2017 FCF Convention AgendaFCF HEADS TO SARASOTA FOR SUMMER FUN!
Plan your summer vacation around the 2017 FCF Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located at 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida!
Register for Convention online here.
Reserve your rooms at the Hyatt Regency Hotel here.
This feline extravaganza begins on Monday, July 24 with the teaching of two valuable continuing educational courses at the Hyatt Regency; the Basic Exotic Feline Husbandry Course, and the Wildlife Conservation Educators Course. Each course is 8 hours, beginning at 8 am. Register online for either course here.
On Tuesday, July 25, at 9 am the annual board meeting of the FCF directors is held. Members are welcome to attend and listen. Convention registration opens at 2 pm in the FCF Hospitality Suite. Drop off your donated items for the silent auction, spend the afternoon networking with old friends and new, and interact with exotic kittens on display. Enjoy libations from the cash bar followed by a delicious buffet dinner. The annual FCF membership meeting concludes the first day of convention.
Wednesday morning at 9:30 we board the bus for Big Cat Habitat, one of the premier animal attractions in Florida. We’ll have the place to ourselves in the morning and watch a special showing of their ‘edutainment” performances with the animals. This program highlights the importance of the human/animal connection and explains the differences between “animal rights” groups and “animal advocates”. Clayton Rosaire will perform with lion, tiger, and liger, demonstrating their athletic abilities and big cat sense of humor.
Big Cat Habitat is home to plenty of big and smaller felines, as well as bears, birds, primates, and petting zoo animals. Each species has specially constructed enclosures with plenty of space and enrichments. After touring the animal habitats, we’ll conclude our visit by attending the Parrots in Paradise show. Amazing parrots will display intelligence and strength in this educational talk.
Then we board the bus for our second field trip to the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum, a top rated Sarasota attraction. We’ll have two and a half hours to explore three different exhibits:
The Circus Museum is a must-see. Walk the wire. Squeeze into a clown car. Snap photos with a ferocious (faux) tiger. Thrill to it all: the parade wagons, the posters, the glittering costumes, and the cannon that shot daring performers through the air. Wonder at the must-be-seen-to-be-believed 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model and the Greatest Show on Earth Mural celebrating the entertainment that has delighted packed houses in great cities and small towns across America for generations.
Bayfront Gardens is a living treasure. Take in Mable’s Rose Garden. Enjoy the shade of majestic Banyan trees. Delight in the whimsy of the Dwarf Garden. Be refreshed by cooling breezes that blow along the Bayfront Promenade and Millennium Tree Trail.
The Ringling Museum of Art is a collection of fascinating exhibitions from around the world and classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard.
Our bus will bring us back to the hotel around 5 pm. You have the evening free to explore Sarasota, the beaches, or hang at the Hyatt’s tropical waterfall at the pool. Then make dinner plans on your own.
Thursday morning starts with educational speakers covering everything from conservation to feline husbandry. You’ll have the afternoon free to relax or take in Sarasota’s tourist attractions before we gather again Thursday evening for cocktails and banquet dinner followed by the annual fund-raiser auction, featuring donated items from FCF members and sponsors. Get out your credit card and bid!