This Timeline is an outline of events during the entire span of the meetup, and will be updated with more specific times and events over time, based on input from surveys and suggestions. Please feel free to comment/suggest anything by emailing to Suggestions@avatarmeet.com.
(All events subject to change)
The pre-meet part of AvatarMeet 2013 is taking part in Washington D.C. This is a very informal part of the event and people to explore as they wish. However, to give a bit of structure for those would like to do things together the following is suggested as a way of easing ourselves into Pandora!
There are no planned evening events, but there are many sights and sounds of DC worth exploring: White house, Lincoln Memorial, Pointy thing (Washington Monument), Capitol Hill etc. More information at http://washington.org
Meals can be wherever you want to eat, there will be no large clan meals. If large groups do form then restaurants will need to be contacted prior to landing on their doorstep, but that can be sorted on the day. Some dining options are online here: http://washington.org/find-dc-listings/restaurants
The pre-meet schedule is very loose and you don't have to join in, you can do what you want, but this is a plan for people to hag their hats on if they want to do things together.
Monday July 22:
- Informal "Pre-Meet" in Washington D.C.
- Suggestion: AM: Visit the National Air and Space Museum http://airandspace.si.edu.
- Suggestion: PM: Visit the National Museum of the American Indian http://nmai.si.edu (which is next door) and if time allows the Botanical Gardens (which is next door to that)
- Suggestion: Visit Washington Zoo for the day. http://nationalzoo.si.edu
- Transit from D.C. to Shenandoah - More information...
- AvatarMeet 2013 in Shenandoah National Park - Big Meadows Campsite & Lodge
- Evening: Welcome campfire - group camp site
- 10:00 AM: Depart camp by car for an 11:00 AM group tour at Luray Caverns - More information...
- Afternoon: Group walk/hike
- Possible Na'vi 101 refresher lesson, T.B.D
- 10:00 AM: Na'vi 102 lesson with Karyu Pawl - Big Meadows Lodge - More information...
- 6:00 PM: Avatar screening - Big Meadows Lodge - More information...
- Cosplay day
- Group walk/hike
- Evening: Last evening campfire - group camp site
- Transit from Shenandoah to D.C. - More information...
(Friday July 26, 11:00 AM - Luray Caverns)The Luray Caverns are a local attraction featuring a 1 hour tour along well lit paved walkways through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high. There are enormous chambers that are filled with towering columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools. In this subterranean wonderland, you may be able to hear rocks sing as you experience the haunting sounds of the world's largest musical instrument, The Great Stalacpipe Organ. Completely unique are the beautiful tones created by this one-of-a-kind instrument, which makes music of concert quality from the surrounding stalactite formations covering more than three acres.
Despite the warm summer weather outside, due to being located underground that the temperature inside the caverns is uniformly 54°F (12°C) and therefore be sure to dress accordingly.
We have a group rate of $15.50 admission per person, assuming there are at least 20 of us going. If there are less than 20 of us, the price is $24 per person. We have to pay as a group, so please be prepared with cash to pay to the AvatarMeet planning team who will pay the group entrance charge.
We will depart the campsite in the same vehicles as we arrived in at 10:00 AM for the 1 hour drive to the caverns for our 11:00 AM tour. The round trip will unexpectedly take about 4 hours, and provides an opportunity to stop in the town of Luray for any supplies you might need to pick up, depending on the driver of you vehicle!
Should the weather forecast for Sunday look wet, we'll move Cosplay to Friday and the Luray Caverns tour to Sunday. It doesn't rain under ground.
More information about the Luray Caverns can be found at their website: http://luraycaverns.com
(Saturday July 27, 10:00 AM - Big Meadows Lodge)We are very excited to announce that linguist Professor Paul Frommer, creator of the Na'vi language, will be joining us again for AvatarMeet 2013!
The plan is for the main class to be a "102" level intermediate class, building on the Na'vi class at AvatarMeet 2012. The lesson will assume a basic understanding of the Na’vi language, however there will also be a short "101" level refresher class for those who feel they could use a little more sänume! You can watch the entire 101 class from AvatarMeet 2012 here. You can of course also check out the myriad of resources over at LearnNavi.org.
To sign up to attend the Na'vi lesson, simply edit your AvatarMeet.com profile and indicate your level of proficiency by answering the "Would you like to attend a Na'vi language class?" question. You will show as signed up on the Roll Call list and you'll know you have your space reserved for this exciting opportunity! Space may be limited, so sign up today!
(Saturday July 27, 6:00 PM - Big Meadows Lodge)It's not AvatarMeet without a screening of Avatar; we'll be hosting a special private screening on Saturday evening in the Lodge!
To enter the screening, you'll need to be registered on AvatarMeet.com as attending the 2013 meetup.