Tuesday, June 8
|2:00 pmMeadowView||Registration check-in|
|SEPA Council executive meeing|
|5:00 pmMeadowView||Buses leave for Bays Mountain|
|5:45 pmBays Mountain||New member meeting
The New Member Meeting is a wonderful way to welcome new members to SEPA and the conference. Please, all new members attend and meet some of your colleagues and the SEPA Council. This is a great way to get the most of SEPA and the conference. All other registrants are welcome to attend as well.
|6:30 pmBays Mountain||Welcome & receptionBe greeted by Bays Mountain Staff, City of Kingsport officials and have a great time. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please, food and drinks are NOT allowed in the planetarium.|
|7:30 pmBays Mountain||“Mini Black Holes!” & Planetarium showsThe “Mini Black Holes!” is a new way to showcase your production skills and bad taste! Submissions can be on just about any topic. Examples can be spoofs, vignettes, or general silliness.
Enjoy some great original planetarium shows submitted by Bays Mountain and visiting registrants.
|9:00 pmBays Mountain||Dome crawlGet a behind-the-scenes look at our theater and its hidden treasures!|
|9:30 pmBays Mountain||More planetarium shows|
|10:30 pmBays Mountain||Buses leave for MeadowView|
Wednesday, June 9
|9:00 AMMeadowView||Storytelling workshop part 1 & Vendor time
This is a rare opportunity to learn some skills in storytelling! This program will highlight an experienced storyteller from the ETSU (East Tennessee State University) Storytelling Institute. They even offer a Master of Arts in Reading/Storytelling degree! SEPA delegates will join the ETSU group for part of the day in joint instruction. This is a must-attend for all SEPA delegates!
|10:15 amMeadowView||Break in Vendor area|
|10:30 amMeadowView||Storytelling workshop part 2 & Vendor time|
|11:45 amMeadowView||Lunch & Vendor time|
|1:00 pmMeadowView||SEPA Pre-business meeting & Vendor time
This is an important meeting to get a preview of those running for SEPA Council, any possible By-Law amendments, and to review SEPA documents like the annual financial statement and minutes of the 2009 meeting.
|2:00 pmMeadowView||Vendor presentations
This is your chance to learn about our vendors. For all presentations during the conference, they can be on most any related topic and will be limited to ten minutes plus two for questions.
|afternoonMeadowView||Break with snacks in Vendor area|
|4:00 pmMeadowView||Buses leave for Bays Mountain|
|5:00 pmBays Mountain||Nature program
Learn from our naturalists about our animals, like the grey wolves or raptors. Visit their natural habitat and witness their interactive behaviors. A true highlight!
|6:00 pmBays Mountain||Dinner|
|6:45 pmBays Mountain||Live music with Chuck Brodsky|
|8:00 pmBays Mountain||Possible astronomical storytelling in the planetarium
If plans go well, we will have a well known storyteller amaze us with their skill under our planetarium sky.
|9:00 pmBays Mountain||Constellation Shoot-Out
Show off your sky knowledge in this fun competition. Brush up on your constellations, star names, asterisms, deep-sky objects, and more! Even watching affords great learning.
|10:00 pmBays Mountain||Buses leave for MeadowView|
|10:30 pmMeadowView||Hospitality Suite
This is a SEPA favorite where you can let your hair down and share stories with your colleagues. Snacks and drinks abound. Why, even the mighty Woodchuck would be proud!
Thursday, June 10
|9:00 amMeadowView||Buses leave for Bays Mountain|
|9:30 amBays Mountain||Vendor demos
This is where our sponsoring vendors get to show off their latest and greatest. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see and compare many different technologies. Note: Only demos that actually need to use the planetarium theater will be shown. No Power Point!
|10:45 amBays Mountain||Break
Remember, food and drinks are NOT allowed in the planetarium.
|11:00 amBays Mountain||Vendor demos continue|
|12:30 pmBays Mountain||Buses leave for Gray Fossile Site / Boxed lunch|
|1:00 pmGray Fossil Site||Gray Fossil Site Tour|
|3:30 pmGray Fossil Site||Buses leave for Rocky Mount / snacks|
|4:00 pmRocky Mount||Guided tours of Rocky Mount Living History Museum|
|6:00 pmRocky Mount||Group photo & dinner|
|7:00 pmRocky Mount||Live storyteller
The International Storytelling Center in nearby Jonesborough will provide for us a unique opportunity to have one of their storytellers in residence give a performance for us! Their tellers in residence hail from around the globe. Many are internationally known. You’re sure to enjoy this special treat!
|8:15 pmRocky Mount||Buses leave for MeadowView|
|9:00 pmMeadowView||Hospitality Suite|
Friday, June 11
|9:00 amMeadowView||Presentations & Vendor time|
|10:00 amMeadowView||Break in Vendor area|
|11:30 amMeadowView||Lunch & Vendor time|
|1:00 pmMeadowView||SEPA Business meeting
This is the official annual meeting of SEPA. Please attend as there will be voting and your chance to be a part of this organization.
|2:30 pmMeadowView||Break with snacks in Vendor area|
|3:00 pmMeadowView||Workshop session & Vendor time
These workshops are a great hands-on way of learning some new skill for you to use in your theater.
|5:00 pmMeadowView||All activities/sessions/vendors end
It is our goal to have at least one hour free for you to relax and change before the banquet.
|6:00 pmMeadowView||SEPA silent auction & cash bar
The silent auction is a great way to provide materials that others would want to bid on. All proceeds go to the SEPA Scholarship Fund. Bid high! Bid much!
After a great conference, it is nice to dress up and enjoy each other’s company and a sumptuous meal.
|8:00 pmMeadowView||SEPA Recognitions
Make sure you don’t miss part of SEPA history where special people get recognized.
|8:30 pmMeadowView||Keynote speaker Dava Sobel|
|10:00 pmMeadowView||Hospitality Suite|
Saturday, June 12
|9:00 amMeadowView||Breakfast & door prizes
You don’t want to miss the chance to win from the incredible array of door prizes! Who knows what wonders await you?
|2:00 pmNSTCC||Lyceum Lecturer Dava Sobel
Dava Sobel will give a free, 1 hour presentation about her work to the general public. Northeast State Community College is next to the TRI Airport in Blountville.