I went to the Springfield Insulator show last weekend and was approached by three different high end insulator people about exploring the possibility of the Federation and NIA getting together in the future to collaborate on a national show. Ray Klingensmith was one of them. Just thought I would pass this on to you for discussion.
Jamie (Houdeshell) [FOHBC Second Vice President]
Your question is something I think often about. This year our Federation National Show is the same weekend as the National Insulator Association (NIA) show. Go figure. I am in total agreement that better planning and larger FOHBC Expo’s (every 4 years) are needed. To do this we need to expand our thinking and unify. I have also been in communication lately with the point persons in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada about the possibility of an International Glass Festival unifying all of our organizations and collecting interests. Can you imagine? I think this would really be great. A once in a lifetime or at least a decade experience!
Maybe some of you are aware of a ‘cousin’ of ours having a National Mega Glass Convention in 2011. The overview for this event is as follows:
The 2011 Mega Glass Convention – Overland Park, Kansas
The Mega Glass Convention was an event in 2011 where seven national glass organizations joined together to have one large National Mega Glass Convention. The organizations participating were: Early American Pattern Glass Society, National Toothpick Holder Collectors Club, Antique Glass Salt and Sugar Shaker Club, Mt. Washington Pairpoint Glass Society, National American Glass Club, Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc, Wave Crest Collectors Club.
Would it be worthwhile or even possible to conduct an EXPO in 2016 with the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC), National Insulator Association (NIA), Antique Poison Bottle Collectors Association (APBCA), Violin Bottle Collectors Association (VBCA), National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors (NAMBC), Painted Soda Bottle Collectors Association, Midwest Antique Fruit Jar Show (MAFJ&BC), Jelly Jammers, National Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA), The International Perfume Bottle Association (IBPA) etc etc.? Not to mention all of the vintage advertising clubs too!
I think the immediate benefit would be that it would allow for us, financially speaking, to look at larger cites, longer events and bigger venues such as convention centers in Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC (Walter E. Washington Convention Center pictured above). etc. I guess this reminds me of my stamp collecting days when I attended the big national events. The week before last, The International Quilt Festival in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center had 60,000 plus visitors! We struggle to break a thousand visitors and it is usually much less! How are they successful? They bring together many sub groups and have tons of activities and events. My mother used to fly in from Baltimore each year and take classes before the events and floor activity. She loved it. There is a global audience as this event takes over our monster convention center.
The ASDA National Postage Stamp Show last year was in New York City, The National Money Show is in Dallas this year, Comic-Con 2012 (comic books) was at the San Diego Convention Center and the Antique Toy Shows are routinely in Miami, Boston, New York and Washington. These are all large events for a minimum of four days with thousands and thousands of visitors. Maybe this is all a little to ‘big time’ for us but I do not think so. We need to think bigger for Expos and consider an international event. Obviously this will take tons of planning.
The complaint I hear most about the Expo is that it is slow on Sunday. If we expand, get more visitors, get more areas of interest for visitors, we solve that problem. My problem is, I never have enough time to truly see the displays, visit every table, shop and meet people. I need some breathing room!
Please, let me hear your thoughts on this topic.
* disclaimer: the topmost advertisement for the 2010 Mega Glass event is just an idea. Do not book your hotel rooms and flights yet!