DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite the frigid temperatures, Des Moines will get a little warmer when members of the Red Wing Collectors Society join up for the group’s Annual Mid-Winter GetTogether in Des Moines from Feb. 10-12, 2012.
The RWCS is the organization devoted to those who collect a diverse line of crocks, jugs, churns, dinnerware and art pottery manufactured in Red Wing from the 1880’s to 1960’s. Hundreds of people from around the country are expected to attend the February event, which will help tie collectors over until the RWCS’ highly anticipated 35th anniversary at the National Convention in Red Wing, Minnesota in July.
Highlighting this year’s GetTogether will be a keynote presentation on the “Past, Present and Future of Creating a World-Class Pottery Museum.” The RWCS Foundation made the exciting announcement last month that it signed a purchase agreement for the Pottery Place Annex building in Red Wing to house the new Red Wing Pottery Museum, so the presentation will discuss how the current museum was developed, the process of finding the new location and creating a new museum.
Other educational sessions include talks on Red Wing dinnerware mysteries and reproductions, an interior decorator’s ideas on decorating with Red Wing, always popular presentations about items dug from the Red Wing Pottery dump and a new presentation on Red Wing dug from old outhouse sites. KidsView will hold “Pottery of the Roaring 20s” themed activities for younger collectors.
The theme of this year’s event is “Red Wing Speakesy” and attendees are encouraged to don their gangster suits, fedoras, flapper dresses and pearls to take part in the fun at the reception on Friday evening. A formal Show & Sale will run from 1:30 to 4pm on Saturday, Feb. 11 followed by an auction at 6pm – both of which are open to the public. All activities are held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines.
For additional information visit the Red Wing Collectors Society.
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