2012 Convention

2012 Convention

Around the World

We are pleased to present photos from this year's exciting and memorable Convention. The following pictures were taken from June 20th to the 23rd at our facility in Vermont and at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, New York. Enjoy!

The Desmond Hotel front entrance

The convention salesroom at the Desmond Hotel

The festival tent on the RJW Meadow in Bennington

The CafeĀ“ Bears welcome attendees to "Bear Country"

A "Bear Country" table set with gift bags

Fragrant greenery and soft breezes

Jaimie, Benjamin, and Susan Wright

Elder son Arthur gives the invocation

Attendees await the drawing for door prizes

Graeme Miles assisted by two lovely ladies

"Benjamin" bear is viewed by his new owner

The real Benjamin holds his new bear!

A table at the "Tulips & Windmills" breakfast

The RJW centerpieces are felt tulips in authentic Delft pots

The Special Exhibit: "Dolls Around the World"

Most of the dolls in the display were loaned by Loretta Nardone

A Steiff boy from John & Susan Wright's collection

Lenci pair from John & Susan Wright's collection

"The Canals of Venice" dinner in the Fountain Area

Wine, flowers, and tasty Italian cuisine

Guests Angela Brunjes and Caroline Nicholson

Dining along the canals

Michael & Roberta Barnard pose in front of the Venice backdrop

Younger daughter, Emily Wright in Venice!

Attendee Angela Brunjes

Susan and Emily join Roberta Barnard

Award-winning dolls at the Dynamic Dialogues

Every table had a designated topic

Each presenter brought dolls for discussion

Reference books & photos provided more information

"High Tea in England" was held in the King Street Courtyard

Guests enjoy the classic piano accompaniment

Delicate sandwiches and delicious pastries

Many attendees wore hats for the occasion

John & Susan's lovely daughters

A group of guests enjoy a spot of tea together

At John & Susan's table

Guest Ann Leis with the Wright daughters

Pamela Simpers and her prize-winning "Best Hat" complete w/working clock!

Gail Wilson conducts one of her popular workshops

A display of Gail's remarkable dolls

A beautiful lit diorama featuring the World of Hitty

At the African Ndebele doll workshop

Attendees are instructed by Emily Wright

RJW associate, Mary Ann Toto, helps out

During Emily's Felt Pincushion workshop

Attendee Marsha Sherman finishing her Ethnic Felt Pincushion

Happy guests with their completed projects

Guests in costume "International Masquerade" Luncheon event

Contestants parade before the judges

There is something for everyone!

These marvelous mimes won the "Best Pair" award

A trio of RJW associates make their appearance

An African mother complete with babe

Mary Jane Cultrona in costume

Winner of the Best Costume award - Nancy Joyner!

John (Mandarin) and Susan (Spanish) in costume

The "Japanese Lanterns" ticketed dinner event

The sushi station - the bird is carved from a radish!

Guests partake of the sumptuous buffet

The tables featured candles and orchids

Guests include Loretta Nardone(L) and Jean Kestel(R)

Presenting "Meiko" - the event souvenir doll

Roberta Barnard matches her souvenir perfectly!

Lovely ladies prepare for the final banquet!

Outside the ballroom, the Rythms of Africa provided entertainment

John and Susan join the cocktail party

The Wright clan pose in the courtyard

Lillian Wright greets attendees

Amy Cannistraci(L) and Philip May(R) at the head table

Linda & Darrel Knibbs admire the souvenir doll

Ruth Fraser with "Bon Voyage" the souvenir doll

Convention Chair Lillian Wright with Michael Barnard





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