There isn't a total solar eclipse this year, but there is something special going on. The Solar Eclipse Conference (SEC) will take place in New Mexico. It is scheduled to coincide with a partial solar eclipse that will be visible in the area two days before the main conference takes place.
Details about the conference can be found at http://www.eclipse-chasers.com/SEC2014.html
Participants in the SEC will be treated to a series of lectures and social gatherings, all focused on solar eclipses. Lectures range from the deeply scientific to exotic travel to the latest trends in eclipse mapping, education, and planning.
I will be there! Hope to see you there too.