Guest Program

Penrose Guest Hospitality Suite

Hours: Sun.–Wed., 22–25 Oct., 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

We warmly welcome all members of the GSA community to Seattle! As part of that welcome, we offer registered guests and Penrose Circle Invitees a comfortable Hospitality Suite for rest and relaxation while technical sessions are going on. As a registered guest, you are welcome to attend your companion’s technical session(s), and you will also have admittance to the Exhibit Hall. Activities in the suite include complimentary refreshments, entertaining and educational seminars, and local experts ready to answer your questions about Seattle. Local tours and activities will also be offered for an additional fee. We hope that you take advantage of the tours to learn about the area from one of the knowledgeable tour guides.


Understanding Social Media

Sun., 22 Oct., 10 a.m., Penrose Guest Hospitality Suite
Learn the Ins and Outs of Social Media from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to Hashtags.  Guests will gain an understanding of what these sites are about and how to best utilize them. 

For parents this seminar is will provide insight to the connected world of kids and teens, which can be challenging for parents as adults don’t communicate online in the same way and are not necessarily using the same social media.  The goal is to help parents better understand how their kids are using social networking and to provide them with tips and tools they can use to help them minimize negative experiences and maximize the positive opportunities that social media has to offer.

Washington’s Wine Industry

Mon., 23 Oct., 10 a.m, Penrose Guest Hospitality Suite
Washington State is the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions.   Nestled in the Sammamish River Valley, Woodinville is a small community that has become a haven for fine winemakers.  With the perfect climate for wine, ideal growing conditions, quality wines. In recent years, Washington's wine industry has become the fastest-growing agricultural sector in the state.  The number of Washington wineries has increased 400% in the last decade, attracting millions of visitors to Washington wine country every year and creating a multi-million dollar wine-tourism industry.  We predict that it will again double in size in the next 8 years.  In the meantime, California is pulling out vineyards.  A decade from now, there could be an interesting shift in West Coast wine powers.  Currently, 1 out of every 4 bottles of wine sold in Washington is made in Washington. The other three come from California, Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.   Will Washington become the next Napa Valley? 

Seattle Glass Blowing

Tues., 24 Oct., 10 a.m., Penrose Guest Hospitality Suite
Seattle is known as the epicenter of American glass art.  The first thing most Seattleites think about upon hearing the phrase “glass art” is Dale Chihuly.  And with good reason; the history of Northwest glass has Chihuly’s name woven throughout, from its earliest beginnings.  Glassblowing is built on mentorship, teamwork and a wildly experimental spirit.  Students come from around the world to train here and have a life-changing experience, so they stick around.  As a result, it has built an incredible community.  Studios and artist have flourished.  By the early 1990s, the Northwest had become so well known as a glass haven, that talk of a glass museum began.  In 2002, the Tacoma Museum of Glass opened its doors and in 2012 The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum opened.  This one-of-a-kind space houses the most comprehensive presentation of Dale Chihuly’s artwork on public view.    Learn about the history of Glassblowing in Seattle, this amazing community.