I just signed up for the DPS 49 Banquet and an art class before the banquet that Sundance has made available to DPS members. Note that the banquet cost includes transportation to and from Sundance Mountain Resort, a beautiful property at the base of Mount Timpanogos, ~15 miles from downtown Provo. It is a special place and I know it will facilitate collegial interactions and discussions about our scientific work.
The activities prior to the meeting include pottery, jewelry making, painting and journal making. I finally decided on painting to exercise a different part of my brain. These classes are offered for a fee and I hope you'll take the time to sign up for this different experience for two hours before the banquet if you're so inclined. No experience is necessary. I'm looking forward to @DPSMeeting #DPS17 (or DPS49) in Provo, UT next month and hope you are too.