Save the date now for the 2017 Convention September 13-17 at the Charleston Marriott in lovely Charleston, SC!
Experience true southern hospitality and innovation at its finest at the Charleston Marriott. Its location overlooking the Ashley River offers easy access to beautiful downtown Charleston. Elegant and charming guest rooms welcome you with bright, vibrant colors, and plenty of space to relax and enjoy all that Charleston has to offer.
Discover the downtown luxury accommodation located near top attractions like the South Carolina Aquarium, the Citadel and endless historical landmarks.
It boasts 50,000 square feet of gorgeous, flexible event space, making it unique from other Charleston, luxury hotels.
This luxury hotel features spacious guest rooms, on-site dining and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Charleston Executive Airport (KJZI)
Located on Johns Island, close to Charleston and Kiawah Island, Atlantic Aviation is where beauty, convenience and world- class service intersect. If you plan to spend time away from the Charleston Executive Airport base, we’re happy to provide our favorite restaurant or golf course recommendations and even make reservations for you. We pride ourselves on offering first-class customer service by anticipating and meeting your every need. Touchdown at Atlantic Aviation Johns Island and we’ll show you what we mean – it’s what we love to do.
Friday Night Dinner on the USS Yorktown
Under construction as Bon Homme Richard, this new Essex-class carrier was renamed Yorktown in honor of Yorktown (CV-5), sunk at the epic Battle of Midway (June 1942). Built in an amazing 16-½ months at Newport News, Virginia, Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943, and participated significantly in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation, and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Much of the Academy Award-winning (1944) documentary “The Fighting Lady” was filmed on board Yorktown.
In the 1950’s, Yorktown was modified with the addition of an angled deck to better operate jet aircraft in her role as an attack carrier (CVA). In 1958, Yorktown was designated an anti-submarine aircraft carrier (CVS), and would later earn 5 battle stars for service off Vietnam (1965-1968). The ship also recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule (December 1968). Yorktowm was decommissioned in 1970 and placed in reserve; and in 1975, was towed from Bayonne, NJ to Charleston to become the centerpiece of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
MMOPA Pre-Convention Tour
The South Carolina Aquarium opened on May 19, 2000 on the historic Charleston Harbor. It is home to more than ten thousand plants and animals including North American river otters, loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, great blue herons, hawks, owls, lined seahorses, jellyfish, pufferfish, green moray eels, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, pythons, and sharks. The largest exhibit in the Aquarium is the Great Ocean Tank, which extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium; it holds more than 385,000 US gallons of water and contains more than seven hundred animals. The Aquarium also features a Touch Tank, where patrons may touch horseshoe crabs, Atlantic stingrays, and other marine animals.
The Aquarium, jutting out 200 feet (61 m) into the Charleston Harbor, offers a state-of-the-art environmental learning center that encompasses the entire spectrum of the Southeast Appalachian Watershed as found in South Carolina: The Mountain Forest, the Piedmont, the Coastal Plain, the Coast, and the Ocean. In March 2011 the Aquarium reopened the renovated Salt Marsh exhibit which features a feed the stingray experience. In the spring of 2012, the Aquarium opened a new exhibit in the changing exhibit space called “Madagascar Journey” featuring ring-tailed lemurs on loan from the Duke Primate Center, tomato frogs, and a Nile crocodile.
Following the aquarium you will enjoy lunch at a great restaurant in downtown Charleston. After lunch you will have the opportunity to enjoy a horse and buggy tour of the town.
MMOPA Companion's Tour - Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations, having been continuously growing and producing crops for over three centuries. Once known for cotton and pecans, they still actively producing strawberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins, as well as many other fruits and vegetables for visitors to enjoy. The U-Pick fields are open in season. The agricultural arm of the plantation today is known as Boone Hall Farms.
Boone Hall Farms Market, located close by to the planation on Hwy. 17 North in Mt. Pleasant, is the main modern market which is open year round and carries produce grown right on the farm in season. The market also features a market cafe with a diverse menu, fresh local seafood, a Lowcountry Butcher Shoppe, a wine alley, a flower and gift department, Boone Hall label jams, jellies, and sauces.
Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone came to Charleston and established a lucrative plantation and gracious home on the banks of Wampacheone Creek. The family and descendants of Major Boone were influential in the history of South Carolina, the colonies and the nation. The McRae family is proud to present that history, covering over 330 years, on a daily basis.
After Boone Hall Plantation you will enjoy lunch at a great restaurant in downtown Charleston. After lunch you will have some time to enjoy shopping downtown.
2016 Convention Recap
Below are a few of the presentations and resources from the 2016 Fly-In Convention in New Orleans, along with the 2016 Brochure to give anyone thinking about attending in the future an idea of what to expect. More resources and some academic presentations from the 2014 and 2015 Conventions are also available farther below.