Sunday, May 4-Tuesday, May 7
Monday, May 6
Tuesday, May 7 – Day One
ALL DAY - Delegates arrive and check-in at host hotel, Hilton Columbus Downtown.
Flights arrive at John Glenn International Airport (CMH), just 15 minutes from Downtown Columbus and our host hotel. Welcome and airport transportation will be provided to Hilton Columbus Downtown by Experience Columbus.
Members arriving by car enjoy complementary valet parking.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Early arrival tour options: Segway Tours, Short North Walking Tours and Motorcoach History and Landmarks Tours of the city are offered, with advance sign-up required.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Freelance Council Board meeting at the Hilton Columbus Downtown
6:30 - 8 p.m. Welcome reception at National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, beer and wine while listening to live music and enjoying city skyline views. Representatives from Experience Columbus, city officials and local business owners will be in attendance to address and welcome FLC.
8:30 - 10 p.m. Optional night cap at Juniper, a stunning rooftop bar with dramatic skyline views of downtown Columbus and great photo ops.
Wednesday, May 8 — Day Two
6:30 - 7:15 a.m. Slow Flow Yoga class at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. Great for beginners to advanced yogis! Experience completeness of your practice by integrating breath and movement to create a powerful and stabilizing, yet delicate meditative flow. The measured pace supports quality of breath, postural alignment and awareness of the body and mind.
8 - 9 a.m. Business Meeting Breakfast at The Hilton
9 - 11 a.m. Professional Development
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Depart for half-day tours (includes lunch)
7:15 - 10 p.m. Food Truck Party and Meet the Makers: Columbus is an early adopter of food truck culture, and you'll enjoy the best of Columbus' dynamic mobile food scene with a Food Truck Court, featuring live music, local craft beer and local craft spirit cocktails under the stars at the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory.
Thursday, May 9 — Day Three
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Depart for full-day tours. Breakfast and lunch will be included.
7:15 p.m. Dine Around (hosted by Experience Columbus)
10 p.m. Optional pub crawl of the vibey 4th Street Corridor
Friday, May 10 — Day Four
6:45 - 7:45 a.m. – Birding Hike at the Scioto Audubon Metropark. Located in the Historic Brewery District, the Grange Insurance Audubon Center is a resident of the Scioto Audubon Metropark, a 120-acre parcel of greenspace known for its beautiful view of the city. On the birding hike you will be able to enjoy a scenic view of the city while looking for your favorite birds. An Audubon-certified Important Birding Area, the Scioto Audubon Metropark boasts more than 200 species of birds that can be observed throughout the year. May is the best time for viewing migrating birds at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, as Ohio is known as the warbler capital of the world. With your experienced birding guide, you will be able to take a one-hour hike of this special place where there is always a chance to see bald eagles, myriad waterfowl and those cute little warblers. No binoculars? No problem! They can be provided!
8 - 9 a.m. "Breakfast with Nick" against the beautiful backdrop of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, a former brown-field that's now the only urban Audubon Center in North America. Enjoy a taste of Columbus' many incredible breakfast restaurants, presided over by local food blogger and author Nick Dekker, whose wildly popular blog and book by the same name, "Breakfast with Nick " has helped fuel the city's love affair with the morning repast. Scrumptious specialties will be provided by Katalina's Pistacia Vera, Fox in the Snow and others. After breakfast, you'll have time to check out the center on your own or take a guided tour with Audubon experts.
9 - 11 a.m. Professional Development
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. HALF-DAY TOURS (Includes lunch)
6:30 p.m. SATW FLC Closing Dinner and Culinary Extravaganza
Saturday, May 11 — Day Five
7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
Delegates depart for home or post-tours
Transfers to John Glenn Columbus International Airport
Registration Fee: $250
Pre- and Post-Trips: $100-$200 per person, per trip
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, for up to 60 attendees. We will keep a wait list beyond 60.
Travel Reimbursement: Experience Columbus has graciously offered a $150 airfare stipend per member who attends the meeting. In addition, Experience Columbus will provide a $50 driving stipend for Freelance Council members driving more than 50 miles to the conference. Both will be reimbursed following their attendance at the conference.
Refund Policy: No cancellation with refund after Feb. 25, 2019.