2013 Nashville, Tennessee

Join us on Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6, 2013


The Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church gathered for a special 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 3, 2013 through Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville was the site of the founding and first VGEC Annual Conference at St. George's Episcopal Church in 1989. We will be celebrating 25 years of history of the Vergers Guild and we will be looking forward to many more years of providing our ministry of service and welcome throughout the Episcopal Church nationwide.

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for many members of the Guild to come together to celebrate our rich history and to experience fellowship, training, business, and worship. We will be hosted and coordinated this year by the vergers of Tennessee.

Highlights of this year’s conference are:
  • Founders Evensong at St. George's Episcopal Church, site of first Annual Conference of the VGEC in 1989
  • Friday Morning Eucharist at historic Christ Church Cathedral
  • Keynote Address by John Campbell, Dean's Verger, Lincoln Cathedral, England 
  • Verger 101 - Hands on for the new Verger
  • Verger 307 - Advanced Discussion Topics for the more Experienced Verger
  • The Customary of Tabernacles, Aumbries, Oils, and Sanctuary Lights
  • Historical Perspective on the 1982 Hymnal
  • First Friday Liturgy
  • Entertainment and dining in Downtown "Music City"
  • The Feast of St. Francis with Blessing of the Animals
  • Business Meeting with Board elections
  • President's Luncheon hosted by VGEC President Margaret McLarty
  • Multiple Saturday afternoon excursion options 
  • 25th Anniversary Gala Reception and Banquet with Awards and Recognitions from 25 years of Verging
  • Three Official 2013 Conference Photos
  • Solemn Festival Eucharist with the Cathedral Choir and Procession of Vergers
This page is the central place for all information related to the 25th Anniversary Conference. We will also be periodically sending out V-Happenings updates about the conference so be sure to join the V-Happenings e-mail distribution today if you have not already done so.

If you have any questions, please email conference host committee chair Scott Smith at [email protected] or call 615.513.2500.


YouTube Videos from the Conference








Photo Album #1


Photo Album #2




Basic Conference Information

Dates
Thursday October 3 through Sunday October 6, 2013

Host Parish
Christ Church Cathedral
900 Broadway
Nashville, TN  37203

christcathedral.org
615.255.7729

Contact Information
Scott Smith, Host Committee Chair
[email protected]
615.513.2500

Bill Gleason, Registration Coordinator
615.812.9440

25th Annual Celebration Event Host Committee
The Very Rev. Timothy E. Kimbrough, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, along with vergers from the state of Tennessee server as your hosts for the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference. Our goal for the conference is to make certain that everything is well planned and executed - just the way vergers would do it!

Click HERE for a photo album of the 2013 Host Committee at work!

Each member of the host committee brings their own skill and organization to the conference all working together to make the 25th Anniversary Conference a fantastic event:



Conference Registration

Register online today!
Please note: As of Saturday, August 10, 2013, the conference is essentially sold out.

Our original plan was to have 180 people and we now have 225! This is tremendous, but any additional registrations may cause a strain on our resources. Please contact [email protected] if you plan on registering late. Please understand that we will work hard to accommodate everyone, but for some events, especially the Saturday evening banquet, space is limited.

Registration

Conference registration is available online through the VGEC Guild Shop using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

Registrations through August 1, 2013 are $200.00 per person. Registrations after August 1, 2013 are $250.00 per person. It is important that you register early for this event as hotel rooms and resources are limited.

We hope that spouses and partners will also register for the conference and will attend many conference events. There are several sessions and events (tour of the nave, the presentation on the 1982 hymnal, First Friday, Blessing of the Animals, Nashville area tours, etc.) that are geared toward the non-verger so there should be plenty for everyone to do!

The cost for all conference attendees (members and spouses and partners) is the same because the expenses (transportation, food, entertainment, etc.) is really the same for everyone. For this reason too, we do not price individual parts of the conference.

After registering online you will receive a confirmation email as your transaction receipt.

You will also receive another email with a link to use to specify your session preferences. This will help us plan for space and accommodations for various events.

Refunds

Cancellations made on or before August 31, 2013 will be fully refunded. After August 31, 2013 there will be a $50 cancellation fee. After September 15, 2013 there will be no refunds as all conference costs are set at that time. Click HERE to fill out a refund request form.

You may also register using a manual form with a check, but we urge everyone to use the online system to reduce errors and to save the time and money involved with handling manual forms and payments. The manual registration form is available HERE.



Accommodations

Hotel rooms in Nashville are at a premium this weekend as home football games include Vanderbilt vs. the University of Missouri on Saturday and the Titans vs. Kansas City on Sunday.


There are three locations available for the weekend.

Click HERE to book rooms at the Holiday Inn Express

The Official Conference Hotel is the Holiday Inn
Express 150 feet from the Cathedral Campus

See below for alternate Hotel accommodations


The Official Conference Hotel - SOLD OUT

The Holiday Inn Express - Downtown Nashville
920 Broadway
Nashville, TN  37203
615.244.0150


*The hotel is sold out at the conference rate as of Wednesday June 26, 2013. We highly recommend the two alternate accommodations below which are great places to stay. Regular shuttle service will be provided from the Sheraton to the Holiday Inn Express.

The Holiday Inn Express is the official VGEC Conference Hotel in 2013. It is conveniently located right next door to the Cathedral Campus. The Conference rate is $145* per night for a standard room with a king bed or two double beds. The Holiday Inn Express has a complimentary breakfast each morning.

We have a total of 90 rooms on contract at the Holiday Inn Express.

The Holiday Inn Express only allows service animals.

Online reservations may be made by clicking HERE. The discount code is VGE. If rooms are not available at the conference rate, you can also try at their regular rate which is VERY expensive.

Parking at the Holiday Inn Express

Discount on-site parking at the Holiday Inn Express is available for $10.00 per vehicle per day plus applicable taxes. Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Standard parking charges are $19.00 per day per vehicle.


The Sheraton Downtown Hotel is the alternate hotel
located just 4 blocks from the Cathedral Campus

See below for alternate, less expensive accommodations


The Alternate Hotel

623 Union Street
Nashville, TN 37219
615.259.2000


The Sheraton Downtown is a great alternate hotel that we have contracted rooms to accommodate the number of people coming to the 2013 conference. It is located just 4 blocks from the Cathedral Campus. It is within comfortable walking distance and there will be a shuttle service to and from the hotel and the church during the conference.

The Conference rate is $199 per night for a king bed or two double beds.

We have a total of 60 rooms on contract at the Sheraton. The deadline for making reservations at the conference rate is August 1, 2013.

The Sheraton is a pet friendly hotel. Please contact the hotel for additional information.

Online reservations may be made by clicking HERE. If you need help, contact Jess Johnson at [email protected] or call 615.742.6036.

Parking at the Sheraton Downtown

Current parking garage prices for overnight guest are $24.00 daily for self-parking or $26.00 daily for valet. Parking rates are
subject to change without notice.



The Scarritt-Bennett Center offers comfortable
affordable, dormitory style overnight accommodations
at an affordable price


A peaceful location at an affordable price

1008 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
615.340.7500

Scarritt-Bennett Center offers comfortable, affordable, dormitory style overnight accommodations. It is located next to Vanderbilt University on ten acres with historic United Methodist architecture.

It is not possible to walk to the Cathedral Campus from this location but our conference shuttle bus will be operating every 30 minutes to and from the Cathedral. Parking is available at the Scarritt-Bennett Center. 

The rate is $50 per night for a single room. Two rooms share one bathroom.

The Scarritt-Bennett Center is unable to accommodate pets.

Parking at the Scarritt-Bennett Center

Parking is free. Contact them for more information.


Conference Agenda

Note: This information in development and is subject to change until September 1, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Time Event Location
9:00 am until 12:00 pm Board Meeting Holiday Inn Express Board Room 
12:00 pm until 11:00 pm  Shuttle Bus runs between accommodation locations  
12:00 pm Registration Opens Christ Cathedral Parish Hall
12:00 pm until 5:00 pm The Verger Exhibit Hall open Holiday Inn Express Arts District Room 
3:00 pm Business Workshop led by VGEC President Margaret McLarty Christ Cathedral Cheek Hall 
5:00 pm Buses depart for St. George's Holiday Inn Express
5:00 pm until 9:00 pm  Shuttle bus runs between St. George's and Accommodation Locations
6:00 pm         Choral Evensong St. George's Episcopal Church Nave
7:00 pm 25th Anniversary Conference Photo 1 (Vested) St. George's Episcopal Church 
7:15 pm Vergers Dinner and 1989 Founders Event St. George's Episcopal Church
9:00 pm Buses depart for Holiday Inn Express
9:00 pm until Midnight The Verger Exhibit Hall open Holiday Inn Express Arts District Room  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Time Event Location
7:00 am until 11:00 pm  Shuttle Bus runs between accommodation locations  
7:00 am Breakfast Holiday Inn Express
8:00 am Registration Opens Christ Cathedral Parish Hall 
8:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II Nave
9:30 am Welcome Remarks by Margaret McLarty, VGEC President Nave
9:45 am  Key Note Address: "Be Still and Know: The Past, Present and Future of the Verger Ministry" by John G. Campbell, Dean's Verger, Lincoln Cathedral, England Nave
11:00 am until 6:00 pm; 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm The Verger Exhibit Hall open  Holiday Inn Express Arts District Room 
11:00 am Session 1, option 1: "Verger 101 - Exploring the Vergers Ministry for the New Verger" Holiday Inn Express, Amphitheater
11:00 am  Session 1, option 2: "The Dynamic Role of the Verger in the 21st Century" by Margaret McLarty, president of the VGEC. Parish Hall 
11:00 am Session 1: option 3: "Historic Tour of the Cathedral Nave" led by Flech Coke, Christ Church Cathedral Archivist, and the Cathedral Docents (repeated Saturday at 1pm) Nave
12:15 pm Nashville BBQ Lunch Cheek Hall
1:00 pm Group Presentation: "Historical Perspective on the 1982 Hymnal" by the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Butcher, Standing Commission on Church Music, 1982 Nave
2:00 pm Session 2, option 1: "Verger 307 - Advanced Discussion Topics for Vergers" Holiday Inn Express, Amphitheater
2:00 pm Session 2, option 2: "The Customary for Tabernacles, Aumbries, Oils, and Sanctuary Lights" by The Very Rev. Timothy E. Kimbrough, Dean and Rector, Christ Church Cathedral Nave 
3:30 pm Session 3, option 1: "Reaching out to the Nashville Community: What is Sacred Space and First Friday?" by Susan Dupont, Immediate Past Chair, Christ Cathedral Cultural Arts Committee Holiday Inn Express, Amphitheater
3:30 pm Session 3, option 2: "Seeing Homelessness Through Our Baptismal Covenant" by Bob McGonagle, Verger and Homeless Advocate Cheek Hall
3:30 pm Communication and Technology Committee Meeting Holiday Inn Express, Board Room
6:00 pm  First Friday: "A Bluegrass Liturgy" Christ Church Cathedral Nave
7:00 pm First Friday Reception  Parish Hall
Evening  Planned and Unplanned Downtown Nashville Dinners and Events See below for details 
7:00 pm until 11:00 pm  Shuttle bus adds 5th Avenue and Broadway to the Route for Downdown Dinners   
8:00 pm until 11:00 pm The Verger Exhibit Hall open  Holiday Inn Express Arts District Room 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Time Event Location
7:00 am until 11:00 pm  Shuttle Bus runs between accommodation locations   
7:00 am Breakfast     Holiday Inn Express
8:00 am  25th Annual VGEC Business Meeting  Holiday Inn Express, Entertainment Hall 
8:30 am until 3:00 pm The Verger Exhibit Hall open Holiday Inn Express Arts District Room   
10:00 am The Feast of St. Francis with Blessing of the Animals Christ Cathedral Nave
11:30 am The President's Luncheon
Hosted by VGEC President Margaret McLarty for all attendees of the 25th Annual Celebration Conference
Holiday Inn Express, Entertainment Hall
12:30 pm Board Meeting  Holiday Inn Express Board Room 
1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Saturday Optional Excursions. Note: There will be minor additional costs associated with the excursions payable when the excursions take place. More information will be available at registration and the information desk.  
1:00 pm  Option 1: Historic Tour of the Cathedral Nave followed by historic downtown Nashville walking tour See below for details
Open Option 2: Ryman Auditorium birthplace of the "Grand Ole Opry" See below for details
2:00 pm Option 3: The "Nash Trash" Tour See below for details
Open Option 4: The Country Music Hall of Fame See below for details
Open  Option 5: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts  See below for details
5:00 pm Buses depart for Vergers' Reception and Banquet Holiday Inn Express
5:30 pm until 9:00 pm  Shuttle bus runs between Wyatt Center and Accommodation Locations   
5:30 pm  Vergers' Reception  Lobby of the Joe and Faye Wyatt Center for Education, Peabody Campus, Vanderbilt University 
6:30 pm 25th Anniversary Conference Photo 2  Steps of the Joe and Faye Wyatt Center
7:00 pm 25th Anniversary Vergers' Gala and Banquet. Formal attire, black tie optional but encouraged. If you need to rent formal wear, look below for "Street Tuxedo" In the "Great Rotunda" at Peabody Campus
9:00 pm Buses depart for Holiday Inn Express   
9:30 pm until 11:00 pm      The Verger Exhibit Hall open Holiday Inn Express Arts District Room 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Time Event Location
7:00 am until 1:00pm  Shuttle Bus runs between accommodation locations   
8:00 am Breakfast Holiday Inn Express
8:45 am Verger Vesting (no hats and no virges) Holiday Inn Express, Entertainment Hall 
9:45 am Sunday Forum: "What or Who is a Verger?" with John Campbell and others from the VGEC Christ Church Cathedral Nave
10:30 am Gather for Processional Line Up and Directions Broadway to 9th Avenue
11:00 am Solemn Festival Eucharist with the Cathedral Choir and Procession of Vergers (you do not have to be vested to process with the vergers) Christ Church Cathedral Nave
12:45 pm 25th Anniversary Conference Photo 3 Christ Church Cathedral Nave 


Sessions and Events

The 25th Anniversary Conference of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church has a large array of very interesting sessions and events which will contribute greatly to your overall conference experience.

Please note that this information is under development and is subject to change until September 1, 2013 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Verger Exhibit Hall

For many years, the Guild Shop has been a mainstay of the Vergers Guild Annual Conference for many years by hosting the "Hospitality Suite." This year will continue that trend and will include several vendor and informational exhibits and it will be known as the "Verger Exhibit Hall" located in the Arts District room of the Holiday Inn Express.

Under the direction of Guild Shop Manager, Bill Gleason, the Verger Exhibit Hall will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. See the Conference Agenda for exact times that it will be open.

Vendor and Informational Exhibits
  • The Guild Shop - offering items of interest to the verger community
  • Other vendors with verger-related merchandise
  • Terry Hughes and the Hosts of the 2014 VGEC Conference in Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • Exhibition of the Completed Training Course Binders for 2013
  • More to come!
Business Meeting Workshop led by VGEC President Margaret McLarty

Presentation and discussion about the topics and agenda for the Saturday morning business meeting.

Choral Evensong at St. George's Episcopal Church

More details coming soon.

Vergers Dinner and 1989 Founders Event

More details coming soon.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Preacher: The Rev. Matthew T. L. Corkern, Rector Calvary Summit, New Jersey and Chaplain of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church.
Celebrant: The Very Rev. Timothy E. Kimbrough, Dean and Rector, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, Tennessee

Keynote Address: John Campbell, Dean's Verger, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England; Overseas Liaison Officer, Church of England Guild of Vergers

John Campbell was delighted to be invited to deliver the Keynote Address at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church. he has long been interested in and involved with the development of the ministry of the verger in the United States and is eager to cement relationships between the VGEC and the CEGV.

The past present and future will be a theme of the address as we look at the development of our practical lay ministry, not conflicting but complimenting the sacred ministry of the church. Perhaps arguing that balancing liturgical rituals of our ceremonies with the need to 'Be Still and Know...' is of paramount importance.

Session 1: Friday at 11:00 am

Session 1, Option 1: Verger 101 - Exploring the Verger Ministry for the New Verger

The Verger 101 session is specifically designed to support the new verger as he or she embarks on this ministry. It is designed for those who have been vergers three years or less or first-time conference attendees. Topics will include:
  • I thought being a Verger was all about wearing robes, holding virges, and processing through the nave...
  • What is meant by "Ministry of Welcome?"
  • Soldiering On: Dealing with mistakes so no one notices
  • Hands-On - Carrying the virge, what to wear when, serving in the background, working with your Altar Guild, volunteer coordination, being the boss/servant at the same time
  • Is the VGEC Training Course for me?
This session will be led by Duke DuTeil, Head Verger, Washington National Cathedral and TBD.

Note: Verger 101 is reserved for vergers with three or less years of experience and for first-time conference attendees.

Session 1, Option 2: "The Dynamic Role of the Verger in the 21st Century"

We are no longer the ministry of virges, robes, and hats! In the 21st century, we are in the forefront of welcoming people to the church. We are behind the scenes organizing the liturgy and the people who support it. We work hard to make our liturgies look easy and perfect.

How has the ministry of the verger changed over the past 25 years?

Where might the ministry go over the next 25 years?

Margaret McLarty, President of the Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church will lead this session.



Session 1, Option 3: Historic Tour of the Christ Church Cathedral Nave

An occasional question heard on guided tours at Christ Church is, “Why do you need such a beautiful church?” The answer is easy: the Book of Common Prayer offers the invitation: “Let us thank God whom we worship here in the beauty of holiness.” We enter the church to pray, to listen, to learn and to be inspired.

New York architect Francis Hatch Kimball was chosen in the mid-1880s to design a new chapel and church because the original 1831 Gothic Revival building which was located blocks away from the current site had become too small for the growing congregation. Kimball designed the buildings in the Victorian Gothic style. We can appreciate the many exaggerated exterior features including steep roofs, broad gables, finials and gargoyles. In the interior, we may be surprised with the rich variety of memorial stained glass windows, the Sicilian marble font and the striking wood sculptures and carvings in the pulpit, reredos and old altar. Interior changes have been made since the church opened on December 16, 1894.

The tour of the historic nave of Christ Church Cathedral will be interesting not only to vergers, but also to visiting guests who will enjoy the beauty and historic meaning of the space. This tour will be repeated as one of the optional excursions along with a free walking historic tour of the downtown Nashville area.

Fletch Coke, Christ Church Cathedral Archivist and Historian will lead this session along with several of the Cathedral Docents.


Group Presentation: Historical Perspective on the Hymnal 1982

The texts of the Hymnal 1982 were approved by the General Convention that year and the published musical edition was available in 1986. While this is no longer a new hymnal, there are interesting aspects leading up to its publication. Since its introduction additional supplementary hymnals have been produced by the Episcopal Church. To offer a historical appreciation of the hymnals of the Episcopal Church a session will be held at the 2013 Verger’s Conference in Nashville giving an overview of this hymnody in worship with an opportunity to sing selections.

The Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Butcher who was on the Standing Commission on Church Music that prepared the Hymnal 1982 will lead this session.



Session 2: Friday at 2:00 pm

Session 2, Option 1: "Verger 307 - Advanced Discussion Topics for Vergers"

This session presents something new for experienced vergers in both small and large parishes. In this session, we will explore several one-paragraph life circumstances that propose some sort of dilemma for the verger (conflict in liturgical planning, dealing with an ornery rector, the demanding verger, a real-life crisis in the Nave, etc.) The circumstance will be explored in a plenary session, discussed in small groups of 3 to 5, and reported back to the group.

This session will be lead by David Jette, Head Verger at Trinity Wall Street and Bob Mikrut, Verger at Church of the Redemer, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.



Session 2, Option 2: "The Customary for Tabernacles, Aumbries, Oils, and Sanctuary Lights"

The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 is the first Prayer Book in the American tradition to provide for the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament. In this presentation, Dean Kimbrough, will discuss a history of the practice of reservation, its place in the Prayer Book tradition, a customary for its use, and some special considerations for Vergers, Rectors, and Altar Guilds in parishes where the use of a tabernacle/aumbry is well established and for those in parishes where the practice is under consideration.

The Very Rev. Timothy E. Kimbrough, Dean and Rector, Christ Church Cathedral will lead this session.


Session 3: Friday at 3:30 pm

Session 3, Option 1: "Reaching out to the Nashville Community: What is Sacred Space and First Friday?"

Are you looking for new ways for your congregation to engage with the community? Come learn about “Sacred Space for the City,” the successful Christ Church Cathedral experiment in innovative community outreach. The arts, intellectual discourse and alternative liturgies serve as vehicles to include the wider community in our life. Learn how we share not only our unique architectural historic space but also our spiritual life and gifts with all the citizens of the region.

Susan Dupont, Immediate Past Chair, Christ Cathedral Cultural Arts Committee, will lead this session.


Session 3, Option 2: Seeing Homelessness Through Our Baptismal Covenant

Many of us serve in urban parishes where homelessness may be a constant presence in our churches. As Vergers, we often interact with the homeless on a number of levels. How can we approach the issues of homelessness from the perspective of our baptismal covenant? Topics covered will include: What can I do? Resources for the Homeless. Should I give money to panhandlers? Should I engage in conversation with the homeless?

Bob McGonagle, Verger at Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati, Ohio, and author of “How Can You Help the Homeless?” from fowardmovement.org.



First Friday Liturgy

"First Friday" is held on the first Friday of each month at 6pm. This liturgy offers a wide variety and a unique blend of music, dance, visual art and dramatic art within the spiritual context of a worship service.

For more information on First Friday, click HERE. For a sample Order of Worship, click HERE.

Planned and Unplanned Downtown Nashville Dinners and Events

More information coming soon.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Feast of St. Francis with Blessing of the Animals

More information coming soon.

25th Annual VGEC Business Meeting and election

More information coming soon.

The President's Luncheon

Hosted by VGEC President Margaret McLarty for all attendees of the 25th Annual Celebration Conference.

Saturday Afternoon Excursion Options 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Saturday Afternoon Excursion Options  

Option 1: Historic Downtown Church Walking Tour

This walking tour of historic downtown Nashville will begin with a repeat of the tour from Friday morning with more time. The walking tour will be led by the Cathedral Docents and is self guided. Click HERE for the walking tour brochure.

Cost: FREE




Option 2: Ryman Auditorium Tour

The Ryman Auditorium is most famous for being a former home of the "Grand Ole Opry," and known by names such as "Mother Church of Country Music" and "Birthplace of Bluegrass."  The Ryman Auditorium, located 4 blocks from Christ Church Cathedral is a National Historic Landmark and must see for anyone visiting Nashville.

Cost: $14.00 for adults on the self-guided tour

Click HERE for more information

Option 3: The "NashTrash" Tour

The NashTrash Tour was recently voted the #1 tour in Nashville by Trip Advisor and is one of the most popular attractions in downtown Nashville. The tour has been in operation since 1997 and is operated by tour hostesses Sheri Lynn and Brenda Kay Jugg known as the "Jugg Sisters" (they are actually sisters). This tour is definitely NOT historical or informative, although a few sights are pointed out along a tour route that includes downtown Nashville and a bit of the Music Row area. Each sister has a musical theater background with many years of improv comedy experience, and that talent is put to use on the NashTrash Tour. The sisters have an old school bus painted hot pink, and it carries 32 passengers on the 90-minute tour. This definitely isn't a tour for children -- drinks are allowed in small coolers, and the subject content is outrageous to say the least... Climb aboard the big pink bus at your own risk!

Cost: $25 per person, maximum 32 passengers on the tour.

Click HERE for more information.

Option 4: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum identifies and preserves the evolving history and traditions of country music and educates its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the CMF, located 4 block from Christ Church Cathedral at 222 Fifth Avenue South serves fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry, and the general public.

Cost: Varies

Click HERE for more information.

Option 5: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts 

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is located immediately across the street from the Holiday Inn Express and Cathedral Campus in the site of the old downtown post office. Since opening in 2001, it has hosted a spectacular array of art from the region, the country, and around the world. Unlike any traditional museum you have ever visited, the Frist Center has become a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the magnificent Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, no matter how often you visit, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries.

There is also a small cafe in the Frist Center that offers a good option for lunch and snacks.

Cost: $10

Click HERE for more information.

Vergers' Reception in the Lobby, Joe and Faye Wyatt Center for Education, Peabody Campus, Vanderbilt University 

More information coming soon.

Information about Black Tie Formal Wear

For the Saturday night reception and dinner, we are encouraging everyone to wear black tie formal wear. If you do not have a tuxedo, you may rent one from Street Tuxedo in Nashville. You can also wear a suit or other attire as you feel appropriate.

Street Tuxedo rentals in Nashville will provide a complete tuxedo including shoes for $125.00 + tax for a total of $136.56. This is for any of their regular wool tuxedos. Anyone wishing to upgrade to one of our luxury tuxedos will be charged regular price.


Each customer will simply need to identify themselves as part of the VGEC group and provide the date of the event.

We will deliver tuxedos to the Holiday Inn Express (or alternate hotels) on Thursday and we will pick them up on Monday. Each customer will need to try on their tuxedo by noon on Friday. Anyone needing to exchange an item can contact our store at the number above and we will make an additional delivery if needed on Friday afternoon.

25th Anniversary Gala Reception and Banquet in the Rotunda, Joe and Faye Wyatt Center for Education

More information coming soon.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Forum: "What is a Virger?" with John Campbell

More information coming soon.

Gather for Processional Line Up and Directions

More information coming soon.

Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee

More information coming soon.


Scholarships

The Guild will be providing scholarships to cover $150 of the registration expense for up to 15 attendees to this year's conference. The Mark Emory Graham Scholarship Fund of the VGEC will make these grants. They are intended to develop the ministry of the verger and will be considered for junior vergers, new vergers or first time attendees with a financial need.

To complete an online form to request consideration for a scholarship, click HERE.

The scholarship committee will review the requests and make the awards as soon as possible.

The grant will cover 75% of the registration fee but not transportation to the Conference or lodging.

Please contact Margaret McLarty for additional information.


Transportation, Maps, and Directions

Air

The Nashville International Airport (BNA) is an active destination for customers of Southwest Airlines and many other airlines including American and Delta.

Airport Shuttle Service

The Grey Line Airport Express operates a shuttle to and from the airport for $14 each way. More information can be found HERE.

Automobile

Discount onsite parking at the Holiday Inn Express is available for $10.00 per vehicle per day plus applicable taxes. Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Standard parking charges are $19.00 per day per vehicle.

Map from the Hotel and the Church

This is an interactive Google map of the conference hotel and Christ Church Cathedral. Click HERE for a more advanced version of the this map.

The approximate walking distance from the hotel to the parish campus is 150 feet.


Conference Shuttle Service

The conference shuttle bus service will serve all three accommodation sites (Holiday Inn Express, Sheraton Downtown, and Scarrett-Bennett) and will run from noon on Thursday for the duration of the conference until 11pm. The shuttle bus is not ADA compliant but will accommodate 25 people. Click HERE for a shuttle bus map.







Prior Conference Information

Information from prior conferences is available HERE. We began documenting conference information as of 2009 at the San Diego Conference.

The VGEC photo album on Picasa has thousands of photos from past conferences dating back to the first conference held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1989.


Attachments and Files of Interest

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