2009 Conference Buzz

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Announcements From the Organizers

Does Anybody Want To...?


  • Breakfast Tuesday - Thursday is continental (pastry, bagels, fruit). If you want something more substantial the Temple Restaurant in the hotel serves breakfast starting at 6am.
  • Lunch is provided on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lunch options on other days:
    • Renaissance area
      • Temple (in the hotel - macaroni & cheese is yummy)
      • Providence Place Mall - The Mall is just down the hill from the Renaissance (exit the hotel and turn right down the hill). You can check out the Apple store while you're there.
        • Street Level (Francis St): Napa Valley Grille (upscale, local seasonal), Cheesecake Factory, Joe's American Bar & Grill, Fire + Ice
        • Food Court (Level 3): Cathay Cathay, Charley's Grilled Subs, Gourmet India, Johnny Rocket's, Pizzera Regina, Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits, Surf and Turf, Taco Bell, Subway
        • Best Kept Secret: Cafe Nordstrom (inside Nordstrom's, level 3)
        • Entertainment Level (above food court): Dave & Buster's (adult arcade with food)
    • Brown Campus area - Thayer St. vicinity - a few Ground Crew recommendations, but there are many others
      • Quick: Au Bon Pain (233 Thayer), Meeting Street Cafe (220 Meeting St), East Side Pockets (278 Thayer)
      • Sit down: Paragon (234 Thayer), Kartabar (284 Thayer)
      • Ethnic: Kabob & Curry (Indian, 261 Thayer), Andreas (Greek, 268 Thayer), Phonatic (Asian, 165 Angell)
      • Coffee shops: Starbucks (218 Thayer), Brown Bookstore Cafe (244 Thayer), Blue State Coffee (300 Thayer)

Dinner Plans

  • Sunday & Monday

If your travel plans include arriving in Providence on Sunday or Monday, you may want to hook up with other code4libbers for dinner. We suggest that you go to the lobby fireplace to identify like-minded souls at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm. We will point out a few nearby restaurants for your consideration, including the hotel's Temple Restaurant (http://www.temple-downtown.com/).

  • Tuesday & Wednesday

We're expecting some kind-of-organized group dining options, possibly with signups in the registration area. Watch this spot for more details.

Things To Do: Monday

If you have the time and inclination on Monday, you may want to head up College Hill, about 1 mile, to see historic Benefit Street, visit the Brown campus or go to lunch on Thayer Street. If so, you can walk or take advantage of shuttles we’ve arranged for the pre-conferences (but please give priority to pre-conference attendees).

  • 7:45 am – 9:45 pm
  • 11:45 am – 1:45 pm
  • 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Things To Do: Saturday-Friday

all are easily walkable from the Renaissance

Divine Providence

  • Seeing the Sites
  • History
  • Trivia

Ground Crew Contacts

Please feel free to contact us about anything, any time, between now and the end of the conference.

  • Birkin James Diana, birkin_diana@brown.edu, cell 401-378-8246
  • Bonnie Buzzell, bonnie_buzzell@brown.edu, cell 401-487-0245
  • Jean Rainwater, jean_rainwater@brown.edu, cell 401-241-0098