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FPA 2024 Annual Meeting Optional Activities

  • 05/17/2024
  • 05/21/2024
  • Huntsville, AL



FPA 2024 Annual Meeting 
Huntsville, Alabama
May 17-21, 2024

This is only for the optional activities. Registration for the 69th Annual Meeting, can be found HERE.

Optional Activities
Registration for optional activities will open in March and will include:
- Art Journals & tours with Sherry Fanning (Saturday)
- Lowe Mill Outdoor Market (Saturday)
- Abstract Art Class (Sunday)
- Shooting Range (Sunday)
- US Veterans Memorial Museum (Sunday)
- Huntsville Botanical Garden (Monday)
- NASA Tour & US Space & Rocket Center (Tuesday)

In addition to the paid activities above, we are organizing a morning stretching/mobility class for the Right Front Seaters at the hotel, as well as a Monday afternoon outing to Clinton Row shops in downtown Huntsville.

Art Journals & Tours with Sherry Fanning
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 9:00am - 11:30am (at the Embassy Suites)
Price: $40/each

Create an art journal with Sherry Fanning, local Huntsville artist and wife of Dr. John Fanning, the Program Chair for the 2024 Annual Meeting. Sherry will create a beautiful art journal for you to embellish and make your own during this 2.5 hour art session. Light snacks will be provided. Sherry will be available for the rest of the week to continue to work on your journal together and be your personal tour guide for Huntsville (Lowe Mill & Clinton Row).

Lowe Mill Outdoor Market
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 12:45pm - 3:45pm
Price: $20/each

Transportation and grab-n-go snacks will be provided to the Lowe Mill Outdoor Market and you will have time to explore the shops, art studios, community garden and grab a bite at Lowe Mill as well as enjoy the outdoor market.

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the largest privately owned arts facility in the United States. With a focus on visual arts, this huge historic factory building has been redeveloped into 152 working studios for over 200 artists and makers, 7 galleries, a theatre, community garden, and performance venues. 

Each Saturday from May - October, over 60 vendors from all over the area present their finest products, whether made-by-hand, second-hand or made by the earth at the Outdoor Market.

Art with Matices De Colores Arts
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Price: $35/each (reduced price)

Awakenings…Let the Adventures Begin!

This is the time to Awaken our inner artist. Whether you are a budding artist, or someone who has avoided painting for a variety of reasons, this is your time to experiment, experience & laugh with friends. Rossina leads us step by step as we create a unique piece of art, ready to take home immediately (fits in the suitcase). She delightfully discusses techniques, colors, art composition, balance, focal points, & connecting with our experiences as we laugh, chat & enjoy the process. Drinks & light snacks will be available while we create & “express ourselves”. An enjoyable way to start the day, you will be so glad that you participated. Click here to learn more about Matices De Colored Arts. You can also check-out this video of one of her classes.

US Veterans Memorial Museum
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Time: 12:45pm - 3:00pm

Price: $25/each

Join us for a 

private tour of the US Veterans Memorial Museum. Tour includes transportation, snacks & museum tour. The Veterans Memorial Museum, operated by the Alabama Center of Military History, is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women. The emphasis is on participants of World War I and subsequent conflicts, whose survivors and families can use the Museum facilities to reminisce on their own experiences and those of parents, grandparents, and other close relatives. The Museum displays more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, as well as tableaus, artifacts, and other memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War. 
This is located next to the Shooting Range so you can do both activities!

Bullet & Barrel Indoor Shooting Range
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Time: 3:15pm - 5:00pm

Price: $80/each
Minimum: 15 guests needed

If you are an expert shot or you’ve never held a gun before, this is your chance to try shooting in a safe, clean, and well supervised location. The owner, a local neurosurgeon, has created a location that is “uptown” to practice your expert skills in a great range or for a novice to try something unique in a non-intimidating environment. Experienced Range Officers will be there to guide you through the experience to meet your needs and expectations.

We visited this facility twice before making this recommendation. This is not a macho place, rather an environment where you can try something you may have always wondered….what’s the attraction?

For the more experienced, you are going to say, “I wish we had this nice of facility where I live.”

For the more adventurous we will be able to schedule the virtual scenario training rooms as used by law enforcement to train for “bad guy encounters”. No live fire here, just focused judgement!

Check out the website:

This activity includes transportation to/from the facility, firearm rental, shooting bay buyout, 2 small targets per guest, ear & eye protection and $20 to use towards ammo.

Located next to the Veterans Memorial Museum if you want to do both activities.

Huntsville Botanical Garden Tour & Cut-Flower Class
Date: Monday, May 20, 2024
Time: 9:45am - 12:30pm

Price: $45/each
Minimum: 15 participants needed

Open year-round, the Huntsville Botanical Garden contains

diverse ecosystems to explore within its 118 acres. From grassy meadows to woodland paths, aquatic habitats to stunning floral collections, the Garden invites guests of all ages to discover the beauty and wonder of the natural environment. Stroll along the nature trails while admiring collections of Alabama’s native plants. Walk freely through the Children’s Garden after encountering the fluttering butterflies in the large open-air butterfly house. Find serenity in the cool shade of the trees, surrounded by the sounds of nature. This activity includes transportation to/from, admission to the garden, a one-hour cut-flower gardening class with take-home seeds, and snacks.

Space Day - Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA) + US Space & Rocket Center 
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Price: $100/each
Update: Marshall Space Flight Center is full, but you can still register for just the US Space & Rocket Center portion for a reduced rate.

We will start our day with a private tour of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, located in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. This is the U.S. government's civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center. As the largest NASA center, MSFC's first mission was developing the Saturn launch vehicles for the Apollo program. Possible areas to see on this tour include the Payload Operations Integration Center, Laboratory Training Complex, Environmental Control and Life Support System, Friction Stir Welding, Additive Manufacturing Lab or the Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) Tank Structural Test Stand.

After our tour of the Marshall Space Flight Center, we will head over to the US Space & Rocket Center where you will have free time to explore the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, the Featured Exhibition, ISS: Science on Orbit, Rocket Park, Military Park, Shuttle Park, G-Force Accelerator, Moon Shot and the INTUITIVE Planetarium.

Transportation to/from, tour of NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center), US Space & Rocket Center admission and lunch are included with this activity.

Please note: For the Marshall Space Flight Center: you must be at least 18 years old, with a valid drivers license and a US Citizen or have a green card. You will receive an email with instructions for uploading your ID. All names/contact information must be submitted no later than April 22nd in order to have enough time to get security clearance.

If you do not meet the requirements to tour the Marshall Space Flight Center, you can still attend the US Space & Rocket Center portion of the day.

There is so much to do in Huntsville! Visit or for more information.

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