Bells Are Ringing on the Ohio River!
ABA 73rd Annual Convention
July 10-13, 2018 (Tuesday—Friday)
Pre-Convention Tours July 8-9, 2018 (Sunday & Monday)
Belterra Resort & Spa, Florence, Indiana 47020
Belterra Resort & Spa is on the Ohio River in Switzerland County, near Florence, Indiana, which is roughly halfway between Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. (Address: 777 Belterra Drive Florence, Indiana)
Complimentaries from the Hotel
- High-speed Internet
- Bottled water in sleeping rooms
- Valet/Self parking for all guests (gratuity not included)
- $10 Free Play for guests over 21 at the Belterra Riverboat Casino (on-site)
- Complimentary full breakfast buffet each morning
- Large pool with cabanas to enjoy the sunshine
- 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course at reduced green fees of $58
- Spa with everything you will want to pamper yourself
- Riverboat casino open 24 hours a day (on-site)
- Four restaurants on-site
- Three shopping boutiques on-site
The hotel has offered some tantalizing opportunities on room rates for our ABA members:
Sunday through Friday
- Classic Room in King or Double, including a standard bath with a full complimentary breakfast (two persons/ room) — $109 plus 12% tax
- Deluxe Room in King or Double, including a Jacuzzi tub and a separate shower with a full breakfast (two persons/room) $119 plus 12% tax
Saturday nights (pre- and post-convention, July 7 and July 14)
- King or Double is available at a rate of $189/night plus 12% tax with full complimentary breakfast. Call 812.427.7862 if your reservation includes Saturday night.
More than 2 persons in a room may purchase a breakfast ticket for $20/person/day additional charge/room.
Complimentary Breakfast Buffet
The hotel prepares all of the food for the four restaurants on site. Breakfast… omelets, eggs benedict, eggs to order; four kinds of meat; hotel-made goetta (a German favorite from this part of the country); several types of potatoes; sliced fresh fruit bar; pancakes; freshly made smoothies; yogurt; dessert bar with pastries, breads, etc.; and hotel-made gelato at each of the meals; plus many other treats from the on-site chefs.
Use Group Rate Number S0718AB when making your hotel reservation. Hotel reservations must be made by Saturday, June 23, 2018, for group rates.
Florence is a little town not far from the Ohio River, in the farthest corner of southeastern Indiana.
Belterra Resort and Spa is located nearby. Also near Florence is VeVay, Indiana, another small river town about six miles from the Belterra. The Markland Dam is also a short distance from the hotel.
- From Cincinnati: I-71 South to Exit 55, turn right at stop sign.
- From Louisville: I-71 North to Exit 55, turn left at stop sign.
- From Lexington: I-75 North to I-71 South to Exit 55, turn right at stop sign.
Continue to the Markland Dam Bridge into Indiana. At the next stop sign, make a left onto Hwy. 156 East. Belterra is located approximately one mile on right.
Traveling from CVG Airport to Hotel
At Your Service Taxi is recommended. From Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) airport to Belterra, the cost is $35-$45 depending on traffic… up to 6 people with luggage can split the price (one way). Communicate with other ABA members before you schedule your flights. Call ahead: 859-431-6300. Most rental car agencies are available at the CVG airport. Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes from terminal to car rental agencies. Belterra is 41 miles from CVG.
Sunday, July 8, 1 pm: VeVay, Indiana – $20
We will tour VeVay, Indiana, another quaint river town located about six miles from the Belterra Resort & Spa. The tour begins with the Schenck Mansion built in 1874, the second Empire-style mansion located in the center of 11 acres of park-like grounds. The mansion is decorated in the period in which it was designed with beautiful antique furniture you won’t want to miss. The mansion is now a Bed and Breakfast.
After the tour of the mansion, we will travel a short distance to the VeVay Arts Center where local artists will demonstrate pottery, stained glass, knife, and jewelry making. The last stop on this tour will be with Angie Priest who will teach us how to make beeswax candles. Each person will make two beeswax candles to take home and also learn a lot about bees in the process.
We will ride share for this tour to keep the cost down. The tour cost covers admission to the mansion and candle making materials. Check the registration form if you will need a ride or if you can take any passengers if you are driving.
Monday, July 9, 9:15 am – 1:15 pm: The Ark Encounter – $59 Seniors / $68 Adults
The Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible’s Genesis. We will leave the Belterra Resort and Spa promptly at 8:30 am and travel approximately 45 minutes to Williamstown, Kentucky, where the Ark is located. You will be able to take your own pace meandering through the Ark Encounter. They have a buffet lunch for $9.99 (seniors) and $12.99 (adults), plus other restaurant options for pick-me-up food. We will depart at 1:15 pm.
The Ark also contains a small zoo included in your admission to the park. There is also a zip line for ABA daredevils. Tour price includes your admission to the park and transportation to and from the Ark. The Ark has a lot of walking and reading. There are standard wheelchairs available for rent for $10.70; motorized wheelchairs for $37.10, or you can take your own. The ticket price is for ONE year. Visit the site
Monday, July 9, 10:00 am & 4:00 pm: Learn a Casino Table Game – $12 each session
During a gaming lesson, the instructor will teach you the basic rules and the object of the game. The instructor will deal out some example hands, showing you the different scenarios that can happen with each. You will get to “play” a few hands on your own using practice chips (They don’t let you play with the real thing!) to see how you do and whether you are playing properly. The instructor also will explain the different odds and show you the payout for each hand. Sounds like fun!
Tuesday, July 10, 10am – 11am: The Verdin Company – Free of charge
NEW! This will be exciting for many ABA members. Attendees will enjoy the many facets of bell making. Travel time to the factory is one hour from Belterra. This will be limited to 25-30 people and will be ride share. This tour will require standing and closed-toe shoes.
Thursday, 8:00 pm: Kevin Stonerock, Storyteller and Entertainer, Stories of Ohio River Lore
A grand adventure of story, song, and first-person living history about life on the Ohio River from the frontier era through the glorious age of steam, with special emphasis on the showboats. In addition to song and story, the audience will meet four rollicking river characters (portrayed by Kevin), including a keelboat man, a steamboat passenger on the J. M. White, a showboat barker from the 1890’s and steamboat captain Ebenezer Cline.
Banquet Entertainment – Queen City Sisters
The Queen City Sisters group is an a capella women’s trio who dazzle audiences with their tight harmony arrangements of songs from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. The group was formed in 2013 based on the desire to bring a touch of old Hollywood glamour to Cincinnati area audiences. Classic songs by Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, the Andrew Sisters, and more round out an entertaining song list.
Four Restaurants On Site
On our site visit, we were impressed with the food and we know you will be also.
Buffet – everything will tantalize your palette; breakfast buffet is included in the room package.
Nosh – pickup sandwiches, salads, desserts, coffee, and much more for a quick bite. Hours 6 am-10 pm Monday-Thursday, Weekends 6-2 am.
Stadium Sports Bar & Grill – 50 beers on tap, soup, appetizers, salads, desserts, juicy burgers, hand tossed pizzas, and more.
19 Steak & Seafood – Upscale restaurant, Dinner only beginning at 5 pm… known for their excellent cuisine using the best seafood and cuts of dry-aged steak; see menu/prices on the website. Reservations required and may be booked online.
The Beleza Spa & Salon – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Call 812-427-7842 or visit www.belterracasino.com to reserve your time.
Tom Fazio Golf Courses – 18-Hole golf course. Green fee: $58 (9-holes). Call 800-594-5833 to reserve tee times.
ABA Programs – Information coming soon.
The 2018 Convention bell is made using borosilicate glass commonly known as Pyrex glass. It was first developed by Otto Schott a German glassblower in the late 19th century. Hard glass, as it is referred to, has a very low thermal expansion rate as well as an ability to not absorb acids and alkalines, which makes it a perfect glass to be used in the fields of chemistry and science as well as in art.
Seth Bickis, a local Indiana artist and designer of the 2018 ABA Convention Bell, will give a demonstration of how this process works following the Welcome Ceremony on Wednesday evening.
Borosilicate glass is worked with a propane and oxygen powered torch which burns at over 3,000 degrees. Using a torch to melt glass is referred to as lamp working or flame working. Flame working is dependent on eye and hand coordination to be able to maintain glass that is straight and even.
Bickis wanted to offer a bell that would stand out in a display by showcasing colors in the bell bottom that are achieved by a process known as fuming. Utilizing fuming in combination with tubing that has ridges on the interior of the tube gives a fine optical quality that is amplified when the base of the bell is given a soft twist to create lines that cross, giving the illusion of many diamonds when looking through the base.
Fuming is where pure 24 karat gold and .999 pure silver are introduced into the flame and brought to their boiling point. Once boiling, the metals turn into a vapor which is then deposited on the glass that is held at the back of the flame. With heat and a mix of reducing and oxidizing flames, the pure metals bond to the glass. Silver gives blue to white hues where gold yields more of a rose to orange color. Seth chooses to use heavy gold fuming for the rich rose color it offers. Fuming also leads to a color changing quality where gold fuming will appear pink on a white background; however, a dark background will lead to more green hues being transmitted.
The handle has an application of soft white glass to accent the heavy gold fuming at the base as well as at the top of the handle. The top of the handle features a clear maria below a white marble. A maria is a small round disk that is there to act as a pivot point to hold onto when ringing the bell. With the handle being fully fused to the bell it makes the two pieces into one.
The bell will be 7 inches in height with a 3-inch base and will be signed ABA 2018 as well as with the artist’s signature. These bells will only be available to ABA members at a price of $50 and are one-of a kind.
The Convention Auction will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A catalog of auction items will be available at registration.
If you wish to place items in the auction, please call Bruce Clayton, Auction Chairman, at 816-810-5526. You may call on Saturday, March 3, 2018, only, beginning at 12 noon, Central Standard Time.