Midwest Penturners Gathering - 100 Days Out

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mg_dreyer

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We are about 100 days out and everything is coming together quite well. We already have 100 people registered for the event and it looks like 130 in the room so far. Sincerely if you are planning on attending - register soon - hotel rooms are going quick. In the next week all demonstrators will be contacted with our details.

The schedule will be announced next week. Two full days of activities. We sat down and worked out the Friday night activities and it will be full of hands-on. You will be amazed at the talent we have been able to round up. This is going to be fun.

Here are some of the highlights:

Our Demonstrators:
Dick Sing - World-renowned woodturner and author of 9 books on woodturning and pen making
John Underhill – Clear Casting
Mark James – IAPs very own - Segmenting
Greg Bonier – Color Casting
Ed Brown – ExoticBlanks – Marketing and Selling Your Work
Fred Wissen – Bullet Casings
Melanie Rollens - Self-taught Polymer clay millefiori cane artist
Rob Nelson – Kitless Pen Making
Mark Dreyer – From Beginner To Pro in 50 Minutes

What A List Of Vendors:
Exotic Blanks
Robust Tools
PTownSubbie
Custom Cast Blanks
T. Shadow
L & R Collectables
The Pensmiths
Garage Pen Company
Ohio Pen Works
Ernie Borraga
Jason Rose
Ankrom Exotics

Registration is now open. Why register so early? Because there is a big incentive. As you know there are door prizes and the big one is a lathe. Yes - a lathe. Want a better chance to take it home - here's the deal - for every month early you register you will receive an extra ticket for the lathe. So register in January and get 3 chances to win the lathe. Other door prizes will be on a different ticket you get at the door. .

URL:
Midwest Penturners Gathering


See the site for all the details.

Overview:
Two days of demonstrations and hand-on sessions. As we get details we will continue to update the site. Numerous vendors have already signed up. Registration is per family. This year we will cater in food both Friday night (Chicago Beef and Pasta) and Saturday afternoon (Chicago Pizza). There will be a nominal charge for the food to cover the costs. Additionally we will have shirts with the MPG Logo. If you want to volunteer and help out contact us at MPGInfo@yahoo.com.

Location:
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chicago Schaumburg

The MPG rate is $109 (plus tax) and it includes breakfast everyday you stay. If you any issues with getting a room please contact us before booking and we will see what we can do to get the rate. Rate is good Thursday to Saturday evening.

Over the next few months we will be communicating all the exciting details:
• Registration Details
• The Vendors
• The Demonstrators
• The Prizes
• New Social Activities

The Venue:
Traveling with family? The hotel is situated near many popular attractions such as Woodfield Mall (largest in Illinois and one of the largest in the country) and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago - so bring the whole crew. Look at the pictures below of the main meeting facility and break out room. We have two meeting rooms reserved and plan to follow the symposium strategy of those in Ohio. One main room with vendors and demonstrations and a second room for hands-on activities. This is going to be a lot of fun. And we have some new social events planned.

The History:
Those who have "been around" long enough will remember Cozee (Greg Cozad) starting the Midwest Penturners Gathering (MPG) about a decade ago in Urbana, Illinois. After four years, Low48 (Rich Coers) continued the tradition in a super-human single-handed presentation for another four years. Then, the Ohio IAP contingent volunteered and the event was moved to Wadsworth, Ohio for the last four years. The event has seen tremendous growth over all these years. From a few hours at a union hall to a three day event in a fantastic hotel. Great demonstrations, vendors, and new activities. Most importantly great friendships, conversations, and sharing of ideas.

The Chicago Team:
Ed Brown, John Underhill, and Mark Dreyer
 
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JohnU

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This is going to get here quick So please don't wait to register. Remember, you get extra tickets in the Free Lathe Drawing for every month you register early! Not to mention, the opportunity to meet Dick Sing!!! Ed and Dawn of Exoticblanks!!! and all of the people you've been exchanging posts with here. Finally a face to a name. Hope to see you all there.
 
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JohnU

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I'm going in hopes of meeting John Underhill--i hear he's going to be there!! ;>)
earl
LOL! Yes he will... Thursday Friday and Saturday. He’s ok, but let’s not forget The YouTube Sensation, AAW Demonstrator, Nationally Known Educator.... “Mark Dreyer”!!!! He’s very humble but I plan on getting his Autograph!
 

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I'm going in hopes of meeting John Underhill--i hear he's going to be there!! ;>)
earl
LOL! Yes he will... Thursday Friday and Saturday. He’s ok, but let’s not forget The YouTube Sensation, AAW Demonstrator, Nationally Known Educator.... “Mark Dreyer”!!!! He’s very humble but I plan on getting his Autograph!
Yeah, good luck with that--better have something besides a breakfast receipt, he NEVER signs those!!
earl
 
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