Just got an email from Ed Seiman, head of registration at NEAF. We have our two booths. We don't know where we will be yet, but Ed wanted us to be more "exposed" this time. We may be moving to the high rent district. He confirmed that our two booths are free, but we may have to pay $125 for the electrical setup (union electricians!).
Danial Landis (a member here and professional graphic artist) is doing a wonderful job on the banners we need. We will have a large banner on the back wall (4 x 14') full color vinyl, grommets and seams, and a smaller one for the front table. The wording is not complete yet and I've taken some of your suggestions and running them by a few. The banners can be used for future years to come.
Ed Seiman wants to run a few things by me about the show. They may want to use us in some of the promotion. That's a good thing. It's almost time for those who are going to go, to be reserving the hotel room. I as most of the venders at NEAF, will be staying at the Crown Plaza hotel. I believe the NEAF rate is $114 / night. I will be there thursday thru monday.
If you want to come and work the booth, you do not have to bring a telescope to qualify. You can work the whole show, one day, heck, one hour if you like. Just show up at your time if you sign up. As I said before, I don't expect anyone to come and work and have no time to see the show, or no time to go to a lecture. If we get enough people to come and cover the hours, it will be easier on every one.
Setup on friday night is a little different. We have 4 passes to the floor. I might be able to purchase 2 more, but the NEAF board does not want this abused. There are armed guards, and anyone without a pass will be removed. Jon and I will tap 4 people that will be helping with setup. We have not chosen anyone yet, but need people that are committed to work and to showing up. Friday can go late. The bar is open, AFTER the work is done. Same with teardown that happens late afternoon (4-5) on Sunday.
So think about if you want to participate at this years show. You can email or PM Jon or I if you are planning to come. We need to know what days, hours, and how willing you are to work. I will be providing 2 tee-shirts for workers on the floor that man the booth 2 days. I may sell additional Tee-shirts to those who want them just to help cover the cost. I am not soliciting you for orders now!!!
I would like to thank John Raymond for the donation of money toward the display. He paid for half. I hope you don't mind, John. That was very nice of you.
That's the update so far. Jon might chime in to see where we stand so far with telescopes. Please remember, if you commit to bringing a telescope, please do not let us down. We are reserving space for it. The space will still be there if your telescope does not show up. In fact, we will put your name on the empty space!
These have to be solid commitments. I can't go back to Ohio to grab "filler" for the floor.
I am looking forward to some great times at the show! I am excited and can't wait to meet all of you. My hotel is booked (the crown fills up quick!) and I made sure I had a ground floor! I'm carrying some big armor for the show. Let's show the world what our hobby is all about. I know we will be turning heads. If you go, you will meet the cream of the crop of manufacturers, enthusiast, astronomers, usually an astronaut, journalists, bloggers. and the best amateur astronomers around. At the Crown Bar (the best place to met) I've talked with the vice president of Meade, owner of Atik, manufactures reps from everywhere, famous astrophotographers, and individuals from all over the world. Most of all though, we will also have time to talk over our hobby with good friends, good food and a little drink (if your at the hotel, a lot of drink!).
I want to see you there. Please plan on coming. We do need your help.