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[Sticky] 2021 Convention
35th annual National DeSoto Club Convention
July 28 – August 1, 2021
Reserve your rooms now at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel for the 35th annual National DeSoto Club convention! Special NDC room rates are $109 + taxes per night for either a single king with a pull-out sofa or two double beds and are applicable for up to three days before and after the convention. Located only 15 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee, the host hotel has an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, ample car/truck/trailer parking, and is directly off I-94 in close proximity to Brookfield Square shopping mall and many other food and shopping locations.
Host Hotel Address: Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, 375 South Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI 53005
Host Hotel Phone: (262) 364-1100 (you may need to provide a mini code of "DSO" when you call)
Reservation Link with NDC Rate: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1602697603611&key=GRP&app=resvlink
If you have any issues with reservations or special requests, please contact myself or Dick Bradley (Sheraton) at email@example.com.
Expect at this time that the majority of event details and pricing will remain the same as was originally published for 2020. Use these details and your 2020 registration forms to start making your preliminary plans. Fresh 2021 forms will be available in the beginning part of 2021. Obviously COVID-19 will continue to be a huge factor in proceeding with a convention, but we are still a long way off from July and have hope that things will improve before then. Plans should continue to be made with the assumption we are having a convention next year.
Well, we thought about coming in 2021...but to book it at the same time as Airventure at Oshkosh...pretty much kills it for us...
I'm sorry that is a conflict for you and I can appreciate wanting to maximize time at both events. I think though that most people will see this as a bonus and not as a conflict, since generally one can see most of the Airventure event in one day. Oshkosh is only about 1.5 hours away from Brookfield, so I think most people will appreciate the two events lining up. Even for an avid air enthusiast, one could spend up to 3-4 days at Airventure and still attend the entire NDC convention if they so chose. Perhaps that also is an option for you being that they are so close.
In all honesty, the dates were chosen based on what we had originally scheduled for this year and also availability of the host hotel, as well as my own availability. Only major similar interest events like Iola, Chryslers at Carlisle, or the Airflow Convention were considered, otherwise we would never find an open date since car shows and other events happen every weekend all over the country all year round.
We will have to just not agree on this point. As someone who has attended Airventure on on multiple occasions I find the following is always true:
1. A few days is fine if you are just going to look at airplanes. However, if you go to also sit in on the forums, listen to the speakers, do the workshops, comb the swap meet and do some flying with friends...a week is hardly enough.
2. Commercial Flights in and out of the area, hotels in the area, rental cars in the area are all more expensive with the 500,000 people attending Airventure.
I think scheduling to not set up a conflict was in order. Having the convention before or after a major other venue would have done nothing to the convention and may have enticed some to come who otherwise would not drive a long distance or pay for a long ticket just for the Desoto Club Convention.
The 2021 registration form has been posted to the home page and on the events page for anyone who would like to view or print it prior to receiving the printed copy that will be included in the March-April issue of the Adventures magazine.
5/11/2021 - We are officially proceeding with the convention as-planned, barring any severe changes in circumstances related to COVID in the next several weeks. The only thing to note at this time is that the assumption should be that masks are required in most venues, particularly the indoor ones. Any other small changes will be communicated to anyone registered.
Also below, as will be referenced in the March-April magazine, is a list of other things to see in the area before or after the NDC convention for those wanting to see more.
Within an hour drive - not included in NDC itinerary unless they get added as an unofficial Wednesday tour:
- The Bronze Fonz - a Milwaukee landmark, located on the riverwalk in downtown Milwaukee
- Mitchell Domes horticulture preservation - Milwaukee, WI
- Wisconsin Automotive Museum - Hartford, WI
- Holy Hill (large old church + scenic overlook) - Hubertus, WI
- Milwaukee Art Museum (Calatrava) - Milwaukee, WI
- Grohmann Art Museum - Milwaukee, WI
- Milwaukee County Zoo - Brookfield, WI
- Milwaukee Public Museum w/Imax theater - Milwaukee, WI
- Marcus Performing Arts Center - Milwaukee, WI
- American Family Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers - Milwaukee, WI
- Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee Buck's (basketball) arena - downtown Milwaukee
- Various Lake Michigan and Milwaukee River boat tours
- Discovery World (more geared towards kids) - downtown Milwaukee
- Brewery tours (Pabst “Best Place” historical tour, Miller brewery, Lakefront brewery, MKE brewery, etc.) - downtown Milwaukee. I have taken several of these tours and can recommend my favorites.
- Lake Geneva area - this is a nice area and the county rep has agreed to put together pre or post convention tour packages for anyone interested.
- Cheese shops - my go-to is Bieri's in Jackson, but there are many.
- Bristol Renaissance Fair - Bristol, WI
Further than an hour, but notable:
- EAA Oshkosh Airventure (July 26 – August 1) – huge event for airplane enthusiasts – Oshkosh, WI
- Illinois Railway Museum, specifically their Transport Extravaganza event on Sunday, August 1, which is their largest event of the year and includes a car show - Union, IL
- Wisconsin Dells - water park capital of the world, shows, attractions (very similar to Branson in layout except replace musical shows with water parks)
- National Railroad Museum - Green Bay, WI
- Historic Lambeau Field and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame - Green Bay, WI
- State Capitol - Madison, WI
- Six Flags Great America, rollercoaster and theme park - Gurnee, IL
- Wisconsin Maritime Museum - Manitowoc, WI
Things to experience:
- Frozen Custard
- Cheese curds (squeaky fresh and also deep fried)
- Bratwursts & sausages
- Good German food (Mader's in downtown Milwaukee I have heard is one of the oldest and best)
- Friday night fish fry
can the chairman of this years convention post some information as to an update on the status of the 2021 Convention? How many people are registered, how many cars are coming, etc.
It would also be nice to have the webpage updated with this information on our clubs home page.
I am not sure that an update on attendance is really all that important. Either you are going or you are not. I plan to attend this years convention whether it has 4 cars/people or 400 cars/people. All in all, I hope attendance is high along with a great car turnout. The NDC needs to have a good, high quality convention and I think David Frank and family will produce just that!
One thing to note: The March/April issue of the magazine is VERY late. This issue contains the last mailed out registration for the convention, which in my experience, is the most important one of all. We had a similar problem with registrations not getting to members in 2012 for the Chattanooga Convention and in my opinion it really hurt the convention. It is my understanding that registration, along with voting ballots for the trustees, are going out this week in an emergency mail out. Personally, I would have done this a month ago. Hopefully the information will get into the members hands quickly.
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