These are not your typical tours!

Wednesday, July 4
Bus trip: Customized programing and presentations at both Field Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium. Presentation at the Field Museum on meteorites.

Visual Moon Bounce by Daniella De Paulis

Thursday, July 5
Bus trip: tour Fermilab in Batavia IL and see the play “Creation’s Birthday;” sail on the Tall Ship Windy featuring celestial navigation and mythological stories.

Friday, July 6
Bus trip: Yerkes Observatory and their historic refracting telescope; Star-B-Q and concert at Ravinia

Saturday, July 7
Awards Banquet and two 1-hour sets by the Astronomy Magazine Blues Band (see below); documentary: Saving Hubble; star party on the Marriott’s golf course.

Other activities:
- AL Urban Observing Challenge
- Star Parties on the Marriott grounds
- Outreach for the sight and hearing impaired
- Daily presentations
- MWAIC Astro-Imaging Conference
- Dark Sky Advocacy presentations and round table forum
- Celestial Arts Contest: photos, songs, poetry, videos

Astronomy Magazine Blues Band to play ALCon 2012
The astronomy world’s own rock ‘n’ roll and blues band, consisting of members from the staff of Astronomy magazine and its publisher, is set to play as entertainment for ALCon 2012. On Saturday, July 7, 2012, the band will rock it out for attendees of ALCon2012.
Fronting the band are Wisconsin musicians Megan Bobo, seen by millions on American Idol, and Steve Kryscio, who sings and plays saxophone. The backing band consists of Keith Bauer and Jeff Felbab on guitars, Mike Soliday on bass, and Dave Eicher on drums.
The band’s repertoire includes classic rock such as timeless material from The Band, Cream, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Queen, and The Who. The band also plays classic blues from the playlists of the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Howlin’ Wolf, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, and Muddy Waters.
For more information on the Astronomy Magazine Blues band, contact Dave Eicher at