GCMAS 2013 Annual Conference
The Cincinnati area is home to a diverse range of attractions. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (www.cincinnatizoo.org) is the second-oldest zoos in the United States, and is consistently rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation. The Newport Aquarium (http://www.newportaquarium.com) was named the No. 1 aquarium in the 2012 Readers’ Choice Travel Awards from 10Best.com, and named the Best Aquarium in the Midwest by the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide. The Cincinnati Art Museum (http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org) and Taft Museum of Art (http://www.taftmuseum.org) offer galleries of classic and contemporary art. Kings Island Amusement Park (www.visitkingsisland.com) features over 80 rides, shows and attractions including 13 roller coasters and an award-winning kid’s area.

In addition to these area attractions, the following events are scheduled to take place during the 2013 GCMAS Conference. All events are within a short distance of downtown, many within walking distance of the hotel. See the event website for further details, including directions and admissions.
 In the Parks
Butterflies of Morocco

Enter the Krohn Conservatory showroom filled with the exotic Butterflies of Morocco, and these brilliantly colored, soaring works of art will be your guides as you are immersed in a spectacular feast for the senses. The sound of water flowing, bursts of colorful flowers, and alluring musical rhythms will accompany you as you stroll along the centuries old passages with their marketplaces hung with woven carpets, embroidered fabrics, sparkling jewels and carved woods. Experience the essence of Morocco— etched by nature into one of the world’s most beautiful countries—through a visit to the Butterflies of Morocco at Cincinnati’s historic Krohn Conservatory.

In the Concert Hall  
Legendary Tales at Cincinnati Music Hall (Friday, May 17)

Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex delves into Sophocles’ timeless Greek tragedy, one of the plays that Stravinsky loved most in his youth. Premiered in 1927, the work takes a more classical approach for this most dramatic story, which explores Oedipus’ fateful tale of self-discovery. This performance is part of the Cincinnati May Festival, a two-week annual choral festival whose roots go back to the 1840s.


 On the Stage
Sunset Boulevard at Cincinnati Aronoff Center for the Arts

Based on the 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Romance and tragedy follow.

Hal Holbrook Presents: Mark Twain Tonight at Cincinnati Aronoff Center for the Arts

Oscar-nominee Hal Holbrook returns in his acclaimed Tony Award-winning one-man show which celebrates the humor, satirical wit, and timeless observations of Mark Twain. For more than 50 years, Holbrook has enthralled audiences around the world with Twain's unique take on politics, culture, and the world.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents Measure for Measure

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theater company in the heart of downtown Cincinnati's Backstage district. The Company produces classics, the great works, and the works you rarely get a chance to see. These plays are the ones that have stood the test of time. In Measure for Measure, Shakespeare puts hypocritical, ethical and religious double standards on trial in a captivating and deep examination of the value of virtue.

 On the Roads
Paige’s Princess Run (5K Fun Run) -- May 18, 2013

Paige’s Princess Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing small grants to pediatric patients with life-long disabilities. Paige’s Princess Run is the foundation’s annual 5K Run/Walk held at Wyandot Elementary in Liberty Township, OH. This 5K run/walk through the adjacent neighborhoods ends at the school with a Princess-themed carnival, and proceeds benefit the occupational and physical therapy patients of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. To date, the foundation has raised $65,000 to help these patients.