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Social Program

Opening Reception and Official Opening of the International Trade Exhibition

Monday, July 3

6:00 pm – 7:30pm

The Opening Reception is an icebreaker that allows conference-goes to get to know each other better while having some fun! Held in conjunction with the opening of the International Trade Exhibition, the event includes food and drinks and the opportunity to mingle with organizations featuring the latest technology, products, and services for cartography and geographic information science. Attendees have a chance to meet up with old acquaintances, meet new friends, network with others in the community, explore, of the latest products, online services, and books, and discuss with experts the breadth and depth of services, tools, and technologies.

Young Cartographers Social Gathering

Tuesday, July 4th

7:00 pm – 9:00pm

Join with other young cartographers and spend an evening in Washington D.C.,to network and discuss research, technology, and careers. This event will be a walking excursion to the Adams Morgan neighborhood to the east of the Marriott Hotel. The event will be casual and open to any young cartographers that wish to join. The group will meet near Harry’s Pub at 7pm and will return to the hotel between 9pm and 10pm. The gathering will be led by Ron Mahabir ( and other members of the DC cartographic community. Food/beverage expenses will be the responsibility of each participant.

The Four Washington Meridians

Tour Leader:  Keith Clarke (UC Santa Barbara)

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

10am – 3pm

Washington’s early cartography generated not one but four principal meridians for mapping. This field trip will visit markers and sites along the four principal meridians used in mapping the United States up to the adoption of the Greenwich meridian.

We will start by viewing L’Enfant’s original plan for Washington at the Library of Congress, then receive a briefing on the history and geography for the day.  Sites included will be the White House, the Jefferson Pier, and the old and new Naval Observatories.

This will be a walking tour that also takes advantage of the Washington DC Metro, and would not be suitable for people unused to long urban walks. Guides will relate the details of the meridians and some local cartographic history over the course of the day.


Washington Nationals Baseball Game

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

6:00 pm – 10:00pm

The quintessential American summer sporting activity is baseball.  Spend a pleasant evening with your cartographic colleagues attending a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets.This social activity includes a full-price admissions ticket and a metro fare pass (transportation). The event will be hosted by US cartographers that will be able to answer questions about the game, its history, and cultural significance.

Art Opening

Rising Tides: Batiks on Silk

By Mary Edna Fraser

Wednesday, July 5

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Host: Eric Anderson (CaGIS Executive Director)


Special Art Opening for ICC attendees

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

1632 U Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009

The work of Mary Edna Fraser will be on display at ICC 2017 in the Marriott Atrium. The artist will be available during the conference to talk with ICC 2017 attendees about her artwork, influences, and inspiration. Please join us Wednesday evening for an exclusive Art Opening for ICC attendees at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. The works on this page are “Global Perception” (left, triptych, batik on silk, 876 sq. feet), “Bangladesh” (upper right, batik on silk, 45” x 44”), and “Yukon Delta” (lower right, batik on silk, 44” x 44”).

For more information about the artist, please see 


Historic Bars of DC – Walking Tour

Wednesday, July 5th

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Tour Guide: Douglas Vandegraft, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Tour Size: 20-35 participants

Cost: $25 (Cost of individual food and beverage are extra)

The District of Columbia has a long history of establishments that provided alcoholic beverages to a wide variety of clientele. The Civil War era saw the rise of “Rum Row” which was a portion of E Street between the Capital Building and the White House where soldiers, politicians, gamblers and prostitutes would come to intermingle. Prohibition came to DC two years before the rest of the nation, but hundreds of “speakeasies” sprouted up in defiance of the law. Most of these businesses are long gone, but the locations and storied reputations remain. Join Doug Vandegraft, author of A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska, for a walking tour of some of the most historic bars in DC. Included are Old Ebbitt’s Grill, the 1331 Lounge, and the Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel. The costs of food and beverage are extra. Transportation costs via Washington DC Metro will be included in the $25 tour cost.

Shoomaker’s Bar on D.C.’s infamous Rum Row. (Photo: Library of Congress)


Texas-Style Barbecue Dinner

Thursday, July 6th

7:30 – 10:30pm

Join the US Local Organizers for an authentic Texas Barbecue dinner, complete with music, dancing, and entertainment.  The venue for our marquee social event is the Texas Hill Country Barbecue in the center of Washington, D.C., which features authentic and unique American cuisine from the Texas Hill Country.   The venue is accessible via the Washington D.C. metro and is adjacent to many other attractions in the center of the City.  The ribs and brisket come fresh from the BBQ pit and the traditional side dishes will complement the BBQ experience. Food will be served family-style as you would expect in a traditional setting. Vegetarian options are available and can be selected when signing up for this dinner experience.



Hill Country Barbecue
410 7th Street Northwest
Washington, D.C.