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FUTURE EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2017 AND BEYOND

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET - December 3
Always a fun filled and well attended event drawing upwards of 150 people. Once again our annual holiday season party will be held on Sunday afternoon at Weilhammer Hall at Nativity Parish in southeast Indianapolis. The event will be catered so advance reservations will be necessary. A reservation form will be mailed to you in late September along with your annual dues notice. At the banquet we will recognize winners of the Annual Achievement awards and new 25 year members.

HISTORIC PHILADELPHIA AND FLOWER SHOW - March 7-9, 2018
This trip is being planned in conjunction with the Philadelphia Flower Show which runs March 3-11, 2018. Join us for three days of hiking (Thursday and Friday downtown Philadelphia sites, Saturday at Valley Forge National Historical Park). A block of twenty rooms has been reserved for the hiking club at Residence Inn Marriott City Center, One East Penn Square, Philadelphia 19107. They are all studio suites: 1 queen bed + 1 sofa bed, kitchenette, breakfast included. The rate is $169 p/day tax not included. Valet parking fee is $53.90/day. Other parking options: ABM Parking (parking lot is behind hotel) - $36 p/day, located at 1301 Market Street, Philadelphia 19107. For those people making their own lodging, there are many options. Most hikes will begin at the Residence Inn Marriott location (One East Penn Square) which is located 3/10 mile from Suburban Station (www.septa.org). If you do make your own lodging, keep in mind that hotels are filling up quickly due to the flower show. Guests may call 800-331-3131 and reference the Indianapolis Hiking Club Room Block at the Philadelphia Center City Residence Inn by Marriott to make their reservations at the group rate. 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show - Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. The day and time of your visit is to be determined by each individual. Plan to attend a pre-trip meeting on Wednesday, October 11; see write up in this schedule on October 11. Leaders: Stephen Tarr (317-733-1622) and Susan Sievers (317-513-5239)

WINTER WEEKEND AT SPRING MILL STATE PARK - March 16-18, 2018
We will be returning to Spring Mill State Park for our 2018 late winter weekend. To make your room reservations call the DNR central reservations number at 877-563-4371. Our group code for Spring Mill Inn is 31618 I. Rates are: double-double $101.91 w/tax; 2 queen beds $123.19 w/tax; king room $123.19 w/tax. Our block of rooms will be released February 16, 2018. Hikes are planned for Saturday AM & PM and Sunday AM. For questions or further information, please contact Mary Ann Layman at 317-346-1802 or e-mail at malayman@earthlink.net.

21st ANNUAL SMOKY MOUNTAINS LONG WEEKEND – April 12-14, 2018
Mark your calendar for the annual Club trip to Smoky Mountains National Park. It's not too early to make your room reservations in Gatlinburg, TN. Some suggestions are Riverhouse at the Park (865-436-2070), Bearskin Lodge on the River (across the street from Riverhouse) (865-430-4330) and Carr's Cottages & Motel (865-436-4836). Contact Jim Shoufler at 317-697-0744 if you have any questions.