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Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

Shopaholic's Dream

Better known as "shop-til-you-drop," this tour needs no further explanation for the true shopaholic.  Tour includes QVC Studios Tour and King of Prussia Mall with more than 3 million square feet of shopping and nearly 400 fabulous stores and restaurants.

 

Details:

We begin with the exciting QVC Studio Tour, a one-of-a-kind guided tour through the fantastic world of electronic retailing. At this state-of-the-art broadcasting facility, we will see and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air, and delivered to millions of QVC customers. There are views into the studio through the tour where we can watch QVC programs in progress and maybe even catch a glimpse of a favorite host or guest!

 

 Next we're off to the King of Prussia mall for a half-day of sensational shopping. With no sales tax on clothing or shoes - and more than 400 stores, restaurants and boutiques - The Court and The Plaza at King of Prussia is the premier destination for fashion, dining, and shopping. With the best of New York, Milan, and Paris in one destination, King of Prussia is the nation's largest retail shopping mall with more than 3 million square feet of retail space!

 

A Travel Rewards Guide containing exclusive merchant offers to more than 75 stores and restaurants is included along with a private shopping concierge to point you in the right direction for that perfect something.

 

 $59.00 

 


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Saturday July 23, 2011 10:00am - 4:30pm
Marriott-TBD

1:00pm

HistoriCOOL Philly

For those who have been to Philadelphia before now is your chance to see the hip, cool, fun side of Philly (and, yes, the Liberty Bell too).

 

This 3-hour adventure includes:

  • Your own Rocky Run at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The trendy shops and restaurants of Midtown Village
  • Made-in-Philadelphia movie sites such as Transformers 2, The Sixth Sense, Rocky, Philadelphia, and more than 30 others!
  • Spectacular murals
  • A special behind-the-scenes peek at Eastern State Penitentiary - America's Most Historic Prison (known as the Alcatraz of the East)
  • And, the obligatory visit to that famous "broken bell" (in its new home!)

 

See how today's Philadelphians have made this once colonial city a true cosmopolitan gem, complete with insiders tips on local hangouts, dive bars, and the best shopping values. 

 

It's a rolling good time aboard our "time-travel trolley" from 1776 to present time!

$59.00

 


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Saturday July 23, 2011 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Marriott-TBD

1:30pm

Philadelphia Story

This most comprehensive full-city tour is takes guests through four centuries of art, architecture and Philadelphia's growth to the 2nd largest city on the east coast.

 

Details:

Beginning before 1776, we will hear stories of the people, places and things that made Colonial Philadelphia the seat of government for the young nation and one of the largest English speaking cities in the world.

 

See such sites as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, First and Second Bank of the US, Betsy Ross House, Franklin's grave, Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley and the neighborhood of Society Hill.  Embracing the modern day, we will visit neighborhoods where the Founding Fathers lived and see how contemporary Philadelphians have made them their own.

 

Going beyond the colonial period, we will visit the bustling business district, Museum Mile of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the famous Rocky steps, Philadelphia's vibrant theater district, Antique Row, the captivating French-inspired Rittenhouse Square and much more. Off-coach photo opportunities will occur throughout the tour.


$39.00

 


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Saturday July 23, 2011 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Sunday, July 24
 

8:00pm

Illuminations

After dinner, experience Philadelphia's attractions, architecture and outdoor sculptures and fountains transform from day into night.

 

Details:

By dusk the city magically transforms into a glistening jewel that contrasts the illuminate historic elegance with the glittering modern sleekness.

 

Learn about Philadelphia's scene today - from exciting restaurant and café districts to chic boutiques and galleries - from bowling lounges to martini lounges. 

 

See the real Philadelphia that today's Philadelphians have created alongside Ben Franklin's Philadelphia!

For your convenience, all evening programs include return bus drop-off at all official conference hotels.

$39.00

 


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Sunday July 24, 2011 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Monday, July 25
 

10:30am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Library

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Modeled after Versailles, this beautiful building on the famous Philadelphia Benjamin Franklin Parkway houses an incredible variety of historic, scholarly, and modern materials. "First imagined in the mid-1890s, begun in earnest in 1910, and not completed for 17 years, the Central Library building is a triumph of civic architecture and library science as well as a monument to the fortitude, commitment, and aspirations of the librarians, trustees, local politicians, architects, and general public, who persevered during decades of tribulation including legal and political battles and a world war." Specialized collections range from Pennsylvania German Fraktur and imprints; the history of the automobile; a treasure trove of maps, prints, and drawings; a fine library of choral and chamber music; and a collection of vintage theatre materials. The digital collections include: historical materials on Philadelphia, vintage postcards, and medieval manuscripts.

Walking tour: 15 minute walk


Monday July 25, 2011 10:30am - 12:00pm
Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Library

2:15pm

Jenkins Law Library

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Founded in 1802, Jenkins is America’s First Law Library. It is a membership law library that also serves as the public law library for the City and County of Philadelphia. Jenkins houses a fine portrait gallery and its collection of more than 250,000 volumes includes extensive current materials, as well as centuries-old rare legal documents.

The library is a blend of old and new and underwent a major renovation 7 years ago.  It often refers to itself as “the library without walls” as many of its databases are available to members remotely whether at the office, at home or commuting on the train.  Its website was recently updated and contains original content such as Pennsylvania Legislative Histories as well as briefs and records.  Jenkins conducts a successful CLE program taught by staff librarians as well as its members.  It has a staff of 32 employees.

Walking tour: 10 minute walk


Monday July 25, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Jenkins Law Library

2:15pm

Law Firm Tours: Blank Rome, Drinker Biddle, and Pepper Hamilton

These three law firms are located in two adjacent office buildings located at the corner of 18th and Cherry Streets, behind the Four Seasons Hotel on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The proximity affords those touring an opportunity to see a variety of facilities and services, including the offices of Blank Rome and Drinker Biddle in One Logan Square. Both firms moved within six months of each other during 1999-2000—one into a space formerly occupied by another law firm library, and the other into a completely renovated space, using movable compact shelving. The library for Pepper Hamilton has been housed in the Two Logan Square Building since 1988, in an impressive space which is only slightly reduced in size from the initial 2-story facility with an internal staircase. The 8-person staff has been through various renovations incorporating electronic services and digital formats in response to lawyer and user needs.

Walking tour: 15 minute walk


Monday July 25, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Blank Rome, Drinker Biddle, and Pepper Hamilton

8:00pm

Haunted History

Haunting tales of plague & pestilence ... graveyards & potter's fields ... heroes & traitors!

 

Experience the chilling tales of America's most historic city on this moonlit tour and peer into the other side of Philadelphia history and folklore.  It's an unbeatable combination of history and entertainment where, at each stop, your guide weaves together colonial-era history, folklore, and haunting tales.

 

This unique, engaging, and, of course, ghostly experience is sure to provide a hauntingly good time for all!

For your convenience, all evening programs include return bus drop-off at all official conference hotels.

 

$39.00

 


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Monday July 25, 2011 8:00pm - 9:30pm
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Tuesday, July 26
 

9:30am

Legal Research Center, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University

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The Earle Mack School of Law was launched in 2006, with an emphasis on cooperative education and pro bono programs, providing opportunities to engage with practicing lawyers. The programs offered include one of the few joint J.D.-Ph.D. programs in law and psychology in the United States. The Legal Research Center is a state-of-the-art library located on the 3rd floor in the Earle Mack School of Law. The collection reflects the curricular and research needs of the faculty and students with a particular emphasis on the areas of concentration: business and entrepreneurship, health law, and intellectual property.

Tour involving public transportation


10:30am

William H. Hastie Library – U.S. Courts Library for the Third Circuit

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The U.S. Courts Library for the Third Circuit serves the federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands. The main location of the library is in Center City Philadelphia, at the corner of 6th and Market Streets, very close to the National Constitution Center and the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Among recent major projects is an extensive digitization of the materials in the collection.

Please note that tour registrants will need to pass through security and have a valid, government-issued photo ID.

Walking tour: 10 minute walk


6:00pm

Phillies Baseball

2008 World Serices Champion Philadelphia Phillies battle the 2010 World Series San Francisco Giants


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Details:

We will board our deluxe transportation en route through the heart of South Philadelphia to the amazing Citizen's Bank Park, home of the Major League Baseball's 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies for an evening of the great American past time ... baseball, as the Philadelphia Phillies battle the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

For your convenience, all evening programs include return bus drop-off at all official conference hotels.

$79.00

 


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Tuesday July 26, 2011 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Marriott-TBD

6:45pm

Phila Belle Dinner Cruise

Experience Philadelphia from the scenic river while cruising on the Philadelphia Belle, a New Orleans-style Paddle Wheel Dinner Cruise.

 

Details:

This newly renovated four-deck, paddlewheel-style riverboat features a grand ambience complete with exciting entertainment, delicious cuisine and intriguing artwork as well as unique views of the city's landmarks. It's the best of Philadelphia brought together in one magnificent vessel and there's nothing else like it in all of Philadelphia.

 

Guests will choose a 4-course sit-down dinner from an exceptional array of menu selections freshly prepared onboard - offerings that include popular favorites as well as special regional dishes inspired by the best of Philadelphia cuisine.

For your convenience, all evening programs include return bus drop-off at all official conference hotels.

$129.00

 


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Tuesday July 26, 2011 6:45pm - 10:45pm
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Wednesday, July 27
 

8:00am

Amish Country Tour

The Simple Life: Pennsylvania's Amish

Enjoy a full-day tour to the beautiful countryside of nearby Lancaster County, home of one of the largest Amish communities in the United States.

 

Details:

Upon arrival, begin with a Country Tour, a three-hour guided tour featuring the unspoiled back road beauty of Amish farmlands, one-room schools and Amish cottage industries.  Included in this tour are stops at Amish businesses (such as a general store, bakery, working farm, quilt shop - stops vary based on shopkeepers operating schedule).

 

Lunch (included in price) will be a sumptuous Pennsylvania Dutch meal featuring "pass-the-platter" style dining.  Dig into delicious roast beef, golden fried chicken, real mashed potatoes, old fashioned chicken pot pie with handmade noodles, bakery-fresh shoofly pie, apple dumplings a la mode and more with time at the end to explore the Country Store.

 

Escape to a simpler way of life with this "turn back the hands of the clock" tour. It's a day of delights for your eyes, your taste buds and your mind!


$109.00

 


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Wednesday July 27, 2011 8:00am - 4:00pm
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