Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a relaxing evening at Brookside Gardens. Commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Gardens were named for the winding brooks and streams that surround the beautifully designed garden spaces, tranquil walking trails, comfortable benches, peaceful ponds, and shady gazebos. The Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit will be open for your exclusive viewing. Explore the Gardens newer features such as the renovated Japanese-style Gude Garden, sustainable parking garden, and Maryland-themed children's garden while sampling delicious small plates showcasing Maryland's agricultural and culinary specialties.
Enjoy live music, local beer, wine, a Maryland signature cocktail, and top off the evening with a floating lantern Summer Solstice celebration as you mingle with old and new friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is required to attend. Please be aware that your afternoon tour will drop you off at Brookside Gardens for this event. However, if you do not plan on attending one of these tours, a bus will be available to take you to Brookside Gardens that will depart from the conference hotel promptly at 4:00 p.m. This bus will load and depart from the usual location outside the Blue Room Prefunction.
Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations. All attendees must board the bus at the hotel and return with the group at the scheduled times.
If you do not wish to attend the dinner portion of this event, there will be a “Tour Only” option that you can select during registration (a nominal fee applies to Guests for this option). The bus for this option will depart Brookside Gardens for the conference hotel at 6:00 PM.
BROOKSIDE DEPARTURE: At the end of the evening, those who have to stayed for the entire event should plan to board the buses departing for the hotel after the sunset lantern float at approx. 9:00 p.m.