North America Gathering May/June 2014
Registration Deadline May 16, 2014
Please register your interest here.
- $15 to cover cost of beverages and snacks throughout the days at both towers.
- $5 toward utilities use at the 2 churches
- $2 Customary SRCY steepleage of $1 per practice
- $22 Fixed Fees
You may pay the fixed fees, $22, at the Meet and Greet, Friday May 30, at St James'; or send ($) check along with your registration printed out form to:
Mary Platt, 1483 Cedar Ridge, Marietta, GA 30066
Also, a steepleage of $1 per peal attempt plus an additional $1 upon peal completion will be collected by the conductor for forwarding to Mary.
General Schedule (Subject to Change)
Snacks and beverages
Will be available throughout Saturday and Sunday at both towers. All meals per se will be at your own expense; Saturday evening meal will be a group dinner at a Marietta local eatery, and as may be on Sunday for those staying over for Monday ringing.
Peal and quarter peal opportunities
For inclusion in peal and quarter peal attempts, make your preferences known on the registration form. There also will be an opportunity to sign up on Friday evening and/or to confirm your early sign-up.
12-bell sets and a 20-bell set of handbells will be available for use. Check with us on your arrival for further information.
Friday May 30
St James bells available for peal and/or quarter peal attempts 9am until 4:30pm. A late afternoon attempt may be possible at St Luke’s – TBD. Sign up early for the day’s attempts on the registration form (above), or upon arrival on Friday.
Meet And Greet at St James’ in the hospitality room, with general ringing 4:30-7:30pm, non-SRCY ringers are invited. Evening meal is “on your own”; there are several restaurants and bars/bistros within 10 minutes walk.
Saturday May 31
Both St Luke’s and St James’ towers are available all day, 9:00am-6:00pm less 12:00-1:30 (lunch). At both, all day general ringing will be interrupted by an hour+ of each tower’s ‘method-du-jour’ during both morning and afternoon. Those methods will be Cassiobury S Major at St James’, and Yorkshire S Royal at St Luke’s. Cassiobury was chosen as a follow-on from Lessness and Cornwall at the Pittsburgh meeting in 2011. Upon signing in on Friday evening, you can choose whether to attend St James’ or St Luke’s in the morning; we need for about half of the attendees to ring at each. During the lunch hour, we suggest everyone transfer to the other tower. This arrangement ensures maximum rope time for everyone, and for everyone to have the opportunity to ring both du-jour methods. Local non-SRCY ringers are invited 5:00-6:00.
A group evening dinner will be arranged for all. (Local non-SRCY ringers invited). Please indicate any dietary restrictions (above) if there is any food type that you must avoid.
Sunday June 1
Both towers will be available. Sign up on Friday if you wish to be included in the morning service ringing (10:00-10:25am at St James’, or 10:00 and 11:15 am at St Luke’s – as convenient to your afternoon ringing. A peal attempt is suggested for each tower starting at 1:30pm (early sign up for the day’s attempts on the registration form, or upon arrival on Friday) with general ringing starting at the conclusion of morning services (12:00 at St James’,12:00 at St Luke’s) until shortly before peals start. General ringing resumes at the conclusion of each peal, continuing until 6:00 or as determined by ringers available. Local non-SRCY ringers invited 12:00 – 12:45.
Group arrangements will be made for evening dinner for those staying over. Local non-SRCY ringers are invited.
Monday June 2
Morning (9:00) and afternoon (1:30) peal and/or quarter peal attempts at St James’. An attempt at St Luke’s is possible late in the afternoon, although this is not confirmed as of this writing. Sign up early for the day’s attempts on the registration form (above), or upon arrival on Friday.
Things You May Need to Know!
From the airport, the MARTA train system (http://www.itsmarta.com) is convenient to St Luke’s and surrounding hotels in downtown Atlanta, and hotels may also have courtesy shuttles. To reach Cobb County (Marietta), check the Local Shared Ride services http://www.atlanta-airport.com/Passenger/GroundTransportation/shuttlesLocal.aspx on the Airport website.
St James’ and St Luke’s towers are about 25 miles apart, a relatively easy drive (depending on traffic) straight up/down interstate 75. Though it is possible to get from one tower to the other on public transportation using Marta train/bus and Cobb County bus systems (http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov), the journey is not easy nor timely. You many need to arrange for or share a personal vehicle.
You may want to search and compare using your favorite travel site for prices and contact information about area hotels. Below are some suggestions.
Atlanta, near St Luke’s, 435 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, – there are a number of hotel chains within walking distance of the tower, including Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency, Best Western Plus Inn At the Peachtrees, Sheraton.
Marietta, near St James’, 161 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060 – The lodgings within walking distance are Stanley House Inn (B&B) and Hilton Atlanta / Marietta Hotel & Conference Center. There are many chain hotels near and along I 75 such as Hampton Inn, Ramada, Days Inn, Courtyard, and others near Cumberland Mall (intersection of I 285 and I 75) which makes them conveniently about half way between towers.
For further information: