Next Stop: Nashville
Ground Transportation:Make your way downtown to the Sheraton via taxi (flat rate of $25 to the downtown area, plus an additional passenger charge of $1 to the same destination), shuttle or rental car.
Get around Nashville with a special rate from Uber. Enter code SPARKLETWAANG for a free ride up to $20. (Code is for new users only.)
Put your Papers on Display
c/o Heritage Expo
2620 Brick Church Pike
Nashville, TN 37207
**If you plan to bring your papers with you to the Convention, let us know so we can hold a spot for you.
Sales Track Kicks Off at 10:30 a.m. on July 10
Somebody Mentioned Hot Chicken?
Gwyneth Paltrow GOOPed it. The Arcade Fire dug it. Patton Oswalt begged for it during his brief Nashville stay. The Food Network and the Travel Channel have profiled it. Even Thomas Keller, the world-renowned chef of French Laundry fame, accompanied The Tennessean's Jennifer Justus on a hot-chicken run earlier this year. On the FX series Justified, set in Kentucky, the lanky lawman played by Timothy Olyphant brokered a hostage standoff at a prison. Among the terms under discussion: an order of Nashville hot chicken.
The South is studded with regional specialties -- shrimp and grits in the coastal Low Country, chopped pork barbecue in North Carolina, the Mississippi slugburger -- that locals revere with an intensity usually reserved for sports teams. But there's something unique about Nashville's hometown delicacy, a variation on Southern fried chicken fortified with a gunpowdery pepper bang. With its tongue-scorching ratio of pleasure to pain, it's as much a dare as a dinner.
Penny Muse Abernathy Keynote, July 11
Sheraton Nashville Cut-off Date June 13!
AAN Member Registration Special
AAN Heads to Nashville for 2014 Annual Convention
"Nashville is a happening town and getting press from all over the country as one of the best destinations to visit and an 'it city'-but we've known this for years," said Nashville Scene publisher Mike Smith. "Along with our sister SouthComm papers, the Nashville Scene is super excited to bring our AAN friends to town to show them what all the ruckus is about. The city's lively food and music scene and rich culture will provide a great back drop to the dynamic programming and parties we're putting together for the AAN conference and where we'll ask you, 'What would Dolly do?'"
Full program details will be announced in the weeks ahead. But you are free to save these dates on your calendar right now, at this very second. Do it now. And we'll see you in Nashville this summer.