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    Default 2021 DC Show Info

    Taken from the email I received today from Barbara Johnson (Co-Coordinator of the DC Pen Show)
    She also informed me of the passing of Bob Johnson (Brother) over weekend
    (Bob founded the Show nearly 30 years ago- the 2021 Show will be the 30th Annual Show)

    "Dear Pen Community,




    We were disappointed with the necessity of canceling the 2020 SUPERSHOW due to the pandemic. BUT in anticipation of the world wide health crisis being under control in 2021, we have scheduled the 30th anniversary of the SUPERSHOW for August 5 - 8, 2021, at the same location, the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia. We will hold a special celebration to honor Bob at that time.


    We will shortly be updating the DC Fountain Pen SUPERSHOW website and encourage you to register as soon as possible to reserve your table for the 2021 SUPERSHOW. We look forward to seeing you at the SUPERSHOW.


    Please discontinue using Bob's Pencentral website and email, cell phone number, and South Carolina address.


    Current contact information for the SUPERSHOW:
    Website: www.dcpenshow.com
    Email: info@dcpenshow.com
    Address: PO Box 5021, Falls Church, VA 22044
    Phone #: 703-214-8148


    Thank you for all of your past support of Bob and the SUPERSHOW,


    Barbara Johnson, Bob's sister
    Jeff Hancock. Bob's nephew"

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    Default Re: 2021 DC Show Info

    Very sad. I received the same email from Barbara, Bob's sister. She helped Bob with the show for quite a few years. Bob ran the world's largest pen show for nearly 30 years. He will be missed.

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    Default Re: 2021 DC Show Info

    The site has been updated- the show is A GO!
    Will be held August 6-8 at the same location as in 2019!
    We will be in the Small Ballroom(Ink Table/Pen Maker's Room), as in prior years!

    Looking forward to seeing Pen Pals In August!
    http://www.dcpenshow.com

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    Default Re: 2021 DC Show Info

    It is so nice to see that some of the shows are coming back in 2021! I may be able to finally attend my first pen show!

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    I'm thinking of attending this, it will be my first pen show
    I live in south central PA, not a bad drive. What should I anticipate as far as DC traffic goes? I'm no good at city driving lol. But I'd really like to meet some more people here!

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    Oh heck yeah!!!
    This is GREAT NEWS!!!
    Thanks!!
    I will DEFINITELY be going!!!
    Time to start saving up!
    "I can only improve my self, not the world."

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    I attended the DC show for the first time in 2019 and loved it, really hope to get there this year! Hope the CA show next Feb restarts, at least I can drive there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    Oh heck yeah!!!
    This is GREAT NEWS!!!
    Thanks!!
    I will DEFINITELY be going!!!
    Time to start saving up!
    So awesome! I am really hoping to meet people from this forum maybe I'll need a name tag with my username hahah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrayonAngelss View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    Oh heck yeah!!!
    This is GREAT NEWS!!!
    Thanks!!
    I will DEFINITELY be going!!!
    Time to start saving up!
    So awesome! I am really hoping to meet people from this forum maybe I'll need a name tag with my username hahah!
    Just a nametag with your avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrayonAngelss View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    Oh heck yeah!!!
    This is GREAT NEWS!!!
    Thanks!!
    I will DEFINITELY be going!!!
    Time to start saving up!
    So awesome! I am really hoping to meet people from this forum maybe I'll need a name tag with my username hahah!

    Hah! Now the challenge of fashioning my avatar photo into a nametag/badge...lol
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    Now that my schedule is cleared up for August, it looks like i can go to the DC show. Unfortunately, the hotel is already booked up and getting around the Falls Church area without a car looks like a complete pain in the ass. Or is there something i don't know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Now that my schedule is cleared up for August, it looks like i can go to the DC show. Unfortunately, the hotel is already booked up and getting around the Falls Church area without a car looks like a complete pain in the ass. Or is there something i don't know?
    The entire DC/NOVA area is a cluster...
    I wouldn't go if I didn't have my own transportation.
    I ventured into the DC area from Silver Spring, MD via the Metro/train system back in the early 2000's...
    It was a challenge back then, I can't imagine trying it now.
    Public mental health post-COVID-lockdown and the lack of it being the primary concern...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    The entire DC/NOVA area is a cluster...
    I wouldn't go if I didn't have my own transportation.
    I ventured into the DC area from Silver Spring, MD via the Metro/train system back in the early 2000's...
    It was a challenge back then, I can't imagine trying it now.
    Public mental health post-COVID-lockdown and the lack of it being the primary concern...
    I could drive, but i don't want to, given that it would involve New York traffic on both ends as well as driving through NJ. I'd rather sit on the train and read.

    I've stayed with friends in Silver Spring and done the Metro thing. It wasn't too bad on the metro & all, but i was going into DC, not some chunk of suburban sprawl nestled in the armpit of a freeway cloverleaf.

    I ride the subway here in NYC. I can't imagine the DC Metro and/or buses being too much worse in terms of riders. I could imagine the schedules might be less convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    The entire DC/NOVA area is a cluster...
    I wouldn't go if I didn't have my own transportation.
    I ventured into the DC area from Silver Spring, MD via the Metro/train system back in the early 2000's...
    It was a challenge back then, I can't imagine trying it now.
    Public mental health post-COVID-lockdown and the lack of it being the primary concern...
    I could drive, but i don't want to, given that it would involve New York traffic on both ends as well as driving through NJ. I'd rather sit on the train and read.

    I've stayed with friends in Silver Spring and done the Metro thing. It wasn't too bad on the metro & all, but i was going into DC, not some chunk of suburban sprawl nestled in the armpit of a freeway cloverleaf.

    I ride the subway here in NYC. I can't imagine the DC Metro and/or buses being too much worse in terms of riders. I could imagine the schedules might be less convenient.
    I'm from NYC as well and I can tell you the subway system here in DC was a lot worse than back home.
    The trains come less frequently and were thus filled to capacity most of the time (back in the early 2000s...so my data may be null and void by now)
    Kinda like when a train line is "single-tracking" thru Manhattan....ugh.
    The only thing I hate about driving is the tolls. Nowadays I go up thru PA when going back and forth to NYC. A little longer road-wise, but a hell of a lot more peaceful and less costly.
    However, your "Train" option would be sooo nice if riding Amtrack from NYC down to DC, then taking the local lines to the Pen show.
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    Welp...scrap that event.
    Too much risk involved to attend.
    Sadly...it was probably my last hope at seeing a pen show.
    Ah well...such is life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    Welp...scrap that event.
    Too much risk involved to attend.
    Sadly...it was probably my last hope at seeing a pen show.
    Ah well...such is life.
    I haven't yet decided--if I go, it will be my first one too. I did cancel concert plans for this weekend, but I figure there will be less shouting and singing at a pen show... Vaccinated, masked, sanitizer--I'm still leaning toward going, but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkesey View Post

    I haven't yet decided--if I go, it will be my first one too. I did cancel concert plans for this weekend, but I figure there will be less shouting and singing at a pen show... Vaccinated, masked, sanitizer--I'm still leaning toward going, but...
    Apparently, you haven't been to a pen show.

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    Yea looks like I'm backing out too.

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    I'll be there.

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