Fall 2021 Meeting Activities & Area Attractions


The 2021 fall Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 6-9 at the Holiday Inn University Plaza located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.   The nightly rate will be $121.00    A voucher for a hot breakfast (up to 2 per room) will be issued at check-in.  For room reservations call 1-270-745-0088.  Deadline for reservations at the MWTCA rate is September 17.  The rate is good three days prior to and three days following the meeting.  Make sure you mention MWTCA.

Warren County Heath Department has issued a notice that while not required, the wearing of masks is strongly recommended whether you have been vaccinated or not.

Please Note!! This new feature, “Show and Tell” described as follows is in addition to our traditional Display Awards as outlined on Page 2 in our Meeting Brochure!

The men’s display theme will be “Embellished Tools – one of kind”.  Brian Bancroft in charge of displays, will be expanding your opportunity to display your treasures with ‘Show & Tell’.  A different tool will be featured at each meet.  The tool for the Bowling Green meet will be the hand saw.  All who want to participate are asked to bring only one or two of your favorite saws, no more.  These should be special in some way: old, or rare, or excellent condition, or have a significance in some way.  Six tables will be positioned in the display area where you may place your items.  There are only two requirements:  one will be to prepare a card describing what the saw is and why it is special.  The other is to include your name.  (And you may want to attach the card to the saw.)  There will be no judging and there will be no awards given for “Show and Tell.”  This is for fun!  The whole idea is to get treasures out into the open, so others can see and enjoy them too!  Please plan to participate.  We will have a sizable area for tool trading and displays so plan on bringing lots of tools for sale and trade.

Bill and Donna Bracy Collections

 Bill and Donna Bracy have invited us to stop by their farm near Murfreesboro, TN on Tuesday before the meeting or Sunday after the meeting between 10:00am and 5:00pm. Please give them a call or email them if you plan to stop by at 615-605-2814 or bbracy44@outlook.com.

Registration is Wednesday October 6 from 2-6 PM.  You can expect up to dozen rooms will be open Wednesday for in room tool trading.  Once again we will “kick off” the meeting with a Welcome Reception at 6 PM with a light meal so don’t forget to register for this function.  The Tailgating will begin early Thursday morning (bring a flashlight) weather permitting.   Be aware that there is NO BACKUP plan should it be raining.

Three tours are scheduled for Thursday.  Tour #1 will depart for Riverview at Hobson Grove at 9:30 a.m.. Hobson Grove is an historic home that played a part in the Civil War in the area  Tour returns to hotel at 11:30. Tour #2 departs at 11:35 for Smiths Grove for shopping and lunch.  Smith’s Grove, with a population of 700, has a number of boutique shops of antiques, quilts, fabrics, décor and Kentucky made items.  The Linen Apron Bakery will be our stop for lunch.  Lunch is on your own.  Tour #3  Departs hotel at 2:25 pm for the Corvette Museum (automotive plant currently unavailable for tours).  In 2014 the Museum experience a “sink hole” which swallowed eight Corvettes on display.  The sink hole remains and is now part of the Museum display.  Tour #3 returns to the hotel 4:15 pm.

The men’s program on Thursday evening will feature a presentation by Paul Van Pervis on the book he co-authored with the late John Wells on Leonard Baily and his tools.  As part of Paul’s presentation he will have several of the planes discussed in the book on display.   On Friday the Trade and Display room will open at 6:30 AM for display set up and loading in of tools at 7:00 AM.  At 8:30 AM displays will be ready for viewing followed by tool trading at 10 AM.  Friday afternoon Jim Goodson will present a program on “Lessons Learned buying on Ebay” which is likely to kindle some of your own experiences. The tool auction will get underway at 7:30 PM with the auction preview at 6:30 PM.  If you have tools that you would like to sell please give serious thought to bringing them for the auction.

For those members that can only attend on Saturday there is registration for ‘Saturday Only” with the trade room opening at 6:30 AM.  The What’s It session will be held in the Men’s Program Room at 10:30 AM.   Attendance at the banquet is NOT included with “Saturday Only” registration.

The display theme for the Auxiliary is “Surprise Us With My Favorite Thing(s).  The only award given will be a “Member’s Choice” determined by the votes of those attending.

On Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Auxiliary invites everyone to share their thoughts, volunteer or get more information on the “How To’s to participate in semi-annual and local meetings. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.  MEET & GREET After brief introductions, we recognize first time attendees.  Then SHOW & TELL.  Bring projects, recently found treasures, parts of your collections—or share personal stories of. . . whatever is important to you.  It’s a time to enjoy and get to know each other better!  Friday 2:00 pm will feature a BOOK DISCUSSION on the book The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and will be led by Lynne McCalla. On Friday evening the Auxiliary will host “Game Night”.

Saturday the Auxiliary will host a luncheon and program. Sally Rodgers from the South Union Shaker Village will present a program on the “Women of South Union Shaker Village. A short business meeting follows to discuss volunteers for the next meeting in Gettysburg, PA.

Saturday afternoon features the election of officers for the following year followed by a presentation by Russ Herner which will focus on the blacksmith traveler, the tool that put America on wheels.  Russ has begun a new book featuring the history of the wheel and will feature a portion of his traveler collection.

Saturday evening we will close out the meeting with a banquet and short business meeting.

For more information on our host hotel go to:  www.HiBowlingGreen.com

For information on Bowling Green and the surrounding area go to:  www.visitbgky.com for information on museums, historic sites, places of interest, antique malls, etc.

Note you must be a member to attend.  Badges are required to attend every function including the outdoor “tailgate” function.