2018 ACA Annual Convention Asheville, NC


Dates: September 7 – 9, 2018

Host:  ALCIBIADES (David Allen Wilson) dawilson123424@gmail.com
         GAMESTER (Jim Glore) vice-president@cryptogram.org

Hotel:

Hampton Inn Hendersonville
155 Sugarloaf Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone 828-697-2333

We have negotiated a rate of $130 plus tax per night. This rate applies Wednesday, September 5 through Monday, September 10, 2018. Hotel reservations must be made by August 6, 2018, to secure this rate.

To be included in the group reservation you need to mention the group ACA. You can also book on the Hampton Inn website (www.hendersonville.hamptoninn.com) with the group code ACA.

Banquet Information
The guest speaker at our 2018 ACA Convention banquet will be Will Shortz. WILLz (his ACA nom) is currently the editor of the New York Times crosswords and also the puzzle master on the National Public Radio Weekend Sunday program. He graduated from Indiana University in 1974 with a degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles, a curriculum he designed. He is the author of over 100 books on puzzles and has made numerous appearances on television and in several movies.
Will’s presentation is titled “Deciphering the New York Times Crossword.”  He will include some of his all-time favorite Times puzzles, what makes a good puzzle, how crosswords are constructed, a little on their history and what he does as a crossword editor.  He will also touch on codes and ciphers in the Times over the years, which will be significant and interesting, even if brief.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with this prolific puzzle author and hear his entertaining experiences.

 

Presentations:
We are considering having a “Special Interest Group” session Friday afternoon for presentations about Famous Unsolved Ciphers in addition to the Saturday technical presentations. If you are interested in being a presenter for either session, please contact ALCIBIADES.

Sightseeing and Spouses:
The Asheville/Hendersonville area has many opportunities for sightseeing and shopping. Please contact ALCIBIADES if you are interested in a particular venue. Some are listed below.

Chimney Rock State Park
Biltmore Estate
Shopping (boutique shops/antique stores)
The Pisgah National Forest
Sliding Rock
Looking Glass Falls
North Carolina Air Museum – after all we will be in the “first in flight” state
Folk Art Center
Vineyards
North Carolina Arboretum
Mineral & Lapidary Museum
Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Hendersonville Antique Toy Museum
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
Carl Sandburg Home

 

Transportation:

Asheville Regional Airport – 10 miles away
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport – 55 miles away
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport – 96 miles away