September 30 – October 3 2020
The Fall 2020 meeting will be held September 30 to October 3 at the Sawmill Creek by Cedar Point Resorts in Huron, Ohio. The hotel has just undergone a major renovation and we will be one the first groups to take advantage of the renovation. The hotel rate is $109 for single and $119 for double occupancy. Rate does not include breakfast. The rates are good for three days prior and three days following the meeting. The hotel reservation number is 419-627-2106 and make sure you ask for the MWTCA meeting rate. The men’s display theme will be “Sandusky Tools”.
The hotel is located off Ohio Route 2, 7 miles southeast of Sandusky and 55 miles west of Cleveland with a large meeting room to accommodate our tool trading and displays.
Registration is scheduled for Wednesday September 30 from 2-6 PM. You can expect up to two dozen rooms open Wednesday for in room tool trading. 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.
The surrounding area has much in the way of things to see and do along the scenic shoreline of Lake Erie, i.e. lighthouses, tour boats, museums, etc. Nearby is the birthplace of Thomas Edison and the Edison Museum. Your hostess and I are currently working on a full day of tours for Thursday.
The men’s program on Thursday evening will feature a presentation by Dan Gaier on the monkey wrench. Dan will discuss the origin of the “monkey wrench” and how the adjustable wrench evolved thru the centuries and include examples of early European Spanners and American Monkey wrenches. Dan will include research of the development of the simple wedge, screw threads and metallurgy. A few Early American wrench inventors and wrench manufactures will be highlighted. On Friday the Trade and Display room will open at 8:30 AM beginning with the displays followed by tool trading at 10 AM. We hope to have several demonstrators in the Trade and Display Room on Friday. On Friday afternoon John Walkowiak will provide an updated presentation on the history of Sandusky tools manufactured 7 miles from our meeting location. The ever popular tool auction Friday will get underway at 7:30 PM with the auction preview at starting at 6:30 PM. If you have tools that you would like to sell 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. At 10:30 we will hold the “What’s It” program so if you have an unusual item that you would like to challenge the “What’s It crew you are encouraged to bring it. At 2:00 PM we will conduct the election of officers for the following year and close out the men’s program with a presentation by Russ Herner 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.
We will close out the meeting with our banquet and short business meeting.
Your hostess will be Candy Fox. She has been busy planning activities for the Auxiliary as well as planning the tours.
NOTE!! I am looking for individuals to demonstrate in the Trade Room on Friday. If you would like to demonstrate or know someone who would please contact Larry Thorson, VP Meeting Planning. Click HERE
The registration fee has not been finalized but it will be in the area of $66. Note the deadline for making hotel reservations is September 9. Our meetings are closed to the public so you must be a member ($25) to attend. Attendance badge is required to attend all functions including the “tailgate” function in the parking lot on Thursday.
The meeting agenda will be posted in May.
Our meetings are closed to the public so you must be a member ($25) to attend. Attendance badge is required to attend all functions. You can join online here.