Newsletter....November 2018
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November Meeting

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, and prebonsai, 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.

Members' Fall Auction
Date: Friday, November 16
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time(s): (Check-in) - 7:00 - (Auction begins) - 7:30

October Meeting

With an excellent turnout for our October meeting, some very nice trees were in evidence. Some were ready for exhibition, and some received some guidance toward becoming exhibit material/ Below are some candid shots of some of the participants.

MidAtlantic Notes

Dates for the MABS Spring Festival are April 12-14, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Grantville PA, just a short drive for most PBS members.
Speakers headlining the weekend are Taiga Urushibata from Japan, Marc Noelanders from Belgium, and Jennifer Price from the US.
Registrants have a choice of optional workshops on Friday utilizing some very desirable material. Lecture demonstrations run from Friday evening through Sunday morning. All Demonstration trees will be raffled.
A great bonsai exhibit is one of the weekend attractions with trees from each of the member clubs.
A wide 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 will be sent as soon as they are available. If you don't receive one, check the MABS web site for a download. Online registration is also available on the site
Room rates are discounted for registrants, so be sure to mentions MABS when making your hotel reservations. Be sure to make your reservation as early as possible, as previous MABS Festivals have been solidly booked well in advance.

Seasonal Notes

Just a few quick things:

Let your bonsai go through several good frosts/freezes before storing for winter.
Be sure your trees go into winter storage well watered.
Check for any wires you may have forgotten to remove.
Brush moss off the trunks (toothbrush or soft brass brush.. Spraying with fungicide is a good idea.
Outside storage - shelter from #1 wind, #2 sun. Water if not frozen.
Indoor Storage - unheated area, good air circulation, set on humidity tray filled with gravel, keep a close eye on moisture levels of soil.

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.

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