The 11th Annual Penturners Rendevous will be held on Wednesday evening, May 15th in Provo UT. This year, as in recent years, it will be held at 7PM after the CSUSA Super Wednesday. We'll be having our gathering in the McKay Event Center, Area 6. This is the currently scheduled location but please check the latest schedule on the UWS website for late changes, UtahWoodturningSymposium.Com. You can find a map to the campus here. The McKay Event Center is designated "MC" on the map. Plan time to park and find the room for a 7PM start. We don't open the doors until 7PM sharp to allow time for room setup. Plan your arrival time accordingly please. We will have a pen display, pen related vendors and authors, and demonstrations. At 9PM, we'll start the door prize drawings.
For those who haven't attended the event, it goes a bit like this. The Wednesday before the Utah Woodturners Symposium is the Craft Supplies USA Open House. There is a huge clearance sale at CSUSA beginning at 8am. There are demos all day long from 10 to 4 featuring many of the national and international turners in town for the Symposium. There will be a room with penturning demos as well. The CSUSA event winds down after 4pm. The Penturners Rendezvous begins at 7pm. From 7 PM onward are displays, demos, sales, and mingling. At 8:30 PM, the drawings for the door prizes begin. They continue until everything is gone. Not long afterwards, the Rendezvous winds down as most attendees are going to be up early to attend the Symposium.
We'll be having an "instant gallery" pen display this year at the Rendezvous this year. It is intended to return more of the "meet and greet" environment. While we plan to have demos, the focus this year will be on mingling and showing your work. Tables will be available for you to use to show your work. Bring business cards to place near your work so others will know who did it. For those who bring at least 6 pens to display on the tables, we'll have a special drawing for a great prize! Make sure you show your 6 or more pens to display at the registration desk at entry to get your special drawing ticket.
8 AM - Craft Supplies USA Open House Clearance Sale
10 AM - 4 PM - Craft Supplies Open House Demos
7 PM - Penturners Rendezvous at the conference site (details to follow)
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Penturners Rendezvous Demos - to be announced
8:30 PM - Drawings for Rendezvous door prizes - Please note the time change! We'll start at 8:30 this year.
If you are planning on attending the Rendezvous, we would appreciate it if you register ahead of time. This will allow us to do a better job of planning based on the expected attendance. In addition, pre-registration will allow us to enter you into a special drawing. While we can't divulge it at this point, it promises to be a special prize that you will certainly want to be elgible for. Only for the pre-registrants. The registration fee is $10 per person to help offset the costs associated with planning and executing the event. Vendor tables are available for pen making related product suppliers. Product displays and sales are encouraged. The registration fee for vendors is $50.
A great added bonus for those who pre-register! Ken Nelsen from Kallenshaan Woods will have a laser engraver there to engrave your pens during the event. If you are a pre-registered attendee, you'll get one of your pens engraved for free while you watch.
Sorry, advanced registration closed on May 12th. Walk ins are certainly welcome.
You can take a look at photos of the event since it's inauguration in 2003.
The 10th Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2012
The 9th Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2011
The 8th Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2010
The 7th Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2009
The 6th Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2008
The 5th Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2007
The 4th Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2006
The 3rd Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2005
The 2nd Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2004
The 1st Annual Penturners Rendezvous - 2003
Check back often for the latest information on the Rendezvous. While we'd like to have everything available now, we are still putting the details together.