June 18 – 22, 2019
You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 NFMC Biennial Convention June 18-22 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Located on the banks of the St. Johns River, the Hyatt boasts many amenities including a rooftop pool and bar, amazing river views, and a Morton’s Steakhouse. Expedia listed Jacksonville as one of the “21 Supercool U.S. Cities” and Lonely Planet ranked Jacksonville on its list of the world’s 10 Best Value Destinations for 2018, the only U.S. city to make the list.
Jacksonville is proud of its history and its vast heritage and culture. While you are here you may wish to explore one of our twenty amazing museums. Near to the downtown area is the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens located in historic Riverside which boasts over 5,000 works of art spanning 8,000 years including significant European and American paintings and a renowned Meissen porcelain collection. The Museum of Contemporary Art is right in the heart of downtown and houses one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the southeast. Take a ferry across the river to Jacksonville’s Southbank where you can visit the Museum of Science & History which features the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, the largest single-lens planetarium in the world.
No other city in Florida has more unique flavors than Jacksonville, a melting pot of cultures and tastes with a thriving culinary culture pioneered by local chefs that have been national and internationally trained. Enjoy culinary delights from the numerous restaurants, bistros, and breweries scattered throughout the city. From the tapas of the 13 Gypsies restaurant to the seafood creations at the architecturally unique Chart House to the Jacksonville-based craft Brewery Intuition Ale Works there is something to satiate even the most eclectic of palates.
We are planning a fun-filled week of events. On Tuesday night we will be going on an excursion to the Alhambra, the nation’s oldest continuously operating equity dinner theater where we will go under the sea with Ariel in a production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” We will offer many educational and instructive workshops including a presentation on NFMC’s presence in the United Nations, methods for teaching autistic and neuro-typical students, methodologies involved in organizing the NFMC
archives, a retrospective of the songs of Stephen Foster and much more!
Whether you decide to steal away to bask in the warm sun by the rooftop pool or take an outing to one of our 22-miles of white sandy beaches, we hope you will have an enjoyable and memorable time in our Northeast Florida paradise. We look forward to hosting “y’all” and welcome you to the beautiful state of Florida!
Lisa Smith, Convention Chair