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    Default Pen Show Updates

    Dear Sponsors, Vendors, Attendees and Friends of the Pen Community;

    We have postponed writing this message for a time to allow for advances in the fight against COVID-19 to have an impact on the many controlling factors that govern the operation of a pen show (convention) to take place. To name them all would be a very long list but key among them are the guidance from the many local jurisdictions that govern such events across the United States. The organizers of the upcoming pen shows have discussed the options of changed schedules, modified or limited events, etc. in light of what we see before us today in order to permit those with travel plans from all over the world to have time to adjust.

    In general, the current rules and conditions for meetings that would include the San Francisco International Pen Show, The Chicago Pen Show, and the Dallas Pen Show are such that the normal format of our pen shows cannot be expected to take place. Especially with the more intimate interactions needed to conduct the process of showing, holding and testing pens and inks at a pen show, social distancing, face mask requirements, and sanitizing of everyone and everything to be handled and to enforce compliance with same are key elements in our decision.

    Collectively we have explored the idea of postponing or rescheduling shows, but at the present time, no one can safely predict when there will be a return to normal business and the lead times necessary to put on a great show pose an uncertainty that is not manageable.

    In short, the organizers of the San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas Pen Shows are collectively cancelling the upcoming shows for 2020 and we look forward to seeing everyone safe, happy, and healthy in 2021. We will be individually updating our websites and sending a message to our Sponsors, Vendors and Pass holders about how this affects them.

    We thank you all for your support, words of encouragement, and help during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you next year.

    The San Francisco International Pen Show
    (August 28-30, 2020)
    Ricky Chau
    Syd Saperstein
    Todd Eberspacher

    The Chicago Pen Show
    (September 10-13, 2020)
    Roger Wooten
    Paul Conterato

    The Dallas Pen Show
    (September 25-26, 2020)
    Pete Kirby
    Mike Walker

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    Default Re: Pen Show Updates

    Really appreciate the update.


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    Default Re: Pen Show Updates

    ugh. bummer.

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    Default Re: Pen Show Updates

    Do somthing online. Even if it is a greatly pared down show it would be better than nothing.
    Be a little more open into accepting other viewpoints, if you can, as it really deepens the experience. - Jon Szanto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    Do somthing online. Even if it is a greatly pared down show it would be better than nothing.
    I totally agree with this. If no suitable vaccine is found soon pen shows will probably have to be pushed back to 2022.

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    Wise move and a well-written and clear announcement. Thanks to the showrunners for those 3 shows for being such great teams. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2021.
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

    ~ Benjamin Franklin

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    Default Re: Pen Show Updates

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Dear Sponsors, Vendors, Attendees and Friends of the Pen Community;
    In short, the organizers of the San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas Pen Shows are collectively cancelling the upcoming shows for 2020 and we look forward to seeing everyone safe, happy, and healthy in 2021. We will be individually updating our websites and sending a message to our Sponsors, Vendors and Pass holders about how this affects them.

    We thank you all for your support, words of encouragement, and help during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you next year.

    The San Francisco International Pen Show
    (August 28-30, 2020)
    Ricky Chau
    Syd Saperstein
    Todd Eberspacher

    The Chicago Pen Show
    (September 10-13, 2020)
    Roger Wooten
    Paul Conterato

    The Dallas Pen Show
    (September 25-26, 2020)
    Pete Kirby
    Mike Walker
    You can now add The Commonwealth Pen Show to this list as well.
    Jim Baer Confirmed by Email Today (was to be same weekend as Chicago).

    Not including Raleigh (still questionable)- Remaining shows are Denver, Columbus, and Detroit (starting October)

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    Default Re: Pen Show Updates

    It looks I picked a bad time to start my pen habit, I was looking forward to my first show in Chicago🙁

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    It looks I picked a bad time to start my pen habit, I was looking forward to my first show in Chicago🙁
    Me too! Anywhere in Chicago that can be a good place for gathering?

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    Default Re: Pen Show Updates

    Quote Originally Posted by chicago2020 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    It looks I picked a bad time to start my pen habit, I was looking forward to my first show in Chicago🙁
    Me too! Anywhere in Chicago that can be a good place for gathering?
    You want a place for people to gather together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicago2020 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    It looks I picked a bad time to start my pen habit, I was looking forward to my first show in Chicago🙁
    Me too! Anywhere in Chicago that can be a good place for gathering?
    I am not ready to gather with people, it is bad enough just going to the grocery stores

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