The 2018 Fall Fest Accounting Conference is almost here! There’s going to be a lot of moving parts – 400 attendees, 45 classes, 13 vendors and even an illusionist when you least expect it – so the SCACPA staff compiled this guide to make sure you’ve got a head start on knowing where to go Nov. 15-16.
THE FALL FEST BROCHURE
You can see the complete itinerary and a floorplan of our space at the Columbia Marriott here: https://www.scacpa.org/wp-content/uploads/FALLFESTMaterials/Fall-Fest-Brochure-_Complete.pdf
PARKING AT THE COLUMBIA MARRIOTT
First things first. While we’re excited to gather at the Columbia Marriott, those who are driving to downtown Columbia to attend will likely need to park their vehicle in a parking garage.
For those who are staying overnight at the Columbia Marriott or have reservations with the overflow room block at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown, please consult those hotels for your options for valet parking or Sumter Street garage parking.
For those driving in but who only need day parking, there are these options. We are giving you details of multiple parking lots so that you have options for each evening when attendees will be leaving at the same time as those who work 9-5 in the area:
Sumter Street City Parking Garage (1400 Sumter Street) is a 24/7 City of Columbia lot with a $10 per-day maximum. You will be issued a ticket as you drive in and pay as you exit. Walking directions: The Sumter Street garage is on the same block as the Columbia Marriott (see here).
PJ Cannon City Parking Garage (1227 Taylor Street) only has parking on its first level, and you pay at a machine in advance for the day. It is a 24/7 City of Columbia lot with a $10 daily maximum. Walking directions: The Cannon garage is one block north of the Columbia Marriott (4- to 5-minute walk). Walk south on Sumter Street, then turn right on Hampton Street (see here).
Lady Street City Parking Garage (1100 Lady Street) is a 24/7 City of Columbia lot with a $10 per-day maximum. You will be issued a ticket as you drive in and pay as you exit. Parking tips: This is one of the city’s busiest garages, expect for open, unreserved spots to become available at the fourth or fifth level up. Walking directions: The Lady Street garage is one-third of a mile from the Columbia Marriott (approx. 6-minute walk). Walk east toward Main Street, then north toward Hampton Street (see here).
Lincoln Street City Parking Garage (820 Washington Street) is a 24/7 City of Columbia lot with a $10 per-day maximum. You will be issued a ticket as you drive in and pay as you exit. Walking directions: The Lincoln Street garage is a half-mile from the Columbia Marriott (approx. 9-minute walk). Walk east toward Main Street, then north toward Hampton Street (see here).
The Meridian Parking Deck (1232 Washington Street) is a privately owned lot with a $10 maximum daily rate. IMPORTANT: The garage’s rolling doors close at 7 p.m., after which you will not be able to drive your car out. Walking directions: The Meridian Parking Deck is one block south of the Columbia Marriott (3-minute walk). Walk north up Main Street where there will be an entrance to the hotel lobby, or turn right on Hampton Street for the main entrance (see here).
Where not to park: Taylor Street City Garage (1600 Assembly St.) is an assigned-space parking lot and only has hourly meters on its first floor.
Also, the parking garage directly across the street from the Columbia Marriott at 1501 Sumter Street is the property of Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital (see here). Tickets for this garage are only issued to hospital visitors, and thus is unavailable for Fall Fest parking.
THE MAP FOR FALL FEST AT THE COLUMBIA MARRIOTT
Click here to full the full map of Fall Fest 2018
JOIN THE DISCUSSION AT SCACPA CONNECT
When you log in to SCACPA Connect, those who are registered for Fall Fest can see profiles for attendees and speakers. Click on “2018 Fall Fest Accounting Conference” under My Courses and share your voice!
FALL FEST SWAG
We want you to take home some fun souvenirs from your time at Fall Fest. Here is a list of the many different pieces of SCACPA-branded merchandise available for the taking, and here are the rules and activities to rack up as many points as you can!
FALL FEST SILENT AUCTION
This will be taking place all day Thursday (including during Entertainment Night), with final bids due by the end of Friday’s lunch. Bid early and often! Proceeds will benefit the SCACPA Educational Fund and CPA-PAC.
This event follows Thursday’s full slate of Fall Fest CPE, but you don’t have to attend the conference to join us. All SCACPA members are welcome to attend for free – and be sure to bring friends, because your first guest’s attendance is free while each additional guest can attend for only $20. You can look forward to comradery through food, drink, music, trivia, casino-style games (sorry, no cash prizes, just bragging rights) and a giant Jenga tower.
With a co-hosting hand lent by the Central Chapter, you can have a chance to be one of the winners of prizes including an Apple iPad 9.7 128G Space Gray, Nintendo Switch package of a console and three games, a Netgear Orbi Home WIFI system, a YETI cooler, an Irobot Roomba 980 Vacuum and gift cards.
Every Entertainment Night attendee will receive one raffle ticket for these door prizes. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $1 each, and the proceeds will benefit the SCACPA Educational Fund and CPA-PAC.
ENTERTAINMENT NIGHT DETAILS: https://www.scacpa.org/fall-fest-entertainment-night-has-food-games-prizes/
TRIBUTE TO MCROY SKIPPER
Thursday’s luncheon will include a memorial for Past President H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA. If you would like to contribute, please contact Lisa McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT RECOGNITION LUNCHEON
Last year, the SCACPA Educational Fund bestowed $43,000 to exceptional college students from around the state who plan to pursue careers in accounting. Here’s a chance for you to meet some of the future faces of the profession at Friday’s luncheon.
Meet a Board Member and find out how to get involved in 2019!
MORE TO COME
Keep an eye on SCACPA social media, our Current Assets newsletter, your email inbox and this space for more developments.