Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. FFRF.org

Visit Madison for FFRF’s irreverent conference!

Vol. 36 No. 07 September 2019
Cartoonist Steve Benson will be drawing caricatures of attendees at FFRF’s convention in October as a fundraiser for FFRF.                                                                                               

Pre-registration closes on Monday, Oct. 7, at midnight. Mailed registration forms must received by this date. No convention meals may be ordered after Oct. 7, but there will be registration at the door.

Phone 1-800-335-4021 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central weekdays. Or sign up at ffrf.org/convention2019.


Join the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis., for its 42nd annual convention from Oct. 18-20 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. For speakers and tentative schedule, see previous page.

General schedule

The pre-convention open house is Friday morning, Oct. 18 at Freethought Hall, FFRF’s national office.

The starting time of the convention, at the convention center (1 John Nolen Drive) is 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, continuing through Saturday night. FFRF’s membership and state representative meetings take place Sunday morning, ending by noon.

The schedule includes irreverent music, FFRF book and merch sales tables and book signings, complimentary ice cream and beverages on Friday afternoon and complimentary Friday night dessert reception. Plus, there is the always-popular drawing for “clean” (pre-“In God We Trust”) currency on Saturday night.

Return the registration form on this page. It must be received no later than Oct. 7 if you plan to order meals. Or sign up at ffrf.org/convention2019.

Hotel reservations

FFRF is using three Madison hotels. The Hilton Madison, attached to the convention center, site of the convention, is the main hotel venue. The other two hotels offer overflow rooms, and require either a 3-block walk or driving or taking a free shuttle to the convention site. All hotels have blocks Thursday through Saturday nights, with a few more limited rooms Wednesday and Sunday nights.

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, 9 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703. Call 1-877-510-7465 or 414-935-5941, or visit bit.ly/2SPTPlz and mention “Freedom From Religion Foundation.” Rates are $185 (1-4 people), plus tax. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 16, for this rate. A self-parking garage is $17/day. Valet parking: $20/day.

Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713. Call 866-716-8134 or 608-251-2300 or visit: reservations.com/hotel/sheraton-madison-hotel, mentioning “Freedom From Religion Foundation.” Rates are $156 (1-4 people), plus taxes and fees. Deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 18, for this rate. Parking is free and so is the shuttle to Monona Terrace, a 3-mile walk or 8-minute drive.

Park Hotel Madison, 22 S. Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703 (3 blocks from Monona Terrace). Call 800-279-8811 or 608-285-8000 or visit parkhotelmadison.com, mentioning “Freedom From Religion Foundation.” Rates are $194 (1-2 people, one bed); $214 (1-4 people, 2 beds); $254 (suite). Deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 17, for this r

ate. Two-night minimum length of stay. Guaranteed parking for one vehicle for overnight guests ($15 per night, valet only).

Food!

Complimentary receptions include light brunch fare at the Friday morning Freethought Hall Open House, complimentary ice cream and hot beverages Friday afternoon after the start of the convention and complimentary dessert reception with cupcakes and hot beverages at the conclusion of Friday night.

Optional meals include:

Friday Dinner Buffet, $35: Bucky’s Tailgate Buffet includes Wisconsin Waldorf salad, home-style potato salad, beer-boiled Johnsonville Bratwurst with sauerkraut and chopped fresh onion, grilled boneless chicken breast and black bean burgers.

Saturday Nonprayer Breakfast,  $20: Cheese & chive scrambled eggs, apple smoked bacon, rosemary wedge potatoes,  petite muffin assortment, chilled juice, coffee, tea and milk. Veggie/vegan/gluten-free substitutes available.

Saturday ‘Grab and Go’ Box Lunch, $25. For your convenience, we offer a box lunch containing deli-sliced turkey on fresh Kaiser roll, piece of whole fruit, cookie and chips. Vegetarian option is marinated grilled tempeh sandwich.

Saturday Dinner, $50: Roasted chicken breast with truffle glaze, potatoes, vegetable blend, dessert.