FALL MEETING – Memphis TN
The Hilton Memphis Hotel, Memphis, TN will be the site of our 2017 Fall Semi-Annual Meeting September 27-30. The nightly rate will be $119 which is good three days prior to and three days following the meeting. Reservations line is 1-901-684-6664. This is a “pet friendly” hotel. Make sure you mention MWTCA when making reservations.
Memphis is known for great barbeque, the blues and Graceland. While tour details were not available at the time of writing this article, tours to the Pink Palace Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, National Metal Museum, & Big River Crossing are being considered. We suggest that if you would like to tour Graceland which has recently under gone significant restoration you plan to do so on your own as the cost can run $60 to over $100 per person.
The men’s display theme will be “things I built with my tools”. With all those tools you have been collecting over the years you must have used a few of them to build an item or two that you would enjoy sharing with the membership. Displays are a very important part of our education and sharing focus. During the dedicated Q&A sessions on Friday morning before the trade room opens, you will have an opportunity to share your displays with others. We will have a large trade and display area so plan on bringing lots of tools for sale or trade as well as displays.
We will open the meeting Wednesday evening at the Welcome Reception featuring smoked sausage and cheese, red pepper coleslaw, smoke house baked beans, BBQ pork shoulder, and veggies. I hope to have a speaker from Memphis in May championship barbeque cook off speak to us about the history of Memphis barbeque. Thursday morning tool trading will start early in the parking lot. The men’s program on Thursday evening will feature a presentation on Millers Falls braces by Randy Roeder. On Friday the Trade and Display room will open at 6:30 AM for display set up and loading in of tools. At 8:30 AM displays will be ready for viewing followed by tool trading at 10 AM. Friday afternoon we have scheduled a presentation by the “Hammer Man” Scotty Fulton. Once again, we are looking for quality tools for the Friday evening auction. If you have tools that you would like to sell and do not set up a trade table(s) please give serious thought to bring them for the Friday auction.
For those members that can only attend on Saturday we again are offering registration for ‘Saturday Only” with the trade room opening at 6:30 AM. The What’s It session will be held in the Trade Room at 10:30 AM. Election of officers will take place at 2 PM prior to the Saturday men’s program which will feature a presentation by a representative from the Ornamental Metal Museum. The Museum complex is noted for its ornamental metalwork and working blacksmith shop. Saturday evening we will close out the meeting with the banquet and short business meeting.
Your hostess is Susan Witzel. She has been busy planning activities for the Auxiliary as well as the tours. The theme for the women’s displays is “The Fabric of Our Lives.” Meet & Greet is on Thursday evening. The book for discussion is “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiviarinni. “Toy & Miniature Sewing Machines” will be shared by Faye Beckwith at the ladies’ breakfast on Saturday.
You must be a member to attend as the meeting is closed to the public. You can join MWTCA by completing the application available on this website, Click Here. Meeting badges are required for entry into all meeting functions without exception.
Look for registration materials in your mail box in mid-August. Note that the Hilton Memphis is one of the most popular hotels in the area. Once the deadline of September 8 passes you may not be able to get a room. At the time of check in you will need to confirm the nights of your stay. Should you check out sooner than planned for any reason you will encounter a $50 early departure fee.