Getting Ready for Jax – Part Two

By Sara Tantillo, AAFCS Professional Development Manager

Thanks for coming back to read more about our trip to Jacksonville!

andrewTuesday started bright and early, with breakfast at Trellises again—they have a great breakfast buffet, perfect for a hearty start to the day. We then headed over to Jacksonville Landing for the start of our Jacksonville Top to Bottom Tour—part of AdLib Tours!  Owner Gary Sass led the tour—dressed up as Andrew Jackson, the city’s namesake!  While Gary holds this tour regularly, our version will be specifically focused toward FCS. Gary took us all over the city—from the underground tunnels to the city’s highest point!  We learned so much about Jacksonville, and got quite a walk in! The Top to Bottom excursion at conference will pick up and drop off right at the hotel—remember to wear comfortable shoes!

We stopped for lunch at a great and affordable Thai restaurant, Indochine—check it out if you have time. I recommend the green curry, along with the Thai coffee. Daila got the Pad Thai, and recommends that as well!

textilesAfter lunch we headed over to Interiors Trading Company (ITC), a wholesale retailer for Interior Designers and Decorators. Jennifer Bean met with us and gave us a quick tour, with information about their suppliers, how the company works, and more!  We think this will be a great option for anyone who works in the industry, as well as those who are just interested in looking at the wholesale side of textiles and interior design.  ITC expanded from just one location to three in Florida, so we will have the opportunity to learn about that process and how it has increased access to a myriad of textile options.

Sara Tantillo (left) talks with Kim Pomar (right) about Cummer Gardens.

Sara Tantillo (left) talks with Kim Pomar (right) about Cummer Gardens.

After our visit at ITC, we headed over to our final excursion location, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens!  The Cummer is home to art spanning the ages, from 2100 B.C.E. through the 21st century, and its collection is just amazing. Most of the excursion will be focused on its two fantastic gardens, an Italian and an English garden, which were developed by members of the Cummer family. Attendees will also enjoy time for individual exploration of the museum and grounds. And remember—check out the gift shop to head home with some great souvenirs!

mealwithlacWe finished up our trip to Jacksonville by dining with Lina Ingraham and Eleanor Cavanah, co-chairs of the Annual Conference Local Arrangements Committee. It was so nice to chat about plans for the conference, and learn even more about the city!

We are SO looking forward to the 106th Annual Conference—and we hope you are too!  Registration is OPEN—learn more at!

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