The Ohio show is a great one. I got all the way to Blytheville Arkansas last year and sadly was unable to attend because of a family emergency. The Byler brothers carried on and had a great time. This year I am planning on making it because it's awesome!
Our last meeting was well attended with over 30 collectors present and we all had a great time visiting and trading.
Mike and Lisa Vanness debuted the Pilot Justus pen and my jaw just dropped. Wow what a pen! It has an adjustable nib for flex that hasn't been done to my knowledge since the Wahl Eversharp dorics with the adjustable slidy thing that is always broken. We had a wonderful time checking out that pen. Many of us didn't leave the Vanness' shop till 10 p.m. after dinner at Far East. Our ink swap was the theme for this last meeting.
The Arkansas Pen Show will be a two day show this year. Please see the registration form for details.
July, August and September and the first October gathering were all great meetings. We all had a great time with the Vanness's. Our dates will overlap Baltimore and we will be a two day show this year.
I will be adding pen instruction sheets to the pen museum. They are fun and in some cases informative. If you want yours included bring them to a meeting and I will upload them for all to enjoy. This is an educational site and learning from the original instructions IS helpful. I ruined Lord knows how many point holder gaskets on Snorkels by operating the mechanism without first wetting the nib with a quick dip of ink. It was right there in the instructions y'all.
Our Pen show has been theft free for the last two 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.
Henry Simpole had a blast this past year. His appearance on television with Susan Wirth was great and they brought some great Pens! Suzy had a great time talking with Todd Yakoubian of Channel 7 and the interview really helped the show.
The HOSPITALITY ROOM will be back this year for exhibitors and for seminars as it was a resounding success! This year's coffee will be better than last. Wendi Gregory was kind and called it "trucker strength". We really had a lot of fun and a LOT of pizza from Iriana's (Thank you Brian and Lisa Anderson) and some Diamond Bear beers for the exhibitors. When you come to Arkansas we want you to see what Arkansas has to offer.
Deborah Basel brought something to our show it has NEVER had, namely classes on how to do calligraphy. She is singularly charming and knowledgable. I learned a tremendous amount from her about dip pens I never knew. All this time I have been using the wrong ink. We thank her profusely for coming all the way from Baltimore for us.
VANNESS' website is online so if you have been ogling Mike's new old stock Bexleys and Daum Crystal inkwells with Legacy Sheaffer's you best move quick... Seriously! Click on the red Vanness' link to go to their website. The dessert party they hosted at the store was fun.
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!
Special thanks to Pen World Magazine for giving away two one year subscriptions to two lucky attendees. 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!
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.
See y'all Soon!