Spring 2021 Meeting Activities & Area Attractions

The 2021 Spring Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 16-19 at the Madison Marriot West located in Middleton, WI.   The nightly rate will be $109.00 single and $129.00 double occupancy.   A $5.00 OFF coupon for breakfast will be issued at check-in.  For room reservations call 608-831-2000.  The rate is good three days prior to and three days following the meeting.  Make sure you mention MWTCA.

The men’s display theme will be “Tools Associated with the great state of Wisconsin”.  We will have a sizable area for tool trading and displays so plan on bringing lots of tools for sale and trade.

Registration is scheduled for Wednesday June 16 from 2-6 PM.  You can expect up to two 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.

No organized tours have been planned due to Covid-19 restriction.  The Olbrich Botanical Gardens is fabulous. The 16-acre outdoor Gardens and the indoor tropical conservatory are beautiful.  The gardens are free but the conservatory has a $6 entrance fee.  Face coverings are not required in outside gardens where social distancing can be maintained. Masks are required for entrance and tours of the conservatory. There is no bus transportation to the Gardens.  Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704

For latest information visit www.olbrich.org

The State Capitol Building in Madison is one of the most beautiful in the USA.  As of this writing, the Capitol is closed but this may change by June.  www.tours.wisconsin.gov

National Mustard Museum: Learn. Taste. Shop. Laugh! A rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 stars for the Museum.  Their collection stands at over 5,000 mustards, many of which are for sale- nearly 500 at last count. www.mustardmuseum.com

There are several distilleries around Middleton. An online search will reveal which are open. www.visitmadison.com

The men’s program on Thursday evening will feature a presentation by Steve McNulty on sash planes and their use.   The Auxiliary will hold its “Meet and Greet” on Thursday evening.

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.  We hope to have a number of area woodworkers demonstrate their skills in the tool room on Friday.  Friday afternoon Brant Doty will discuss Civil War era tools and their use.  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.  At 7:30 PM The Auxiliary will have theme-inspired collection of photos displayed on white boards. Attendees will have a chance to display a few of their favorite things. Please do not bring original photos, please bring color or black and white copies to display.  We will be using tape to display photos.

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 Auxiliary will host a luncheon on Saturday.  The speaker is Barry Levensen, the Curator of the National Mustard Museum

Saturday afternoon David Vavarek will present a program on making items out of animal horns.

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.marriott.com/msnwe

For information on Madison and the surrounding area go to:  www.visitmadison.com.

Catherine Trahin, Steve and Gary look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones in Madison.  We have arranged great programs for you and know you’ll have a great time.