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Activities

Sandra Halliday is the chair of the Hospitality Committee.

CHLA/ABSC 2010 will offer a broad and exciting array of social events, activities and tours in and around Kingston.  Details will be added to this page regularly, so check back often!  Also, Tourism Kingston provides lots of information about things to do and see while you’re in the Limestone City.  If you have any questions about planned activities or about Kingston, contact the Hospitality Chair, Sandra Halliday.

Note: The Prince Edward County Taste Trail tour is filling up fast. Sign up via the registration form now if you want to join the tour of "artisanal cheese producers, wineries, and other epicurean delights." If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add the tour, please phone Scott at the CHLA office at (416) 646-1600.

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will be held on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:00pm in Memorial Hall, located in historic Kingston City Hall. Attendees will be treated to a very special welcome to the City of Kingston, and entertainment will be provided by local classical guitarist Jeff Hanlon.

Gala Banquet

In addition to being a city imbued with history and home to three institutions of higher education, Kingston is also a military town. Our Gala Banquet on Thursday, June 10, will be held in the Vimy Officers' Mess of Canadian Forces Base Kingston. The Mess is located at the top of a sweeping lawn overlooking the St. Lawrence River just east of downtown Kingston. Buses will take attendees between the Four Points Hotel and the Mess. There is also ample parking for anyone wishing to drive. There will be a reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages, including a cash bar, from 6:00-7:00, during which entertainment will be provided by the accomplished string trio, Triola. If the weather is fine (and we're sure it will be!) you can wander onto the outdoor patio and enjoy the view. Please note that the Mess has a dress code: our banquet is designated as a "casual" event, which translates to business/smart casual e.g. no denim (jeans, skirts or dresses), sports sandals (dressy sandals are okay), sports shoes, flip flops etc. Many thanks to Wolters Kluwer/Ovid for generously sponsoring our banquet this year.

First-Timers' Breakfast

If this is your first CHLA/ABSC conference, please plan to attend the First-Timers' Breakfast on Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Four Points Hotel. Members of the CHLA/ABSC Board of Directors and the Conference Planning Committee will be there to welcome you and to share their tips on getting the most out of the conference.

Sign-Up Dinners

Sign-up dinners will be organized at the Hospitality Desk located on the 2nd floor foyer of the Four Points Hotel. Kingston has a wealth of excellent restaurants ranging from cheap and cheerful to fine dining. (Click on the image for a comprehensive 10 page PDF restaurant guide.) Join your colleagues and friends for dinner on Monday and Wednesday.

Tours

Post-Conference Tour: Prince Edward County Taste Trail

Museum of Health Care at Kingston

  • Tours available June 8, 2010 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as June 11, 2010 at 2 p.m.
  • The museum is located at 32 George St. in Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site. Check out their web site and their about page.
  • The tour is 1 hour in length for a group of 15 people. Cost is by donation. The tour gives a detailed account of the history of the museum and a brief overview of the onsite galleries.
  • For more information contact Hilda Thompson at thompsnh@queensu.ca

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

  • Tours available June 8, 2010 at 2 p.m. and June 11, 2010 at 1 p.m.
  • The art centre is located on Queen’s University campus at the corner of University Avenue and Bader Lane. Online information is at www.aeac.ca
  • The tour is 11/2 hour in length, in a group of 30 people at a cost of $6.00 per adult or $4.50 per senior. The tour includes a range of contemporary and historical exhibitions. The Centre’s permanent collection is the broadest and most diverse among Canadian university art galleries.
  • For more information contact Hilda Thompson at thompsnh@queensu.ca

Bracken Health Sciences Library & Stauffer Library – Learning Commons

  • Sign up at the Hospitality Desk
  • Tour will take place on June 8, 2010 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (no cost)
  • Meet at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel lobby “hub” at 2:00 p.m.

Morning Walks

  1. Downtown Kingston Orientation
    Date: Wednesday, June 9
    Time: 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
    Meeting Place: Lobby of Four Points by Sheraton (Clarence St. entrance)
    Event Description: Combine meeting conference attendees and discovering the location of Kingston’s major downtown attractions, varied restaurants and coffee shops, one of a kind stores and businesses at the beginning of the conference. Tour will end in a coffee shop in case you want to purchase a breakfast to go.
    Contact: Sandra Halliday [halliday@queensu.ca]
  2. Walking West: Old Stones & Queen’s University Tour
    Date: Thursday, June 10
    Time: 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
    Meeting Place: Lobby of Four Points by Sheraton (Clarence St. entrance)
    Event Description: View Kingston’s heritage buildings (old stones), buildings associated with Canada’s first prime minister and conference mascot – Sir John A. MacDonald – and Queen’s University. Tour will end in a coffee shop and in time to attend the CHLA/ABSC Annual General Meeting.
    Contact: Sandra Halliday [halliday@queensu.ca]
  3. Walking East: More Old Stones & Royal Military College of Canada Tour
    Date: Friday, June 11
    Time: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
    Meeting Place: Lobby of Four Points by Sheraton (Clarence St. entrance)
    Event Description: Kingston has a strong military history. View more of Kingston’s old stones and visit the grounds of Kingston’s other university – the Royal Military College of Canada. Across the river you will find an excellent view of the city. Tour will end in a coffee shop in case you want to purchase a breakfast to go.
    Contact: Sandra Halliday [halliday@queensu.ca]
  4. Other Walking Tours To Consider As You Explore Kingston:

Art Galleries

This is but a sample of the fine art and craft galleries in Kingston and area.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre
University Avenue at Bader Lane
Queen's University

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a jewel in the heart of Queen’s University campus. Here is an excerpt from their web site:

“Exciting in its variety and depth, the Art Centre's permanent collection is one of the most notable in Canada. Built over the past half-century through purchase and donation, it currently numbers some 14,000 objects, and is the broadest and most diverse among Canadian university art galleries. Canadian historical and contemporary art (including new media) are particularly well represented. Of unique interest is the Bader Collection of 17th-century Dutch painting, a corpus of some 100 works exploring Rembrandt and his school, that continues to grow through generous donations from Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader. Similarly, the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of West African Art is among the most significant of its kind in Canada. Graphic holdings are also exceptional, with concentrations in Renaissance and Baroque drawings, and European prints from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The collection also includes smaller concentrations of Inuit art, Canadian quilts, Canadian and European silver, and Canadian and American pressed glass.”

From the conference hotel, the Agnes Etherington is a very pleasant 20 minute walk along tree-lined streets, through City Park and the Queen’s University campus.

Cornerstone
Contemporary Canadian Craft and Inuit Art
225 Ontario Street

Cornerstone has an extensive collection of Native Canadian art – prints and sculpture – along with local and Canadian-made pottery, jewellery and fine craft work. The store is on the ground floor of historic MacAulay house, a limestone home built circa 1830. Located at the intersection of Ontario and Princess Streets, it is a good starting point for a shopping expedition in downtown Kingston. Walk straight up Princess Street from here and you will encounter many unique shops and small galleries.

Sandra Whitton Gallery
253 Ontario Street

Adjacent to, and upstairs from Cornerstone is the Sandra Whitton Gallery, where you will find unique, one-of-a-kind jewellery as well as temporary exhibits of local artists.

Gallery Raymond
334 Princess Street

Gallery Raymond showcases about a dozen exceptional local artists from Kingston and area.

Robert Macklin Gallery
20 Market Street

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 – 5:00; after hours by appointment.

“The Robert Macklin Gallery is Kingston's newest dedicated fine art gallery. The gallery opened on September 20, 2008 representing local and national emerging and established contemporary artists working in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper. The gallery is located in the beautifully renovated main floor of an 1842 heritage limestone building on Kingston's historic Market square.”

This gallery is a short one block walk from the conference hotel.

Libraries

Museums

Kingston has a long, rich and exciting history.  Here are a few museums to visit to learn about Kingston's past.

Shopping Downtown - Bookstores

  • As the Plot Thickens Mystery Bookshop – 66 Brock Street
  • Indigo Books & Music & Café – 259 Princess St.
  • Novel Idea Book Store – 156 Princess St.

Shopping Downtown - Fashion

Downtown Kingston features phenomenal shopping to boot! Be sure to visit our many fashion boutiques. We have provided a short list of shops in the area.

  • Cybil Scott
  • Catwalk
  • Steilmann Outlet
  • Gracie’s -- 326 King street east – (613) 545 -3234
  • Roundstone – 50 Princess street – (613) 536-5313
  • Olden Green – 78 Princess street – (613) 546-6423
  • Agent 99 – 244 Princess street – (613) 547-0587
  • Fancy That – 50 Princess street – (613) 549-4489
  • Tweed & Hickory Fine Ladies Wear – 101 Princess street (613) 549- 8953

Shopping Downtown - House and Home

Bicycle Rentals

  1. Ahoy Rentals: 23B Ontario St.
    (approximately 5 minute walk west from 4 Points Sheraton)
    Phone: 613-539-3202
    Online information is at www.ahoyrentals.com
  2. BBs Cycle: 154 Division St.
    Phone: 613-549-2556
    Online information is at http://bbs-cycle.com
  3. Cyclepath: 471 Princess St.
    Phone: 613-542-3616
    Online information is at http://cyclepathkingston.com