We deleted the banquet since it was becoming impossible to provide high quality food that conformed to our (AHA's) chef's artistic goals. In addition, more attendees want to participate in the NHC awards than we had banquet hall seats. So the change to an open entry into the awards session and a closing 'happy hour' after that, should give attendees more bang for their buck and also enable everyone to plan for a night out on the town on Saturday night. I'm really excited that there is the light rail line and venues along its path.It looks like we will be ~6 blocks from the green line that runs past the University and goes to St. Paul, so walk or take a bus to the llght rail. Many of the breweries are a short walk from the green line, from what is see on Google.
The other good thing is that attendees that don't have an interest in attending the awards session, will have the opportunity to continue attending conference sessions. These late sessions will all be repeats of earlier presentations, so you won't necessarily miss anything.
Bauhaus is a little north, and is one started by a former member of the forum, he went by Pawtucket Patriot. Might drop by and say hi.