The HK House of Peers, in conjunction
with Harmony Kingdom, was pleased
to announce PASSPORT TO THE KINGDOM, an event in a part of the country steeped in history and now a playground for the well-connected folk. The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina will be the host hotel. Located on Aquidneck Island in the city of Newport, state of Rhode Island, the event was from October 30—November 1, 2009; Halloween weekend.
The local independent club Atlantic Kingdom Addicts invites attendees to a complimentary dinner. For those that arrive early to Newport, the reception and dinner will be Wednesday evening, October 28, from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Reservations were required by October 15, 2009. Contact Jani Kropp at [email@example.com] for more information.
On Thursday, October 29, an optional outing is planned from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. An Olde Town Ghost Walk, walking less than one mile, will last approximately 90 minutes. Professional Guides will light your way. Ghost ships, graveyard crypts, and much much more! Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport, Rhode Island's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of their haunted city by the sea. The cost of $25 includes the walk and a special pendant, Ready To Eat, for those who reserve in advance.
ATLANTIC KINGDOM ADDICTS HOSPITALITY SUITE
A Hospitality Suite will be open Friday and Saturday (except during opening ceremonies and meal events). The suite is on the upper floor of the hotel and features a large balcony overlooking the bay. Your hosts are members of [Atlantic Kingdom Addicts].
Our Opening Ceremony will begin at the luncheon on Friday at noon. It is a plated lunch and you need to be on time, to be served. We offer you a choice of two entrées:
- Grilled Chicken with Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce
- Grilled London Broil served with Mushroom Demi-Glaze
- Vegetarian meals will be provided on request
All selections will include a salad of mixed field greens, chef's choice of vegetable and potato, rolls and butter, chocolate truffle cake, regular or decaf coffee, and tea. Please select your dinner entrée online through our OPTIONS ORDER FORM. Selections must be made by August 31, 2009.
ARTIST SIGNINGS (FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY)
This is a great opportunity to have our "Patriot" Pete sign some of your personal pieces! Peter is one again asking for quality time with collectors to talk about what you like, what you want, or any other subject that you would like. In order to accommodate all collectors, each Collector will have only one five-minute personal signing time with Peter Calvesbert. You can have up to eight (8) pieces signed. All event pieces carved by Peter will be pre-signed before the event.
Collectors have two opportunities to have their pieces signed: eight during their private signing time and others on Sunday morning. During the Raffle of a Lifetime drawings on Sunday morning, additional pieces can be signed for a charity donation. The cost is $2 per signature or three (3) for $5. Cash or check only! All money goes to the Potter League for Animals.
Over the years Peter has shared secrets of his relationship with his wife Andrea. She has been mentioned or featured on many figurines, such as the Anniversary series and the Ed's Safari series. On Saturday afternoon Andrea Calvesbert will be available to sign figurines. So, bring any of your pieces that reference Andrea or include secrets about their wedding or children. You can go through the line multiple times.
One of the all-time favorite fundraising activities is the Lucky Dip, scheduled for Friday afternoon. This helps to offset the costs of the event, which in turn helps to keep your registrations fees lower. This highly popular game was introduced to our collectors at Claire de Lune. Hundreds of prizes will be available for you to win with the draw of a ticket. Your chances of winning this year are better than ever: 50% chance of winning on every ticket you draw. That's an increase from the 1 in 3 chances of previous years.
What is Lucky Dip you ask? Here's a quick bit! We have 500 prizes set on tables with winning ticket on them. a bucket has 1,000 tickets in it—half of them match a prize on the tables. You buy the right-to-draw-a-ticket for $2, or six (6) draws for $10, and then pull out a ticket from the bucket. If it matches one of the prizes, it's yours.
In order to assist us in obtaining the number of prizes needed, we are looking for donations from our attendees, as well as from our sponsors. We already have the support of Harmony Ball Company, as well as dealers and other sources, but your help is also needed. All donors will be recognized in the Event Program. If you would like to donate items for the Lucky Dip, e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org] or call Leanna at 678-919-1977. Donations must be shipped to Leanna Barron, 1973 N Landing Way, Marietta GA 30066-1340, and arrive no later than August 31, 2009. Any donations arriving after that date cannot be guaranteed to be recognized in the program.
CASINO CHARITY NIGHT
|Enjoy some fun games, created just for you, as a charity fundraiser for the Potter League for Animals. Blackjack, Hot Dice, and our own brand of Horse Races will be available. This human version of the race ends the night. To participate, you purchase HK money and play the games. Your winnings, at the end of the evening, are traded in for Dollar Raffle tickets where you can select which of the over 70 prizes you would like a chance to win.
On Friday and Saturday nights we have selected over 70 different prizes for the Dollar Raffle, with one-third being prototypes or rare and hard-to-find pieces. Each prize will have its own box for tickets, so that you know you'll only win something that you want.
Each ticket costs $1, with the proceeds being donated to the Potter League for Animals. You can buy tickets anytime Friday or Saturday at HOP Central. You can also participate in the Casino Charity Night and trade your winnings in for tickets on Friday night. Pictures of the prizes along with the ticket boxes will be on display Friday night. At the Halloween Party on Saturday night, the prizes will be on display. This will be your final opportunity to place your tickets in the boxes you desire.
Winners of the Dollar Raffle will be drawn on Saturday night, October 31, 2009. Here are some prize samples:
|La Connaissance (box prototype)
Ed's Safari III (solid prototype)
Braganza (dog & cat versions set)
Alf & Flo (factory visit exclusive)
Dead Ringer (box prototype)
Double Sterling Rose
Back Packing (factory visit exclusive)
Bruno's Buddies (box prototype)
|Every Royal Watch Membership Kit (1996–2009) except for Purrfect Fit ----- plus lots more!
LUCKY DIP EXCHANGE
People who have attended the previous events know that they can get many prizes throughout the weekend. Some of them may be duplicates or items that are not just what you like. We have added an hour on Saturday afternoon for you to bring items that you would like to exchange. There will be easels and tables set up for you to make these exchanges. This is limited to swaps only. No dollars should be exchanged.
SWAP 'N SELL
One of the major activities on Saturday will be the Swap 'n Sell during the morning session. This is a great opportunity for collectors, retailers, secondary market dealers, and clubs to buy and sell items and services of interest to HK collectors. The cost to vendors is still just $20 for a 6-foot long, skirted and draped table with two chairs. If you would like to reserve a table (or tables) or have questions, call Pat Steven at 703-256-3506 or e-mail [email@example.com]. All vendors will be listed in the Event Program.
Every collector has a bit of artist in themselves. So, we have provided you with an unpainted version of Saint Or Sinner and we will have the paints waiting for you to see how well you can create your own masterpiece. Two lucky painters will win an event prototype for the "best" Paint-Your-Own. One winner will be selected by Peter Calvesbert and Lisa Yashon. The attendees voting at the Halloween Party will select the second winner.
Calling all artists and wannabees—would you like to create a figurine in 3D?
For the first time ever we are having a Carve-Your-Own Contest, in addition to the Paint-Your-Own contest, at this year's event! If you've ever wanted to try your hand at carving an HK piece, this is your chance. Here's how:
- Order your Carve-Your-Own Kit in advance so that it will be waiting for you at Registration. the cost is only $5. Each kit includes a basic set of carving tools, enough Sculpey (the material you actually carve) for a small Treasure Jest or NetsUKe sized piece, and a stand (or armature) to work on , similar to the type Pete uses. You can order more than on kit if you want a spare, or want some extra Sculpey to work with.
- Pick up your Carve-Your-Own Kit during Registration on Friday morning.
- Join us on Saturday, during the Artist's Workshop that runs all day. You can carve a figurine of your own, paint the event Paint-Your-Own piece, or do both! There will be experts available at the Workshop to provide you with advice. Starting at 1:30 pm Peter will also be at the Workshop and available to give advice and guidance. If you want to get a head start on your masterpiece, feel free to start at any time and bring your work-in-progress to the Workshop.
- Turn in your finished model to HOP Central no later than 5 pm on Saturday, October 31. Entries will be judged during the evening and the contest winner will be announced on Sunday, during the Grand Finale Brunch.
The best part is... Peter will take the winning model to the factory in the UK and YOUR Carve-Your-Own piece will be made into a figurine! The winner will end up with a truly unique piece—only one will be made.
Visit our OPTIONS ORDER FORM to order your Carve-Your-Own Kit. We may have a few extras at the event, but we cannot guarantee availability, so order yours now. Ordering deadline is August 31, 2009.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
Saturday night will be a fun, relaxing party with three winners of event prototypes for our Costume Contest. There will be two categories for judging—individual competition and pair competition.
RAFFLE OF A LIFETIME
In addition to just having fun, HOP had two major objectives for our convention: provide opportunities for collectors to obtain rare pieces; and to give back to the communities through charitable fundraising. At the same time, we strive to provide these opportunities to one and all, regardless of the depth of your pockets. So, we have two opportunities to obtain rare pieces: and the Raffle of a Lifetime; and the Live Charity Auction.
The Raffle of a Lifetime is an astounding collection of prototype or higher valued items available for you to win in the Raffle. If you purchase a ticket, each ticket will have a one-in-two chance to win. And, when you do win, you get to pick the prize you want. How much better can it get? Each attendee can purchase up to two (2) tickets at a cost of $30 each. The tickets are available to attendees online through our OPTIONS ORDER FORM (online ordering is closed), or at the convention. The number of prizes available at the raffle usually exceeds 50 prototypes, samples, unreleased items, and high cost collectible figurines. More details on the actual items will come later. Here is a very small sample:
|Alf & Flo (factory visit exclusive)
Parrot of the Kingdom (purple)
Atlas Shrugged (prototype)
Rise and Shine (rare version 2)
|Back Packing (factory visit exclusive)
Pegleg Pete (bronze)
Key To My Heart (prototype)
LIVE CHARITY AUCTION
As an attendee of the convention, you have the opportunity to participate in the Live Charity Auction, on Sunday, benefiting NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). We usually have around 30 special items for the live auction. Checks (payable to NAMI), cash, and Visa/MasterCard will be accepted. Watch for the upcoming list closer to the event. Here is a small sample:
|Neighborhood Watch III (solid prototype)
Retired Racer Redux (rare version solid prototype)
Cat Atop Clock (prototype by Sherman Drackett)
Strida Folding Bicycle ($800)
Patriot Pete (bronze)
|Phoenix Consortium (solid prototype - special HK Corral commission (LE 10))
Rabbit In Top Hat (1st carving ever by Peter—from his personal collection—never produced
All events are casual dress. However, we do suggest you dress up as your favorite halloween character for the Saturday night Halloween Party, as we will have a Costume Contest for the best dressed goblins in our crowd. The winners walk away with event prototype figurines. It's well worth the effort to get your mind in gear early. There will be two categories: one for best single costume; and one for best pair (two prizes for the pair). So, be ready to have the best Halloween of your life!
For more information,
contact HOP by e-mail at [firstname.lastname@example.org]
or call Pat Steven at 703-256-3506.
PASSPORT TO THE KINGDOM
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