One of the myriad benefits of being a member of AACG is the ability to join other members on the AACG trip each year. This year’s trip to Toronto, Canada, with beautiful sunny weather, I might add, was filled with people, places and art that the majority of us have never seen, nor will we ever see again. I want to thank my three companions that kept me company up in the hotel’s fitness center each morning (or did I keep them company?) but, I digress. While the CN Tower was not open just for us, having lunch in our own private viewing room near the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere is something our trip attendees will probably talk about for the rest of their lives at the mere mention of Toronto. There were 90 people on the trip, and my guess is that at least 86.72 of them had a magnificent time. In my 17 years with AACG, I’ve learned that you just can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try. It’s not as easy as it looks shepherding 90 people in and out of places and around the city. However, I know the food was exceptional. I want to personally thank Sandra Ainsley and her staff for all their help in making this trip special. I also want to thank Barry Rice and his staff for his help in planning and watching the purse strings. Lastly, I want everyone to know how much we appreciate the hospitality and generosity of the collectors who hosted trip participants in their beautiful homes.
Most of you know by now that SOFA was sold recently. As far as we can tell, there should be no difference that any of our members should notice. This year’s SOFA Chicago is shaping up to be one of the best ones ever. AACG will have a presence throughout the weekend starting with an AACG sponsored bus tour on October 31st. There will be an AACG sponsored presentation on Saturday afternoon, by the recipient of the annual AACG Award. Our new chocolate and wine (or is it wine and chocolate?) fundraising auction, earlier on Saturday afternoon, where a piece by Shelley Allen will go to the highest bidder, will be very special. The annual AACG board meeting will be held on Saturday morning, November 2nd.
One of the newest perks of being an AACG member is VIP admission to Expo Chicago 2013 which takes place from September 19th through the 22nd (our thanks to Jane Rogers, wife of board member Bob Rogers). The Expo is located in the exhibition hall at the Navy Pier. Keep visiting our award winning website, http://www.contempglass.org for a,ny new event admission and instructions as they become available. Also, each month, AACG sends out an e-mini-newsletter blast to our membership. Please take the time to read through this as it will always have the latest information on various events and activities. Plus, there will be links to our award winning AACG website as well as to other sites which will keep you informed.
If, for some reason, you are not yet a member of AACG, I encourage you to join. I always look forward and appreciate hearing from any of our members and non-members who have comments or questions about anything related to AACG. Please contact me at email@example.com or call my office at 631-979-6000.
Harlan J. Fischer