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2016 Convention Details -
Updated February 16, 2016

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The Mystery Behind Following in Nancy Drew's Footsteps...

Our mission is to walk in Nancy Drew's footsteps each year at our conventions. We select a theme book--one of the classic 56 hardcover Nancy Drew books printed from 1930 to 1979--that is set in a real location and we do things that Nancy Drew and her chums did in the books. This adds that nostalgic flair to our conventions so they're much more special than a generic location! While we may not chase villains down dark alleys or sleuth for secret passageways (yet!), we do manage to mix real-life locations with book hunting and activities based on the mystery in the theme book(s) for a fabulous event of mystery and "mayhem."

The convention is a great time for series book collectors to meet, trade books and stories, and hunt for missing books from their collection. Conventions are open to anyone--you don't have to be a member of our group to attend. For more information on our conventions, check out our Convention FAQ Page.

2016 New Orleans Convention

Register To Attend Our Convention...April 20-24, 2016:

For more information on our conventions, check out our Convention FAQ Page. CONTACT US here with questions! Member of the Media? If you wish to contact us about the convention please do so!

BOOK HOTEL:

HOTEL: Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome, 330 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112.

HOTEL AMENITIES: Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, 24-hour business and fitness centers, usual room amenities including a microwave, mini-fridge, coffeepot. Visit their website for more details and photos.

HOTEL CONVENTION RATE:

$219/nt + tax is the convention rate. If you need a roommate, please note this on your registration forms. If you are staying earlier or past the convetion dates to do more sightseeing, they will extend the convention rate to you--so when calling note this.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, ONCE OUR BLOCK BECOMES FULL, THE CONVENTION RATE WILL LIKELY NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE!

HOW TO BOOK HOTEL:

Call: 800-HOLIDAY and use the Group Code that I have e-mailed to all of you on the e-mail list for the convention and those who have registered officially to attend. Reservations require a 1st nights hotel + tax deposit--and the cancellation policy is 30 days before arrival. If under 30 days, the deposit is forfeited.

DEADLINE TO BOOK HOTEL:

The block expires on March 5, 2016. The block is only 25 rooms. Individuals or couples should request kings as we don't have 25 doubles, some are double (18), some are kings (7). This will free up most of the double rooms for members rooming together! Once the block is full, the hotel can't guarantee rooms or the convention rate, so be sure to book quick--first come, first serve. Consider having a roommate to help share costs and rooms.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE INFO: You can arrange an airport shuttle with the Holiday Inn by using this website link. Click there to set that up.

CONVENTION LOCALES:

New Orleans - French Quarter, "Cajun Country."

CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS:

DATES: April 20 - April 24, 2015
LOCATION: New Orleans, LA
THEMES: Nancy Drew #25, The Ghost of Blackwood Hall, book #35, The Haunted Showboat, and paperback #81, The Mardi Gras Mystery, and Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Super Mystery, Nighmare in New Orleans. Also part of our theme in some aspects will be the Her Interactive Nancy Drew Computer Game Legend of the Crystal Skull and the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys TV Show from the 1970s, Voodoo Doll, parts 1 and 2.

Tentative Schedule:

Wed. April 20 - A Meet & Greet - 7:30PM - Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome.

Thurs. April 21 - Cajun Country Tours - Bayou Tour, Plantation Tour, Avery Island Tabasco, Crawfish Boil (& etc.) Dinner. All day bus touring. Plus Sleuth Survivor.

Fri. April 22 - Nancy Drew Library Event. Donation of Full set of Nancy Drew bokos to the local library. After lunch, Free Day in the French Quarter/etc. to explore. Evening: Ghost Tour.

Sat. April 23 - Lunch/Jazz Cruise on the Natchez. Afternoon: free time in the French Quarter. Evening: Mysterious Mardi Gras Masquerade Dinner at Antoine's.

Sun. April 24 - Breakfast at hotel at 9:30am - farewells until 2017.

A Few Clues To The Mystery:

2016 will find us celebrating Nancy Drew at our 16th annual convention in New Orleans taking place Thurs.-Sat., April 20-24.

Wed. April 20 - We'll be kicking off the convention with a Meet & Greet at the hotel - Music Chambers Room. 7:30pm. Goody Bags, Info Packets & Icebreakers & Merchandise.

Thurs. April 21: Cajun Country Excursion (Optional): We will take a private charter bus to the New Iberia/Patterson, LA areas to take a swamp tour, visit Avery Island Tabasco, and tour a plantation, Shadows on the Teche. We'll also have a crafish boil/cajun dinner.

Fri. April 22: The New Orleans Public Library will host us putting on a program for the group and the general public on Nancy Drew. We'll also be donating a full set of the Nancy Drew books to the public library. Following the program, we'll have a "free day" in the French Quarter or whever you prefer to sleuth around. There's an optional evening ghost tour in the French Quarter.

Sat. April 23: We will cruise the Mississippi River on the Natchez Steamboat for a lunch/jazz cruise. Free time for hte afternoon and then our Sat. night Mardi Gras Mystery Dinner at Antoine's.

Nancy Drew & Series Book Gift Exchange: If you want to participate in our Nancy Drew gift exchange we have two tables--1 for handcrafted Nancy Drew gifts and a 2nd for store bought Nancy Drew gifts. Store bought items must be Nancy Drew items. Handcrafted gifts must feature Nancy Drew imagery. Gifts are wrapped anonymously and left on the appropriate table. They are to be marked "for a man/woman" if gender specific. This exchange takes place at the mystery dinner on Sat. night.

HOW TO REGISTER:

HOW TO REGISTER:You must pay the fee and fill out and mail in (or e-mail) our Registration Forms to be officially registered.

REGISTER TO ATTEND:

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. The public is invited to attend our library event at the New Orleans Public Library on Friday, April 22 at 10:30am - at their downtown location at 219 Loyola Ave. This is a free event for all ages. Learn all about your favorite sleuth, Nancy Drew!

Registrants help pay for the convention costs including but not limited to: transportation and driver gratuities, any provided meals noted, tours provided and entry fees, equipment/room rentals, decorations, printing costs, advertising, goody bag supplies.

If there is an activity or set of activities you cannot do or wish not to, contact us via e-mail for an adjusted total on what to pay for your registration.

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES A LOT: Depending on whether you add in the optional events: Convention Admin Fee, Goody Bag & Info Packet/Name Tag; Wed. Meet & Greet; Optional Thurs. Private Charter Bus Transportation all day plus Cajun swamp tour, plantation tour, Avery Island/Tabasco & Crawfish Boil/Cajun dinner, & Sleuth Survivor; Fri. Library Event & Book Donation, Optional Friday Ghost Tour; Saturday lunch & jazz cruise on the Natchez Steamboat; & Saturday Mardi Gras Mystery Ball Dinner at Antoine's.

MEALS: The only meals included in the registration are: Thurs. dinner (if you're attending this optional day), Sat. lunch, & Sat. mystery dinner.

REGISTRATION FEE: Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

REGISTRATION FEES:

$295.00 per person + any optionals - see registration forms.

HOW TO PAY: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: February 15, 2016.

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CAN'T ATTEND THE CONVENTION? Get Cool Nancy Drew Convention Stuff!

We are selling our goody bag from the convention - these are not pictured since we produce these after our registration deadline passes which isn't until Feb. 15, but they will include a canvas totebag from our Cafe Press shop with our convention images/logo, Nancy Drew books, a Nancy Drew Computer game, mardi gras/nancy drew items, convention logo button, patch, etc. Deadline to purchase one of these is Feb. 15, 2016. ABSENTEE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

We also sell lots of other fun Nancy Drew anniversary and regular Nancy Drew merchandise in our Cafe Press Nancy Drew Shop.

Our Next Adventures...

2016 - Sleuthing for Creole Clues in New Orleans, LA (APRIL, 2016)

2017 - Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention - Maine (The Mystery of the Tolling Bell/The Ghost of Craven Cove theme) & Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys 40th Anniversary TV Show Bash (MONTH/DATE TBD)

NANCY DREW CON 1 - NEW YORK CITY - OCT. 2017 - Mystery's IT Girl Event

2018 - Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention - Washington DC - A HISTORIC ADVENTURE!

2019 - Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention - Florida Keys (Black Keys & Crocodile Island Theme/etc)

2020 - Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Convention - Hawaii (Seriously, start saving your pennies!)

2021 - Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention - Seattle, WA & Alaskan Cruise


Where We've Sleuthed...

The original "Carolyn Keene"
Mildred Wirt Benson, Toledo, OH, at first annual Sleuth convention
March 2001
Photo Copyright 2001, J. Fisher, All Rights Reserved.

Past Conventions & Highlights

March 2001: Toledo, Ohio. Members met the original "Carolyn Keene," Mildred Wirt Benson, and had books signed and asked lots of questions. They toured sites of Toledo, went book hunting, and ate dinner at a haunted restaurant.

April 2002: Iowa City, Iowa. Members visited The University of Iowa to view Mildred Wirt Benson's archives of photographs, outlines, letters, columns, stories, and ephemera. They visited with the organizers of the 1993 Nancy Drew Conference, held at the university, Carolyn Stewart-Dyer and Nancy Tillman Romalov and presentations were given. A trip to Ladora, Mildred's hometown, to view her childhood home and meet her family was a wonderful experience for all who attended.

April/May 2003: New York City, New York. Members spent a week touring sites of New York including Stratemeyer themed sites. Visits to the New York Public Library Stratemeyer archives were met with enthusiasm of members who got to delve into Stratemeyer Syndicate lore. Highlighting the week's activities and book hunting was a visit to a book dealer's home with thousands of series books and a local collector's huge Nancy Drew® collection spanning books, collectibles, and artwork. Capping off the week was a successful day of presentations from the Stratemeyer family, the Russell H. Tandy family, Simon & Schuster, Applewood Books, and Sharon Reid Harris.

March 2004: New Orleans, Louisiana. Members spent the week visiting historic and haunted sites in the French Quarter and outer lying areas, Nancy Drew® theme sites mentioned in the books set in New Orleans, went book and antique hunting, joined in on a crawfish boil and BBQ at a local collector's home, visited a historic plantation, attended a Nancy Drew® murder mystery party aboard a "haunted showboat" on its dinner and jazz cruise, and attended a day of presentations from Sleuth members Sharon Reid Harris, Todd Latoski, Meredith Jaffe, Rachel Smith, and presentations by Simon & Schuster and Gumshoe Girls.

October 2005: Phoenix, AZ. Members were treated to a Shadow Ranch and Kachina Doll Nancy Drew® theme during their week in Phoenix, AZ. Highlights include: Meet and Greet Dinner, Ghost Town tour and Dirk Valentine Treasure Hunt, Western Dinner, Kachina Doll collection tour, book hunting, Kachina Doll dinner and mystery hunt at "hacienda", tour of Jenn Fisher's collection, day of presentations from: Garrett Lothe, Renee Walker, Jenn Fisher, and Dean Burcham, book dealers set up. Game play of life size version of Nancy Drew® Mystery Game from the 1950s. Lots of prizes given out and trivia contests. 3 Goody Bags given out.

The Nancy Drew 75th & Stratemeyer Syndicate 100th Anniversary Conference was held June 16-19, 2005 in NYC, with a few Sleuth events. For details on the conference, click here.

October: 2006: Chicago, IL. Members toured "River Heights Country" while solving mysteries at Red Gate Farm and found a Hollow Oak treasure! Activities included: All Day Bus trip of book hunting, antiquing, visit to a real life Red Gate Farm, Hollow Oak treasure hunt, Sleuth Madonna's Red Gate Farm party, Chicago sightseeing, visit to the American Girl Store to view Nancy Drew® book on display, Danger on the Great Lakes dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, presentations at the Chicago Children's Museum, a Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza dinner, a Joker's Revenge game, and a fun Nancy Drew® theme gift exchange.

June: 2007: Pasadena, CA. The Sleuths had their first movie & TV theme convention, timed to the release of the Warner Brothers movie, Nancy Drew. Members toured the Huntington Library and viewed some sights where the Nancy Drew® movie was filmed, went book hunting, and played a Nancy Drew® cover art game. On the day of the movie's release, members held a Nancy Drew® 101 event at the Burbank Public Library, toured Warner Brothers Studios, and saw the Nancy Drew® movie. The Sleuths held their big convention day at the Pasadena Hilton and featured 7 speakers on a variety of topics, had book and merchandise sales, and that evening held a special 1930s Nancy Drew® murder mystery party complete with skits, a prize, and a fun Nancy Drew® theme gift exchange. A tour of Dave Farah's collection and BBQ was a highlight!

Sept-Oct: 2008: Bird-in-Hand, PA. The Sleuths headed to Witch Tree Country for a fun-filled convention! Members visited Hershey, PA and had their photos printed on chocolate bars, went book hunting and antiquing and found a few goodies, toured Amish farms, quilt shops, and went on a Witch Tree Clues Hunt. A hayride and a ghost tour were especially fun! Members spent a day in historic Philadelphia touring sights around Independence Square and those that Nancy visited in the SuperMystery, A Question of Guilt. A dinner at City Tavern complete with Revolutionary War era costumed servers was a treat. The Sleuths held their convention day at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn complete with speakers: Author Jennifer Fisher, Nancy Drew Files Artist Tricia Zimic, Author Penny Warner, Crafty Sleuth Lea Fox, and Author and Professor Michael G. Cornelius. Dinner was a special smorgasbord and that was followed by a "barn dance" complete with our crafty Nancy Drew gift exchange, some singing, and a raffle for neat Nancy Drew prizes. And no one was hexed or accused of being a witch like Nancy in The Witch Tree Symbol!

Sept-Oct: 2009: Las Vegas, NV. Nancy Drew Sleuths followed in Nancy Drew's footsteps in Las Vegas and around the Valley of Fire State Park where the classic Nancy Drew book, #52 The Secret of the Forgotten City was set. A 70s disco style Nancy Drew meet and greet party was held to kick off the convention. Members bused to the Valley of Fire to compete in a Sleuth Survivor challenge--George Tribe won reward! A visit to the Lost City Museum just like Nancy and her chums in the book was informative and provided great background material for the book and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams who researched there in person before writing the book. Members completed a CSI: Nancy Drew mystery challenge complete with miniature crime scenes. Our big convention day featured 40 local fourth grade girls who were excited to learn more about Nancy Drew. Speakers Jennifer Fisher, Lea S. Fox, Dean Burcham, and guest of honor David Farah rounded out the event along with a Nancy Drew scrapbooking session. A 1940s Old-Time Vegas Gangster Mystery Dinner Party capped off the week's events including a festive Nancy Drew gift exchange.

April 6-10 & April 11-15: 2010: Merritt Island, FL and Cruise to Bahamas. Nancy Drew Sleuths held their 10th annual convention and an 80th anniversary cruise! Members followed in Nancy Drew's footsteps around Merritt Island for our Moss Mansion theme. We held parties at the homes of area collectors, attended a professional Nancy Drew trivia show, book hunted, visited NASA, toured an orange grove, lunched at Historic Cocoa Village, toured 2 treasure museums, visited Cocoa Beach Pier, hosted our annual convention with speakers, activities and a charity raffle to benefit the Merritt Island Public Library. Our honored guest was Nancy Drew illustrator Rudy Nappi. Members attended a Mystery dinner costume party and held our annual gift exchange.

Following our land event we took a 4 day Carnival Cruise from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas for the 80th anniversary of Nancy Drew. We held events on board, went sighteeing in the Bahamas, and held a convention day at sea with honored guests Rudy Nappi and Carolyn S. Dyer and a Nancy Drew costume party plus a fun scavenger hunt.

March 30 - April 3, 2011: Charlottesville, VA. Members attended this 11th annual convention by following in Nancy Drew's footsteps around Charlottesville for our Hidden Window theme. We held a festive meet and greet, visited Monticello, Michie Tavern, Ash Lawn-Highland, Seven Oaks, held an event at the local library with Nancy Drew ghostwriter Alison Hart, particpated in a stained-glass craft activity, book hunted, went on a ghost tour, and held our annual convention day with speakers and a charity raffle to benefit the local library. Members attended a 50s/Clue theme mystery dinner costume party and held our annual gift exchange.

March 19 - March 25, 2012: Phoenix, AZ. For our 12th annual convention with our Kachina Doll Mystery and Shadow Ranch themes, we hosted a sub-convention - Sleuth Con, an all series book convention. Members stayed at the Gold Canyon Resort and spent the first part of the week touring around the Phoenix area viewing Jenn Fisher's collection, book hunting, Scottsdale house party, book discussion at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, visited a ghost town and took part in The Amazing Case challenge, took a cruise on the Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake, and had a chuckwagon dinner at the Rockin' R. Ranch. The latter part of the week found guests solving a mystery with clues to hunt for around the resort and we hosted 3 days of presentations and activities culminating with our western theme mystery dinner party and annual gift exchange.

May 28 - June 2, 2013: Boston, MA. For our 13th annual convention with our Wooden Lady theme, we visited the Boston, MA area to tour local sights including local used book stores, The Wayside Inn, Louisa May Alcott's home, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, a vintage collection tour of a local collector, spent the day in Spooky Salem, MA and went on a ghost tour and clipper ship ride, and spent a day in Boston with historic sites and a clambake on Thompson Island. Our convention day of speakers included our Guest of Honor, Nancy Drew illustrator, Ruth Sanderson who we presented with our Honorary Sleuth Award. Rounding out our week was our mystery dinner party and annual gift exchange.

Jun 2 - June 8, 2014: San Diego, CA. For our 14th annual convention with our 70's TV Show Theme & Assorted Classic/Paperback Nancy Drew mysteries, Nancy Drew Sleuths sleuthed around San Diego for a fun-filled week. Members held a mystery theme meet & greet, took a trolley tour of San Diego, went on a ghost tour at the Whaley House Museum, visited the San Diego Zoo, toured a local collector's home, had a 70s Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys TV Show Bash with TV producers Arlene Sidaris and Joyce Brotman and actors Pamela Sue Martin and Parker Stevenson. They held a 3-day convention featuring Nancy Drew and other similar series books full of speakers, merchandise and evening events including an old-time radio show, cruised on the Bahia Belle, and held a 1930s Nancy Drew "Sleuth Punk"/"Steam Punk" Mystery dinner which included the annual Nancy Drew gift exchange.


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