Group dinner - we will finalize this at the start of the meeting tomorrow. The three candidates so far are the local and somewhat walkable Dogfish Head Ale House, which has underwhelmed some attendees
Boulevard Tavern in Kentlands
Uncle Julios in Gaithersburg
Getting to NIST from the Hilton:
This seems to be working out. Drivers and riders should gather in the lobby at 12:20.
Walkers should gather at 12:00. One of our NIST hosts, John Henry Scott, provided this commentary on walking last year:
At the moment it is reasonable to walk from the Hilton to NIST's main gate (Gate A).
As Rainer points out the distance is not bad, but until recently it was a dangerous walk because there were no sidewalks where Perry Parkway passes underneath the CSX train tracks at this location. Now there are nice sidewalks at that underpass as well as the other potential trouble spot for pedestrians, the point where Diamond Ave passes under I270. The current Street View on Google maps is up to date and shows the walking path in both cases.
I live 1200 meters from NIST, not too far from the Hilton, and I have personally walked the exact path meeting attendees might take. Please feel free to share any of the above information with your mailing list.