2023 MCAA Midyear Meeting in Hershey, PA
September 17th - September 20th, 2023
By Isa Stein
The 2023 MCAA Midyear Meeting will take place from September 17th through September 20th, 2023 at the historic Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA. The Hotel Hershey, a Historic Hotel of America, is situated high atop the town of Hershey and has 276 guest rooms, including 48 cottages, as well as 25,000 square feet of meeting and function space. It's known for refined elegance, signature service, and abundant amenities. The 1930's hotel is a recipient of both the Forbes Four-Star Award and the AAA Four-Diamond Award. We are on track for yet another record-setting MCAA Midyear Meeting at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey. Registration is still open, but the MCAA’s original hotel block is now sold out. We have been able to work with the hotel to secure additional rooms at the nearby sister property, The Hershey Lodge.
Hershey, PA is a place of thrilling attractions, exciting live concerts, premier dining, breathtaking venues, relaxing getaways, and deliciously sweet Hershey's chocolate. It's also a place with a proud history and legacy of exceptional service and generous philanthropy installed by the man who built two great companies and began a dream that is alive and thriving today in Hershey, The Sweetest Place On Earth®!
Hersheypark® was originally created by Milton S. Hershey as leisure grounds for employees of Hershey's Chocolate Factory. Today, our family amusement park in Central Pennsylvania, complete with 15 thrilling roller coasters & a larger-than-life water park, welcomes guests from around the world to experience Hersheypark Happy® all year long! Hersheypark® amusement is only open on the weekends (Friday-Sunday) until 10pm in the month of September.
Hershey is located in Central Pennsylvania near four major hubs: Baltimore (BWI, 90 Minutes), Philadelphia (PHL, 90 Minutes), Washington D.C. (IAD 1 Hour 45 Minutes), and New York City (JFK, 3 Hours).
The Midyear Meeting will kick off with our Opening Dinner and Reception on Sunday evening. On Monday, we will have our Committee Chair Planning Meeting in the morning followed by The Masonry Foundation Meeting. After that, we will have the Lunch and the East Golf Course Outing.
Lunch and East Golf Course Outing
Hershey Country Club features award-winning courses which are home to prestigious tournaments. Milton Hershey opened Hershey Country Club in 1930 on the twin principles of sporting excellence and refined luxury. That rich tradition continues today. Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 50 resorts in the US, the Club features two spectacular 18 hole private courses, the East Course and West Course. This par-71 course opened in 1969 and features elevated greens, three lakes, and more than 100 bunkers. The course has rolling fairways, stretching 7,061 yards with a rating of 74.5 and a slope of 136.
Golfers Only Lunch: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Driving Range + Putting Green: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Opening Announcements: 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Shotgun Start: 1:00 PM
On Tuesday morning, there is breakfast and Speed Dating. Cultured Stone will be giving the breakfast presentation. The 2023 Midyear Meeting also marks the return of attendee-favorite, Hands-On Speed Dating. This unique and educational opportunity allows contractors to learn from and dialogue with suppliers while touching, feeling, and using the latest equipment and technology.
Hands-On Speed Dating
Every three years, the MCAA puts a twist on the traditional Speed Dating event. Small groups of contractors will make their way through 20-minute educational presentations about some of the latest developments in the industry.
New this year are our Speed Dating Break Zones, which will allow contractors and five additional companies to network in an informal setting during TWO 30-minute breaks.
The Clay Café Tour & Dinner Presented By Glen-Gery
Our Tuesday night event, The Clay Café Tour & Dinner, will proudly be presented by MCAA Corporate Partner Glen-Gery. This event is a can't-miss opportunity for all Midyear registrants to experience a truly unique and unforgettable evening.
We'll begin with transportation to the Glen-Gery brick plant, where our generous hosts will lead small groups on an informative tour of the facility. You'll get an up-close look at the brick manufacturing process, including handmade brick making. While some are on the tour, others will have the chance to mingle, enjoy drinks, and snack. After the tour, we'll all come together for dinner.
This event promises to be an incredible evening filled with great company, delicious food, and an educational experience you'll never forget. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to see how the magic happens!
Wednesday morning will feature the Board Meeting and Contractor Round Table Discussions. Our final afternoon will be free; in the evening, we will host our annual Hall Of Fame Award Ceremony and Closing Dinner.
Masonry Hall Of Fame Awards Ceremony & Dinner
This marks the third year that the ceremony will be conducted as part of the Midyear Meeting. New inductees, Calvin Brodie, Stephen Getz, Daniel L. Hiltebeitel, and Bill McConnell, will be awarded their Hall of Fame plaque on Wednesday, September 20th. Inductees will have the chance to give speeches to commemorate this historic evening.
We are proud to announce that for the third year in a row, MCAA Strategic Partner SOLA will serve as the sole sponsor of the Masonry Hall of Fame.
We look forward to seeing you in Pennsylvania, and be sure to look out at the full program details at midyear.masoncontractors.org!
About the Author
Isa Stein is the Multimedia Production Coordinator at the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA).