HNA 2015 offers you the chance to see a grand exhibit of Ion Codrescu's haiga, in the unique circular balcony space of the Mandeville Gallery, on the middle level of Union's beautiful Nott Memorial.
Learn more about the Exhibit and the Thursday Artist Talk and Reception, on the Conference's Ion Codrescu Exhibition Page.
update (Sept. 1, 2015): See a slideshow tour of the actual exhibit,
Image: Ion Codrescu, Time in the Dark...(Jim Kacian), ink on paper, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches. Image photography courtesy of Frank Rapant. All images courtesy of the artist; images copyright of the artist.
Great autumn foliage and great art await you, if you come early for the HNA 2015 pre-conference Foliage & Art Excursion to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts: On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, our bus will leave The Desmond at 9:30 a.m. and travel 50 miles along beautiful Route 2 to Williamstown, where we will spend three hours at The Clark. The link above will take you to The Clark's informative and handsome website, which has sections on its Exhibits, Collections, Campus, Architecture, Dining, and more. October is "between" its major seasons, but the permanent collection will not disappoint, and the new and old architecture are both impressive, as is the three-tiered reflecting pool, and the 140 acres of woods, trails, meadows and lawns. (Picnic tables and benches, too) The $50 fee for the Excursion includes the tour bus and entry to the Clark.
Yankee Magazine placed Williamstown in the 4th spot on its list of 25 best towns for foliage in New England. We should be there at or close to the foliage peak period; of course, near-peak or just-past-peak are spectacular, too. Click this link for a Google Image page of autumn in and around Williamstown: http://tinyurl.com/WilliamstownFoliage.
The Clark website tells us there are "three exceptional dining choices" available. I'm hoping weather will make "Stone Hill Café, offering glorious mountain views and al fresco dining on the terrace of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill" a viable choice.
If my words haven't done so yet, perhaps this collage will convince you to come early for a day outing with artistic friends and a blend of natural and artist-made beauty.
The full conference schedule of presentations, papers, panels, workshops, and readings will soon be available. Until then, we hope this annotated list of "special" and elective events on each of the Conference days will provide a good taste of what you can expect at HNA 2015. There will be individual weblog postings here featuring the special events and key people, but links have been provided below to materials to inform and tease prospective Conference attendees.
Wednesday October 14:
Thursday October 15:
Friday October 16:
When class lets out on Friday afternoon, you will be on your own for socializing and dining in Downtown Schenectady, with its many and varied cafes, restaurants, taverns and such. (information on dining choices will be available at the Conference and Desmond) You may, for example, want to visit the nearby Stockade Historic District, a half mile from the Union Campus, which has several restaurants, and what the National Park Service calls "the highest concentration of period homes in the country" (over 40 of the homes are more than 200 years old) along its 15 blocks, plus the lovely Riverside Park hugging the Mohawk River. See David Giacalone's description, photos and preview of his Stockade neighborhood in October in the Schenectady Stockade and October along the Mohawk at Riverside Park, and thousands of other Stockade images at his website "suns along the Mohawk."
There will also be a choice of Conference-related activities for entertainment and inspiration, including:
Saturday October 17:
Sunday October 18:
We'll remind you again about each of these, but here are important dates to keep in mind relating to HNA 2015:
August 15 deadline for sending five haiku for the Conference Anthology. Click for Anthology Information and Instructions.
September 4 deadline for HNA 2015 registration before 20% increase in fees.
September 29 deadline for rooms at discount rate in The Desmond. See our Conference Accommodations Page.
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