Raleigh is coming up friends. I have heard nothing but great things about that show. Please support your local pen club and make the trek.
The Bylers had a blast at Atlanta. Jimmy throws a heluva show. He is a southern gentleman through and through
Our Pen show went very well with Zero reported theft for the second year in a row. The Arkansas Pen Club would like to publicly thank Low Voltage for their support of our efforts to keep our show theft free.
Henry Simpole had a blast. 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 this year for exhibitors and for seminars was a resounding success! My apologies for the coffee. My wife says someone will have to show me how to use the coffee maker with less coffee. 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!
This month's pen meeting had thirty people in attendance. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and thanks, as always, to Mike and Lisa Vanness for reopening the store at almost 10 p.m. for us to buy more pens.
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 in June!