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2014 Convention FAQs

Last update:  May 22, 2014

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We have heard about the legal situation at the Crowne Plaza.  The Hotel has several options open to them ... only one of which could affect our use of the facilities.  Watch here for more information as it becomes available.

When will the Convention be held?

     August 15-16, 2014

Where will the Convention be held?

      Crowne Plaza, 5700 East 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
      Parking lot is off Foremost Drive SE, east of I-96 at Exit 43B.
          GPS - Lat 42.911706   Long -85.527322

          Call  616-957-1770  to make room reservations -
              mention Michigan Council of Square and Round Dance Clubs to get group rate.
              Trying to book online or by the 800 number may cause problems getting the group rate.
          The group rate is available to Hotel guests for three (3) days before and three (3) days
          after our Convention.

          Shuttle service is available from and to the airport and other locations within two (2)
          miles of the Hotel.

What is the parking situation?

      There are ample parking spaces around the Convention Hotel. Parking is free.
      No passes will be needed.

Getting there - TRAINS, PLANES & BUSES

      Gerald R. Ford International Airport, 5500 44th Street SE

      The following bus and train stations are all on the west side of town (near US-131) and
           at least 15 minutes from the Hotel.
      Greyhound Lines bus station, 250 Grandville Ave SW
      The Rapid bus station, 300 Ellsworth Ave SW - Grand Rapids public transportation
      Amtrak, 431 Wealthy St SW

How much will it cost to register?

      For adults over 18, for the full weekend (Fri & Sat) if registered before July 1, 2014, the cost
      is $18.00 per person.  For youth (18 & under) registered by July 1, the cost is $9.00 each.
      Partial weekend prices and those for after June 30 are shown on the Registration form.

Where can I get a Registration form?

      If you are reading this online, the front of the Registration form in PDF format can be found by returning to the main 2014 Convention page and clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.  The back of the Registration form is in the same location.

      See below for more info on camping rather than form.  Some changes have been made.

When will we be dancing?

      Thursday -- Trail End Dance - 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (casual attire acceptable)
      Friday     -- 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (casual until 6:00 p.m.)
      Saturday -- 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (proper square dance attire all day, please)
                              No After Parties

            Note:  Some times on the back of original Registration forms were wrong!!!!  Sorry.

What is "proper square dance attire"?

      Long sleeve shirts for men.
      Traditional full skirts with petticoats and pettipants or prairie skirts for women.

Will there be After Parties?

      We've decided there will be no After Parties this year due to poor attendance over the past few years.

Will Hotel guests have a free breakfast available?

      Sorry, no.  But a hot breakfast buffet will be available in the on-site restaurant for $10.95.

Will I be able to find food nearby?

      There is a restaurant inside the Hotel with reasonable prices.
      Next closest restaurants are Bagger Dave's (.2 mi) and Brann's (.3 mi), both sit-down,
           on same side of street and within walking distance.
      Qdoba, Burger King, Jimmy John's, and Tim Horton's are within 1/2 mile but across a 5 lane
           street (not recommended for walking).
      Further away but still on 28th Street and within 2 miles ... Bob Evans, McDonald's, Arby's,
           IHOP, Quaker Steak & Lube, Long Horn Steakhouse, Steak 'n Shake, Chili's, Chuck E.
           Cheese, Macaroni Grill, Red Lobster, Denny's and more.
      Maps of restaurant locations within two (2) miles of the Hotel will be provided by Experience
           Grand Rapids.  A large copy will be on display in the Information Center at the Convention for your convenience. 

Where can we shop nearby?

      For groceries and other non-specific needs ...
      Meijer grocery store is just west but across the street from the Crowne Plaza - open 24/7.
      GFS is directly across 28th St.
      Walmart is just east and across the street.  It is being remodeled and should be open 24/7
           by the time of our Convention.
      Target is on south side of 28th Street just past I-96.
      Sam's Club is less than 2 miles west on the south side of 28th Street..

      For the serious crafters ...
      Hobby Lobby is next to Sam's Club.
      Joann is about 1/2 mile further west on the north side of 28th Street.
      Michael's is just past Hobby Lobby on same side.
      Field's Fabrics have several locations.

      Gardeners ...
      Flowerland is on the north side of 28th Street less than 2 miles west of the Hotel.
      Horrock's is located at 4455 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, just off 44th Street.

      There's lots of other shopping as well.  We can't begin to name them all.

What other entertainment might be found?

      Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum, 303 Pearl Street NW
      Fred Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline NE
      White Caps Baseball (minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers)
           According to their 2014 Schedule the only home game during our Convention is
           Thursday evening.  Home games are played at Fifth Third Ballpark.
      John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton
      Grand Rapids Public Museum and Van Andel Museum Center, 272 Pearl Street NW
      Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW
      Grand Rapids Public Library, several branches
      The quilt show ( is the week after our Convention - August 20-23.

Can you give me more information about the campgrounds? 

Our Camping Advisors Erv & Pat Naber have been working with Grand Rogue Campground to make arrangements for all campers to spend their extra-curricular time together as well as on the dance floor.

Grand Rogue Campground is located at the junction of the Rogue River and the Grand River and is just a stone's throw from the White Pine Rails to Trails State Park (so bring your bikes).  See the list immediately above for other wonderful things to do in the area.

It is a family run campground that has been in business for 39 years.  The campground sits on about 75 acres.  It has nice grassy, shady sites with access to the lake and the river.  Dancers will have a section of the campground for just us so it should be a lot of fun!  There will be one other group in the campground.  They may be a group of canoers.

Price during 2013 was $36 for water and 30 amp electric hookups.  There is a bath house.  There are no full hookups, but there is a dump station.

They would like to have at least 15 units for a minimum of 2 nights.  With all the things to do in Grand Rapids, we are hoping that dancers will come a few days ahead of the convention and stay a few days after the convention.

You can (and should as soon as possible) contact the campground:
     phone:     616-942-1071 (leave a message with your phone number and Tom Briggs
                     will call you back).  This is the home phone rather than the campground
                     phone number that was given earlier.  Tom has been unable to check                      the other number regularly this winter.

     mail:       6400 West River Drive, Belmont, MI 49306

Info they will need will be type and size of your camping unit, dates of arrival and departure, your contact information and your credit card information. (All the typical stuff for making a reservation.)

If you want a flyer, contact Erv & Pat with your address and one will be mailed to you.
Erv & Pat 616-791-7897 or

Other Campgrounds

There are several other campgrounds within 20 minutes of the Crowne Plaza. If you wish to stay at any of them, you should get your reservations in immediately as they fill up well before summer. Some may already have all the reservations they can accept.

The Indian Valley Campground (listed on the back of the Registration form) is on the Thornapple River. The sites are crowded and the campground is very hilly. Most of the lots will accommodate units up to 30 ft long. Rates in 2013 were $28-$35 per night. Most sites have water and electric and a few are full hookup. It is approximately 12.5 miles from the Crowne Plaza but travel time is about 18 minutes.

Woodchip Campground (also listed on the back of the Registration form) is a nice campground. They are 19 miles from the Crowne and travel time is about 19 minutes. It is more of an "intown" type of campground.

Tyler Creek Campground has nice grassy campsites and a golf course. They are out in the country. The campground is for sale so they are making no promises that they'll be open in 2014. They are 19 miles from the Crowne Plaza and travel time is about 19 minutes. They have water and electric. Rates in 2013 were $30-$35.

I would like to place an ad in the Program book.  Who should I contact?

      Advertising Chair - Rich and Marie Kolbe
      e-mail -
      or call 231-873-3524

Who should I contact if my question is not here or if I need a better answer?

      General Chair - Joe & Suellen Walker
      e-mail -
      or call 231-946-7197