New Conference Venue!

A major change has happened.  This year, plenary sessions, Charleston  Neapolitans, and some other sessions will be held at the beautiful brand new Gaillard Center, about 2 blocks from the Francis Marion Hotel.  The Center has a performance hall capable of seating 1,800 people and is truly spectacular—words can hardly do it justice.  In addition, “salons” and smaller meeting rooms are available.  The Charleston Conference is the first conference to be held at the Center, and it’s a good thing because attendance this year is over 1,700, far exceeding the capabilities of the Francis Marion Hotel.  (In the past few years, attendance had to be capped when the limits of the hotel were reached, to the disappointment of some late-registering hopeful attendees.)

Here are some photos taken today at the Gaillard Center as final setups were being done for the conference.

 

Gaillard Center Front Entrance

Gaillard Center Front (George St.) Entrance

 

Gaillard Center Rear Entrance

Gaillard Center Rear (Calhoun St.) Entrance

 

Gaillard Center Lobby

Gaillard Center Lobby

 

Gaillard Center Ceiling Detail

Gaillard Center Ceiling Detail

 

Gaillard Center Main Performance Hall

Gaillard Center Main Performance Hall

 

Gaillard Center Performance Hall View From Front

Gaillard Center Performance Hall View From Front Showing Gallery Levels

 

Gaillard Center Performance Hall View From Front

Gaillard Center Performance Hall View From Front Showing Galleries

Congratulations to Katina Strauch and her team for securing this wonderful new venue for the Charleston Conference!

Don HawkinsDon Hawkins
Charleston Conference Blogger and Against The Grain Columnist

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