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The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau has created an AFS visitors' site at  The site provides information about transportation, including planes, trains, automobiles and buses, as well as a guide to dining and other attractions.

Important Note: Brown University has scheduled its annual Family Weekend October 18-20, creating considerable demand for hotel rooms and restaurants for the Friday and Saturday nights of our meeting. We urge you to make reservations in advance whenever possible.

A Folklorist's Guide to Providence, prepared by Winnie Lambrecht with contributions from Bonnie O'Connor, provides and "insiders' guide" to attractions and dining in the area. A hard copy will be distributed with the program book at the meeting, but we urge you to make advance reservations whenever possible, especially for large parties and Friday and Saturday evenings.

If you're hungry and in a hurry, try Cafe Gusto on the second floor of the Omni, or the Providence Place Mall, which is connected by skyway to the hotel; it offers a variety of fast food options, mostly on the third level of the mall. See for a directory.

2013 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Dillon Bustin, Madison Park Development Corporation
Maggie Holtzberg, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Andy Kolovos, Vermont Folklife Center
Winifred Lambrecht, Rhode Island School of Design
Gregory L. Sharrow, Vermont Folklife Center

Committee Members
Michael E. Bell, Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, retired
Michael J. Bell, Suffolk University
Carol Dickson, Sterling College
Michael A. Lange, Champlain College
Pauleena MacDougall, Maine Folklife Center
Kathleen Mundell, Cultural Resources, Inc.
Bonnie Blair O’Connor, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown University
Laura Orleans, Working Waterfront Festival
Jessica Payne, Jessica Payne Consulting
Jo Radner, American University, retired
Jeff Todd Titon, Brown University
Stephen Wehmeyer, Champlain College
Lynne Williamson, Institute for Community Research
Margaret R. Yocom, George Mason University, emerita

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