Our Pen Club gatherings are the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Vanness. Hopefully a new restaurant will open soon in that shopping center as the adjournment to conduct the meetings really worked well.
It has taken a while for me to update the website as I needed a break for a little bit. We had a great time at this years show with Henry Simpole, some live music and folks from all over. The pizza party was a great time and folks seemed to have a great time. To date there have been no reports to us of any theft from the Vendors.
A huge shout out to Low Voltage for providing cameras and the Hotel for its security. Cameras work. If there were any problems we have the whole show on DVR. It is now April and still no reports of problems from anyone. This marks four years of no thefts from our show.
Each months meeting averages over thirty people and we have a great time. We will be discussing our new finds and 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.
This past year the show started with the traditional vendor dinner in the hotel. We had people from the UK, New Orleans, New Mexico, Arizona and Tennessee. Really an amazing turnout and very fun. The Friday trading was a blast and Saturday had to be experienced with a live folk music combo the Little Rock Scramblers. I am proud of the work that this club put in to make this a success. Many hands make for light work. Everyone really worked hard and I am especially thankful to the members who stepped up and helped every step of the way. Our Club is dedicated and really pulled it off.
The Arkansas Pen Show was a two day show again this year.
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 (No one let me make coffee so it was drinkable). We really had a lot of fun and a LOT of pizza from Iriana's with some Diamond Bear beers for folks to try the local suds. When you come to Arkansas we want you to see what Arkansas has to offer. The brewery is about 4 blocks from the hotel. They relocated to the old Orbea factory in NLR and are very close.
VANNESS' website continues to offer many new old stock Bexleys and many new limited editions. 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 nib is the largest made by that company. 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.
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.
See y'all Soon!