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Best of Our State at The Grove Park Inn

Join Our State at the 17th Annual Best of Our State January 9-11, 2015 at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

BOOS Grove Park 2015

Please join Our State at the 17th Annual Best of Our State January 9, 10, and 11, 2015 at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year.

You will also be able to shop for North Carolina specialty food, crafts, and other unique items in our bustling North Carolina Marketplace. Meet the artists, sample delicious dishes, and learn about new places to visit from our travel destination exhibitors.

Your Weekend Package Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • 2 Southern-style breakfasts
  • Friday night concert
  • Reception Friday evening
  • Saturday night dinner & concert with the Raleigh Ringers
  • Admission to ALL seminars Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning

Total cost: $895.00 per couple, based on double occupancy. Single rates are available.

For reservations please call the Grove Park Inn at (800) 438-5800. To book online, please visit groveparkinn.com/BestofOurState2015

Sponsors

Best of Our State 2015 Sponsors

2015 Schedule of Events

Friday, January 9

1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Our State Welcome and Registration (Vanderbilt Wing, Level 8)
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. The Making of Guys and Dolls with cast and crew from University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Heritage Ballroom, Sammons Wing)
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. David Novak – Storyteller performing as R. Buckminster Fuller on the Supine Dome at Black Mountain College (Heritage Ballroom, Sammons Wing)
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Concert with Balsam Range 2014 IBMA “Entertainer of the Year,” 2014 IBMA “Vocal Group of the Year” (Grand Ballroom, Vanderbilt Wing)
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Gingerbread & hot apple cider social (Grand Ballroom, Vanderbilt Wing)

Saturday, January 10

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Southern-style breakfast buffet and Our State Welcome (Grand Ballroom, Vanderbilt Wing)
Saturday seminars located in the Heritage Ballroom, Sammons Wing.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Dr. Elliot Engel – Entertaining historian, author, and lecturer – “The Dickens Nobody Knows”
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Beverage Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Sandra Hughes – Legendary broadcast journalist and inspirational speaker
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 – 12:15 p.m. Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reaser – Authors of Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Paul Worley – N.C. Rail Division Director, N.C. Trains – Past, Present, and Future
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Margaret Maron – Author of Designated Daughters and many more
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Cal Shepard – State Librarian at the State Library of North Carolina – Discovering Our State’s Digital Archive Collection
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free time
7:00 p.m. Cash bar outside Grand Ballroom (Vanderbilt Wing)
7:30 p.m. Special Lenoir-Rhyne sponsored dinner (Grand Ballroom, Vanderbilt Wing)
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Raleigh Ringers – Internationally acclaimed and totally unique handbell choir (Grand Ballroom, Vanderbilt Wing)

Sunday, January 11

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Southern-style breakfast buffet (Grand Ballroom, Vanderbilt Wing)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. David Hartman – Former host of “Good Morning America” and the voice of the North Carolina Symphony

Presenters

Balsam Range

Balsam Range —
From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes the Balsam Range band, which creatively blends Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel, and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. 2013 IBMA Album of the Year WINNER, Papertown.

Raleigh Ringers

Raleigh Ringers —
Internationally acclaimed handbell choir dazzles audiences with unique musical interpretations of sacred, secular, and famous rock ’n’ roll tunes.

Walt Wolfram

Walt Wolfram —
Author of Talkin’ Tar Heel – How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina

Jeffrey Reaser

Jeffrey Reaser —
Author of Talkin’ Tar Heel – How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina

Sandra Hughes

Sandra Hughes —
Legendary broadcast journalist and inspirational speaker

Elliot Engel

Elliot Engel —
Scholar, performer, and storyteller. “The Dickens Nobody Knows”

Paul Worley

Paul Worley —
N.C. Rail Division Director, NC Trains & Depots

David Novak

David Novak —
Storyteller as R. Buckminster Fuller on the Supine Dome at Black Mountain College

David Hartman

David Hartman —
Former host of “Good Morning America” and the “voice” of the North Carolina Symphony.

Margaret Maron

Margaret Maron —
Author of 30 books, including the soon-to-be-released Designated Daughter

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