"Once Upon A Time" - the 2018 R. John Wright Convention - was held from June 21st to 23rd at an exciting new venue: the elegant Everett Mansion (shown above) located on the grounds of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont.
Accommodations for attendees were booked at the Bennington Hampton Inn thus making this the first all-Bennington R. John Wright Convention. A fleet of shuttle busses provided convenient local transportation from the the hotel to the convention site just five minutes away. The visit to the R. John Wright workshop featured a catered luncheon on the RJW Meadow.
Back at the Everett Mansion the fun continued with a variety of Fairy Tale-themed events with souvenirs for collectors of every persuasion. A dinner featured 'Nana' - the first piece in the exciting new Peter Pan collection. Other events were based around themes such as 'The Brave Little Tailor' and 'Puss in Boots' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' A convention highlight was a gala luncheon event - A Medieval Country Faire - with a costume competition. The RJW Salesroom featured rare archival editions and exclusive vintage accessories and materials not found anywhere else. For the first time, admission to the ticketed events and all meals were included with the price of registration. Gail Wilson and Jackie Morro each conducted wonderful workshops on Friday and Saturday.
"Happily Ever After", the elegant final banquet on Saturday evening, provided the perfect finishing touch to the Once Upon A Time convention. Then, the moment everyone was waiting for: The first doll in the new Fairy Tale series, Cinderella, was presented to each fully-registered guest.
Photos Curtesy of Greg Nesbit
April 07, 2021