2012 03/31 George Hrab: American God (at House on the Rock)

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For our nearly-annual hosting of George Hrab, we’re going to do something a little different, this year…hopefully a gathering of the Midwestern skeptical tribes at a classic of Midwestern tourist destinations, House on the Rock. Saturday, March 31-Sunday, April 1st in Spring Green, WI.

Saturday will be planned for a tour of House on the Rock. I wish the website were better. It’s an extended museum(?) of antiques, faux antiques, interesting objects, optical illusions, giant carousels (okay…just one giant carousel), music machines, architectural interest, roadside attraction that played a central role in Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”.

Saturday night will be George Hrab’s concert at the House on the Rock Resort nearby. (Do I wish I could arrange a concert with him playing while revolving on the giant carousel? Well, yes. But this is a fine second choice.) Appetizers included, cash bar. And Geo! Yay!

For those of you who don’t know George Hrab, some links for you:

The Geologic Podcast: Episode #254
The Assumption: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtiUdF4sGY0
Far: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF2HG1PVZok
Skeptic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncUDa6JCHk8
God is not Great:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orqBWCOZOGo

 

The House on the Rock Resort
400 Springs Drive, Spring Green, WI 53588

For those who do stay overnight, a fun Sunday excursion might be Cave of the Mounds, which is about a half hour from House on the Rock, and where I first learned the difference between stalactites and stalagmites as a wee child.

Ticket price for Geo is $20 with a very generous sliding scale for those who can’t afford that (i.e. if you can’t afford it, let me know…seriously); tour cost for House on the Rock is $22.50 (that’s just what it costs…subsidies may be available); lodging for those staying over Sat to Sun looks like it’ll cost somewhere between $45-$115 depending on what you want.

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Hotel Options:

The House on the Rock Resort
(You won’t have to leave the resort after the concert)
608-588-7000
$115 for king or double queen conference pricing (tell them it’s for the George Hrab concert, but check on the website for better pricing – have seen rates down to $108, hotel + House on the Rock tour $122.00.

Spring Green Motel
(keep expectations to a minimum, I’m guessing)
608-588-2141
one bed, one person  $45  one bed, two people $55
two beds $65

The Usonian Inn
608-588-2323
rates from $60-$135
(likely on the low end, as this should still be ‘off-season’)

Round Barn Lodge
(seems like a potentially nifty place)
608-588-2100
standard or deluxe $68.50
suite $96.00

Jairus Durnett is also getting together a group of people to rent a cabin..check on the Chicago Skeptics Group page on Facebook.

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