frank 2015: Amplified

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The clock’s ticking. It’s time to start planning your pilgrimage to frank 2015. Get ready to join with other leading minds who drive change by practicing it, studying it and funding it. The rabble-rousers and the do-gooders, those who look Goliath in the eye, and say “bring it.”

At frank 2015, we’ll amplify what made frank 2014 great: thoughtful speakers who cut straight to the point, fresh voices, rising stars, great music, scholars, local fare and one-on-one time with speakers.

We also want what happens at frank 2015 to lay the foundation for building a bigger tent–a place where people who share a commitment can share what they know and learn from each other and even prod ourselves on.

Participation at frank is by invitation. If you know you belong at frank, but didn’t get your invite, drop us a line.

Also stay tuned and visit often for the latest updates.

Hotel information

Our block of rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville-Downtown is  sold out, but if you call them directly, you may get still be able to get a room. If not, we have blocks at the Holiday Inn and the Hilton and will provide free shuttle service from both locations to the Hippodrome and downtown Gainesville.

Reserve at Hampton Inn & Suites (352-240-9300) (Sold out)
Reserve at Holiday Inn (Sold out)
Reserve at Hilton University (Sold out)

Please call Ellen at 352-273-1098  if you need help locating a hotel

What to do in Gainesville

Getting here

The Gainesville airport is about 20 minutes from downtown. Other options are the Jacksonville, Tampa or Orlando airports, each about a two-hour drive. 

The Experience

Gainesville, home to the University of Florida, offers a lively downtown area, intriguing museums, and countless events and outdoor activities.

Read on to see what awaits you here (in addition to frank!)

The University

Gator Nation


If you haven’t heard of “Gator Nation” before, you’ll know it well after spending time in  Gainesville. To first time visitors it might seem like a fanatical obsession with the University. But we’re sure you’ll feel differently after you’ve been here.

Gator Athletics

Albert and Alberta

The best way to get immersed in Gator Nation is through the University’s athletic activities. During frank 2015, you’ll have your pick of men’s and women’s tennis matches and numerous baseball games as well as track and field and gymnastics events taking place during the week.

Gainesville Culture

Despite being just a little more than 62 square miles in size, Gainesville is a microcosm of world culture, offering something for everyone. If you’re looking for music, theater, cuisine or people with an affinity for “jorts,” Gainesville culture won’t disappoint.


A-44There’s never a dull moment in downtown Gainesville. Restaurants, bars and people from nearly every walk of life dot the streets surrounding the downtown plaza.

The Hippodrome State Theater

frank isn’t the only thing happening at the Hipp in February. During the week, the theater will be presenting “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play.”  Set 100 years in the future, a new civilization uses current pop culture references including TVs longest-running hit show “THE SIMPSONS,” to frame its present. Ann Washburn’s dark comedy explores what will endure when the apocalypse arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding. Tickets are available at the theater and online.

Music Venues

gathering 13- cello player outside hippLocated a short walk from the Hippodrome theater are numerous music venues with live performances, food and drinks. The High Dive, The Bull and The Atlantic, three popular spots, host a variety of artists and musical talent, You might also want to check out Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar.

Venues such as High Dive, The Bull and The Atlantic host a variety of artists and musical talent, while Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar offers a more specified style of entertainment. If you know you’ll have a night off and music is your thing, downtown might be the place to be.

Bo Diddley Community Plaza

City of Gainesville, Florida, officially renamed and dedicated its downtown plaza the Bo Diddley Community PlazaA tribute to one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza is a great place to spend free time. Artists periodically perform at the bandshell. And even when it’s quiet, it’s still the perfect place to relax and meet up with friends and colleagues.

University of Florida Cultural Plaza

Across town and near the western edge of the UF campus, you’ll find the University of Florida Cultural Plaza. The plaza, which hosts a variety of events throughout the spring, is home to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Harn Museum of Art and the Philips Center for the Performing Arts. It may be a distance from downtown, but it’s well worth the effort if you have the time.

Florida Museum of Natural History

FloridaMuseumMammothSince its founding in 1891, the Florida Museum of Natural History has sought to share the beauty and importance of nature with people throughout the world. With nine permanent and an assortment of traveling exhibits, the museum continually seeks to inspire and educate.

Harn Museum of Art


Collections from all across the world call this museum home, helping make it a national leader. The museum boasts 8,000 displays and an entirely new wing dedicated to its collection of Asian art.

Philips Center for the Performing Arts

As one of the nation’s most respected university-based performing arts centers, the Philips Center for the Performing Arts is well worth a visit. Located in the center of the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, it houses performances from artists and musicians from across the entire world. During frank, you can catch a performance of “Jersey Boys,” the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. More information.


For those who want to experience some of the natural beauty surrounding Gainesville, there are plenty of options.

Payne's Prairie


Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, located 10 miles south of Gainesville, is the top attraction in the area for naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts, from birders to hikers and bikers. Click below to read about the individual walking trails in the park as well as the lakes that await you.


Nine major trails weave in and out of Paynes Prairie and offer visitors everything from relaxing walks along boardwalks to half marathons along paved roads. Covering the majority of the area’s most notable sights, the park’s network of routes caters to everyone – enthused naturists and curious adventurous city-goers alike.

La Chua Trail
The La Chua Trail is undoubtedly the most accessible and user friendly of the prairie’s routes. Comprised of a three-mile route, the trail offers the greatest variety of sights with marshes, lakes, sinks and the park’s iconic lookout tower.
Bolen Bluff
Bolen Bluff picks kicks up the intensity a little more with all-natural paths covering almost three miles of an out-and-back trail. It’s a great place for morning and late afternoon runs as well since the path is visible enough while still protected from direct sunlight.
Wachoota Trail
While relatively short, this trail is a lesson in efficiency. The quarter-mile loop begins at the park’s visitor center and focuses primarily on visiting the 50-foot lookout tower. If you’re pressed for time or simply don’t want to spend your entire day winding through the wilderness, this may be your best bet.
Gainesville Hawthorne State Trail
Few places boast a 16-mile-long trail that weaves throughout a prairie, and even fewer can say they have one that is completely paved. Obviously not for the faint of heart, most of this trail’s traffic comes from cyclists and long-distance runners. Still, walkers and naturists are more than welcome.


A handful of lakes dot the landscape of Payne’s Prairie, and while they may require some walking or a little willpower to find, they’re more than worth the effort.

Newnan’s Lake
Newnan’s Lake is tranquility at its finest – if you don’t mind sharing the peace with a few alligators. While swimming and boating aren’t permitted at the lake, a shoreline view and a boardwalk lookout are both open to the public before sunset.
Devil’s Millhopper
Not even 20 minutes away from downtown, Devil’s Millhopper is one of Gainesville most unique locations. This 120-feet-deep natural sink is home to what can honestly be described as a miniature rainforest – with the canopies and wildlife to follow suit. Adventurists and relaxers will find this place more than qualified to occupy a morning or afternoon.