Special Events


Wednesday, April 17 (5:30pm–7:00pm)

Welcome Reception

Kick off the conference by attending this year’s Welcome Reception inside the ASC industry’s largest Exhibit Hall of the year. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeurves, reconnect with old friends and get to know other ASC professionals. Familiarize yourself with the Exhibit Hall and start your Exhibit Hall Passport to enter ASCA’s grand prize give-a-way. With food and drink representing the neighborhoods of Boston, our Welcome Reception will start the meeting right!

Thursday, April 18 (5:30pm–6:30pm)

Networking Reception

Relax after a full day of educational sessions with a sampling of finger foods and light snacks inspired by southern cuisine—the perfect taste of what’s to come at ASCA’s annual meeting in Nashville next year. Visit with vendors and colleagues, explore the innovations on display and learn about products and services that can improve your ASC. Door prizes will be awarded during the evening!

Celebration Luncheon

Friday, April 19 (12:00pm–2:00pm)

Celebration Luncheon

Take a short break from the intensive educational program and enjoy a leisurely sit-down lunch with your colleagues while you help celebrate recent successes in the ASC industry. Along with the networking opportunities you will find at this event, be prepared for a little comedy when our featured speaker takes the stage. Invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join in. This part of ASCA’s annual meeting offers something that everyone can enjoy.

Social Event

Friday, April 19 (6:00pm–10:00pm)

Social Event at the Harvard Club

Nothing says Boston more than Harvard and this is your chance to dance, eat and drink in the same halls as Presidents William Taft, Gerald Ford, George Walker Bush, General George Marshall and Eleanor Roosevelt at the Harvard Club.

While the walls may not tell stories of the past 100 years, your experience will be one to share when you get home. Don’t miss the chance to experience “Old” Boston with John Hancock and Sam Adams, try your luck at stealing a dance with a Beacon Hill Gibson Girl, toss a lobster (don’t worry it won’t mind) or spin a wheel with a mermaid!

With food, dance, karaoke, and games, the hallowed halls of Harvard will be filled with fun, no powder wig or blue blood required!


Saturday, April 20 (1:00pm–5:00pm)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

On arrival at the museum, visitors are invited to view a 17-minute film introducing John F. Kennedy, “the candidate,” and browse the self-guided exhibits of John F. Kennedy, “the President.” Here, in the museum’s three theaters, period settings and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits, you enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a first-hand experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership.

See events of the 1960s through President Kennedy’s eyes and hear a naration in his voice; experience his optimism and wit and be inspired by the hope and idealism that captivated America.

With its collection of personal mementos and gifts that John F. Kennedy received during his presidency, as well as historical artifacts, informative displays and unique films, you will find yourself reliving the time during the Kennedy Presidential Campaign, the Kennedy & Nixon debates, the Kennedy Presidency and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Fee: $70

Saturday, April 20 (1:00pm–5:00pm)

Academic World of Cambridge:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University Tour

Begin your tour at the truly unique MIT Museum, where visitors are engaged, entertained and educated. The museum's galleries present more than 150 years of education and research in an exciting array of ongoing and changing exhibitions on science and technology, architecture and design, and oceanography and ship design. You'll find high-tech art, intriguing scientific instruments, historic photographs, amazing holograms—even ingenious kinetic sculptures.

Your trip back to school continues on a student-guided tour of this prestigious institute of higher learning. Known for its innovation in campus architecture, MIT's campus vision is to create infrastructure that fosters the cross-fertilization of ideas, with architecture that reinforces the vital, forward-thinking spirit of the community it serves. Your guide will walk the elite campus with you, providing commentary on such modern masters as Alvar Aalto (Baker House), Eero Saarinen (MIT Chapel, Kresge Auditorium), I.M. Pei (Wiesner Building, Green Building, Dreyfus Building, Landau Building), Steven Holl (Simmons Hall), and Frank Gehry (The Ray & Maria Stata Center).

Continue down Massachusetts Avenue to prestigious Harvard University. Come stroll the campus as your guide points out the historic architecture of the oldest university in the country. Visit hallowed Harvard Yard and the statue of college founder John Harvard…or is it? You will have some free time to explore Harvard Square and take in the sites before returning to your hotel.

Fee: $70