Join us as we once again
turn Cleveland into C&Vland
celebrating Beauty and the
We’ll have all our con traditions on Saturday and Sunday, bookended
with 4 days of add-on fun. That’s right – we’re making a little
change this year. In light of the popularity of the Spring Fling-style
gatherings, this year we’re dedicating an extra day to just revel in
being together with our BatB family. This allows us to have a day for
an additional add-on, or to just spend time with all our friends.
This small change is helping to keep the registration cost lower, and
that gives everyone more money for the fun stuff!
We’ll be staying at the Embassy
Suites in Independence, Ohio. It’s
right down the street and around the corner from the hotel we used for
the first Cleveland con in 2013. Since this is the same hotel chain as
the one chosen by Pat Lurvey for the Chicago con, we will be enjoying
all those perks that we loved so much in 2018:
- Free made-to-order breakfast every day
- Free wifi in hotel rooms as well as the conference room
- Complimentary evening receptions (free snacks and drinks!)
- Free shuttle from the Cleveland Hopkins International
Airport and within a 5 mile radius of the hotel
Our group rate is $149 per night plus taxes. Reservations can be made
after August 1.
- And of course, spacious two-room suites with mini-fridge,
microwave, and coffee maker.
Your registration will include lunch both Saturday and Sunday as well
as our Saturday banquet.
Register by July 31, 2020 for the early bird price: $200.
August 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021: $220.
March 1 to June 1, 2021: $240.
Registration closes June 1, 2021 and is non-refundable.
Add-ons have not yet been finalized, but we’re considering (I look
forward to your input!):
- Christmas in July:
A tour of The Christmas Story House
(“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”) and Castle Noel, which has the
world’s largest privately owned collection of Hollywood Christmas movie
props and costumes from your favorite Christmas movies like The Grinch
and Elf, etc., as well as animated window displays from NYC stores like
Macy’s, Sak’s, etc.
- The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic
Railroad: Right down the street
from our hotel is the northern-most stop of the scenic rail. We’ll ride
in style through Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Akron Ohio.
- The Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame: We went there before, but
there’s always more and new exhibits.
- A Day in Amish Country
– Northeast Ohio is the home of a
substantial Amish community. We can have a dinner in an Amish home and
learn more about this fascinating and little understood group.
charity: This year our charity
will be the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) whose
mission is to organize and empower homeless and at risk men, women and
children to break the cycle of poverty through public education,
advocacy and the creation of nurturing environments.
- Winery or Brewery tour:
Northeast Ohio has a number of
wineries and Cleveland is home to some great breweries. We could tour,
sample and make a day of that.
Registration form [pdf]