ILLINOIS CLASSICAL CONFERENCE
2006 Annual Meeting
Location. All sessions except the Saturday luncheon and banquet will be held at the State House Inn, a Clarion Collection Hotel, 101 East Adams Street. The phone number of the hotel is: (217) 528-5100.
Lodging. The State House Inn is holding sleeping rooms for participants through 12 September. Mention the I.C.C. before the deadline to get the special group rate of $74.99 plus tax for a standard guest room or $99.99 plus tax for a suite. After 12 September participants will have to pay regular rates unless they can negotiate a discount through A.A.A. or senior citizen status but these discounted rates will be higher than the convention rates.
Included in the room charge are free parking and a full breakfast that includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cold cereal, waffles, English muffins, miniature muffins, bagels, fruit, juice, 2% milk, and coffee.
The hotel was redone a few years ago at great expense. The rooms are very comfortable with terry cloth robes and feather beds. There is a very nice fitness center on the lower level and a business center on the first floor. If you bring a laptop, you can request a cable for internet access for your room.
Book Exchange. In addition to the Book Exhibit, thanks to Marilyn Brusherd, there will be a book exchange table where you can leave books you no longer need and, for a donation, pick up books that you can use.
By train. The State House Inn is only two blocks away from the Springfield Amtrak station and the Illinois Legislature has recently voted money to increase the number of trains serving Springfield starting in October. Steve Pilewski offers the following statement from Amtrak about a group fare.
Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the lowest
available fare to Springfield,
Menus. Three of the best restaurants in Springfield will be providing our meals.
Saturday Luncheon: Maldaners Restaurant has been serving delicious meals in Springfield for over 130 years. Our buffet will include: roast beef with Madeira wine sauce, chicken breast with mushroom sauce, duchess potatoes, mixed green salad, two vegetables, bread, coffee, tea, and homemade apple crisp with homemade caramel sauce.
Saturday Banquet: Sebastian’s Hideout is possibly the best restaurant in Springfield. Our dinner will include :
I.Perrine salad (which I ate three nights in a row): romaine and mixed baby greens tossed with a sweet herb vinaigrette and topped with dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and English Stilton
II. Choice of
B. Chicken Pecan: chicken breast encrusted with pecans and pan seared, paired with a mixture of wild and brown rice sautéed with apple wood smoked bacon, andouille sausage, and mirepoix.
C. Atlantis Salmon: pan seared filet, a rich tomato tarragon beurre blanc and capers compliment the dish with sautéed julienne vegetables and mashed potatoes
D. New York Strip Loin: a hand cut strip loin steak grilled to order, served with a rich lyonnaise sauce with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
III. Dessert : Triple Chocolate Mousse
Sunday Luncheon. Augie’s Front Burner will cater this meal at the hotel. The menu will feature pasta primavera, garlic bread, apple pecan salad, and German chocolate cake.
Local Attractions. Springfield was chosen for this meeting in part because it is rich in attractions.
Arrangements have been made for a group entry into the new Lincoln Museum after the convention at 2:15 P.M. on 8 October. You must sign up on the registration form and pay in advance in order to take advantage of this opportunity which guarantees that you will be able to enter the Museum at the specified time at a lower price than that charged normally. This is not a guided tour.
Another special opportunity will be the observance of the 144th birthday of Susan Lawrence Dana, the woman for whom the Dana-Thomas House was built by Frank Lloyd Wright. There will be refreshments and music at the house to honor her.
For those who may bring young children to Springfield I am told that the Illinois State Museum’s first floor has recently been revamped and that the lower level has special activities for younger children. The museum is within walking distance of the hotel.
Further afield, out by Lake Springfield, is the Henson Robinson Zoo which on Saturday, 7 October is advertising a free day with craft vendors and craft demonstrations.
While on the subject of Lake Springfield my husband and I on our recent visit to Springfield “discovered” the Lincoln Memorial Garden which has a nature center and lovely trails.
N.B. Please feel free to contact Alice Mulberry at (773) 288-1242 or by email at: Latinlives@aol.com if you need more information or have dietary or other special needs.