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One morning last fall I accidentally caught this gorgeous sunrise from my hotel window overlooking Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor. My phone’s camera hardly did it justice! So in March I plan to be right at the harbor’s edge at least one early morning during the convention to get the FULL experience. I hope you’ll be joining us! Polish up those presentations, pack up your business casuals, and finalize your plans to join Alpha Chi in Baltimore March 22-24! There will be no excuse for boredom in this amazing, accessible city! Plan now for your Friday afternoon free time. Here’s one place to start:  http://baltimore.org/about-baltimore/inner-harbor/.

For the past few years, volunteers from AX have gone to an elementary school for an event at which we work in classrooms with children, helping them choose books donated by ALPHA CHI, reading their books with them, and then doing some kind of activity related to literacy.  These have been greatly successful.  More details to follow, but save the date:  Friday afternoon, one hour, probably 1:30-2:30 or 2-3.

The school we’ll visit is located 3/4 mile from the hotel, so you can volunteer to work at the RIF/AX event and STILL have plenty of time to see Baltimore.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know: jcheatham@rif.org.  ALSO, if you want to buy your book to donate at the conference, we’ll have children’s books for a flat rate of $4.00 each.

Let me know if you have questions, and STAY TUNED!

We’ve scheduled two featured speakers for the Baltimore convention that we think you’ll really enjoy.

At our opening banquet Thursday night, we’ll hear from prize-winning novelist Sharyn McCrumb, known best for her “Ballad Series” novels that spring from her love of the Appalachian culture and history of North Carolina and Tennessee. Several of her books have been on New York Times best-seller lists and have won honors and awards. McCrumb is a good choice for this convention, in that Baltimore has a rich literary heritage, especially because of native son Edgar Allan Poe, and at the convention Alpha Chi will continue its ongoing literacy service project.

At a plenary session on Friday morning our speaker will be Susan Fillion, an artist who teaches at the Baltimore Museum of Art who has recently published Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: Bringing Matisse to America, the story of two unmarried sisters in Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century. The Cone sisters’ love of modern art led to their acquaintance with Henri Matisse and their acquisition of one of the foremost Matisse collections in the world, now housed in the Baltimore museum. As well as Matisse prints, Fillion ‘s book includes many of her own illustrations of the Cone sisters’ story, painted in the style of Matisse. Her book is designed in part as a primer on modern art for young people.

Hearing from these speakers will be educational, but they’ll also point us to some of the ways we can spend our Friday afternoon sight-seeing time in Baltimore, exploring the history, literature, and art of our host city.

In preparation for our second super-regional convention, this one to be held in Baltimore, today we launch our official “Road to Baltimore” blog to help get you excited and keep you informed about what is in store. Several different contributors will be posting about various topics pertaining to the convention coming up March 22-24. Contributing to this blog will be Alpha Chi Executive Director Dr. Dennis Organ, Director of Operations Lara Noah, Former National Council Member and Region VI Sponsor Dr. Ann Kneavel, and National Council Vice President Dr. Judy Cheatham.

Our writers will discuss a wide variety of subjects including interesting things to do in Baltimore and highlights of different presenters and events. We will be interacting with you directly, so feel free to leave comments and questions for us to answer. We believe the blog will be a beneficial source of information that will make for an even more enriching experience once you arrive in Charm City. Make sure to subscribe to the blog so you’ll receive email updates whenever we add a new post. You won’t want to miss a thing!

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