One of the most anticipated PBS events is slated for November, that of the Members' Auction. Auctions in past years have provided members with a tremendous selection of plant material;, bonsai, tools, pots, books, magazines and other bonsai-related items for purchase and the opportunity to put any of their items up for sale. Thanks to a some generous donors, there will be a nice selection of pots as well as a very nice bonsai.
This is an opportunity to thin your collection, or to add some material to it for winter and early spring work. Bonsai, pots, prebonsai stock, tools, magazines, books, stands, or any bonsai-related item may be offered for auction. We look forward to a good turnout, both of sellers and buyers. Be sure not to miss this tremendous bonsai opportunity. Bring some things to sell and take home something you’ve bought - (balance is important!).
We’re also going to continue the Silent Auction this year with selected items being offered. Check the lists as the evening goes on and make sure that yours is the winning bid when the close of that auction is announced. Only items designated for silent auction may have a reserve (minimum) price. Also, due to time restraints, please limit the number of items for silent auction to 3 items. Silent Auction sales are subject to the 80-20 split between the seller and PBS. All items sold at regular auction will be sold without minimums with the same 80-20 split.
PBS reserves the right to limit items based upon available time - we must be out of the building by 10pm. In order to auction this in the fairest possible manner, you’ll be asked to label each item both for accounting purposes as well as selling priority . For example, if you have five items, you would label each with a number and a letter (which will give your priority). When the auction starts, all items with an A letter will be auctioned first, then those labeled B, and so on. This way, each seller will have an equal exposure.
This is a great evening and loads of fun, so add to the enjoyment with your participation.
Date: Friday, November 17
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time(s): (Check-in) - 7:00 - (Auction begins) - 7:30
December 15 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - No meeting
February 16 - Soil Program
October's program was an experiment that proved very successful. Turnout was very good. Twelve members talked about their trees before the assembled group.
We learned a great deal about various methods of training, of growing, of maintenance, and of successes. We saw trees grown from seed, collected trees, all labors of love.
Bob Mahler also outlined changes in the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit. We will need volunteers to work the demo side of the exhibit. Bob has committed a great deal of time at the demo table, but we will need some people to fill in during his absence. Volunteers can work on a tree or just be a presence to answer questions. Of course we'll also need a number of sitters for the other side of the exhibit.
Speakers headlining the weekend are Daisaku Nomoto from Japan, Tony Tickle from the United Kingdom, and Matt Reel and Tyler Sherrod (Combined demonstrations) from the US.
Registrants have a choice of optional workshops on Friday utilizing some very desirable material. A special shohin workshop has been added this year conducted by John Romano.
Lecture demonstrations run from Friday evening through Sunday morning. A great bonsai exhibit is one of the weekend attractions with trees from each of the member clubs.
A broad variety of bonsai vendors will have lots of great material, tools, pots, etc. for attendees.
Silent auctions will run all day Saturday, with a spirited live auction following Saturday evening's banquet. Sandwiched between Saturday's demonstrations and the banquet are the very popular exhibit critiques, which generally sell out very quickly.
Registration forms were sent with the last newsletter. If you didn't receive one, you can download one from the MABS website. Online registration is available on the site, also -www.midatlanticbonsai.org. Dates for the MABS Spring Festival are April 13-15, 2018 at the Raddison Hotel in Cromwell, CT. Room rates are discounted for registrants, so be sure to mentions MABS when making your hotel reservations.
Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center
From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)-Take Exit 333 (Norristown - old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.
From Blue Route (I-476)-Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.
From Route 202-Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road.