What is the Academy?
Since 2008 The Lone Star Holidays Academy has set a standard of excellence for holiday events. Every year the Academy runs for multiple days of learning, socializing, sharing, and growing. With dozens of classes held in multiple rooms, every attendee has the opportunity to enhance their holiday knowledge, regardless of experience level.
In 2012 and 2013 the Academy went to the next level… the ultimate level! Lone Star Holidays partnered with several of the recognized experts in various aspects of our shared hobby. These additions made the Academy the ultrashow of 2012 and 2013. And now we’re ready to do it all again in 2014…
As always, we will be creating classes that will help you develop your skills and give you new ideas for your holiday festivities. Sessions from beginner to advanced level of decorating will be offered. Some favorites will be back this year and some new topics with unique twists will be there to inspire you.
To read our recap of the 2013 Academy click here. It will give you a great idea of how much fun we all had. Over the coming months you will see information on our classes, our vendors and our event plans. We have some exciting plans so be sure to keep an eye on things right here at this site. Also be sure to follow our Twitter feed and keep an eye on #2014LSHAcademy for announcements.
From all of us to all of you, we hope to see you at the 2014 edition of the Academy. Happy EVERYTHING!
The term “academy” represents the best in education; something higher than the basics and a place where special skills are taught. That is exactly what we strive to achieve: to create the best educational event that anyone in the holiday community could find.
Every year we ask our attendees to complete an extensive feedback survey to help us make better decisions on every aspect of the Academy. As our membership continues to grow, and to include more individuals from different holiday experience levels, we recognized the need to modify how we approach the educational aspects of the Academy. So in 2011 we launched an entirely new approach to our education and continue that trend in 2013.
We have implemented a system of educational “tracks” because our attendees are the best judge of what their level of knowledge is, as well as how high their interest in a particular topic goes. Remember that you do not have to select one track and stay in it. You can choose to attend any class in any track, based on your interest and experience.
In past years we have had the very best of traditional Christmas classes, a comprehensive DIY educational track presented by the experts in the Do-It-Yourself community (DIY Light Animation), a fully developed offering of Halloween courses (led by the team from 13th Street Morgue), and many other learning opportunities for decorators and holiday enthusiasts. We had over 50 classes at the 2013 Academy and we continue to work hard on developing educational offerings that are informative, useful, and exciting. Click any of the banners below to learn more about each track and what you can expect. Over the next several months specific class topics and instructors will be listed as they become finalized.
Regardless of what you are looking to learn, the Academy is sure to cover your bases.
See you at the Academy!
Just for fun: Can you name the bands that the logos above represent? Click here for the answers!
Every year the Academy welcomes holiday vendors to attend and share their products with our attendees. Whether it’s the newest in lighting or supplies to make your display bigger and brighter, the vendors who attend the Academy are on site to provide you with show specials, product debuts, and all of the holiday excitement you can imagine.
In 2013 we had more vendors attending the Academy than ever before and each brought excitement to the event. Some of them were the “usual suspects” that you have come to expect at the Academy while others are new faces to the event. Make sure to budget for 2014 and bring your wallets- you’ll be glad that you did!
CONTRACTED TO ATTEND AS OF JUNE 9, 2014:
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE VENDORS ABOVE, AND THOSE LISTED
BELOW, FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE 2013 ACADEMY.
THESE VENDORS DID NOT JUST SEND DOOR PRIZES. THEY ATTENDED, SHOWED OFF THEIR
PRODUCTS, AND SOME EVEN TAUGHT CLASSES. OUR THANKS TO ALL OF OUR VENDOR PARTNERS:
What is the Academy?
The Academy is an annual gathering of holiday-centric people from all over the country. We come together to share, learn, and socialize with one another and every year things get bigger and better. Dozens of classes each year, vendor involvement, multiple classrooms, unique topics, and passionate instructors create an amazing environment for all of our attendees.
That sounds like a big event! How does it all come together each year?
Before the current Academy ends there are already plans under way for the following year. As planning progresses we make decisions that directly impact each person who could potentially attend. The total attendee experience is of the utmost importance during the planning of each Academy.
Who does all of the work?
The Academy volunteers give of their time freely to work together and ensure that each and every attendee comes away feeling as if they have learned something and that they have enjoyed their time at the event. They make it look easy, but the fact is that the Academy is a huge undertaking, with logistical nightmares that inevitably happen along the way. Every decision is made with one thought in mind: “How will this impact the attendee experience?
In the end, all of the hard work and late nights make for a great event, one that the planners can be proud of, and that the attendees can remember for years to come. We believe there is no other event like the Academy anywhere else.
Where is the 2014 Academy being held?
The selection of a facility is a key element to a successful event. For every Academy, the planners and Board of Directors begin discussing facilities over a year in advance, considering budgets, services offered, location, and size. The Academy has, and always will, provide multi-room education to allow maximum value for attendees. In order to do this, the location is a critical element to providing a superior experience for you.
For 2014, we are returning to a very familiar place: the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe, Texas. This versatile facility will accommodate multiple classes, a large meeting space, vendor areas, and plenty of room to spread out and socialize.
The Lone Star Convention Center is located at 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, Texas 77303.
When is the Academy?
The 2014 Academy is being held from Friday July 11th to Sunday July 13th. Times and schedules will be announced as they become finalized over the next few months.
How do I register? What does it cost?
What are the closest airports?
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is about 40 Miles away. Terminal for most of the major carriers.
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is about 55 Miles Away. Primary Terminal for Southwest. This airport is on the south side of Houston so if you fly in during rush hour be prepared for longer travel times.
What hotel should I stay at?
You can stay at any of the great hotels in the area. Click here to see more details on hotels in and around Conroe.
What classes will be offered?
The term “academy” represents the best in education; something higher than the basics and a place where special skills are taught. That was exactly what we strive to achieve: to create the best education event that anyone in the holiday community could find. Over the coming months you will see details concerning the different classes that are being created so be sure to check in on this website. Click here to learn more details about the educational offerings.
Please send it to us using our Contact Us form. We’ll take a look and get back to you as soon as we can! In addition, you can get more information and learn about different aspects of the holidays at the Lone Star Holidays forums. Click the button on the right for more information.
THE SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE!
A few schedule notes to keep in mind:
Because we work from a volunteer pool of instructors there is a always possibility that something may come up that would necessitate a change or class cancellation. We have only had a few class cancellations since 2008 so the odds are on our side. On the off chance that a cancellation does occur we are confident that everyone will be able to find another interesting session.
No doubt some of you may look at the schedule and see classes that conflict with others you may want to attend. We sympathize with that and the best thing we can tell you is to notate those courses you will miss but are interested in and perhaps a local event on that topic will happen in the future. A schedule this intricate is difficult to create and we hope you can accept that, while you may not see everything you want to see, you have the opportunity to get a tremendous amount out of what you do see.
We do not stream, video or record sessions. Our focus has always been on the folks who can attend and we stand by that. Hopefully everyone will be able to join us, if not this year than at another Academy in the future.
HUNGRY BUT DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THE ACADEMY FOR LUNCH?
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO CONROE, TEXAS, a beautiful collision of nature, history, the arts and recreation all nestled in the Piney Woods of East Texas, just 40 minutes north of the heart of Houston.
FIRST THINGS FIRST, WHERE WILL YOU STAY? We have great choices for Lodging in Conroe, well-known for Texan friendliness and hospitality. Click here for more information on hotels and lodging.
SECOND, YOU’LL WANT TO GRAB A BITE TO EAT! When they say everything is bigger in Texas they are definately talking about the variety of places to eat! Click here for more information on dining in and around Conroe.
AND YOU MIGHT BE LOOKING TO MAKE A TRIP OUT OF IT! there is a myriad of things to do around the area for you and your family. Come a few days early (or stay a few days late) and see for yourself! Click here for more information on visiting the area.