2017 ACA Annual Convention Burlington, VT

Banquet Information
Our banquet speaker will be Jen Wilcox from the NSA.  She will be giving a talk about and will be bringing an Enigma machine.  Here is her write-up about her presentation:
“Solving the Enigma”
Learn the history of the famous German WWII cipher machine, Enigma, and how it was solved by the Allies.  The Germans believed the machine to be unbreakable and their communications secure.  However, due to Polish, British, and American mathematicians and engineers, the Allies could read these encrypted messages throughout the war providing valuable information that helped the Allies to win the war.

Other Convention Information

ACAs 2017 convention will take place in Burlington, Vermont, September 8-10, 2017. Your hosts, GAMESTER [vicepresident (at) cryptogram (dot) org] and BREAKER [blueexplorer76 (at) hotmail (dot) com], are making arrangements and plans to ensure this is a pleasurable and enlightening event.

The convention hotel will be the Best Western PLUS Windjammer Inn located at 1076 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403; telephone: 800-371-1125. We have negotiated a rate of $129.95 per night (plus taxes). These rates apply for up to two days prior and two days following the convention dates.

Best Western PLUS Windjammer Inn
The hotel offers its guests all of the typical amenities, including free shuttle service to and from Burlington International Airport (BTV) that is available 24-hours a day; complimentary hot breakfast, air-conditioned, free parking, smoke-free, business center, fitness center, and more.

Hotel Reservations
Hotel reservations may be made now, but must be made by August 8, 2017, to be eligible for the group rate. Please call the hotel directly at 800-371-1125 and identify yourself as a member of the ACA (American Cryptogram Association)”. (Do not make your reservation through a travel agent or on-line: This will ensure that you get the group rate. It also gives the ACA credit with the Best Western for your attendance).

Convention Registration
The paper convention registration form will be in the July-August 2017 issue of The Cryptogram. But if you prefer, you can register and pay by using the online form Convention Registration.


Burlington, Vermont – Sightseeing/Attractions

  1. Church Street Marketplace – Located in downtown Burlington, enjoy the open air mall which features historic architecture, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music and over 100 places to shop and dine. Over 70% of the Church Street businesses are locally owned, and you’ll find both boutiques as well as national stores.
    All four blocks of the Marketplace are now smoke-free and feature free public Wi-Fi.
    To park, there is 2-hour FREE parking at 3 garages: Marketplace Garage between Bank & Cherry St. at S. Winooski Ave., Lakeview Garage next to Macy’s Department Store on Cherry St., and College St. Garage at Hilton Hotel, accessible from College or Battery St. After 2 hours, garage rates will apply.
    Or you may park at any of the 300 smart meters located in the downtown core (bounded by Cherry Street to the north, Main Street to the south, Pine Street to the west, and South Winooski Avenue to the east). These smart meters have no time limit and accept credit cards and coins. Parking is enforced until 10pm.
  2. Burlington Segway Tours – 277 Pine Street, Burlington, VT (802) 489-5113 offers 1-hour ($68) and 2-hour ($98) Segway tours of the area.
    One hour tours are available at: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    Two hour tours are available at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  3. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain – 1 College St., Burlington, VT (802) 864-1848 offers science exhibits and movies to educate visitors about the area. ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunities for Stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.
    Hours are: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Admission is: $14.50 for seniors and students; $16.50 for adults. Theater admission is: $5 in addition to admission.
  4. Burlington Farmer’s Market at City Hall Park – (802) 310-5172 provides an opportunity to shop directly from Vermont farmers and artisans. In addition to locally grown produce, handmade crafts, maple syrup, honey and souvenirs are available.
    Saturdays 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  5. Lake Champlain Boat Tours
    a) The Spirit of Ethan Allen – (802) 862-8300 is a cruise ship that offers pre-recorded tours around the Lake Champlain area. Meals and beverages may be purchased also. Possible discounts are available for parties of 20 or more.
    b) Whistling Man Schooner Co. – Only takes up to 10 people. $50 daytime; $55 sunset. Both amounts are subject to additional tax. Two-hour cruise. BYO picnic.
  6. Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour and Ice Cream Shop – 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road Route 100, Waterbury, VT (802) 222-1665 (30-minute tour) On the Ben & Jerry’s tour, you’ll be able to see how the ice cream is made and sample any of their flavors. There is also a Flavor Graveyard where you may “pay your respects to the dearly de-pinted flavors” of the past.
  7. Vermont Teddy Bear Factory – 6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT (800) 988-8277, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. South of Burlington, the factory offers tours every hour during which you’ll get to watch the bears being created by hand, one-by-one. You’ll also see the Bear Hospital and meet Dr. Nancy, the teddy bear doctor. (While tours are still available, there is no production running during weekends or any day after 4:30pm.) 30-minute tours for $4 for adults/$3 for seniors.
  8. Queen City Ghostwalk – (802) 351-1313 offers history, mystery and spooky fun. Tour creator Thea Lewis, is the author of “Haunted Burlington: Spirits of Vermont’s Queen City”, “Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain”, and “Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont.” She brings guests on a journey back in time, introduces them to local legends, and paints a chilling picture of Burlington long ago. Tickets available at FlynnTix Regional Box Office. (Allow 1-2 hours)
  9. Frog Hollow Craft Center – 85 Church Street, Burlington, VT (802) 863-6458 is a gallery and store that exhibits traditional and contemporary Vermont art and craft. No admission charge(?)
    Hours are: M-W 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Th-Sa 10:00 AM-8:00 PM; Su 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
  10. Ethan Allen Homestead – Open 7 days/week, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $9.
    Inside the home where Ethan Allen spent the last few years of his life, you’ll learn more about Vermont in the 18th century and about Allen’s life, philosophy, writings and activities. After the tour, there are galleries on archaeology and history and walking trails to explore.
  11. Esc4pe – 156 College St., Burlington, VT (802) 448-3107. $25.00 The Esc4pe room is a game in which a group is shown into a room and given a scenario. The group must cooperatively solve a set of puzzles to complete their mission in under an hour.
  12. Oakledge Park at Sunset – located south of the downtown area right on the lake, Oakledge is a Parks and Rec public park which is regarded as one of the best places to view the sunset across Lake Champlain.
  13. Burlington City Arts Center – 135 Church Street, Burlington, VT (802) 865-7166 The Center is housed in the Ethan Allen Firehouse, a historic building. The center features an eclectic collection of contemporary art exhibits.

Contact GAMESTER (vicepresident (at) cryptogram (dot) org) if you would like to make a presentation or have any questions.