Happy Halloween! Most of the staff today has embraced the holiday and turned out in shades of red, orange and black--but there is an even bigger event going on today--the kick off of the National Preservation Conference here in Spokane.
For those who are stranded in the East by Sandy we hope you'll be able to follow along here on the blog and via Twitter. We're even live streaming the opening plenary tonight (starting at 5:15), the National Preservation Honor Awards on Friday, and the closing plenary on Saturday. You can watch these events at www.preservationnation.org/conference.
I've been spending the last few days wandering (and eating) around Spokane. Both Mizzuna and the Steelhead Grill are great places to meet folks for dinner (they're right next to one another) and do make sure to check out Riverfront Park, a former brownfield.
Today is also the day the bookstore opens. Run by staff from Villa Finale there are lots of goodies, tricks and treats (not to mention books) for you to browse. The bookstore opens at 8:30 am October 31, November 1, and November 2.
And then tonight we have the opening plenary with President Stephanie Meeks and our opening plenary speaker Annie Leonard. Learn more about her work with the Story of Stuff and her post on the PreservationNation.org blog. This will be followed by a VIP Forum Reception at the Fox Theatre and the Opening Reception at the Davenport Hotel. Check your final program for details.
We'll post a recap of the day first thing in the morning tomorrow. Until then don't forget to tweet using the #presconf (or look at the latest tweets in our sidebar) and have a very spooky first day at the National Preservation Conference.
Want to know more about how to keep up with the National Preservation Conference this week? Here's a handy list.