Scoliosis Research Society

Social Events & Tours

Social Events

Opening Ceremonies & Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Open to all registered delegates and their registered guests at no additional fee. Name badges are required.

The Annual Meeting will officially begin with the Opening Ceremonies and this year’s Howard Steel Lecture, presented by Michael Smerconish. The evening will include an introduction of the SRS officers.  All delegates and registered guests are invited and encourage to attend the Opening Ceremonies.  Following the Opening Ceremonies, we will move to a hosted reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and plenty of lively conversations and reunions with colleagues and friends.

The Welcome Reception is supported, in part, by grants from Medtronic, NuVasive and Zimmer Biomet

Farewell Reception

Friday, September 8, 2017

Open to all registered delegates and registered guests. Tickets are $50 each and should be purchased in advance. A limited number of tickets may be available onsite but SRS strongly urges delegates and guests to purchase tickets at the time of registration. Name badges are required. Cocktail dress is appropriate for the Farewell Reception.

The 52nd Annual Meeting & Course will culminate with a farewell reception at the National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia.  The National Constitution Center offers breathtaking birds-eye view of Philadelphia’s historic landmarks.  Farewell Reception attendees will also be able to visit the museum’s popular attractions including the Signer’s Hall and The Story of We The People which celebrates the Unites States’ Constitution’s legacy of freedom with a rotating collection of rare artifacts.


Optional Tours

The following tours are available to registered delegates and guests through Stockton & Partners, our partners in Philadelphia. All tour reservations must be made directly on the Stockton & Partners’ website, using the link below. Any questions regarding registration or tour details should be directed to Stockton & Partners. 


All tours depart and return to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Tour Details


Wednesday, September 6
Historic Philadelphia $50– Regular / $45 – Early Bird Savings
Thursday, September 7 – EVENING TOUR
Philadelphia Lights by Night $50 – Regular / $45– Early Bird Savings
Friday, September 8
Philadelphia Old and New $65 – Regular / $59 – Early Bird Savings

Historic Philadelphia – Wednesday

The birthplace of the nation includes the country’s most historic mile.  Beginning with our first step out to Philadelphia’s modern day Market Street and we will learn how it got its name from the colonial market stalls that bustled with life in the 1700s as explore Independence National Historical Park. 

Hear the stories of the people, places and things that made Colonial Philadelphia the seat of government for the young nation.  Visit neighborhoods where the Founding Fathers’ lived and see how contemporary Philadelphians have made them their own.  See the same tiny courtyards and by-ways of colonial Philadelphians – only seen while on foot!  Sites include*: Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall (ticketed interior tour), Congress Hall, Old City Hall (site of the first Supreme Court), Benjamin Franklin’s print shop, Betsy Ross House, Franklin’s grave, Elfreth’s Alley and Christ Church.

Date:                      Wednesday, September 6
Tour Length:          3-4 Hours
Type of Tour:         Walking
Price per Person:  $50.00– Regular / $45 – Early Bird Savings

Philadelphia Lights by Night – Thursday Evening

When the sun goes down, Philadelphia transforms into a glistening jewel that contrasts the illuminated historic elegance with the glittering modern sleekness.  Boat House Row, the Art Museum, and Swan Fountain are even more beautiful at night!

See where Philadelphian’s kick back, relax and take in our city. From exciting new restaurants and cafés, to chic boutiques and galleries, to bowling clubs and martini lounges. See the Philadelphia that today’s Philadelphians have created alongside historic Philadelphia!

Date:                        Thursday, September 7 - Evening
Tour Length:            2.5 hours
Type of Tour:           Combination bus and walking tour
Price per Person:    $50 – Regular / $45 – Early Bird Savings

Philadelphia Old & New – Friday

The most comprehensive full-city tour, Philadelphia Then & Now, is a fully guided tour via deluxe transportation through four centuries of art, architecture and Philadelphia’s growth to a modern metropolis. 

Beginning before 1776, hear the stories of the people, places and things that made Colonial Philadelphia the seat of government for the young nation and one of the largest English speaking cities in the world.  See such sites as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Betsy Ross House, Franklin’s grave, Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley and the neighborhood of Society Hill. Embracing the modern day, we will visit neighborhoods where the Founding Fathers’ lived and see how contemporary Philadelphians have made them their own.  Going beyond the colonial period, visit the bustling business district, Museum Mile of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the famous Rocky steps, Philadelphia’s vibrant theater district, Antique Row, and much more.  Off-coach photo opportunities will occur throughout the tour.

Date:                        Friday, September 8
Tour Length:           3 hours
Type of Tour:          Bus Tour with several off-coach photo opportunities
Price per Person:   $65 – Regular / $59– Early Bird Savings

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