Guest Hospitality Suite Hours


4–7 Nov.

8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Guest Program

The Guest Hospitality Suite includes complimentary seminars, light food and beverages throughout the day, a welcome gift, and the Presidents’ guest breakfast. The suite will be staffed by a hostess who can assist you with questions regarding restaurants, activities, and attractions, as well as offer general information about Charlotte.

Local Tours

As a registered guest, you are welcome to attend your companion’s technical session(s), and you will also have admittance to the exhibit hall. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend open lectures and participate in local tours, events, and scientific field trips (additional fees apply).



Watercolor & Wine

Join us for this fun and different afternoon activity facilitated by Letitia Hess.
Mon., 5 Nov., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
US$35. Sign up early on your registration form - only 15 spots available.
All attendees and guests may participate. [ more details ]

Guest Seminars


9:30-10:30 a.m., Guest Hospitality Suite 105
Teri Joelle, Presenter/Educator:

Joelle is “Queen Charlotte, NC.” The Living History Artist in costume is a true presentation professional. She is a native of Philadelphia, with the heart and soul of her southern ancestors. Joelle has more than 25 years in customer service and corporate training experience. For the past nine years, she has been the most sought-after tour guide in the area. Her clientele range from native Charlotteans to corporate executives from foreign countries and various individuals and groups in between. Joelle will give your guests a proper introduction to Charlotte.


9:30-10:30 a.m., Guest Hospitality Suite 105
Stephen L. Houser, Educator and Professional Storyteller:

Houser is a much sought after storyteller. A native of rural North Carolina, he uses his teaching, counseling, environmental education skills, and his groundhog skin banjo, to share stories of nature, Southern tales, legends, and stories of his own family traditions to people of all ages. One of Houser’s many awards and honors includes being named the American Geological Institute’s U.S. Earth Science Teacher of the Year.


9:30-10:30 a.m., Guest Hospitality Suite 105
Dr. Tom Hanchett, Staff Historian at the Levine Museum of the New South:

Hanchett’s knowledge of Charlotte’s beginnings to the present day is incredible. Just one of his talks is called, “The Mills and the Music,” which explores Charlotte’s 1930s heyday as a country, blues, and gospel recording center, more active than Nashville. Hear pioneering recordings by the legendary Carter Family, Bill Monroe, and others who helped forge the sound known as “bluegrass.”