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#BIO2014 Opening Reception: What A Night!

Submitted by on June 24, 2014 – 5:58 am

BIO 2104 is finally here in San Diego! Today was the first day of the convention, and the day ended with a fabulous Opening Reception on the USS Midway. The Midway is one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in the United States Navy and operated from September 1945, just after World War II ended, until 1992, when it was decommissioned and docked in the San Diego bay. The aircraft carrier certainly deserves a visit, but a party of this kind should really not be missed. The party, sponsored by the State of Georgia, was truly amazing. Once BIO attendees got to the Midway, either walking along the bay, like I did, or with one of the shuttles from their hotels, they could have not wished anything more. The party started with a band playing, even before guests entered the ship. But the real party was on the main deck of the aircraft carrier with its 29 restored aircrafts and beautiful views of the bay and of the city. Bartenders were happy to serve you anything you asked for, and many food stations on the deck of the carrier served delicious food. From pasta and breadsticks, to barbeque and macaroni and cheese, to salmon and roasted vegetables, to cookies and donuts, the food was delicious. But nice food and free flowing drinks are almost to be expected at a reception. What was unique on the Midway was the entertainment. BIO attendees were graced by bands playing and by talented dancers in costumes from the 1950s swing dancing on the stage. The acrobats were fantastic; dressed in military attire, they were jumping and jumping, and my jaw dropped a few times watching their show. At around 9 pm, spectacular fireworks concluded this amazing party and, regrettably, people started to hop the shuttles back to their hotels, thinking of what a great time they had on their first day in America’s finest city.

Image 1. A band of sailors welcomes the attendees as they arrive at the USS Midway

Image 1. A band of sailors welcomes the attendees as they arrive at the USS Midway

Image 2. Guests and servers on the main deck.

Image 2. Guests and servers on the main deck.

Image 3. A group of performers dressed to honor Rosie the Riveter.

Image 3. A group of performers dressed to honor Rosie the Riveter.

Image 4. Singing and swing dancing the night away!

Image 4. Singing and swing dancing the night away.

Image 5. The acrobats: what a show!

Image 5. The acrobats: what a show!

Image 5. Last but not least, the fireworks!

Image 5. Last but not least, the fireworks!

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