*Times and information are subject to change*
Wednesday March 22nd, 2017
PRE-EVENT FAM ACTIVITIES
1:30 pm-5:30 pm Early Registration
2:45 pm Board buses to depart Courtyard by Marriot Fredericksburg
3:00 pm Guided tours at George Washington’s Ferry Farm
George Washington’s Boyhood home at Ferry Farm is on the banks of the Rappahannock River across from Fredericksburg. George Washington moved to Ferry Farm in 1738 and lived there through his late teens.
4:30 pm Tours of Chatham Manor
Chatham is one of America’s most beautiful and historic houses. Built in the 18th century by William Fitzhugh, the house served as headquarters and hospital for the Union Army during the Battle of Fredericksburg. The house was restored in the 20th century and was privately owned until 1975, when it was given to the National Park Service.
6:00 pm-8:00 pm A Grapes and Grains evening event at A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Grapes and Grains trail is located in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties and the trail includes 4 wineries, a brewery, and a distillery. All grapes and grains trail stops are conveniently located off Interstate 95 and is a great way to get off the interstate and treat yourself to some relaxation and fun.
8:00 pm Depart for the Courtyard by Marriot Fredericksburg
Thursday March 23rd
7:00 am-8:30 am Registration and Breakfast at Courtyard by Marriot Fredericksburg (Sponsored by VTC)
SEMINAR PROGRAMMING PART I
8:30 am Welcome & Greetings
9:00 am Visitor Service Keynote-“SeriousFUN”
Gary Chadwick, Kings Dominion, VP and General Manager
9:45 am Break
10:00 am LGBT Initiative with Virginia Tourism
Wirt Confroy, Business Development Director, Virginia Tourism Corporation
10:30 am Activity- “How good are you with brochures??
Take a guess at how many brochures are in each stack?
Are you a wiz at counting brochures? Step up and put your accurate counting skills to a timed test!
11:00 am Photography 101, Craig Anderson, Craig Anderson Photography, Inc.
Instagram photos not telling the story you want them to?
Learn from Craig Anderson, accomplished photographer, how to set-up your perfect shot and showcase your area in the best light.
Once you have taken you perfect picture, it’s time to get it out there. Participate in a brief tutorial on Instagram, hashtags, and how it engages your audience.
12:00 pm Lunch
Dine around downtown Fredericksburg: FoodE and Bavarian Chef
FoodE: Recently relocated to the historic National Bank of Fredericksburg, FoodE is known for its fresh ingredients, friendly service, and supporting the local community. It will be sure to leave your appetite indulged and ready to continue to explore more of historic Fredericksburg.
Bavarian Chef: Featured as one of the 50 best restaurants in Northern Virginia magazine, Bavarian chef will provide you with generous portions, family style side dishes, and mouthwatering desserts. You will most certainly experience the authentic flavors of Germany along with the sights of historic Fredericksburg.
*Both restaurants are within walking distance from hotel. Transportation can be provided if needed. *
FAM: Greater Fredericksburg Tourism Partnership– Day 1
1:30 pm Quick visit to the Fredericksburg Visitor Center
2:00 pm Trolley tour with Trolley Tour of Fredericksburg
Enjoy an entertaining and informative trip aboard the trolley and learn about the many famous and interesting people who have come to town, including those who call
3:30 pm Carl’s Ice Cream
Carl’s is a family owned ice cream stand that has been in business for over 50 years. They serve frozen custard, made fresh daily from all natural ingredients. Please enjoy a single scoop, small cone.
4:15 pm Board buses at Carl’s Ice Cream
4:30 pm Reception and tour at Belmont and Stafford County Visitor Center
A national historic landmark, Gari Melchers Home and Studio is one of just 30 of Americas most significant artists’ spaces included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Consortium.
5:45 pm Board buses
6:00 pm Dinner and a show at Riverside Center for Performing Arts- “Saturday Night Fever”
Riverside Center has been the site for nearly 80 main-stage musical and dramatic productions, more than 120 musical adaptations of children’s stories in their Children’s Theater. Please enjoy a delicious dinner! (Alcohol not included)
10:00pm Board buses to return to Courtyard by Marriot
Friday, March 24th
FAM: Greater Fredericksburg Tourism Partnership– Day 2
7:30 am Board coaches at Courtyard by Marriot Fredericksburg Historic District
8:00 am Breakfast at the James Monroe Museum, historic Kenmore, and Artful Dimensions
Join us for breakfast by Eileen’s Bakery and Café, known for their delicious pastries, and then take a stroll through the museums showcasing artifacts from James Monroe and Betty Washington Lewis, as well as 3D art at the Artful Dimensions Gallery.
10:00 am Interpreted bus tour of Slaughter Pen Farm
Take a quick ride with National Park Service historians of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Parks as they discuss an acquisition by the Civil War Trust, Slaughter Pen Farm. It is one of the only sites left where you can follow the path of the Union soldier during the Battle of Fredericksburg.
10:30 am Shannon Airport Museum and Skydiving Center
Take in the sights at the newly reopened Shannon Airport Museum with a tour of rare aircrafts that were recently housed at the Virginia Aviation Museum. There will be a chance for a group photo-op and there may also be a little high-flying surprise as well!
11:30 am Board buses
12:00 pm Dominion Raceway
A new addition to Spotsylvania County, Dominion Raceway is a motorsports and entertainment venue that is sure to leave you in high gear for the continuation of the seminar. The complex includes: a two-mile road course, a 4/10ths mile pave NASCAR oval, 1/8 drag strip, and more.
SEMINAR PROGRAMMING PART II
12:00 pm Lunch at the Dominion Raceway (Sponsored by VTC)
Video presentation by the VTC Welcome Centers
Visitor Center Certifications – Presentations and Spotlights
1:45 pm Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Working with industry partners on visitor center collaborations panel discussion with Q & A
Val Guffy, Director of Consumer & Partner Services, VTC
Julie Perry, Manager, Fredericksburg Visitor Center
Bruce Newton, Visitor Services Manager, City of Hampton
Scott Warren, Visitor Center Manager, City of Virginia Beach
2:30 pm-3:00 pm 2017 Trailblazer Award
New Travel Counselor Certification
Activity Winner Announcement & Closing Remarks
3:15 pm Adjournment