I thought it might be easier if we started a second thread and leave that first one alone. I will repost the opening post from the first thread. So, if anyone wants to post their comments to this thread so all can see them, here is a place to do it.
"I generally had a great time at the Gathering, but there was one major flaw. Not adhering to the published daily schedule times was most unprofessional and aggravating. Many of us missed or nearly missed lectures because times were altered. If Jennifer hadn't popped into the vendor room and announced that Sara Sally was beginning her talk (15 minutes ahead of the published time....) we would have missed a significant part of the lecture! I fail to see the purpose of this spontaneous change. I know I am not alone in this gripe.
Next time, stick to the schedule and we will all be happy.