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2017 Turning Symposium Registration Details

Thursday, October 12, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Higher Ground Conference Center
3820 Logan Creek Ln
West Harrison, IN  47060

(812) 637-3777
Additional Info:
Symposium Registrar
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
This year we changed the registration process to give you more granular choices so if you don't plan to participate in all of the Demonstration Sessions or eat all of the meals you can pick and choose to suit your needs.

This change makes the list of options a bit longer. To see options details expand options list with the down arrow in the black circle to the left of "Activities/Items". During Registration read down the list and check the items that you want by clicking the small box next to the price and skip the rest. This list will be presented for each person you register.

More detailed instructions are at the bottom of the options list. Please read these instructions carefully before registering.

We believe our symposium is very affordable and offers great value. We want you to be able to pick from the attendance, meal and lodging options that best meet your needs.

If you have any questions or difficulties please feel free to call Dave Kratzer 513-290-9609 or email He can register you over the phone if you have a credit card.
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Symposium Demonstration Sessions Pass ONLY - all 3 days - NO Meals
Symposium Demonstration Sessions Pass - Friday ONLY - NO Meals
Symposium Demonstration Sessions Pass - Saturday ONLY - NO Meals
Symposium Demonstration Sessions Pass - Sunday ONLY - NO Meals
9 Meals ONLY - Thur Eve, Fri, Sat, Sun
8 Meals ONLY - Fri, Sat, Sun
3 Breakfasts ONLY - Fri, Sat, Sun
3 Lunches ONLY - Fri, Sat, Sun
Thursday Night Dinner ONLY
Friday Breakfast ONLY
Friday Lunch ONLY
Friday Dinner ONLY
Saturday Breakfast ONLY
Saturday Lunch ONLY
Saturday Banquet ONLY
Sunday Breakfast ONLY
Sunday Lunch ONLY
Lodge Room 3 Nights
Lodge Room Wait List
Thursday Night Dormitory Room
Friday Night Dormitory Room
Saturday Night Dormitory Room
Thursday Night RV/Camping
Friday Night RV/Camping
Saturday Night RV/Camping

Click the down arrow in black circle   Activities/Items  to view all of your options and details for registration.


Please read each item on the registration carefully and check the boxes that you desire. Read carefully so you don't miss something you need or want. During registration, you can back up and start over if you need to.

Turning 2017 will be held at The Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in rural West Harrison, Indiana. The center is located in a rustic area surrounded by rolling tree filled hills.  This environment encourages attendees to stay on site, dine with new and old friends, and enjoy the camaraderie and open sharing of woodturning experience.

The fee for the various Symposium Demonstration Sessions Pass options DOES NOT INCLUDE meals for the day or days chosen.

If you are also registering Spouse, Guest or Child you will have to enter them as 'Guest' at the beginning of your registration process. When you see this: 

Click 'Add Guest to Registration' and fill in the appropriate options for each guest or spouse. 

Otherwise, click 'Next' if you want to continue your registration without adding any guests or after you are done adding Spouse and/or guests. You can add a Spouse or Guest to your registration when asked or you can register & pay for them on separate registrations now or later.

There are a variety of meal plans and options.  Choose Thursday dinner, either alone or as part of the 9 meal plan, if plan to arrive Thursday or live locally and wish to join us for the slideshows on their work, presented by our professional demonstrators. There are 3-day, 8 or 9 meal options for a Spouse or Guest that will join you but not attend the Symposium Breakout Sessions (this option includes the Saturday Banquet). If Spouse or Guest will ONLY join you for Saturday Banquet there is an option for that also.

The on-site Check-in / Registration Desk will be located in the lobby of the Graves Family Life Center (opposite dining hall).  The Graves Center is also the main location for Demonstrations as well as the Trade Show and Auction. Check-in / Registration Desk will open on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM.  It will reopen at 7:30 AM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Dormitory rooms DO NOT include linens or toiletries. Bring your own linens, pillows, towels and toiletries (including soap, shampoo, etc.) Linen packages are available from Higher Ground at a cost of $15.  Separate dorm facilities are available for men and women. Most dormitory rooms will sleep four persons per room on the bottom level of bunk beds.  A few dormitory rooms will sleep up to 8 people.

Lodge rooms are only available for all three nights. These are private rooms with 2 full-size beds and bathroom. Similar to hotel or motel. If you want to share a room with another Symposium attendee one of you should book the room and settle up finances outside of this registration system. No single night rentals available.

We prefer that you register online using a credit card. If you prefer you can select your options and then print your registration invoice and send a check.

If you have questions, special needs not available on the registration, or if you have already registered and need to make a change you can contact the Registrar at email: or call 
Dave Kratzer at 513-290-9609 and register by phone.

Please join us at our premier biennial event. We are sure you will enjoy yourself, make new friends, pick up lots of new ideas, learn new techniques and acquire more wood and tools.

Lodge rooms go quick, so be sure to register early if you want a lodge room on site.  Also, register by July 15th, 2017 to get the discounted price.

Your payment will be for the total of you and anyone else you register. You can pay by credit card on our secure site, or print an invoice and send a check.

Very Important: 
If the total of your registration including your guest registration & housing is going to exceed $1500.00 charge to your credit card please register and pay for yourself then create a second registration for your guest. The system will not accept charges over $1500.00.

When ready to Register click Register Here here or at the top of the page.

Off-site Accommodations

These hotels are a 10-minute drive from Higher Ground Conference Center.
Use Exit 1, New Haven Road off of I74. 
For our group rate tell them you are with OVWG Group.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Harrison

10906 New Haven Road
Harrison, OH 45030
United States
(513) 367-1111
Prior to September 8, 2015, these rates are available:
King Standard $124.00
Two Queen Standard $129.99
King Suite with Pullout Couch  $139.99
Two Queen Suite with Pullout Couch $139.99 

Super 8 Harrison Ohio
Super-8 Harrison
10900 New Haven Road
Harrison, OH 45030
United States
(513) 367-5200


The rate is $69.99 + tax, good until Aug 31.    Rooms have 2 queen beds, microwave, tv, etc.



OVWG Learning Center is located at Kennedy Heights Cultural Campus
6620 Montgomery Road, Kennedy Heights, OH  45213 

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