We know that one of the main reasons you go to conferences is for the people you’ll meet. At edUi, we really value experiences that help you not just meet your fellow conference goers, but really get to know them on a personal (not just professional) level. So, we put a lot of time into planning our extracurricular conference activities. We’ve done some pretty fun stuff together over the years, and in celebration of our tenth annual conference, we’re bringing back some of the biggest hits. Here’s what we have in store for you.
Sunday, October 7, 7:00-9:15 pm
Starts in Omni Lobby
This has been really popular every time we’ve done it. Rob Craighurst of Tell me About it Tours will walk you through a real life murder mystery that happened in Charlottesville more than 100 years ago. Think of it as CSI 1904 edition.
You’ll walk in the fatal footsteps of Sam McCue, Charlottesville’s former mayor and prominent lawyer, and his wife, Fannie. Hear the witness testimonies. See where it all happened. Decide for yourself who is guilty of this famous turn of the century murder.
The tour is a gentle two-hour stroll covering approximately 1 mile over mostly flat terrain. You’ll alternate walking and talking with lots of sit-down opportunities. It is completely wheel chair and stroller friendly. Ghost stories will be told upon request.
This is included with your registration, but RSVP is required and it’s only open to the first 40 people who sign up. You must be registered for edUi to sign up.
Historic Walking Tour
Monday, October 8, 3:00-4:00 pm
For those attendees who’ve opted out of the half-day workshops, we’re offering a short walking tour of downtown Charlottesville with local historian Rick Britton. Starting at the Omni Hotel, you’ll first walk along Charlottesville’s beautiful pedestrian mall passing Miller’s where Dave Matthews—yes, that Dave Matthews—tended bar. At Court Square, the city’s oldest section, you’ll see a slave auction block and the Courthouse where Thomas Jefferson, an avowed Deist, worshiped. As we wend our way back to the Omni, we’ll see both the “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monuments, world-class sculptures that have been at the center of much recent controversy.
You can sign up for this walking tour when you register for edUi or by editing your registration in EventBrite (spots are limited).
Opening Night Reception
Monday, October 8, 6:00-9:00 pm
Augustiner Hall and Garden
After a day full of learning, unwind with a beverage and Bavarian pretzel at Augustiner Hall and Garden. Sit outside on the patio or lounge in the mezzanine where you’ll have an up-close view of the evening’s entertainment, aerialists from Moonlight Circus. Moonlight Circus first stunned us with their aerial acrobatics in 2015 as part of our “Teacup Cabaret.”
You’ll get some drink tickets when you check in to the conference, and we’ll serve a delicious buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres at the reception.
Sponsored by Beacon Technologies.
Live Story Telling
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30-7:30 pm
R2 Nightclub (inside Rapture)
A recurring favorite at edUi since we held the first one in 2013, this live story telling event is sure to be a treat. You or your fellow attendees will take the stage to tell a true, personal story on a chosen theme. In honor of our 10th anniversary (traditionally tin or aluminum), our theme this year is “Show Your Mettle (Metal).”
Want to know more? Want to sign up to tell a story? Here’s everything you need to know: https://www.eduiconf.org/2018/live-story-telling.
Tuesday Night (including Live Story Telling and Live Band Karaoke) are sponsored by Hannon Hill.
Live Band Karaoke
Tuesday, October 9, 8:00-10:30 pm
Some of our favorite activities are things we’ve been doing for years, but when we debuted Live Band Karaoke for the first time last year, it was an instant hit. Live out your rock-n-roll fantasies by singing your favorite songs in front of a live band. Local rockers Bro Patrol will provide the music and you bring the swagger.
10th Anniversary Party
Wednesday, October 10, 12:30-1:00 pm
Stick around following our closing keynote by humorist and culture critic Baratunde Thurston as we recognize our 10th annual conference and enjoy some cake by local baker Paradox Pastries.