Oxford...One for the Books 90th Annual Convention




In Oxford, a great story is waiting around any given corner–visitors and locals alike are our characters, our beautiful town serves as the ideal setting, and our culture, food, and experiences are the adjectives, the exclamations and the plot. Whether you’re a book-lover or just looking to write a new page, we believe that this GCM 90th Convention will be one for the books! This convention will highlight some of Oxford’s brightest authors and stories that are uniquely interesting to GCM members. Additionally, we will trek the paths of William Faulkner with tours to his home and grounds, the University, the historic square, and Saint Peter’s Cemetery. Join us …it will be one for the books! 

Hotel Information

 Graduate Hotel
400 North Lamar
King room - $119      Double Queen - $129

Courtyard by Marriott
305 Jackson Avenue East
Rooms starting at $112

The Farmstead
39 County Road 2068
A configuration of rooms/cottages may be reserved with a 10%   discount using the Promo Code:  GCM18  

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Preconvention Schedule

Monday, April 8, 2019

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Registration, 

Lobby of The Graduate Hotel, 

400 North Lamar Blvd.

GCM Meetings

Oxford Church of Christ 

409 North Lamar Blvd. 

9:00 Finance Committee Meeting
11:00 Executive Committee Meeting

Noon President’s Luncheon  

Oxford Church of Christ 

409 North Lamar Blvd. 

1:00 Meeting of State Headquarters Board of Trustees
2:00 GCM Board of Directors Meeting

Home of Nan Davis, 

520 North Lamar Blvd

6:00 Early Arrivals Dinner


Convention Schedule

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 

The Jefferson

365 Hwy 6 East

8:00 Tri-Consultant’s Council 

9:00 Annual Business Meeting 

Formal Opening of the 90th Annual  Convention 

11:00 – 11:30 Book Swap 

11:30 Special Awards Luncheon 

1:30 Workshop Elizabeth Heiskell, author The Southern Living Party Cookbook and What can I Bring? - Today Show contributor 

3:00-5:00 Rowan Oak Tour 

6:30 Cocktails (cash bar) 

7:00 Design Banquet Greg Campbell and Erick New Authors of Florists to the Field Owners, The Garden District, Memphis, Tennessee


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 

The Jefferson

365 Hwy 6 East

8:00 Mississippi Flower Show Judges’ Council 

8:00 Club Presidents - Lafayette Public Library, 401 Bramlett Blvd.

9:30 – 10:00 Workshop 

Jeff McManus University of Mississippi Director Landscape Services, Author, Growing Weeders into Leaders 

10:15 - 10:45 Workshop 

Katherine Sharp, Owner Farmstead Floral 

11:00 - 11:30 Workshop 

David Crews, Author The Mississippi Book of Quotations 

Noon – 2:00 Awards Luncheon 

2:30-4:30 Explore Oxford - Double Decker Bus Tour

5:30 Cocktails (cash bar) 

6:00 Installation Banquet 

8:00 President’s Reception 

Home of Barbara Jim Turner 

103 Zilla Avent Drive 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 

Oxford Church of Christ 

409 North Lamar Blvd. 

9:00 GCM New Board of Directors 




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Oxford Tour Offerings:

Tour 1:  Tuesday, April 9th, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a tour of William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak.  Tour Guide Bill Griffith will give a walking tour of this historic home.  The tour is limited to 40 people on a first come, first serve basis.  You will need to provide your own transportation to Rowan Oak.  Map and information is included in your bag.

Tour 2:  Wednesday, April 10th, 3 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the Double Decker guided tour of Oxford.  The double decker bus will pick up participants at the Graduate at 3 p.m. This tour is limited to 60 people, unless it rains and then only 30 can be accommodated.


Just feel free to shop on your own and enjoy all of the delights Oxford has to offer.  Your bags contain maps and all the information you may need to navigate our town.  Enjoy your shopping card found in your bag.A unique walking tour of the City with time to enjoy lunch and shopping too! Maximize your sightseeing with this exceptional tour.