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Fall Conference 2012

Williamsburg, VA
October 18, 2012 - 2:00pm to October 21, 2012 - 12:00pm

Theme and Keynote: Keynote speakers this year are Rev. Dr. Paul Rasor and Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk, exploring the questions of how the future of our UU faith is informed by our history, why our history matters, and how we can hold the paradoxes and stories of our UU history.

We offer a special Friday-only rate for locals who would like to hear the keynote speakers and join us for one set of workshops.

For history buffs, we have scheduled free time if you wish to explore Colonial Williamsburg: the hotel offers an entrance ticket for the duration of your stay for the super-low price of $18.

  • Flyer
  • Workshops: Eleven workshops to choose from!
  • Odyssey: Pat Ellenwood's Odyssey
  • Schedule: Please note that this schedule is a draft and may evolve somewhat at a later time. The pre-and post-con events are included, and the opening and closing times of the conference itself will not change (highlighted in turquoise).
  • LARGE Add-on Day, Monday Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m: This year the add-on day for large church schools and/or large congregations will be held at the Williamsburg UU Church. Your breakfast is free at the hotel, and we will arrange carpools and taxis to get you to the church. The program includes a catered lunch at the church. Register for LARGE on the Fall Con registration form.

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Fall Con Transportation Information

Your best transportation options to Williamsburg, VA for Fall Con 2012.

The best airport shuttle prices seem to be here--book in advance!  www.tidewatercoach.com/LREDA

The Visitor's Center suggests that Amtrak passengers can call for a courtesy shuttle ride to the Woodlands once they have arrived (unless it is late at night): 757-220-7960

If you prefer a taxi from the Amtrak station, they suggest you call ahead of time, as taxis are not routinely sitting at the train station. Colonial Cab 757-345-2224 or Yellow Cab 757-722-1111

It looks like the Orange line of the city bus goes from Amtrak Station to near the Woodlands every hour up until 4:30 pm:
http://gowata.org/pdf/OrangeRouteSchedule%20July2011.pdf

A Local's Perspective on transportation to Williamsburg from Margaret Sequeira:
Besides the above comprehensive list of transportation options, here are just a few recommendations from someone who lives here.  

The closest airport and my first choice is Williamsburg/Newport News.  It is about a half hour drive from Williamsburg.  However, it is a smaller airport and sometimes it is significantly cheaper to fly into Richmond and there may be more flight options.  Richmond is about an hour way.  I highly recommend Richmond over Norfolk due to traffic. There is a tunnel between Williamsburg and Norfolk and if there is an accident, car break down, etc., which seems to happen on a regular basis, the one hour drive can easily be doubled.  The transportation lists gives you some options for cabs, shuttles and rental cars.

This is a very car friendly city with plenty of places with free parking so you may want to consider renting a car or connecting with someone who is renting a car. While there is some limited public transportation around the College, Historic Area and Outlet Malls (yes that is the other thing we are known for), mostly this is a driving town.  

Train is a lovely way to travel and there is a station right here in Williamsburg. It is about a mile from the hotel but not very walkable.

I look forward to welcoming you to Williamsburg in October!  Safe Travels!