Hospitality Activities~Something for Everyone!
Wednesday, August 15
5:30-9:00 PM Summertime by George!
“SummerTime by George!” is a free concert and festival put on by the Rotary Club of St. Cloud at Lake George. The area will be transformed into a fun and active place every Wednesday with live music, local vendors, and artisans. The concert on August 15 is the country rock band Hitchville. Free trolley service from the Convention Center is available.
6:30-8:30 PM ABE Reads Book Club
AUTHOR VISIT!! The book for this year is From Somalia to Snow: How Central MN became home to Somalis, by Hudda Ibrahim. At a time when United States citizens are being told to fear their Muslim neighbors, where does the truth lie? In this book, Hudda Ibrahim unpacks the immigration narrative of Somali Americans and explains why nearly 20 percent have chosen to settle in Minnesota. From Somalia to Snow gives readers an invaluable insider's look into the lives and culture of our Somali neighbors and the important challenges they face. Come to the State Room Kelly Inn to hear our guest author talk about her thought-provoking book. Hudda's book will be available for purchase at the vendor fair.
8:00-9:30 PM Bingo Games
Bring your friends for BINGO! We will play four rounds. You can play one round or all four; two cards per person per round. We will have winners for small frame, large frame, and cover all. Feeling lucky? Winners will receive gift certificates/credit for the silent auction to support Literacy Action Network. Certificates are non-transferrable.
Thursday, August 16
6:15 AM Summer Institute 5K Fun Run/Walk - Route
Meet in the lobby of the Kelly Inn at 6:15 AM. Runners will depart at 6:30 and walkers will follow five minutes later. The route will be along the river and through Munsinger Gardens. There is no official timing or results for this event. In the event of bad weather, the run will be held on Friday morning. Check social media & the Kelly Inn lobby for updates.
10:30-2:00 Complimentary Professional Photography
Heidi from Maehill Studios will be in the lobby of the Convention Center to take free, professional head shots. These photos can be used to update your social media pages, staff directories, etc. A link to your downloadable photo will be made available to you shortly after the conference.
Approx. 8:00 PM ABE Movie Night
An estimated 12 million people live in refugee camps worldwide and only 0.1% are resettled, repatriated, or integrated into normal society each year. The feature-length documentary, Warehoused, explores the plight of long-term refugees through a glimpse into the lives of those living in Dadaab, Kenya, one of the world’s largest refugee camps. We see the camp's inner workings through one man's journey to do everything in his power to provide for his family. This man’s story is not unique however; it accentuates the much larger problems that long-term refugees have faced for centuries. This event will be held in University A, Kelly Inn and will begin 15 minutes after the banquet and awards. Snacks will be provided.