Tours & Social Events
The following official social events are open to registered delegates and registered guests. Tickets must be requested at the time of registration, though a limited number of tickets may be available onsite. Additional charges apply where indicated.
Opening Ceremonies & Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 14
The 46th Annual Meeting officially begins with the Opening Ceremonies and this year’s Howard Steel Lecture, presented by Bill Samuels, President of Makers’ Mark Distilleries. The evening will include an introduction of the SRS officers and honored presidents from other spine societies. All delegates and guests are invited and encouraged to attend the Opening Ceremonies, followed by a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and reunions with colleagues and friends.
Friday, September 16
7:00 – 10:00pm
Tickets are $25 each.
The 46th Annual Meeting culminates with a truly unique evening at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Delegates and guests will enjoy the local culinary flair, while taking in the epic history and ceremony that surrounds the “Run for the Roses!” SRS has a “Triple Crown” of activities planned, including tours of world-famous Churchill Downs, mock-betting (with proceeds benefiting the SRS Endowment Fund), photo opportunities with a real thoroughbred and jockey, and conclusion of the Derby Fashion Face-Off! Shuttles will depart the the Galt House Hotel & Suites every 15 minutes from 6:00 – 7:00pm and will return between 9:00 – 10:00pm. Be sure to purchase your tickets with your registration – they’ll go quickly and availability is limited!
The following optional tours are available to registered delegates and guests. Tour registration is available through August 1, 2011. After August 1, tours may be canceled if minimum attendance figures are not met and full refunds will be issued. A limited number of tour tickets may be available onsite. SRS strongly encourages pre-registration for all tours.
Historic Louisville Tour
Wednesday, September 14; 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday, September 15; 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Historic Louisville Tour is a great way to learn about the area and several of the treasures to which Louisvillians lay claim. The tour begins across the Ohio River with the Falls of the Ohio and an awesome view of the Louisville skyline. The tour bus will drive through Museum Row and the second largest cast iron district in the country as well as visit Old Louisville, which is home to the largest collection of Victorian Architecture in the US. You’ll also experience Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, with a walking tour of the grounds and time in their gift shop.
Best of Kentucky Tour
Wednesday, September 14; 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday, September 16; 8:30am – 4:30pm
Experience Kentucky’s proud bourbon heritage and the rich tradition of the thoroughbred horse industry on a journey to explore the best of Kentucky. Enjoy a scenic jaunt through the rolling hills of Bluegrass countryside as we travel to a premier stallion farm to have the rare opportunity to get up close to past and future Derby stars and studs. Enjoy a taste of true Southern charm and hospitality while we stop for lunch along the way at a unique local eatery. Learn about the history of bourbon and the process in which it’s made on a guided distillery tour followed by a bourbon sampling. This outing will leave you with a new appreciation for our favorite secret sauce.
Thursday, September 15; 9:00am – 12:30pm
Designed for shoppers, by shoppers. Guests will visit Westport Village, Louisville’s first true outdoor specialty shopping village, showcasing award winning shops, restaurants and lifestyle concepts. The architecture and landscaping interprets the gracious lifestyle and rich equestrian tradition of Kentucky. Guests will also visit other uniqueareas of town and take in their eclectic characters while browsing through charming local shops.
Thursday, September 15; 12:30 – 6:30pm
Enjoy an afternoon golf outing to play 18 holes at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Course. Nestled on a gently-rolling plain at the foot of Southern Indiana's famous Floyds Knobs. Each hole has been laid out to emphasize the natural beauty of the landscape and panorama. The par-72 circuit features five lakes, a meandering creek and is pleasantly forested. The USGA spec'ed greens are gently contoured and trap placement is challenging, but not punishing. Paved cart paths connect all tees and carts can be driven anywhere on the course's Zoysia grass fairways. Each hole offers a choice of four separate tees matching the course to the ability level of any player.
Moonshine & Madness Haunted Highlands Ghost Tour
Thursday, September 15; 6:30 – 9:00pm
Guests have the unique opportunity to learn about this city's scandalous past from a paranormal historian on a ride through Louisville's eclectic Highlands neighborhood. Take a trip through the eerie Eastern Cemetery, as well as visit what was once was an orphanage home, a “spirited” restaurant and haunted homes to Louisville’s most famous residents to learn about their ever-present sightings, among many more tales from the crypt. Guests in for a treat on this hair-raising experience that won’t soon be forgotten.