Henry Simpole is coming y'all! The man who made the gorgeous overlay pen above this will be here. He is coming all the way from the U.K. for this. He is a great man and a talented artist. This is your chance to meet a world famous pen maker .
For RESERVATIONS at the hotel we recommend you call them so that you can get the pen show rate of $94 plus tax. They have to code in our club so I can add a link to the website. I apologize for not having done this earlier I had not thought of it at all. But I am working with the folks at the hotel to add the link so our rate gets automatically applied. The Telephone number is (501) 371-9000
The Arkansas Pen Show will be a two day show this year. Please see the registration form for details. Thursday night we do an informal dinner at the hotel for new arrivals at the hotel restaurant. The pizza party for vendors is Friday night in the hospitality room at 7 pm.
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. Trying to get him to come back again. He is just cool and really nice His appearance on television with Susan Wirth The Queen of Ink 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 sterling Legacy Sheaffer's overlays 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!