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Convention 2015

Hosted by Capitol Collectors

Convention 2015 Logo

The 2015 Convention is now history and many great memories.  Barbara Cummings, Joyce Dohanian and the Capitol Collectors planned a fun-filled event.  Lots of club members also volunteered to make it a success.  “Working” at convention is really lots of fun.

Tours

Many members took advantage of the great location, Arlington, VA, to tour nearby Washington, DC.  Capitol Collectors made it easy by organizing some great tours. Lots of near-by restaurants also provided a way for members to get together early in the week to share stories and good times over lunch or dinner.

Convention 2015 Tours
Convention 2015 Tours
Convention 2015 Tours
Convention 2015 Tours
Convention 2015 Tours
Convention 2015 Tours
Convention 2015 Tours
Convention 2015 Tours
Convention 2015 Tours

Our Rally Cry!

What makes convention so much fun? From time to time through out the day you can hear someone yell “salt and pepper, salt and pepper!”  and the reply will be “shake, shake, shake!”

Shopping

Shopping for shakers was on everyone’s mind when they returned to the hotel and there were lots of rooms full of shakers to keep everyone busy “running the rooms”.  There was plenty of “shaker talk” too.

Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping
Convention 2015 Shopping

Hallways

The fun overflowed into the hallways!

Convention 2015 Hallways
Convention 2015 Hallways
Convention 2015 Hallways
Convention 2015 Hallways
Convention 2015 Hallways

Registration & Raffle

After picking up their registration packets members headed to the raffle room to buy raffle tickets.

Convention 2015 Registration
Convention 2015 Raffle
Convention 2015 Raffle
Convention 2015 Raffle
Convention 2015 Raffle
Convention 2015 Raffle

A Grand Opening

On Friday the convention officially opened when Barbara Cummings, 2015 Convention Chairperson, opened with the roll call of states.  This year we had TV coverage – a crew from CBS Sunday Morning was filming  for their show to be shown in the fall.  The Washington Post was also present interviewing members for an article.

Convention 2015 Opening
Convention 2015 Opening
Convention 2015 Opening

Presentations

Convention presentations are a great way for members to share shaker information. This year members from Shaken’ Together-European Chapter shared information regarding European sets.

Convention 2015 Presentations

Veronique Verbist
Belgium

Convention 2015 Presentations

Eric Lodge
England

Convention 2015 Presentations

Harald Knust
Germany

Information regarding the new club website was presented by Pat Yedlin and Josh Weaver.

Convention 2015 Presentations

Costume Contest

The costume contest is a tradition that always guarantees smiles.  This year was no exception.

Adult – One Person

1st Place
Carol Detweiler
Drunk & Signpost

Convention 2015 Costume Contest
Convention 2015 Costume Contest

2nd Place
Donna Leiby
Peter Rabbit

Convention 2015 Costume Contest
Convention 2015 Costume Contest

3rd Place
Anita Pyle
Moon Head

Convention 2015 Costume Contest
Convention 2015 Costume Contest

Awards Presentation

Donna Leiby, Anita Pyle & Carol Detweiler with presenter, Sally Seibert

Convention 2015 Costume Contest

Adult – Two Person

1st Place
Cheryl Lenhart & Phil Mays

Popeye & Brutus with Olive Oil (three-piece)

Convention 2015 Costume Contest
Convention 2015 Costume Contest

Awards Presentation

Phil Mays & Cheryl Lenhart

Convention 2015 Costume Contest

Adult – Multi-Person

1st Place
Irv & Liz Wargolet and Steve & Mary Holt

The Beatles Band

Convention 2015 Costume Contest
Convention 2015 Costume Contest

Awards Presentation

Irv & Liz Wargolet and Steve & Mary Holt

Convention 2015 Costume Contest

Toddler

1st Place
Alexie & Landon Weaver

Sleeping Beauty – Aurora & Prince Phillip

Convention 2015 Costume Contest
Convention 2015 Costume Contest

Awards Presentation

Alexie & Landon Weaver with Mom Melissa Weaver

Convention 2015 Theme Contest

Theme Contest

This year the theme for this shaker contest was “Virginia is for Lovers.”  These winners were the top three out of 31 entries.

1st Place
Jim Dunk

Convention 2015 Theme Contest

2nd Place
Marcia Oswald

Convention 2015 Theme Contest

3rd Place
Karen Weaver

Convention 2015 Theme Contest

Awards Presentation

Karen Weaver, Marcia Oswald & Jim Dunk
with presenter Mary Ragan

Convention 2015 Theme Contest

Display Contests

The Display Contests (Shoebox, Small, Medium, and Large) shows the imagination of our members.  Each category, except the Shoebox category,  has restrictions for the number of shakers allowed. There are no limitations on creativity.

Display – Shoebox

1st Place
Kay Keiser

JFK’s Oval Office

Convention 2015 Shoebox Display

2nd Place
Pat Lenhart

Abraham Lincoln

Convention 2015 Shoebox Display

3rd Place
Marlene Pawlikowski

Nursery Rhyme Theater

Convention 2015 Shoebox Display

Awards Presentation

Marlene Pawlikowski, Pat Lenhart & Kay Keiser
with presenter Rosalie Friedberg

Convention 2015 Shoebox Display

Display – Small

1st Place
Marge Keiser

Washington, DC

Convention 2015 Small Display

2nd Place
Veronique Verbist

Diva Shakers

Convention 2015 Small Display

3rd Place
Mike McHugh

DC Comics

Convention 2015 Small Display

Awards Presentation

Mike McHugh, Veronique Verbist & Marge Kaiser
with presenter Rosalie Friedberg

Convention 2015 Small Display

Display – Medium

1st Place
Anita Pyle

Hawaiian Wedding

Convention 2015 Medium Display

2nd Place
Carol Detweiler

Christmas Wreath

Convention 2015 Medium Display

3rd Place
Irv Wargolet

Dancing by the Silvery Moon – S&P Singles Dance

Convention 2015 Medium Display

Awards Presentation

Irv Wargolet, Carol Detweiler & Anita Pyle
with presenter Rosalie Friedberg

Convention 2015 Medium Display

Display – Large

1st Place
Kim & Gary Maddox

Shakers on Parade – America’s Story

Convention 2015 Large Display

2nd Place
Jane & Horst Paetzold

The Elfin Gathering

Convention 2015 Large Display

3rd Place
Clara & Hubert McHugh

Circus

Convention 2015 Large Display

Awards Presentation

Clara & Hubert McHugh, Jane Paetzold & Kim & Gary Maddox
with presenter Rosalie Friedberg

Convention 2015 Large Display

Talent Contest

The call was put out months in advance for members to enter Friday night’s talent competition. While there is lots of talent in our group, only one member entered the contest. Fortunately, we were treated to the magical talent of Irv Wargolet and his able assistant (aka granddaughter) Grace Cooke. Irv performed many magic tricks and kept everyone entertained with his combination of magic and jokes.

Convention 2015 Talent

Auction

No convention would be complete without the auction.  Many bargains were to be had plus some rare shakers were up for bid.

Convention 2015 Auction
Convention 2015 Auction
Convention 2015 Auction
Convention 2015 Auction
Convention 2015 Auction
Convention 2015 Auction

Shaker Unveiling

Friday night was a delicious “red, white, and blue” themed dinner.  Little did we know that a special sweet treat was planned.  When it came time to unveil the shaker a screen was removed at the back of the room and a large cake was revealed in the shape of our 2015 convention shaker.  The cake was tasty and the one-piece shaker was a real treat too.

Convention 2015 Shaker Unveiling
Convention 2015 Shaker Unveiling
Convention 2015 Shaker Unveiling
Convention 2015 Shaker Unveiling
Convention 2015 Shaker Unveiling
Convention 2015 Shaker Unveiling

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an outstanding member who has made special contributions to the club over the years.  This year’s recipient, Debbie Barger, met the qualifications and then some.

Her special certificate read:

“Since joining the Club in 1990 Debbie has been an active, enthusiastic member. On a chapter level, she has hosted many meetings at her home and has served as newsletter editor, vice president and president of the Heartland Chapter. On a national level, Debbie hosted the 2014 Convention in Omaha, Nebraska. Her most significant, and most appreciated, achievement has been as Newsletter Editor of the club for eight years—several years more than she planned.”

Convention 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

Business Meeting

Mary Gelinas, our new President,  opened the Business Meeting this year as Brenda All, our outgoing President was unable to attend due to personal family reasons.  The outgoing officers were thanked and the new Board of Directors was introduced.

Convention 2015 Business Meeting

The Board of Directors – in keeping with the Spice Up the Capitol theme they donned political masks for their photo this year.

2016 Convention Presentation

Next year? The convention will be in Allentown, PA.  Marlene Pawlilowski, the Convention Chairperson, and members of Shakin’ Up Pennsylvania gave a lively presentation about the many activities available in the area.   Next year’s convention promises to be great.

Convention 2015 - Next Year's Convention
Convention 2015 Next Year's Convention Presentation

Saturday Night

Saturday night was another great dinner followed by dancing to lively music of a DJ. Later the winner of the number one set was announced, awards presented, a bunch of raffle prizes were distributed, a small auction, a big thank you to Barbara and Joyce, and the “Passing of the S&P”.

Convention 2015 Saturday Night
Convention 2015 Saturday Night
Convention 2015 Saturday Night
Convention 2015 Saturday Night
Convention 2015 Saturday Night
Convention 2015 Saturday Night

Sunday House Tours

For some members convention continued into Sunday because a few members of Capitol Collectors generously opened their homes for members to visit and view their shaker collections.

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