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A Celebration of JRR Tolkien


Greenville, SC | November 9-10, 2017

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A Celebration of JRR Tolkien


Greenville, SC | November 9-10, 2017

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About

You are invited to attend the first annual Celebration of JRR Tolkien at the enchanting Old Cigar Warehouse in Greenville, South Carolina on November 9-10, 2017. This event will feature presentations by some of the world’s leading Tolkien experts, artists, performers, and authors of our day. The presentations are not the only part of the celebration. Also join us for a pipe smoking competition, Hobbit games, and Middle Earth themed food and music.


ONLY 180 SPOTS AVAILABLE

$299 Per Person

 
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PRESENTERS


PRESENTERS


JOHN SOWERS

Dr. John Sowers is president and co-founder of The Mentoring Project. His past experiences include directing an inner-city homeless shelter, teaching as a university professor, speaking in federal prisons and developing international cities for Dr. Billy Graham. | @johnsowers

LISA COUTRAS

Lisa earned a Master of Theology from the University of Oxford, with an emphasis on Narrative. She is currently reading for a PhD at King's College London, researching the Narrative Theology of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, under the guidance of Professor Alister McGrath. | lisacoutras.com

JUSTIN GERARD

An artist from a young age, Justin has always derived a great deal of inspiration from nature and human history, his favorite source of inspiration is story. The works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis have remained constant sources of inspiration for him throughout his career. | gallerygerard.com

JOSEPH PEARCE

Joseph is an English-born writer and the director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College. Previously he had comparable positions at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Ave Maria College, and at Ave Maria University in Florida. | Joseph Pearce on Wiki

LOUIS MARKOS

Louis Markos is an authority on C.S. Lewis and lectures on Ancient Greece and Rome for HBU’s Honors College. He is the author of many books including On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis. | Louis Markos on Wiki

DEVIN BROWN

Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and professor of English at Asbury University where he teaches a class on Lewis and Tolkien. He is the author of Inside Narnia, Inside Prince Caspian, and Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. | Devin Brown

 JAMIE  COSTA

Jamie Costa produces side-splitting content for various projects, including impressions of Gandalf, George Bush, Robin Williams, and many others, as well as James Patterson's new line of children's books. | @costajames

EURIELLE

Is a fascinating artist whose music redefines the crossover genre. She has sung on numerous film and video game soundtracks. Drawing influence from myth, legend and fantasy, as well as our own human nature, she will transport you to another world. | Eurielle.com

 

 DAN  CRUVER

A social media enthusiast and fan on all things JRR Tolkien, Dan is the curator of @JRRTolkien, the founder of Together for Adoption and serves on several non-profit boards. | @dancruver

CAROLYN WEBER

Carolyn Weber is the author of Surprised By Oxford, a speaker and teacher who has specialized in 18th- and 19-century British and European literature. | @carolynweber

  HENRY   NEFF

Henry H. Neff is the author and illustrator of The Tapestry, a fantasy fiction series that follows the life of a boy named Max McDaniels. His series comprises five novels. | @henryneff

 
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LOCATION


The Old Cigar Warehouse
Greenville, SC

LOCATION


The Old Cigar Warehouse
Greenville, SC

 
 

The OLD CIGAR WAREHOUSE


Built in 1882 as a warehouse for cigars and cotton, The Old Cigar Warehouse is now one of downtown Greenville's premiere event venues. With 35-foot ceilings, exposed brick and stained floors, the Old Cigar Warehouse is the perfect setting to host a celebration of JRR Tolkien.

The Old Cigar Warehouse
912 S S Main St
Greenville, SC 29601


hotels

Here are some great hotels within walking distance of the venue.
Be sure to look on discount travel sites for the best deals.

 
 
 
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Schedule


Schedule


The presentations are only part of the celebration. Sprinkled throughout the event will be a variety of fun and games, as only JRR Tolkien could dream up! Join us for a pipe smoking competition, Hobbit games, and Middle Earth themed food and music. We're making full use of the Old Cigar Warehouse's expansive venue to give you a rousing good time.

 

Thurs, Nov 9

8:00 AM - Check-in
9:00 AM - Session 1
10:30 AM - Break
11:00 AM - Session 2
12:15 PM - Lunch on Your Own
1:45 PM - Session 3
3:15 PM - Break
3:45 PM - Session 4
4:30 PM - Dismiss
7:00 PM - Evening Party (Location TBA)

Friday, Nov 10

8:00 AM - Doors Open
9:00 AM - Session 5
10:30 AM - Break
11:00 AM - Session 6
12:15 PM - Lunch on Your Own
1:45 PM - Session 7
3:30 PM - After-Party
5:00 PM - Dismiss

 
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Evening Party


Evening Party


On Thursday night, November 9, at 7:00 PM you're invited to an enchanted evening of trivia, readings, games, drinks and fun. Rub shoulders with the presenters and other guests, test your knowledge of Tolkien's works, win prizes, and enjoy the community that has come together for this special occasion. The party is included in the conference fee, but you are welcome to order food and drink from the establishment. The location will be announced to attendees before the event.

 

Questions You Might Have


ARE YOU STILL LOOKING FOR PRESENTERS?

All of our presenter slots are filled at this time. If you would like to be considered for future events, we encourage you attend this event and become a part of the community.

DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEERS?

We have a few opportunities available for hard-working, servant-hearted people who care about putting on exceptional experiences. We cannot guarantee you'll get to see all of the sessions, but we can guarantee you'll have a great time being on the Tolkien team. Email Ben Arment for more information.

DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS OR DISCOUNTS?

At this first event, we have limited seats and don't have scholarships available. However, we encourage you to ask other benefactors in your life to help you attend.

CAN I CANCEL MY TICKET AND GET A REFUND?

Tickets are transferable but non-refundable. You can transfer or sell your ticket to anyone else. Simply email us the name and email address of the person taking your place.

HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?

Message us on Twitter at @JRRTolkien or email Ben Arment. We will email you with more information closer to the event date.

WHO ATTENDS CELEBRATE TOLKIEN?

This is our first event, so we don't exactly know yet. But we suspect there will be readers, fans, film buffs, enthusiasts, scholars, performers, and armchair theologians, among others. If you love JRR Tolkien and his works, this event is for you.

IS EVERYONE STAYING AT THE SAME HOTEL?

Downtown Greenville has limited hotel rooms, so we don't have one central hotel for this first event. But we hope to have an official hotel at future events. Check discount travel sites.

WHAT IS THE BEST AIRPORT TO FLY INTO?

The Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport.

WHERE DO I PARK?

There is NO parking on-site at this event. However, there are numerous parking garages and lots near the venue. Here is downtown Greenville's parking finder, along with their list of parking options. We encourage you to stay in a hotel near the venue or use ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft.

ARE MEALS INCLUDED WITH THE CONFERENCE?

We'll include refreshments throughout the event, but lunch is on your own. Greenville has some terrific restaurants where you can continue the conversation over a meal.