Colorado Pen Show 2016

The Third Annual Colorado Pen Show

When - October 7, 8 & 9, 2016

Friday 12pm - 6PM
Saturday 9am - 6PM
Sunday 10am - 5PM

 The shows Website now updated.

Entrance fee is $5 per day and kids 12 and under get in for free so bring the whole family for a weekend of fun.

Where - Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver- Stapleton North

Classes are plentiful and actually start on Thursday.

Thursday:
9am - 5pm American Cursive Instructor Certification Program (ACICP)‎ by Michael Sull & Marie Hornback
5:30pm - 9pm Hands on Spencerian Penmanship Workshop with Michael Sull

Friday:
9am - 5pm American Cursive Instructor Certification Program (ACICP)‎ by Michael Sull & Marie Hornback
9am - 12pm Learn the Coptic Bookbinding Stitch and Make your own Journal with Richard Pollock-Nelson

Saturday:
11am - 12:30pm Custom Color Mixing with Bianca Dudeck-Mandity
12:30pm - 2pm Kick A$$ Snail Mail class with Amanda McKay
2pm - 3pm Think ink with Sam Fiorello
3:30pm - 5pm Sketching with a Fountain Pen by Renee Jorgensen
6pm - 8pm Letter Writing Social with Amanda McKay

Sunday:
10am - 11am Basic Fountain Pen Repair (Hands-On Course!) with Sherrell Tyree & Joel Hamilton
11am - 12pm Why some fountain pens can make anyone's writing look good with Susan Wirth
12:30pm - 2pm Create a Pocket Journal with Jeff Becker
2pm - 3:30pm Diaries, Journals, and Commonplace Books: Personal History and Everyday Adventures with Ruth Feiertag

Classes are listed here with further details:  Some classes you will register with the instructor directly and links/instructions are listed for each accordingly.

Vendors:

Ryan Krusac Studios
Anderson Pens
Susan Wirth
Pendemonium
Paradise Pen
An Tran
Vanness Pens
Franklin-Christoph
Tim Pierson
Michael Sull
Luxury Brands USA
Joel Hamilton & Sherrell Tyree
Pen World
Hardbound Designs
Dan and Cyndie Report
Bob Nurin
Chocolatier - Brandon Lee
Karas Kustoms
Nib Grinder - Mark Bacas
Toys From the Attic
Oxfordianpens
David Ferguson
Kanilea Pen Co.
The Penman - Thomas Baley
Stuart Hawkinson
Eldon Braun
Roger Cromwell
Desiderata Pens
Artistic Paper
John Foreman
Mike Conway
Warren Kothenbeutel
Fountain Pen Day

After show shenanigans:

Friday from 7pm-9pm I will host the Fountain Pen Day Pens & Friends meet. It is a casual gathering of pen people to relax and share your passion. This is the time to find out you are not alone in your obsession for pens, paper and ink. I will gather up some great raffle prizes and have a LE Colorado Pen Show 2016 / Fountain pen Day pin for everyone as well.
Saturday & Sunday after the show you will see there is little needs to run home as many will gather in the bar/restaurant area to meet up and show what they brought and what they bought. I will be there those nights as well looking to meet as many enthusiasts and enablers as possible. 

Social media to follow:

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Please feel free to ask any questions and email me.

See last years photos

Triangle Pen Show 2016

The 13th annual Triangle Pen Show at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary, NC. June 3rd - June 5th 2016. General admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. This allows admission for all 3 days. Hours are Friday 1pm - 7pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm & Sunday 11am - 5pm. Please see the site for all the details. There are pen vendors from across the country as well as many workshops and seminars that can be taken throughout the weekend. The show is loaded with Pens, Paper, Ink and Parts. This is a once a year opportunity not to be missed.

Atlanta Pen Show 2016

The 2016 Atlanta Pen Show is racing up to be something really special this year. With the likes of Leigh Reyes, Thomas Hall, The Goulet's, Ed Capizzi of the Colorado Pen Show, Brad Dowdy aka The Pen Addict and they are Broadcasting LIVE Saturday Night the 200th PodCast of The Pen Addict. Myke Hurley his partner in crime is flying across the pond to be at the show as well as Ana Reinert from the Well Appointed Desk.

April 15th-17th at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria. See site for details. ~ 21st Atlanta Pen Show ~

After a very long weekend the amazing Atlanta Pen Show 2016 came to an end. It was fantastically busy and pen people were everywhere. I will update with a blog on the shows details because i am exhausted from working on the photos below the last 3 days in my spare time. Ill say this though, the Dolive family knows how to make a show feel like home. It was a warm and inviting time with smiles all around.

Long Island Pen Show 2016

The Long Island Pen Show 2016 was held on March 12th & 13th this year at Hofstra University. This is the best lit show on the circuit.

The show was very busy Saturday and Sunday was great too. It was especially nice to NOT have it rain or snow finally. The last 4 or 5 years we have had one or the other. BUT this year the weather was great, the press was great and this is without a doubt the best lit show on the circuit. I felt it was an excellent mix of modern and vintage. You had some of the most well know vintage dealers and some of the biggest modern dealers as well as a lot of grinders and repair going on.
 
Franklin-Christoph made a return, Fountain Pen Hospital had the $50 parts bags back and the coffee was excellent as well.... and very much appreciated.
 
LOVE the tables in the middle of the show for attendees to try out ink, let their "others" sit and rest while they indulge or just chat with a friend they have not seen since the last show.
 
While I do prefer the hotel setting for after hours fun and letting the show continue into the wee hours I do not think the trade off in lighting would be worth it. Yes shows like DC go literally 24 hours a day but here it is not necessary.

Baltimore-Washington International Pen Show 2016

Baltimore-Washington International Pen Show on March 4-6, 2016 at the Hilton Double Tree BWI Hotel. Follow on Instagram for up to the moment pictures @FountainPenDay and for information on the show see the site BWI Pen Show 2016

The show was 3 full days running Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The picture gallery above is in 2 parts though it runs continuous. The first set are all square photos and ones I uploaded to Instagram during the show. The second half are more random but were shot on my Panasonic G7 so the quality is much better and you can zoom in on details. Helping out at the FPD table and enjoying the show as well as taking a slew of pictures was Dan @DanDon375 on Instagram.

Friday things kicked off a little slow as many people are at work but that did not stop a lot of folks from taking off work to get in early and see all there was and sign up for a nib grind by Mr. Binder. There were so many vendors that wanted to be at this show that the host, Bert Oser of Bertram's Inkwell, literally setup outside the ballroom to accommodate them, leaving Adam to run the table. By the early afternoon the room was hopping with enthusiasts taking in all the vendors. While it closed at 5 there were still some lingering till almost 6 with vendors sticking around to help them.

Saturday was the biggest day. At 10am there was a line going back towards the lobby waiting to get in. Dare I say the mood felt like DC as people were pouring in and the ballroom nearly at capacity. The good balance of modern & vintage was just right. Binder was busy from open to close of course as was Franklin~Christoph. Though the proto-type trays were picked on the day before Scott made sure had plenty of eye candy to satisfy the Baltimore crowd. The show again ran past 5 but come 5:30 the after party with Fountain Pen Day and Montegrappa started. Lots of people stayed as did some of the vendors to meet and greet on a social level with attendees. The full Montegrappa Grappa setup was in pace as was the new Mule pen. Wine and Grappa were served as well as cheese and crackers. After the raffle of some OMAS journals and FPD swag we got to relax and show off what we got and share the pens, paper and ink we bought or brought. Some of the biggest names in the industry like Bert Oser, Paul Erano, Jimmy Dolive, Deborah Basel, Andy Lambrou and more attended. It was a great reminder of why we love sharing our passion with others.

Sunday morning was Sunday morning and while it was a slower start it kicked into full gear by noon. Of course Richard Binder was going from the moment the doors opened till they closed. Ending at 4 but once again even as vendors were breaking down so were the deals. The last few pictures you can see things getting packed up but attendees still lingering and getting in on every last deal that could be made.

BWI is a fantastic show that ran strong and well the whole weekend with great weather and high attendance. Many thanks to Bert Oser for continuing to be the example of how it should be done. See you all next year!

Philadelphia Pen Show 2016

The Philadelphia Pen Show 2016 will be January 23rd & 24th. I will be updating this page with pictures throughout the show so continue to check. I will as I can but the pictures will be done throughout the days & nights. Follow all the Fountain Pen Day social media as well for pictures, tweets and of course some Periscope time. All social links are at the bottom of this page except Periscope which is @FountainPenDay as well.