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Holiday Inn Express Baltimore-BWI Airport West

7481 Ridge Rd

Hanover, MD 21076

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Arr, matey! Here be where you register for the 2015 Region 7 Conference. The Seventh Fleet will be docked in Hanover, MD for a weekend of plunder and booty! Read yon FAQ below for all the scuttlebutt yer gonna need!

OK, so the theme is pirates. Do I have to dress up and stuff?

Nope, although it might be fun! Don't like pirates? Blame the RC! He really wanted to do a pirate-themed conference.

If Johnny Depp isn't your thing, perhaps you could be a steampunk airship pirate! Or an Orion pirate! Rumor is we may have a costume competition for the best pirate hallway costume, so be creative!

How much do hotel rooms cost?

We have negotiated a price of $109/night plus 13% taxes and fees (levied by the hotel). This rate is available for 3 days prior and post-convention, so if you want to come in early and beat the Friday traffic or leave on Monday morning, you're covered.

Nice! How do I make a reservation?

Please call the hotel directly at 410-684-3388 and let them know that you are with the STARFLEET International group to receive the discounted rate. Be SURE to confirm that they quote you our $109/night rate!

What kind of programming will you have?

Programming is still in the works (and we will put a link here to the grid schedule once it's ready), but so far we're planning a Friday Night Social, Saturday general meeting, a Saturday evening dinner, and a farewell session on Sunday morning.

All other programming will be based on ideas submitted by the Region and responses to our programming survey. If you've not filled it out, please click here. We're hoping for a nice smorgasbord of Regional business panels (such as a CO roundtable, tips on publishing a ship newsletter, charities) and fun discussions and round tables.

What if I don't like your programming?

We are a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Arundel Mills Mall and the 24/7 Maryland Live! Casino, so there's a ton of stuff to do if you get bored. In addition to shopping, the mall also has a Dave & Busters, Medieval Times, and Egyptian-themed Cinemark theater. Yes, you read that right. It's worth driving past to look at, if you have time!

So what's going on in the evenings?

Friday evening, we have the programming rooms available for alcohol-free socializing space. Yes, we know, but that's the hotel's rules, not ours. We also have the rooms available after dinner on Saturday evening, programming TBD.

And what's this about a dinner?

Dinner will be off-the-menu at the nearby Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grill, a favorite of the Richthofen CO. We will be reserving their party room. The menu has options for every taste and price range including adult beverages. While turtle is NOT on the menu, the crab dip is to die for!

You can find the menu here. If you have any food allergies or other special dietary needs, please contact the restaurant directly with any questions or concerns.

What do I do about my other meals?

For breakfast, our hotel offers a complimentary hot Express Start Breakfast Bar. Enjoy other delicious hot items, including omelets, oatmeal and 100% Arabica bean coffee, as well as cereals, juices, fruit and pastries.

For other meals, there is a 24/7 Denny's diner connected to the hotel, and a multitude of options in the Hanover/Arundel Mills area, including your typical fast food joints and chain sit-down restaurants. The nearby Maryland Live! Casino offers upscale options, while Medieval Times offers dinner and a show.

If you want to start planning now, click here for a list of nearby eateries courtesy of Google. We will also have a list in your registration packet.

Speaking of registration, what do I get for my $25?

You'll get access to all the weekend's programming, a conference ID badge, and a swag bag that will at least contain a conference program/schedule and listings of local eateries. We're hoping to include a few commemorative keepsakes as well.

Will there be a conference t-shirt for order?

Perhaps. Check this space, the R7 email list, or the R7 Facebook group for more information.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The hotel has ample free parking. In addition, you could take the MARC train to the BWI airport stop or the AMTRAK to Baltimore Penn Station and then the MTA Light Rail to the BWI airport stop. If you are taking public transport, please contact us so we can be sure to arrange pickup.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Please leave realistic costume weapons at home. As stipulated by the hotel, there is NO alcohol allowed in the programming rooms. Pets are NOT permitted, but as always, service animals are allowed and the hotel is handicapped-accessible, as are our program rooms.

If you bring tribbles, you will be responsible for collecting them all at the end of the weekend.

Please DO bring piratical costumes, games of all types, and anything else to contribute to the fun and frivolity of the weekend!

Is there a pool?

Since we know Bob Vosseller will ask, there is a seasonal outdoor pool. It will probably be closed for the season by the first weekend of October. There is also a 24/7 fitness center on-site for guests. Sadly, no hot tub.

What about Wi-Fi?

Wi-fi is available and free for hotel guests.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact conference chair RADM Karen Mitchell Carothers at co@ussredbaron.org with any questions. PLEASE be sure to tag the subject line with "2015 Conference" so it doesn't get lost in subspace.

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Holiday Inn Express Baltimore-BWI Airport West

7481 Ridge Rd

Hanover, MD 21076

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