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Guest Program

Hospitality Room

Location: Hilton Americas Houston, Lanier A/B

There is no better time of the year in Houston than spring. The weather is pleasant and the bluebonnets are at the peak of their offering. The guest program committee has sorted through all the opportunities in the Houston area and picked the very best for your entertainment and intellectual enjoyment.

You are also invited to enjoy the comforts of the Guest Hospitality Room in the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. The Hilton Americas-Houston is located across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The Guest Hospitality Room will be the perfect place to visit with friends, relax and enjoy refreshments. Volunteers will be available to assist with tours and local information. Brochures and maps of Houston and surrounding areas will be available.

Guest Hospitality Room Hours
Monday, 7 April 8:00AM–3:00PM
Tuesday, 8 April 8:00AM–3:00PM
Wednesday, 9 April 8:00AM–12:00PM

Tour: Day of Wine, Roses and Bluebonnets

This tour will depart from and return to the east lobby of the Hilton Americas-Houston. The East Lobby is located next to the News & Gift Shop. Participants should plan to arrive in the lobby 15 minutes prior to the published departure times.

Date: Monday, 7 April
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $155
Includes: Transportation, bottled water, admission, lunch and Blue Bell sampling
Limit: 30 people

Details

Your experience into a world of wine and Texas beauty begins with approximately an hour drive from downtown to the Antique Rose Emporium. The Rose Emporium is a nursery source for Earth-Kind, Pioneer and old roses. They not only have a retail display garden in Texas, but also have roses throughout the continental United States. We will head to Saddlehorn Winery where you can explore the vineyard and discover the fascinating transformation of grapes into wine. Saddlehorn Winery is owned by the daughter of Jim Lewis, AAPG past president. Lunch will be served at the winery, catered by a local chef. A “Dessert Tour” will come right after lunch
— the Blue Bell Creamery. It all started on a hot summer day when local farmers established Brenham Creamery Company. In 1930 the company changed its name to Blue Bell Creameries after the Texas bluebell wildflower. The tour of the creamery will finish with a delicious scoop of one of their many flavors of ice cream. A visit to this area is not complete without a stop at Chappel Hill. Bring your camera to take pictures among the native bluebonnets.

Uniquely Houston

Date: Tuesday, 8 April
Time: 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $100
Includes: Transportation, bottled water and lunch at El Tiempo
Limit: 30 people

This tour will depart from and return to the east lobby of the Hilton Americas-Houston. The East Lobby is located next to the News & Gift Shop. Participants should plan to arrive in the lobby 15 minutes prior to the published departure times.

Your experience of the diverse culture that makes up our great city begins at the Project Row Houses located at South Downtown Houston. Project Row Houses is a neighborhood-based, non-profit art and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American communities. It all began in 1993 as a result of discussions among African-American artists who wanted to establish a positive, creative presence in their own community. The group will have a private tour guided by one of the local artists and have an opportunity to meet and talk to the African-American artists.

You will be met by Ballet Folklorico dancers at the Talento Bilingue De Houston to explore the Latino Culture and Arts. Founded in 1977 as a small troupe know as Bilingual Theater of Houston, this non-profit organization has evolved into a Latino Cultural Arts Center that offers a year-round series of performing arts and exhibits alongside educational programming such as on-going, multidisciplinary workshops, a summer arts camp for children and school touring productions. Lunch will be served in a privateroom at one of Houston’s best local Mexican restaurants, El Tiempo. After lunch will be a visit to BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The Mandir was built according to the principles of ancient Indian Shilpshastras. The Murtis and rituals of worship in the Mandi form the very core in elevating the soul to the pinnacle of God realization. You will enjoy a private journey of Indian culture and also experience the incredible science of architecture.

Enrichment Programs

Color Analysis SOLD OUT

Date: Monday, 7 April
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Speaker: Julie Baldridge
Location: Guest Hospitality Room, Hilton Americas-Houston
Fee: No fee — Please note your interest when registering

Details

Color analysis is the process of determining the colors that best suit your natural coloring. There are a wide variety of approaches to analyzing personal coloring. The most well-known is seasonal color analysis, which places individual coloring into four general categories: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Julie is a well-known expert in this field using BeautiControl makeup and clothing. Drop by and become more knowledgeable about yourself.

Yarn Spinning

Date: Monday, 7 April
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Speaker: Penny Nelson
Location: Guest Hospitality Room, Hilton Americas-Houston
Fee: No fee — Please note your interest when registering

Details

Penny, wife of an AAPG member, began weaving at the age of 13. This interest gradually grew into the yarns and how they were spun. She not only weaves and spins, but raises alpacas, llamas and angora goats (mohair) for her own yarn. Penny’s spinning wheel and a small loom set will be set up in the hospitality room. Come and discover the world of yarns and spinning while trying your hand at weaving.

Antique Button Roadshow SOLD OUT

Date: Tuesday, 8 April
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Speaker: Harriett Brittenham
Location: Guest Hospitality Room, Hilton Americas-Houston
Fee: No fee — Please note your interest when registering

Details

Remember the joys of exploring the button box of your ancestors. Harriett, wife of an AAPG member, will host an Antique Button Show. Bring some buttons from your grandmother’s sewing box and learn about them along with a little history and exhibit of buttons. Harriett will surprise you with the scope of her personal collection and knowledge.

Sam Houston Experience SOLD OUT

Date: Tuesday, 8 April
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Speaker: Charlie Fogerty
Location: Guest Hospitality Room, Hilton Americas-Houston
Fee: No fee – Please note your interest when registering

Details

Drop by for a once in a lifetime experience. Sam Houston is to Texas what George Washington was to the 13 Colonies — our hero! Charlie Fogarty, owner of Steamboat House Restaurant and Texas History Museum, dressed as Sam Houston, will be presenting
tidbits from Sam’s life. What a life he had — Governor of Tennessee and Texas, first and third President of the Republic of Texas, U.S. Senator, General of the Battle of San Jacinto that won Texas its independence from Mexico and the only state governor to have been a foreign head of state. You will better understand why Texans are so proud of their heritage.

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