The convention hotel will be the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront, 668 West Fifth Street, Covington Kentucky, 41011. We'll receive the special group-rate of $94.00 per night. The hotel offers free parking, free high speed wireless internet, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. It has a revolving restaurant on the top floor for fine dining with spectacular views and a casual restaurant on the first floor. Plus, there are 20 restaurants within a half-mile of the hotel.
The Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront has direct auto access from I-75 and free shuttle service to/from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). (I highly recommend shopping for flights at http://www.bookingbuddy.com ... you enter your starting/ending destinations and dates, and it will allow you to singly search all the popular web based fare-finding sites one at a time, all without having to re-enter your flight information each time - Ed)
The 2009 Convention will offer visits to many venues in the area, as well as keeping our traditional activities of the Roll Mart, the Pumper Contest, Workshops and the Saturday evening Banquet/Dinner Dance.
C o n v e n t i o n H i g h l i g h t s
We will visit the restored Art-Deco Union Terminal in Cincinnati for lunch and a pipe organ demonstration. Union Terminal has three interesting museums, OMNIMAX Theater, and a fine gift shop.
There will be a tour of the 1895 Basilica of the Assumption modeled after Notre Dame in Paris. There are 82 stained glass windows, including one of the largest in the world. The tour will include an organ recital.
A cruise on an Ohio Riverboat with sightseeing, entertainment and dinner will be on our schedule. This three-story boat is 100% handicap accessible.
A visit to the home and shop of Ron Wehmeier is scheduled. Ron has a beautiful old Cincinnati home with period furnishings. He has a complete shop in connection with his organ installation business. Ron also has a spectacular music room where we will be treated to demonstrations on several of the instruments.
We will also tour the Cincinnati Music Hall, home to the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony. A Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ is being restored and installed in the Music Hall by Ron Wehmeier. The Wurlitzer Opus #1680 Style 260SP, 3 Manual, 19 Ranks of 1200 Pipes was originally built for Cincinnati’s RKO Albee Theatre at a cost of $55,000. Unfortunately, this project will not be completed in time for our visit, but we will enjoy the beautiful theater.
We will also visit a newcomer to the Cincinnati scene: EnterTRAINment Junction. Here in over 80,00 square feet you can enjoy a spectacular model train layout of 90 large-scale trains (1200 cars), two miles of track, detailed cities, towns, villages, an 11’ water fall, flowing rivers, a lake, and much more. The layout includes railroading’s Early Period (1830s through the Civil War to late 1890s), the Middle Period (1900 to 1950s) and the Modern Period (1960s to the present). Also included in this virtual railroad theme park is a railroad museum and a gift shop.
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