2012 Conference in Marion, North Carolina

Here is a collection of photos from the conference taken by Cato, Dennis, Henry and Ron (Dennis’s dad).
Here is an interview Jean-Michel did with Frank Stasio of the North Carolina Public Radio program The State of Things.
Limited edition button created by Jean-Michel for the meeting.
Cover for 2012 Conference program.
Our 2012 annual meeting was held in Marion, North Carolina, from Wednesday June 13 through Sunday June 17, 2012.


June 13
6:00 PM Welcome dinner at: Countryside BBQ Restaurant
   - 2070 Rutherford Road, Marion, NC 28752
   - +1 (504) 568-6993 wife.
8:00 PM “A Magical Interlude With Dr. Ox — Science or Fiction?”
   - an original conjuring vignette featuring Cato & Susan Holler
June 14
Breakfast as you wish…
9:00 AM Opening remarks
   - Jean-Michel Margot, President, NAJVS Inc.
9:15 AM “Where is the Great Eyry?”
   - Jean-Michel Margot
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM “Jules Verne’s Great Eyry and the Mountains of Western North Carolina”
   - Cato Holler, NAJVS Inc.
11:15 AM “Chicago’s Submarines”
   - Dennis Kytasaari, NAJVS Inc.
11:35 AM “Verne’s World”
   - Dennis Kytasaari, NAJVS Inc.
12:00 PM Lunch
   - Catered by Susan Holler
1:30 PM “How a Verne Book Series is Created”
   - Brian Taves, Library of Congress
2:00 PM NAJVS Business Meeting (members only)
   - Agenda TBA by NAJVS President Jean-Michel Margot
6:00 PM Dinner at Cato & Susan’s home
   - featuring a Swiss Raclette
8:00 PM Videos- 1976 animated & 1961 film versions of “Master of the World”
June 15
Breakfast as you wish…
8:30 AM “In Search of Jules Verne’s Great Eyry — A Road Trip”
   - We have rented a van for this excursion
12:00 PM Lunch somewhere on the road
   - TBD
1:00 PM Back on the road
6:00 PM Dinner at: Judge’s Riverside Restaurant
   - 128 Greenlee Ford Road, Morganton, NC 28655
   - +1 (828) 433-5798
   - In attendance will be Morganton City Attorney Louis Vinay and his wife.
June 16
Breakfast as you wish…
8:00 AM Trip to Pilot Mountain State Park
   - We have rented a van for this excursion
1:30 PM Lunch at: Mountain View Family Restaurant
   - 701 S Key Street, Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041-8436
   - +1 (336) 368-9180
6:00 PM Dinner at: Fatz
   - 390 US 70 West, Marion, NC 28752    - +1 (828) 659-1364
June 17
Or consider these optional activities:
  • An excursion to Mt. Mitchell and its museum, the highest point of the Eastern United States,
  • Chimney Rock State Park,
  • Walks and hikes to Linville Gorge, which could include Table Rock, Linville Falls, Hawksbill Mountain,
  • A leisurely stroll alone and on the Catawba Green Way, which is almost at the hotel’s door,
  • Blue Ridge Parkway and its mineralogical museum.