R. John Wright Convention

The R. John Wright 2021 Convention
45th Anniversary Celebration
Treasures in the Attic

When John Wright created his first doll in November 1976 little did he expect it to be the beginning of an exciting life long journey.  November 2021 marks the 45th Anniversary of R. John Wright Dolls, Inc. Come join us as we celebrate this milestone at the R. JOHN WRIGHT CONVENTION “Treasures In The Attic” November 4-6, 2021, to be held at the recently renovated Crowne Plaza Albany-Desmond Hotel


What comes to mind when one thinks of an old attic, nostalgia, history, discovery?  These are all themes that have inspired us and our work over the years.  Join us as we share the nostalgia, history & discovery of RJW collectables.

Begin with Discovery as you travel by luxury coach to Bennington, Vermont.  Tour the R. John Wright manufactory for a close up view of how our unique products are made.  We have curated our “attic” and will have available for sale in our showroom never before offered items. A delicious luncheon at the Mt. Anthony Country Club awaits you with beautiful views of rolling Vermont hillsides.  In addition we have arranged visits to the Bennington Doll Museum and Bennington Museum with an accent on their antique toy collections.


Crowne Plaza Albany-Desmond Hotel

There will be a number of breakout meal events at the Desmond Hotel for your enjoyment. Visualize treasured toys, doll houses, and naughty attic mice.  How about a “Let’s Play Dress UP!” high tea?  Who hasn’t ventured up to the attic to rifle through nostalgic clothing and finery of a by gone era to play Dress Up?  Explore your attic to find something fun to dress up in.

Enjoy the History of A Special Exhibit – Toys In The Attic.  On display will be antique playthings from the collection of R. John Wright and other toy enthusiasts.  The Sales Room – Attic Treasures will be in the High Street Ballroom (the “attic” of the Desmond Hotel) and will be replete with rare RJW dolls, bears, animals and accessories.

The Final Banquet will be “Marcella – A Raggedy Ann Attic Adventure”.  Did you know that the original Raggedy Ann was discovered in the attic by Marcella’s father Johnny Gruelle, famed author and illustrator of Raggedy Ann? Come and hear the whole story!

Hotel accommodations will be at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY at a very reasonable convention rate of $119/night. Early Bird check in on Wednesday November 3rd. is available at the same rate.  The Desmond Hotel is a five minute drive from the Albany International Airport with shuttle service available.

HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Special Rates at the Crowne Plaza Albany-Desmond Hotel
  • Complimentary welcome breakfast
  • Luxury coach transportation to Bennington, Vermont
  • Tours of the R. John Wright facility/studio 
  • Visits to Bennington Doll Museum and Bennington Museum
  • Luncheon at Mount Anthony Country Club
  • Grand Opening Dessert Party
  • Exciting Door Prizes & Favors
  • Let's Play Dress Up - High Tea
  • Special Exhibits & Sales Room
  • Special Programs & Seminars
  • Themed movie screenings at the Desmond Hotel (w/ popcorn!)
  • Ticketed breakout meal events and workshops
  • Saturday night cocktail party
  • Final Banquet with program
  • Convention Souvenir Doll for Full Registrants ($785 value - made in Vermont)