There was a lot packed into this convention. The first panels weren't until Friday evening (4th) but I arrived early to help with some of the administrative work. There were 5 of us plus one husband working on getting the name tags ready for registration. Our group was made up of authors, bloggers and readers and yes one husband. These were the first people I got to spend time with and they set the tone of my experience. They were friendly, funny and excited about the upcoming events. All the attendees were working together to make this a wonderful experience. Some individuals arrived as early as Thursday to help director Laurie Garrison set up. They ensured all the welcome bags, full of sway were stuffed and ready to go. Kudos on that task by the way!!
We had people staying in 3 different, very affordable hotels. The panels were also spread over the three hotels (Comfort Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express and The Days Inn). Most of the major events took place in the Comfort Inn and Suites. It wasn't difficult getting to each venue but next year, plans are in motion to have all the events at one venue.
Lebanon is on the outskirts of Nashville and if anyone has tried to create an event in the Nashville area, the prices, especially for hotels, are a big constraint. With tax, the one night stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites was right at $82.00 dollars. I was lucky to share my suite with a roommate so my price was cut in half. Our room had 2 queen size beds with a slightly separated sitting area. We had a mini fridge, microwave, coffee pot with coffee, ironing board and hair dryer. The bathroom was very nice and free internet access. The staff was wonderful and the free morning breakfast was varied and very good. My hotel was about a minute walk across the parking lot to O'Charley's. I had never eaten at O'Charley's before but this one had excellent service and was reasonably priced especially for the amount of food you received.
More to come......