I forgot to mention one other important piece of news during the banquet. It was officially announced that the next AAC workshop, which will be AAC10, will be hosted by the University of Maryland. So the workshop is going back to the east coast in 2 years.
Earlier in the day, I heard Pat O'Shea said that they might have it at a Motel 6, or was it Motel 7? I hear that Motel 7 serves a mean Shirley Temple, so I'm all set to go already! :)
I haven't spent much time in Maryland. So this is another excellent reason to go to AAC10. I expect plenty of Maryland crabcakes and people recommending me the best places for them. Bring it on!