Post cards are out my friends! Look for yours in the mail. Henry Simpole the world famous artist and silversmith will be attending our show again this year. I believe this will be his only North American appearance He will be coming all the way from the UK and the overlay pen above this paragraph is an example of his glorious artwork. Do not miss the chance to meet Henry and see him at work. (He actually cuts the silver for his overlays and does some of his silversmithing at his table.) Absolutely fascinating to watch him working at this lost art.
We are one month away folks and we would love to see you here. Make your reservations now!
Our Registration pdf is now uploaded. A huge shout out to our President Andrew McCauley for that. He is awesome! I have added the link the hotel has provided us to the picture of the Wyndham. Click it and you should be able to book direct with the hotel which we advise doing soon given that the pen show is the same weekend as the Marathon.
2015 Pen Show is booked. Contract is signed and away we go. Dates for this year's Arkansas Pen Show are February 27, and 28 2015. We are once again at the North Little Rock Wyndham. Normal published rate is $169 for a single $179 double exclusive of tax.
Use the pen show rate. The hotel has PROMISED me that we will have a link to book the hotel soon just by clicking the picture to the left.
"The hotel rate for the pen show is $94.single or double occupancy and $10 each additional person. These rates include breakfast. Rates quoted are exclusive of tax and are not commissionable. If rollaways are requested there will be an additional $15.00 charge per rollaway per day. Hotel policy does not allow more than 4 people to a room.
Guests may call the hotel toll free number 1-866-657-4458 or the hotel directly at (501) 371-9000 to make reservations. Tell them you are coming for the Arkansas Pen and Watch show when calling to make reservations inorder to receive the negotiated rate. Members calling after the cut-off date may not be able to recive the negotiated rate. The guest room block will be held until 02/06/2015. The hotel offers complimentary transportation to and from the airport and on-site parking.
THE ARKANSAS MARATHON is the same weekend as our show so book your room early.
Each months meeting averages over thirty people and we have a great time. We will be discussing next year's show at the next meeting so please come. We always meet the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Vanness. Sadly Far East restaurant has gone out of business so we will meet as usual at Vanness in December and start scouting for a new restaurant to host us.
This past year the show started with the traditional vendor dinner in the hotel's Blue Dog Room. The Friday trading was a blast and Saturday had to be experienced. I am proud of the work that this club put in to make this a success.
The Arkansas Pen Show was a two day show again this year.
Our Pen show has been theft free for the last three years. The Arkansas Pen Club would like to publicly thank Low Voltage for their support of our efforts to keep our show theft free with the security system.
The HOSPITALITY ROOM was back this year for exhibitors and for seminars as it was a resounding success! This year's coffee was better than last. We really had a lot of fun and a LOT of pizza from Iriana's with some Diamond Bear beers for the exhibitors. When you come to Arkansas we want you to see what Arkansas has to offer.
VANNESS' website is online. They are sadly out of the giant Akkerman ink bottles, but have the more sensibly sized new ones along with some really hard to find new old stock pens. Call them, they have been in business for 75 years and have a LOT of cool pens. The 75th Anniversary Pen is simply gorgeous. It is cast Alumilite, turned by Shawn Newton with a HUGE 14kt nib emblazoned with the State of Arkansas and a honeybee. The State Seal is on top of the cap and the owner's name is engraved on the inside of the cap band so it will always be your pen. No buffing that out. It comes in a custom walnut box that has to be seen to be appreciated. Mine writes like a dream. Seriously! Click on the red Vanness' link to go to their website. The open house party after the show they hosted at the store was fun. Mike called it a one man chili cook off. Next year I aim to take the crown!
I wanted to thank everyone who attended, and our membership that came through at every turn with help! Andrew McCauley and Tim Byler really worked very hard at bringing this thing home and in the end that hard work paid off. I (Fernando Padilla) am exhausted, but in a good way. Seeing all of my friends and having a good time is what this show is about. Our pen club is amazing and I am proud of us for making this happen. Every year we gain new members and that is what this show is about. The future!
Our club is a non profit and I want to thank everyone who helped bring it all together.
Special thanks to Pen World Magazine for the magazines and publicity. That magazine is a must for all serious collectors. Thanks to them as well for the copies of the magazine for Vanness--they're flying off the shelf!
Also special thanks to the Pen Collectors of America. The PCA is a great organization to be a part of and their quarterly magazine, the Pennant is a great resource!
Arkansas Life had a great article on the Arkansas Pen Show. Check it out at www.arkansaslife.com or pick up a copy around town.
If you have questions or just want to visit, call me, Fernando Padilla at (501) 920-2383.
See y'all Soon!