Tuesday, July 6, 2010

See You Soon in Knoxville, Tennessee

It's Quilt Show Time!
We have just a few short days until the AQS Quilt Show opens at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. The show opens on Wednesday, July 14 at 9:00 a.m.; however the Workshop Desk will be open on Tuesday, July 13, from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. so you can pick up your name badges (for those who have pre-registered and have not received it in the mail) or to purchase tickets for workshops, lectures, and special events.

Show Dates and Hours: Wed., July 14 - Fri., July 16, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 17, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We have a new feature at this year's show - the U.S. Post Office will have their mobile postal van parked on Henley Street, just outside the entrance to the show. The hours for the post office are: Wed., Thurs., and Fri., 1 - 6 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

You will be able to get a special quilt show cancellation stamp - perfect for sending a note to your family and friends from Knoxville. You can also pack your goodies purchased at the show into your suitcase and ship those dirty clothes home. ;-) many quilters do this at our shows.
Just look for this mobile van. They can handle your mailing and shipping needs: letters, postcards, and packages.

Parking and Trolley Service

Downtown Show Parking - New Parking Area with Shuttle Service
This year's AQS Express Shuttle makes your park and ride experience while visiting the show a breeze! Park in the garages on the north side of the Knoxville Civic Coliseum (500 Howard Baker Ave., Knoxville, TN, 37915-2503, 865.215.8900, www.knoxvillecoliseum.com); pay $5 per day for parking with complimentary same day in and out privileges and then hop on board the AQS Express Shuttle for $1 each way ($2 round trip) and go straight to the Knoxville Convention Center's front door. Return to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum garages by catching the bus right outside the front door when you are finished at the show. Shuttles will run every 15-20 minutes. If you are making multiple visits to the show, you can purchase a $5 event pass for the shuttle and have unlimited rides available during the show week. Shuttle service will be available: Wed. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sat., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Trolley Service to/from Hotels and Downtown Knoxville
Complimentary trolley service is available via the Knoxville Area Transit. A map of routes and trolley stops is available on the AQS Web site, www.AmericanQuilter.com. The Orange Line and Blue Line hours have been extended for the duration of the show to include the following times and days. The trolleys provide service to each of the downtown hotels and the Knoxville Convention Center, as well as several downtown attraction areas.

Orange Line - pick up and drop off on the north side of Clinch (Holiday Inn side of Clinch) and on the west side of Locust (across Locust from the Hilton entrance). The orange line services the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Four Points Sheraton and Hilton:
Wednesday, July 14: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 15: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, July 16: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 17: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Blue Line - pick up and drop off is on the west side of Locust (across Locust from the Hilton entrance). The Blue Line services the Hilton, Marriott, and Civic Coliseum garages.
Wednesday, July 14: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 15: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, July 16: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 17: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Both routes service Market Square and Gay Street in downtown Knoxville - the location of many restaurants and shopping area.

Handicapped Parking
There will be handicapped parking and shuttle service at the Civic Coliseum garages to take you directly to the Knoxville Convention Center.

Limited handicapped parking is available on a first-come basis in the Poplar Street lot, across from the convention center. Persons parking in this lot will need to walk across the pedestrian walkway to the Knoxville Convention Center.

City Garages
Parking is free at all city-owned garages after 6 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the weekend. City-owned garages include those at Locust Street, State Street, Market Square, and the Promenade. You will be able to park free at these garages (after 6 p.m.) if you are attending the evening events at the quilt show.

We are beginning to pack for the show. Are you?
See you next week in Knoxville!

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