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Reports | Spring 2015

Honoring Pete Seeger

The 2015 CMN Conference

The 2015 CMN International Conference is shaping up nicely as we return to the beautifully situated Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center on the shore of Lake Michigan in Zion, Illinois, October 16–18. The conference center has redesigned their lobby area and Olympic size swimming pool area, and has also refurbished the lower level meeting rooms. Conference chairs Candy Heitner and Anna Stange spent a pleasant day at the resort in late December and were delighted by both the look of the facilities and the graciousness of the staff.

In addition to a full line-up of workshops, we are excited to be honoring the life’s work of Pete Seeger with this year’s Magic Penny Award. New this year are some low-key activities on Thursday for early arrivals. This will give folks some extra time for catching up with friends and colleagues from around the country.

Watch your e-mail in-box for some “What to Expect at the Conference” messages. These notes will include all sorts of information like: how to sign up for the round-robin, what to expect at the Magic Penny ceremony, how to make your own free time during the conference, silent auction and sales area details, volunteer opportunities, a heads-up about our keynote program, workshop selections, and insights and tips on area attractions.

The Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center is located north of Chicago, nestled in 4,100 acres of protected habitat in Illinois Beach State Park. There are hiking and biking trails within the park where you may see deer, beaver, raccoon, and some of the more than forty species of birds native to the area. Camping is available and plentiful in the park, just a short walk along the beach or drive down the road.

Chicago area attractions include the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, The Old Town School of Folk Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, many theatres and comedy clubs, the Chicago Botanic Gardens (located in Glencoe, Illinois, between Zion and Chicago), Chicago tours (walking, biking, boat, ghost, beer, cupcake—you name it), and much more. It’s worth a couple of extra days to see some of the best that the Chicago area has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you in October!