registration fee of $65 includes admission to all social events and an exclusive continental breakfast Monday through Thursday, on the Outback Veranda Room, in the Outback Restaurant on the Lobby Level of the Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa in the Walt Disney Resort. Complimentary lectures include a “Welcome to Orlando” by a representative of Premier Convention Services the designated tour company for the meeting; and an informal discussion and review by the group of the novel,Native Tongue” by Carl Hiaasen. We hope that you will make plans to be with old and new acquaintances and enjoy one or more of the many exclusive sightseeing tours available through the Premier Convention Services.  You can register for the meeting using our Online Meeting Registration, or by downloading a hard copy of the Orlando Meeting Registration Form on page 12 of the Orlando Meeting Registration Brochure, and faxing it to us along with your credit card payment to 609-737-2743. 

Tour Registration

The best way to tour the area is through one of the exclusive tours specially designed for the participants and of the 204th Meeting.  It is recommended that you register for tours in advance using the form on page 11 of the Orlando Meeting Registration Brochure as tours are subject to cancellation pending enough registrants. Should you choose to register for a tour onsite, tour prices will be an additional $5. Confirmation of tour registration will be sent in the mail or via e-mail from the tour company. If you prefer to receive an e-mail confirmation be sure to provide an e-mail address to Premier Convention Services on the registration form. Tour tickets purchased in advance can be picked up at the tour desk, which will be located near meeting registration in the Hampton Court Area on the Ground Level. A representative from Premier Convention Services will be available on Sunday, October 13 from 2:00-5:00 PM, and Monday through Tuesday from 8:00-10:00 AM.  For more information on the available tours, please contact the Premier Conventions Services Event Manager, Tom McCombs at Tel: 407.841.8080, Fax: 407.841.3090, E-mail: tomM@premier-dmc.com, www. http://www.premier-tix.com/ecs03/

Monday, October 13, 2003

Lecture #1

8:30-9:00 AM – Welcome to Orlando

Our Orlando experts will host this orientation in the Outback Veranda Room of the Outback Restaurant located on the Lobby Level of the hotel.  The Orlando area attractions, insider tips, park times, “how to get around” Orlando nightlife, tours and safety tips are a few of the many topics to be discussed.  This presentation will include brochures of area attractions, and maps.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - "Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens" Tour

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

 Tour #2

10:00 AM-4:00 PM — “Elegant Winter Park Scenic Boat & Museum” Tour

Enjoy a day in quaint and beautiful Winter Park, spread out along the shores of interconnecting lakes.  Winter Park is a college town, artists’ haven, vacation retreat and distinctive address for year-round residents.  Winter Park has many attractive qualities, perhaps the most apparent being its lush foliage and natural beauty.  Visitors will find winding brick streets lined with vine-draped oaks, colorful bougainvilleas, azaleas and aromatic jasmine vines. 

 The first stop on the tour is the Scenic Boat Tour along the Winter Park Chain of Lakes.  This 12-mile cruise provides the best vantage point of “Millionaire’s Row” a collection of Winter Park’s most prestigious homes.  Since 1938, this tour boat company has been conveying passengers by shallow-craft boats on Lakes Osceola, Virginia and Maitland, which are connected by old lumbering canals dug during the last century.  Boats pass Rollins College, formal gardens, and magnificent mansions hidden from the road.  The tour also gives passengers a good view of Albin Polasek’s backyard sculptures.

 Then, its time to enjoy the Morse Museum, which houses the largest private collection of Tiffany glass in the world.  The museum focuses on decorative arts (glass, pottery, and furniture), paining, and graphic arts from the 19th and early 20th centuries.  All the major trends and styles of that period – Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, American Realism, Craftsman, Abstraction, and Edwardian – are represented.  The “jewel in the crown”, however is the Tiffany collection. The collection is rare because it includes many pieces the master himself designed, as well as work created in his studio under his supervision.  On view are such masterful works as Tiffany’s Red Peony Lamp, Rose Window, and the Four Seasons Window.  Also on display are examples of Tiffany’s other artistic endeavors-paintings, pottery, jewelry, enamels, mosaics, watercolors, and furniture.  There are also works by Tiffany’s contemporaries and other master artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries-including John La Farge, Frank Lloyd Wright, Maxfield Parrish, and George Inness.

 Tentative Timing:

10:00 AM – Depart Hotel
10:30 AM – Arrive at Winter Park Boat Tour
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Winter Park Boat Tour
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM – Lunch on your own
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Escorted Tour of Morse Museum
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Time for Shopping on Park Avenue
3:30 PM – Depart for Hotel
4:00 PM - Arrive

Price per person: $35

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Breakfast will be served in the Veranda Room of the Outback Restaurant, but no tour program has been scheduled.  Attendees are encouraged to relax or enjoy one of the Disney Parks this day.  Discount theme park tickets are available through the designated Tour Company, Premier Convention Services.  Please visit PCS's website http://www.premier-tix.com/ecs03/, or call Tom McCombs, the event manager at 407-841-8080, or tomm@premier-dmc.com.  

Thursday, October 16, 2003 

8:30 AM-9:30 AM — Morning Book Review

This morning, the group will be reviewing the novel by Carl Hiaasen, “Native Tongue.”   The story is described as “a skillful timely satire – a weird, wild, comic caper of ecological guerrilla warfare that bites as often as it laughs” by Richard Martins in the Chicago Tribune Book World.  Imagine you’re driving a rented Chrysler LeBaron convertible to the perfect family vacation at the Amazing Kingdom of Thrills when a rat is tossed into your car by a passing pickup.  The rodent in question is not a rat, but a rare blue-tongued mango vole just liberated from the Kingdom by militant Wildlife Rescue Corps.  Welcome to the world of Native Tongue, where dedicated (if somewhat demented) environmentalists battle sleazy real estate developers in the Florida Keys.  Hiaasen reminds one of Harry Crews in his depiction of a South full of eccentric people involved in crazy schemes.  It is a measure of the writer’s talent that no matter how bizarre the situation, it is believable. 

It is highly recommended that participants read the novel prior to the review. Copies are available at your local bookstore, library, or on online at Amazon.com. This book is available in a paperback version.  Please plan to purchase you copy in advance of the meeting, as the books will not be available onsite.

Price: Complimentary for Nontechnical Registrants