Sneak Peek: September Meeting

Just to give you a heads up for planning purposes, our September meeting—in Tuolumne County, “The Bay Area’s Front Door to Yosemite”—consists of a two-night stay (with an opportunity for a third night). Since it’s a meeting rather than a press trip, all members are invited to the meeting.

There will be a cap on the number of members who can enjoy overnight accommodations, but room blocks have not been confirmed. At this point, ten hotels are partnering for the event, so there will probably be a reasonably generous room count and possible media rates once the room block is full.

Below is the tentative activity lineup. This sneak peek was given to us by Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau as a courtesy. Please do not contact any of the venues below, or TCVB, to make arrangements of your own.

BATW Co-President Suzie Rodriguez and Associate Member Susan Wilson are coordinating this event. We’ll be sending more information down the road including all necessary location addresses, since this is a drive-to location approximately 140 miles from San Francisco.

The activity lineup is as follows:

Friday, September 18, 2015

2:00 – 4:00: Check into Accommodations

4:30 to 6:00: Light Reception at Indigeny Reserve

7:00 – 9:00 : Option of live performance at the Fallon Theatre in Columbia State Park, evening walk and shop in historic downtown Sonora, or bowling at the Black Oak Casino Resort

Saturday, September 19, 2015

9:30 – 10:00: Meeting is at the Railtown 1897 Historic State Park

Meet & Greet on the Roundhouse Lawn

10:00 – 10:20: Business Meeting Inside (Coffee & Water)

10:30 -11:15: Train ride with a steam engine locomotive, followed by Ranger presentation about the significance and preservation of this park

12:30: Lunch at City Hotel with Mark Twain and Gianelli & Inner Sanctum Wine Pairing

2:15 to 3:00: Tour of Columbia State Historic Park including the 5th generation-owned Nelson’s Candy Kitchen

3:30 – 4:30: Free Time

5:00 – 5:30: Hotel Bus Pickup

6:00 – 8:00: Dinner at the Mill Sports Bar or Black Oak Café ($20.00 to Voucher PP)

8:30 – 12:00: Foreverland – Michael Jackson Tribute Band or Casino Play & Bowling

12:15: Bus Pick-up for return

Dinner and evening out at Black Oak Casino; Live Entertainment, Bowling, Gameplay

(Hosted by BOCR)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

9-10:30 a.m. Breakfast and departure


Attend an optional Sunday Post-FAM with 3 Options (Note: You cannot sign up for options now; you’ll be given ample opportunity to do so in the future).

Option 1 (16 people MAX)

11:30 to 1:00: Lunch at Columbia Kate’s

2:00 to 4:00: Fallon Theatre, Always Patsy Kline

4:00: Depart

Option 2 (10 People MAX)

12-1:30: Lunch on own

1:30-2:00: Check into Pinecrest Lake Resort

2:00-6:00: Kayak, Fish or Hike around the Lake

7:00: Dinner on own

Option 3 (10 People MAX)

12pm-5pm: John DeGrazio, Y-Explore & Yosemite National Park, Box Lunch from Dori’s Tea Cottage in Groveland

5pm: Depart or Check into Accommodations

7pm: Dinner at your Hotel