Mark Your Calendars for Freddyfest 2018!
Columbus Day Weekend (Sunday 10/7 — Tuesday 10/9)
The Gould Hotel, Seneca Falls, NY
Seneca Falls is a Centerboro-ish small town in the Finger Lakes region, less than an hour from the airports in Syracuse or Rochester. Seneca Falls offers plenty of sites for those who might want to arrive early (or stay late) and explore — including the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the Seneca Museum of Waterways, the Erie Canal, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. (The town is reputed to have been the model for Bedford Falls and it’s not hard to see why.)
Just down the road in one direction or another: Harriet Tubman’s house (in Auburn), more than a few wineries and no doubt some spectacular autumn leaves. Rochester attractions include the Susan B. Anthony House plus the cemetery where she and Frederick Douglass are buried.
Our general events for members will be held Sunday, 10/7 through Monday evening, 10/8.
We will hold our business meeting — open to all members who would like to attend — on Tuesday morning, 10/9. (Note: Columbus Day is celebrated on Monday — although not all schools and businesses are closed.)
Preliminary Program plans include:
- An appreciation of Jinx, the Cat
- Women in Freddy’s World
- What Sorts of Kids Like Freddy books?
- An Investigation into the Treatment of Canadians in the Freddy Books (and perhaps even a Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner!)
- Who Said That? Quotes from women in the Freddy books
- Freddy Books as Collectibles
- and much, much more (especially if YOU do a presentation!)
Bonus: The leaves in the Finger Lakes area should be spectacular!
The Gould Hotel is holding a block of rooms for Friends of Freddy members at a rate of $99/night (including breakfast) for the Sunday and Monday nights. What’s more, if you want to arrive on Saturday, they have a limited number of rooms available (first come, first serve, they’ll be hosting a wedding group that night that’s taken most of the rooms) for $159.
The hotel itself is a “boutique” establishment featuring 48 very comfortable rooms on four floors (served by an elevator) with an excellent restaurant. Take a peek at http://www.thegouldhotel.com/
Hotel Reservation Info:
Reserve now by calling 877-788-4010 and specifying the Friends of Freddy rate. (Note: The online reservations tab doesn’t provide access to the special rate, and our block for the rooms expires three months before the event. We’ll remind you early and often!)
Please note: You must register for the hotel and for the convention separately. Let us know if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.