New for 2019 …
For 2019, the traditional Friday evening Welcome Reception will be held at the Airport Clarion Inn, not a nearby hotel. This brings us closer to our ultimate goal of holding HD&F in one location. Also, the special HD&F hotel rate is now guaranteed through the 31st because of several attendees’ requests to stay over the Sunday following the event for sightseeing or to visit friends in the region.
Vendor space has also sold out!
Why is there so little mention of the hotel on the mail-in conference registration form … and none at all in on-line registration?
Reserving a room at the hotel is separate from Conference registration. You must make your own reservation, but do not use the chain’s (800) number. Instead, please call the Clarion Inn directly at its local number, (937) 832-1234. Mention HD&F when making your reservation to receive the special discount rate, unchanged since 2016, of $89 per night plus tax. (Unfortunately, the tax has risen by .25% this year.) One improvement for 2019 is that the Clarion Inn has guaranteed our rates from 29 through 31 March. This was in response to several requests from attendees who wanted to stay over the Sunday after HD&F for sightseeing or to visit friends in the region. If you have not already obtained a room, please do so soon. As of 5 March the Clarion Inn is almost sold out. There are several other hotels nearby, but they are all at least a short walk distant.
I went to the hotel's Web site and noticed that rooms are sometimes available at a lower price than HD&F's guaranteed rates. Why?
At times because of special promotions, you may indeed reserve rooms at lower rates. However, such reservations usually are nonrefundable. (Read the fine print.) If you reserve a room at the HD&F rate and later ﬁnd you cannot attend, you may cancel your reservation until noon of the day you would have arrived. Of course, notify the hotel of cancellations as quickly as possible.
Exactly what does my registration fee include?
Why is there an “early bird” discount?
People who register early help us better to plan for HD&F. We return the favor with an “early bird” discount. That discount will expire on 15 March 2019. The price of the Banquet, however, will remain the same.
I have never purchased anything on line. Will you guide me through the process?
Do members of THE AGRA TREASURERS of Dayton and the nearby TANKERVILLE CLUB of Cincinnati receive discounts? Do HD&F staff get in free?
We shamelessly borrow most of the following wording from our friends at A Scintillation of Scions: HOLMES, DOYLE, & FRIENDS is a fan-run event. All involved with managing HD&F are volunteers, and pay their own undiscounted registration fees, unless they are also speakers. Proceeds from registration are used to cover conference expenses (including maintenance of our Web site). The Tankerville Club of Cincinnati does indeed rafﬂe off admissions to two lucky Tankervillains (sorry, we couldn’t resist that!), but the Club purchases those admissions. The only discount offered is the one for early registration, which expires on March 15.
A preliminary 2019 Program will be posted by March 16.
As of 5 March, the hotel has also almost sold out. Please obtain a room soon. See “Frequently Asked Questions,” toward the bottom of this page.
Registered too late? Please notify Ann Siefker (see the Contact Us tab, or use the ”snail mail“ address on your Registration Form). If you’ve registered on line, your credit card can be credited with a refund, minus Pay Pal’s fee, which is about 3% of what you charged. If you registered by mail, Ann can return your cheque or money order, minus a charge for postage, or simply tear it up — free!
The “Helpful Details” document covers such things as the airport shuttle, driving directions, nearby churches and restaurants, local weather, and sightseeing. It has been updated for 2019.