2012 Conference Update

Submitted by Sharon Kambeitz, Publicity Committee for the Midwest Chapter Meeting 2012
Allina Library Services, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Minneapolis, MN

Keep on Saving the Date, October 6-9, 2012

Shopping Scene – Shopping is an unspoken given for conference attendees who plan their outside-of -meeting activities. Once you’ve deposited your luggage in your room, the urgency to discover your Conference surroundings takes you on a walk through the city to check out shopping spots. It is tempting to bring back a souvenir or something memorable, oh well, shopping for clothes or art, gifts for family and friends is a legitimate social activity.

Rochester area shopping malls and independently owned businesses offer you an uber-shopping experience to enjoy! Located in the center of downtown are the Shops at University Square, including Chico’s, Barnes & Noble, and Collections Fashions – offering the same designers you would find in the finer boutiques of Europe. You could even get a Healing Touch massage!

The more unique shops are named the Grand Shops, Kahler & Marriott on the subway, street and mezzanine levels of the Kahler Grand and Marriott Hotels. The premier shopping center nearby is the Apache Mall where you will find Macy’s Coach, Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, and much more. All together Rochester greets you with 11 shopping plazas.

Recreation and Sports – Ready to stretch your legs and begin to absorb all you’ve been hearing? Need something for your spouse and children to do while you are at the conference? Rochester has more than 100 individual park locations with facilities such as playgrounds, tennis, horseshoe and basketball courts, baseball, soccer and football fields, and over 85 miles of trails to walk, run or bike. There are also four municipal golf courses. Both Silver Lake and Soldier’s Memorial Field are located along the Zumbro River, in opposite directions, approximately two miles from the Mayo Civic Center. Check the Trail Park System Map: http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/maps/Trail_Park_System-Map.pdf for an overview; http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/index.asp provides links to individual parks. Bicycle rentals are available at http://www.silverlakefun.com/BikeRate.html (rentals include helmet).

Arts and Culture – The arts play an important role in the cultural life of Rochester. Major arts organizations such as the Rochester Art Center, Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, and the Rochester Civic Theater, along with 20 other arts organizations and galleries, add vibrancy to this “best small city in America.” Many of these venues are within walking distance of the Civic Center and the DoubleTree Hotel.

When fall 2012 programming is announced, we will update the conference site with details about cultural events during your stay in Rochester. Keep watching http://midwestmla.org/conference2012/

History and Heritage – There is plenty for history and architectural buffs to enjoy as well. Mayo Clinic has an art and architecture tour that is not to be missed. Many local sites are on the National Register of Historic Places such as the 10-acre Mayowood Estate and Mansion, the Chateau Theatre (originally a vaudeville theater and now a Barnes & Noble bookstore), and elegant historic residences in the “Pill Hill” neighborhood. Sites such as the History Center of Olmsted County, Amish communities, wineries, Mystery Cave, The Eagle Bluff Learning Center, and the Mississippi River, are located in, or are within an easy drive of Rochester. These websites, http://www.rochestercvb.org/play/history-heritage/ and http://www.rochestercvb.org/play/day-trips/ will link you to specific sites.

IBM – Along with the Mayo Clinic, IBM is one of the two largest employers in Rochester. The IBM campus is near the northwestern part of Rochester on U.S. Highway 52, just 5 miles from Mayo. The “Big Blue” facility, designed by Eero Saarinen, has been recognized by the National Building Museum as one of the significant contributions of the built environment in the U.S.

With IBM’s Research & Development lab, leading minds keep pushing the boundaries of science, technology and business to make the world work better. With nearly a force of 3,000, scientists work on applied and exploratory research projects for clients, governments, and universities. One fun fact to relish is that in 2011 IBM inventors earned a record 6,180 U.S. Patents. That figure along with a list of site features like the 9-hole disc golf course, football/soccer fields, outdoor walking path, and grilling pits with picnic areas make the campus even more interesting.

You can find more information about any of these places and organizations at the City’s tourism site, www.rochestercvb.org

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