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I'm pleased to announce that my 2012 Sandra Stillwell Presents' convention, "Radio Days", will be held in the historic city of Cincinnati, August 9-12, at the Doubletree Airport Hotel.
The date change from June to August was necessary due to hotel issues, but I believe our subsequent date and hotel will prove to be beneficial overall. I sincerely apologize for any difficulty this change may have presented and very much appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Convention registration and other details will be forthcoming soon, but I'm thrilled to say the Sandra Stillwell Presents group rate at the Doubletree is only $95! This special rate will include breakfast in the hotel restaurant on days that we do not have a convention breakfast function.
The Doubletree Airport offers complimentary parking and airport shuttle - directly on airport property, the hotel is only a short 5 minute ride!
Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-222-8733 and asking for the Sandra Stillwell Presents group rate. It is VERY important to book within our group block.
Set amidst the gently rolling hills along the Ohio River, Cincinnati is a beautiful city---steeped in historical architecture with grand Victorian homes, landmark Art Deco masterpieces of 30's grandeur, and much, much more.
Greater Cincinnati is the home of "America's Sweetheart" Doris Day, dancing sensation, Vera Ellen, and "Girl Singer" Rosemary Clooney, among other legendary celebrities...and it's contributions toward the development of radio, television, and movie history are immeasurable.
Encompassing the decades of the 20's - 50's, "Radio Days" is a celebration of the golden days of radio, as we pay tribute to Cincinnatians and their dreams of entertaining the world.
"Radio Days" will look back at that magical time when radio airwaves carried smooth, dreamy voices into the hearts of our nation, and "girls next door" could become "America's sweethearts" by singing and dancing their way to the bright lights of Hollywood and onto the glorious silver screen.
Alive with Big Band music and Orchestras, radio days filled American homes with music and visions of dancing the night away. Powerful WLW Radio broadcasts, live from Cincinnati, were heard across the nation, making household names of local talent such as Doris Day and the Clooney Sisters, Rosemary and Betty --- ultimately resulting in recording contracts.
Cincinnati's reputation was far reaching, and the Caprice Pavilion Nightclub at the Netherland Plaza Hotel was the place to "see and be seen". Throughout the decades, the French Art Deco masterpiece played host to many world luminaries in unparalleled 1930's grandeur.
"Radio Days" were the glory days of luxurious train travel.... and Cincinnati's grand Art Deco Union Terminal set the perfect scene. Smart suits and chic travel ensembles were de rigueur, and stylish ladies and gents traveled with huge wardrobe trunks filled with elegant evening wear and cocktail attire for swanky parties and dining aboard the exotic streamlined cars destined for Hollywood.
The crème de la crème of Cincinnati society always dressed in high style, with wardrobes fashioned by local dressmakers and European Designers alike. "Radio Day's" will be highlighting these fashions as well the movie careers and costumes worn by some of Cincinnati's "own".
Due to overwhelmingly positive feedback about past conventions in Nashville and San Francisco, we will once again feature exclusive 16" doll fashions as souvenirs, with dressed centerpiece dolls showcased at each meal function. As with Golden Gate Glamour, there will also be an exclusive "Radio Days" convention collection introduced throughout the event.
We had such an enjoyable experience doing things as a group in Nashville and San Francisco that I plan to once again include sightseeing and/or offsite functions in the convention registration.
I'm especially excited that, continuing with our tradition of fashion study, the Cincinnati Museum of Art has graciously agreed to give us a rare glimpse inside "Cincinnati's closets" with a private, behind the scenes tour of some of their vast costume collection, which includes impeccable examples of fashions throughout the 1920's - 50's.
A tribute to Cincinnati's "Radio Days" would not be complete without a visit to the magnificent Netherland Plaza Hotel, so we will be planning something special there...
As always, I am working to give you as much value as possible with your registration, while keeping costs reasonable. (We will be changing our format a bit and I am looking into adding a Thursday and Sunday breakfast) With all that Cincinnati has to offer, it will be difficult to fit everything into a 3 day format, so I would encourage you to plan to extend your stay before and after the event for additional sightseeing.
I recently had the opportunity to experience two very special Cincinnati area activities that fit into our theme. I believe our group would enjoy these very much! Please take a look below and let me know what you think....
Thursday: Union Terminal http://www.cincymuseum.org/unionterminaland Cincinnati Dinner Train: http://www.cincinnatirailway.com/dinnertrain/
- Step back to the 30's as we visit one of Cincinnati's Art Deco gems, Union Terminal. We'll explore the Cincinnati History Museum located inside the terminal and complete our visit with an optional treat in the Ice Cream Parlor decorated entirely with original vintage Rookwood tiles.
- Our day will wind down with a private or semi private 3 hr dinner excursion on the Cincinnati Dinner Train, an original streamline train featuring cars from the 30s, 40s, and 50's. Our tour will take us through Cincinnati, down to the river and back to our boarding point. The menu is great and the cars are all decorated with wonderful vintage Railroad advertising!
This would be a complete "Sandra Stillwell Presents" off site function featuring centerpieces and an exclusive gift. (Most likely a fashion, but not guaranteed).
IMPORTANT DETAILS: Price TBD, but this off sire function is expected to be in the $150 - $165 range.In order to book a private charter, we will need a minimum of 70 people. We will be opening the event to friends and family. If we still cannot fill the minimum, our other option is to possibly find another group to share the train on a different car.
This function will entail much preparation work. Considering the price, if it is something you are interested in, it’s very important you let me know as soon as possible.
Sunday: The Rosemary Clooney House/Museum http://www.rosemaryclooney.org/
-Our tour bus will take us to Augusta, KY to visit this charming riverfront Victorian home that Rosemary called home for much of her life. There are 5 rooms of memorabilia from Rosemary's career, including some from her nephew, George Clooney, and former Miss America, Heather Renee French, the owner of the museum.
-On exhibit are several costumes from White Christmas. We will hear personal stories about Rosemary's life and career from our museum guide, one of Rosemary's dear friends.This is an informal, but sweet and interesting museum....
-Lunch will be at the historic Parkview Inn, a charming bed and breakfast built in the 1880s. (The food is VERY good).
-Augusta, KY is a tiny, nostalgic community where Rosemary's brother, Nick, and his wife, Nina, still live (George's parents). Nina owns a little resale shop in town where she sells personal memorabilia. You never know what treasures you'll find there...and if time and interest permits, we may just go treasure hunting!
IMPORTANT DETAILS: Minimum 25Our price will vary depending on the size of our group, but will most likely be in the $50 - $70 range, including lunch. If an exclusive outfit is added, the cost will be higher.
Depending on the size of our group, our tour may also include a bus tour of tiny Maysville, KY, Rosemary's home town and the historical movie theater that was the site of one of her movie premiers...
I am currently exploring other offsite tours, and in the weeks to come will ask for your feedback about our options. If there is something in particular you would like to do or see in the area, please be sure to contact me right away.
It is extremely important that you let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us for "Radio Days" and if you plan to extend your stay either before or after convention.
Your feedback is crucial to know how many people to count on when planning souvenirs, meal functions, and offsite functions.
Please email or phone me directly with your feedback, questions or comments!
I want to once again thank everyone who contributed to the success of 2011's "Golden Gate Glamour"... both during and after the event!!
I hope to see you in Cincinnati, August 9-12, for "Radio Days, but until then...
as we resume our broadcast...
Shut your eyes, listen closely, and let the music sweep you away on a sentimental journey via the airwaves to the stars!