If you’ve been researching Northwest Pennsylvania in preparation for the fall conference, you'll notice that the area is rich in activities that cover a wide-variety of interests. We've planned a number of special events that will enable attendees to gain a fuller experience during their stay in Erie.
If you’re an early riser and want to clear your head for a day of conference sessions, plan ahead for these two excursions:
- Attendees on the Presque Isle Bay Breakfast Tour Aboard the Victorian Princess will enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet while cruising the bay on the authentic Victorian Princess paddlewheel boat. Sunday, October 13: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Fee: $35
- If you’re more for staying ashore, hop on the coach bus for Breakfast with Nature. The bus departs from the convention center and takes attendees to Pressed Coffee & Gifts, a local book shop for a morning beverage and pastry and Romolo Chocolates and Cocoa Café to make breakfast even sweeter. (And might we mention, these sites offer great souvenirs to take back home.) The bus will then pick-up a tour guide for a bus tour around Presque Isle before stopping at the last destination, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, where attendees can explore interactive exhibits related to the environment and conservation. Monday, October 14: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Fee: $15
If you’re looking for wining and dining in the evening, sample regional flavors on these off-site tours and experiences:
- The Chapter Dine-Outs will take place Sunday evening. Check-in with your chapter to find out the location. Meal expense to be covered by the individual. Shuttle transportation provided by Visit Erie. More information on Dine Outs
Sunday, October 13: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Individual meal cost.
- See why locals and visitors alike enjoy Erie’s culinary attractions at the Taste of Erie event, hosted at the Erie Art Museum. Try foods such as Smith’s hot dogs, pepperoni balls, Lake Erie perch as well as beverage tastings from area wineries and breweries. Monday, October 14: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Fee: $30
- If you’re looking to relax before heading home, try the Taste of Erie Wine Trail. The bus will depart from the convention center and will transport attendees to Arundel Cellars & Brewing Co. and Burch Farms Country Market and Winery. Food purchases are optional and bottle purchases are available to take home. Tuesday, October 15: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Fee: $15
A short walk from the convention center, visitors can experience two Erie Bayfront sites that highlight the past, present, and future of the library and museum fields:
- Step back in time and experience life on the water at the Erie Maritime Museum. Learn about the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, the technology of ships during that time, and see the replica ships of the U.S. Brig Niagara and USS Michigan/Wolverine.
Tuesday, October 15: 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Fee: $7
- Before you head home on Wednesday, be sure to stop by the Idea Lab, located at Raymond M. Blasco, MD Memorial Library (Erie County Public Library). Enjoy a box lunch, then learn about the resources, policies, and procedures involved with running the library’s newly designed makerspace and media lab. Wednesday, October 16: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Fee: $16
If you want to stay on-site, schedule your evenings for these events:
- An enjoyable staple to kick-off conference festivities, gather your colleagues for the 9th annual PaLA Trivia Competition. You may or may not know all of the answers, but we know that you’ll have a good time! Entrance fee benefits the David J. Roberts EXCEL Library Service Award. Sunday, October 13: 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Fee: $5
- If you’re looking for program ideas, look no further than Shine On Talent!, a showcase of video clips of performers who are eager to visit your libraries as well as programming lightning talks provided by your peers that can be easily replicated at your library. Entrance fee for this program supports the David J. Roberts EXCEL award.
Monday, October 14: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Fee: $5
- You saw them on Netflix’s “Evil Genius”. Now, see them in person. Jerry Clark and Ed Palattella will share their perspectives and experiences working with the infamous Pizza Bomber case that occurred in Erie, PA. Hear about their stories of The Pizza Bomber: The Real Story, evidence from the case and the books that they have written, and information on their new book, On the Lam: A History of Hunting Fugitives in America (available for purchase and autographs). The entrance fee may be used toward a purchase of the author’s works to be available for sale after the event.
Monday, October 14: 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Fee: $5
Join us for an unforgettable annual conference that will shine a light on the skills and talents within our field. We look forward to seeing you in Erie, PA!
Jessica Church is 2019 Publicity Chair and the director of the Punxsutawney Public Library.