2018 HEDS Annual Conference Optional Events
Sunday, June 17
Sunday Night Welcome Reception
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
No Charge for Conference Attendees/Friends & Family – $25 per person
We invite registered attendees and their prepaid guests to the Sunday night welcome reception. Expect to meet HEDS board members, HEDS Director Charlie Blaich, HEDS staff members, and plenty of colleagues from a variety of institutions. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. The event is free to attendees registered for the conference, and we encourage everyone to come. Please indicate your interest on the online registration form. If you would like to bring a family member or friend with you, the fee is $25 for each of your guests
Dinner at Mizuna Restaurant & Wine Bar
Preregistration Required/$55.00 per person
Limited to 40 participants
Considered one of Spokane’s finest restaurants, Mizuna offers a dynamic seasonal menu featuring the best of fresh, local, organic northwest ingredients. They are situated in the heart of downtown in a charming turn-of-the-century building with tall brick walls, wood floors, warm lighting, marble tables, and modern fixtures. Mizuna’s enchanting environment has been a warm and welcoming refuge to locals and visitors alike. Unpretentious, knowledgeable staff buzz with warmth and enthusiasm, making the entire dining experience memorable and fun.
Mizuna’s Team of Chefs utilize local organic farmers, fresh fish, and the highest-quality organic and hormone-free meats. Guests with special dietary needs find comfort in knowing they have many tantalizing options available to them and that their food is always prepared with creativity and care.
Participants will order their meals when they arrive at Mizuna, where they may choose an entrée of steak, fish, or vegetarian. The meal will include iced tea or coffee, a salad with bread, entrée, and dessert, as well as all tax and gratuities. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased for an additional charge. Mizuna’s full bar features a distinctive, well respected wine list and premium spirits prepared with care and balance.
If you would like to attend, you may sign up and pay for the dinner on our online registration form. Your family members and friends are welcome to come as well.
Monday, June 18
The optional outings offered on Monday evening require preregistration. Please indicate your interest and submit your payment on the conference registration form. Because the timing of these events overlap, you will only be able to register for one of these outings. Family members and friends are welcome.
Downtown Spokane Historic Walking Tour
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
$15 per person
Learn about the Native Americans, early fur traders, and pioneers who settled along the Spokane River. See the former Expo’ 74 site, now Riverfront Park and view the Spokane Falls. Take the Sculpture Walk through the park to see a wide variety of commissioned art by local artists. As you walk through downtown, your guide will tell you about the architects and point out ornate details on the buildings they created after the Great Fire of 1889. Learn about the Great Fire, who these buildings were originally built for, and how they have been repurposed today. Listen to some interesting and colorful stories about Spokane in the late 1800’s, when it was a wild town catering to the miners from the nearby Silver Valley.
A professional local tour guide will conduct this walking tour, which departs from the Lobby of the DoubleTree Hotel at 5:30 p.m. and ends back at the hotel at approximately 7:30 p.m. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The approximately 1.5-mile walking tour will take place rain or shine. Ticket price excludes gratuity.
Liquid Entrepreneurs: A Winery & A Brewery Walking/Tasting Tour
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
$26 per person
The craft brewery and boutique winery scene is exploding in Spokane and this tour shows you why. The first stop is Black Label Brewing Company, located in the Saranac Commons. They take the craft of brewing beer to the next level by producing as many ingredients in our beers as possible. Meet the brewers, tour the production area, and taste some of their award-winning creations. You will be amazed at what goes into making a craft beer. The tour also includes the Saranac Commons, fashioned after Melrose Market in Seattle, converting an old garage to a public market. Don’t miss the glass bottle art overhead and the heart-warming story behind it. You’ll visit the Nectar Tasting Room, where the owner has taken a social media presence to a brick and mortar tasting room. Hear his story and taste the featured Washington wine there. The owner searches the state looking for the best wineries, then brings them to Spokane each month. With over 900 wineries in Washington State, there are a lot to choose from!
Attendees must be at least 21 years old, so bring your photo I.D.
A professional local tour guide will conduct this walking tour, which departs from the Lobby of the DoubleTree Hotel at 5:30 p.m. and ends back at the hotel at approximately 7:30 p.m. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The approximately 1-mile walking tour will take place rain or shine. Ticket price includes wine and beer tastings, but excludes gratuity.