2017 Convention (Omaha, Nebraska)


Gesneriads Gone Wild!

July 4 to July 8, 2017

The Omaha African Violet and Gesneriad Society would like to invite you to the 2017 Gesneriad Society’s Annual Convention – Gesneriads Gone Wild! – in Omaha, Nebraska. Now, you may be sitting there thinking, “Omaha? What can there possibly be in a small city in the middle of the Great Plains?” Well, I’m here to tell you that they don’t call these plains ‘Great’ for nothing!

Our city is located on the eastern edge of Nebraska along the Missouri River just across from our sister city, Council Bluffs, Iowa. We have a colorful history that is reflected in the city itself, from the preserved Art Deco architecture of our Downtown to the million dollar homes and estates of West Omaha.

This year’s convention will be held at the Hilton Omaha, which is located downtown several blocks north of The Old Market (www.oldmarket.com), a beautifully historic section that started out as warehouses from our trading and distribution origins. In the 1960s, with bulldozers at the door and help from a heavy night of drinking, Sam Mercer realized the need for preservation. He purchased one of the first buildings, an old fruit market built in 1887. He took a giant leap and established a new restaurant, The French Cafe (now Le Bouillon), the first of many purchases and restorations in the revitalization of our Downtown. This act began the process of converting the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings into The Old Market and its unique shops, world-class restaurants, and fabulous bars that are a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

Also within shuttle distance of our hotel are the Durham Heritage Museum, the Joslyn Art Museum, the Bob Kerry Pedestrian bridge (which links Omaha to Council Bluffs over the mighty Missouri river), Heartland of America Park, and many other sites to enjoy.

The convention will kick off on Monday July 3, 2017 with a day trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – complete with a catered picnic lunch, tickets for the Imax theater, and rides on the train, tram, carousel, and Skyfari. On Tuesday we have a morning trip planned to the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens along with an evening social hosted by the OAVGS in a corner suite on the hotel’s top floor – perfect for viewing the Fourth of July fireworks. The convention will conclude Saturday with a private dining and wine experience at Nosh Restaurant and Wine Lounge from 6:00 p.m. until close. (For a menu and gallery of photos of the establishment visit www.noshwine.com.) The restaurant is located two blocks south of our venue, between the hotel and The Old Market, giving you the additional freedom of walking around The Old Market after dinner and drinks.

We will be very pleased to have you as our guests for the 2017 Convention in Omaha, Nebraska as we host Gesneriads Gone Wild!

Members of the Omaha African Violet and Gesneriad Society

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