by Marie Smith, staff writer
After the success of our 232nd Convention at the Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach last February, we were all set to return there for our 233rd Convention. However, in April we found out that the Hyatt would be under construction in February 2018.
Our first thought was, “Another search process for our diocese? We need to find a venue quickly!” Like all good Episcopalians, we began by developing a set of guidelines for the venue:
- It must be large enough to handle our meetings, serve our meals, hold our social hours, and honor our preference to host everyone under one roof.
- It needs to be comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable.
- It must be available from Thursday morning through Saturday night.
- The price must be reasonable.
Sad to say, our initial search was unsuccessful — all of the venues in southern Delaware were either too small or not available; the Embassy Suites in Newark was too small; and both the Wilmington Riverfront and Dover Downs hotels were not available.
Therefore, we broadened our search just a little bit, and we were successful in finding a venue just four miles south of the Delaware State line. With the Executive Committee’s approval, the 233rd Convention will be held at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, Maryland.
This spacious oceanfront property has a banquet hall, meeting rooms, 12 breakout rooms, and an exhibit hall for our use. The beautiful atrium, which overlooks the ocean, will be our gathering place for social hours and meals. And all of the guest rooms are suites with kitchenettes. For those hours of free time at the convention, the hotel offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three hot tubs, and a spa.
And the best news of all…the price will be less than half of the cost of past conventions! Guest rooms will be $85 per night, which includes a private breakfast buffet for convention attendees only.
Look for more information about the convention and the hotel in future issues of the Delaware Communion.