Lately I am much surprised by how quickly the time flies. I know I’m dating myself when I say I don’t remember it flying quite so quickly when I was younger. Just 3 weeks from today I and my fellow committee members will be heading to the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe to begin on site preparations for the 35th Anniversary Guild Show August 9th and 10th. There is so much going on in these last few weeks that lists have overtaken life and I don’t do much without consulting them.
The 35 Give-Aways are being packaged up and there is a list for when and where those will be awarded to show attendees. There is a growing list of fun and intriguing questions that will reveal how much the Anniversary Dinner guests know about the Guild-participation is not mandatory, but there will be prizes! There is a list of items to be packed into dealer goodie bags-we do like to be known as a friendly show, and of course, there is a very long list of things still remaining to be done before heading out that door.
Lest we haven’t stated it often enough, there is a roster of wonderful classes taking place Thursday and Friday before the show, many still have space available. You can join the theater group going on the Broadway Night excursion Thursday evening, they’ll be seeing ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’, this year’s Tony award winning musical, and will enjoy dinner at La Trattoria Trecolori beforehand. Mike Barbour will be taking a group into town Friday morning for a romp through the garment district-fabric and trim stores galore! And if none of that appeals to you, there is a list on the website of other events and nearby destinations varied enough to suit anyone and everyone’s interests. Friday evening the Gathering of the Guild features artists demonstrating various aspects of their craft at tables along one side of the Grand Concourse, and along the other is an eye-popping and possibly diet-busting FREE buffet of desserts and crudités.
Saturday the main event-the 35th Anniversary Guild Show opens its doors to IGMA members at 9 a.m. and to the General Public at 10 a.m. Dealers, and shoppers, will be attending from around the world and many treasures await discovery. The Small Beginnings sales area hold treasures for the younger collectors and their limited budgets while outside the salesroom doors silent auctions held during during show hours provide yet one more shopping opportunity.
After the show on Saturday comes the big Anniversary Party, beginning with a cocktail hour, cash bar, and an abbreviated live auction featuring items that represent people and programs from Guild history. Will you find something here by which you’ll remember this momentous occasion? Dinner follows with delectable carving and buffet-style stations from which to fill your dinner plates. More prizes and fun remembrances from our past will wrap up the festivities and a great time is virtually guaranteed.
The show winds down on Sunday, still with significant events to attract and welcome first time and returning attendees. Free crafting projects will be taking place in the Grand Concourse from noon to 2:30 p.m., with a variety of projects for a variety of skills; from the ultra-simple-punch and shape paper plates in 1/12 scale, to more complex-assemble one of the Chrysnbon kits that a generous donor provided for this event.
Directions to the show hotel can be found on the website along with a link to our special room rates. Our block of rooms is only guaranteed until July 22, so don’t waste any time making your reservations. Once the rooms are released, the price can fluctuate widely.
And there you have it, a very long list of events for a very fun weekend. We sure hope to see you there!