|THE 2018 R. JOHN WRIGHT CONVENTION|
Come join us at "Once Upon A Time" - the 2018 R. John Wright Convention. The dates are June 21-23 and the exciting new venue is the elegant Everett Mansion (shown above) located on the grounds of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont.
To provide accommodations for attendees we have booked rooms at the Bennington HAMPTON INN (Phone: 802-440-9862) at a special convention rate. A fleet of shuttle busses will provide easy transportation from the the hotel to the convention site just five minutes away. Convenient bus transportation to and from the Albany Airport one hour away will also be provided at special low rates.
Your visit to the R. John Wright workshop will give you a newfound appreciation for all that goes into making the RJW dolls and animals. In the production areas our team of artisans will be happy to chat with you and show you every facet of how our products are made! John and Susan Wright will also conduct tours of the RJW Design Studio where you will get a sneak-peek of items currently being developed.
Back at the Everett Mansion the fun will continue with a variety of Fairy Tale-themed events with souvenirs for collectors of every persuasion. A convention highlight will be a gala luncheon event - A Medieval Country Faire - with a costume competition! The RJW Salesroom will feature rare archival editions and exclusive vintage accessories and materials not found anywhere else. Note: For the first time, ALL meals and admission to the ticketed events are included with your registration! Event souvenirs and companion pieces will be available to purchase.
For your convenience you may Register online or call 802-447-7072. Do not delay - Space is limited to only 100 attendees. Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in the Land of Fairy Tales!
HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED:
- Special Rates of $159 at the Bennington Hampton Inn
- ALL Meals included in Registration Fee
- Themed Events including "Peter Pan" & "Puss-in-Boots"
- Exciting Door Prizes & Favors
- Tours of the R. John Wright Dolls Facility
- Catered Luncheon in large Festival Tent
- Salesroom with vintage RJW Materials & Accessories
- Special Offers on New and Retired RJW Editions
- Special Programs and Exhibits
- Luncheon Event with Costume Competition
- Exclusive Breakout Workshops
- Movie Screenings at the Everett Mansion Theatre
- Convention Souvenir Doll ($750 value) Made in the USA!
Under the Festival Tent on R. John Wright Dolls meadow, visitors will partake of a delicious catered luncheon with views of Vermont's lovely Green Mountains.
Following the meal at the RJW Facility, guests will have the opportunity to tour the Production areas, Design Studio, and Company Showroom where rare items will be offered for sale.
The first event at the Everett Mansion will be "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The enchanting evening will feature a woodland fairy's feast followed by magical entertainment by the Children's Ballet Troupe of nearby Manchester, Vermont. Enjoy the musical performance of the little fairy dancers as they flit about like fireflies on the Everett Mansion stone terrace. The event souvenir will be 'Mustardseed'- a darling little ballet fairy from Shakespeare's immortal play. Special souvenir price to be announced.
The Everett Mansion Library will provide the setting for a Fairy Tale 'mouse' breakfast featuring "The Brave Little Tailor." Visit the charming medieval village where the little Mouse Tailor toils in his shop. A bountiful breakfast will be presented for your pleasure. Featured are charming one-of-a-kind centerpieces depicting, cottages, shops, a mill, and even a castle, all scaled for mouse inhabitants! One lucky person at each table will win the drawing to purchase these wonderful creations. The event souvenir will be "The Brave Little Tailor". Available for order will be the winsome "Princess" whose hand in marriage our Little Tailor longs for. Special prices for the event souvenir and companion to be announced.
Everyone is flocking to the Medieval Country Fair! All are invited to dress as their favorite Fairy Tale or Medieval character for this festive themed event held on the Everett Mansion grounds. Enjoy the sumptuous meal while you are entertained by Morris performers, musicians, and traditional Mummer sword dancers! There will be a masquerade procession before the King & Queen and their Court as they judge your finery and award prizes.
WORKSHOPS The Everett Mansion classrooms will be the perfect place for exclusive convention breakout Workshops featuring Fairy Houses, Fairy Gardens and Fairy Dolls! Talented instructors, Gail Wilson and Jackie Marro, will both conduct exciting classes as they steer you through the steps of making Wonderful Things. Extra fees are required.
In the Everett Mansion Theatre, there will be a special showing of the legendary silent film of Sir James M. Barrie's classic "Peter Pan." This first film adaptation of Peter Pan was released in 1924 and included ground-breaking special effects. Barrie himself oversaw production and chose the young actress who played the lead. For decades the film was believed lost until a single remaining copy was discovered in the 1950s. Now, almost 100 years after its first release, Peter Pan still retains all of its charm and magic.
Join the Darling children "In the Nursery" while they slumber and Peter Pan steals among them in search of his shadow. An English buffet will be offered for your enjoyment as you await the appearance of Peter. John & Susan will be unveiling the first doll in the "Peter Pan" collection: a fully articulated felt rendition of the boy who wouldn't grow up. The children's faithful canine nursemaid, "Nana", will be the evening's adorable event souvenir. Special souvenir price to be announced.
BREAKFAST & DAY TRIPS
After your complimentary breakfast at the Hampton Inn enjoy shuttle bus tours to some of the sites of Bennington including Bennington Potters. You are also welcome to attend a workshop, or view the special exhibit and salesroom at the Everett Mansion. Destinations and shuttle times will be posted.
Join Puss in the throne room as he slyly deceives the King to win the hand of the Princess for his master. Custom favors, centerpieces and a tantalizing luncheon will be presented along with an interactive "Tall Tales" game. The souvenir will be the most famous of all fairy tale cats: Puss In Boots! This exciting new feline from the RJW Studio sports a gallant chapeau with a dashing feather and a large handsome pair of leather boots. Note: pre-orders for this piece will receive a special introductory price.
The fairest of them all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first feature-length animated film and Walt Disney's masterpiece. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the magnificent animation is matched by the classic score which includes several unforgettable songs. Since its release in 1937, it has brought untold joy and wonder to generations of children and the young-at-heart.
"Happily Ever After", the elegant final banquet on Saturday evening, will provide the perfect finishing touch to the convention. Inside the dining hall, themed favors and centerpieces will cast their spell and our festive farewell dinner will feature an elegantly plated meal fit for a King (or Queen!). Complimentary wine and beverages will also be served. Then, the moment everyone has been waiting for! Due to popular demand, R. John Wright will be introducing a series of delightful cabinet-size child dolls costumed as some of your favorite fairy tale characters! The first doll in the series will be presented to each fully-registered guest.
TO REGISTER: Please select the choice below which best describes your request.
Space is subject to availability. You will be notified when your application has been processed.
You must be present to receive the Convention souvenir doll.
Cancellation fee: $25. No refunds after March 31, 2018.
FULL REGISTRATION - Includes the convention souvenir doll.
LIMITED REGISTRATION - This option includes all the benefits of a Full Registration except the final souvenir doll. Adults and children between the ages of 9-18 are eligible for a Limited Registration.