Parking around the 2015 Convention Hotels in downtown Philadelphia is expensive. Expect that hotel area parking will run $25 to $50 per day or more. Whether you're driving or flying, you may find the following hints helpful.

Parking alternative ($6.75 per day)
Drive to the airport and park at one of the offsite parking facilities such as Pacifico Airport Valet. Have them drive you to the airport arrival terminal to terminal B, C, or D. Then enter the terminal and follow the directions for arriving by air (below).

Arriving by air

(updated April 3rd)

The Doubletree Hotel has no more rooms available for any dates.

The alternate hotel is the Residence Inn. There are rooms available at $129 per night plus tax which will include a hot breakfast and free WiFi in the rooms. The Residence Inn is approximately 4 blocks from the main convention hotel, The Doubletree. For 'away from the hotel' events, there will be bus service directly leaving/arrivng at the Residence Inn.

Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City
1 East Penn Square
Philadelphia PA 19107
+1 (215) 557-0005

Attendance for the Redford Theatre's (Detroit) latest silent film presentation was more than double the last film, encouraging the Motor City Theatre Organ Society (MCTOS) to 'stay the course' and keep the program growing.

Hi to all, and I hope wherever you are, you are surviving the wintry weather.

I’m in Atlanta, and our immediate future forecast predicts lows in the teens, highs to barely reach 30. At least we are not shoveling out from under the many feet of snow that has devastated our friends in Chicago, Massachusetts, and all points in between and beyond.

Now is the time to submit your application for a grant from the ATOS Endowment Fund. Since its beginning, the Endowment Fund has paid out over $172,000 in grants. Preference will be given to ATOS Chapter-owned organs and sponsored projects. For further information please click on this link or contact Endowment Fund Chair John Ledwon at j [dot] ledwon [at] atos [dot] com

The finest teacher of theatre organ style playing, with a list of students who rose to the highest level of concert playing, has died. John Ferguson passed away in Indianapolis Monday morning at the age of 79. He died peacefully in his sleep following some health issues.

Born in Shreveport, LA in 1935, his piano studies morphed into organ studies, and he made a name for himself playing Hammond with piano at lounges and restaurants, including the famous Stan Musial's restaurant in St. Louis.

Do you live (and bank) outside the United States? If so, this is important news.

United States banks have begun changing the manner in which foreign checks are handled, including substantial increases in costs for processing those checks. In some cases, the new fees exceed the amount of the check!

Our current youth representative/director’s term expires at the convention this year. Many thanks to Dan Minervini for his work as the current youth representative. We need to begin looking for candidates for the 2015-2017 Youth representative. If you know of any young person between the ages of 18 and 24 that is interested in the theatre organ and has some leadership qualities please let us know. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2015. Further information is available at here.

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