When I last visited the Stamp King, he was in the middle of hosting a big meeting. Fortunately, my friend Katy and I arrived right at the break so we were able to look at stamps without interrupting things too terribly. Turns out the meeting was for COMPEX, an upcoming stamp show.
I have never been to a stamp show, but Katy and I made plans to attend this one. I will, of course, bring you all on a virtual trip after, but should you be in the area, here is the pertinent information.
Show Location: Forest View Educational Center 2121 S. Goebbert Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Show Dates and Times: May 22-24, 2015; 10am-6pm Fri, Sat; 10am-4pm Sun.
Admission to the show and parking are free! More money to spend on stamps! Since the theme this year is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the first chocolate made in America, I'm hoping to see thesestamps in person, maybe even get to sniff them!
Donovan and I came up with a workshop a few weeks ago and decided we wanted to sneak it into the schedule before Winter's last hurrah. We are hosting our first L.W.A. Lab at the Clubhouse on Sunday March 15th. Join us as we warm up with some booze and mail art with a twist. In Mix & Mailology you will learn the secrets of mixing an excellent Hot Toddy and using that inspiration for making themed mail art. Our solutions, both alcoholic and artistic, will surprise you. For those who prefer sobriety, no worries, we will also be offering Not Toddies. Alcohol, snacks, and all mail art materials included. Check out the details below, I hope you can join us!
L.W.A. Lab: Mix & Mailology March 15th at 3:30-5:00pm L.W.A. Clubhouse (355 N. Laflin St., Chicago, IL) $25 Alcohol, snacks, and all mail art materials included.
[This] is the museum's first exhibition devoted entirely to African American history. Marking 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery throughout the United States, the exhibition chronicles the African American experience through the perspective of stamps and mail.
The exhibition includes letters carried by enslaved Americans, mail sent by and to leaders of the civil rights movement and original artwork for numerous stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. More than 100 items from the museum's collection are on display, augmented by outstanding pieces on loan from other institutions and private collections.
"The exhibition is powerful and presents a distinctive perspective to the history that unfolded during this important period of time," said Allen Kane, director of the museum. "Our hope is that visitors will learn more about this historic period, connect emotionally to the stories and objects we are presenting and continue to have meaningful conversations beyond the museum visit."
I've been really enjoying the online portion of this exhibit, and can only expect that to see it in person would be that much more moving.
Love theater? Love letters? You might be into LOVE LETTERS which is on Broadway now through February 15th, 2015. About the show: "Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?" --The Verdict
What I think is extra neat about is that the cast changes. It's a two person show and here's the line up:
We are online now for the live video part of the Virtual Social. You can watch the feed above or on the event page. Feel free to ask us questions on Twitter or share what you are writing today with the #LWASocial hashtag. We'd love to see what you are writing and making!
For a while now Donovan and I have been trying to open up our letter socials to all our members, which can be tricky since we are a world-wide organization. We've been dabbling with virtual letter socials recently to great success. This time around we are going to add live video to the mix!
Donovan and I are going to point the camera to ourselves as we write our holiday cards next weekend. See our faces, listen to us nerd out on mail, enjoy the silence as we scribble letters, ask us mail questions. The virtual social itself will be all day Saturday (the 13th), but we are going to carve out part of the evening so you can put us on your computer from 7-8:30pm CST so we can write some letters together in real time.
The social is next Saturday, the 13th, from 7-8:30pm CST so it will be a great time to write your holiday cards or catch-up on your "respond to" pile. We will be writing letters and answering any questions you ask on Twitter. Make sure to tag your questions or mail photos with #LWASocial. (We will use the BOTH the Hangouts chat window and Twitter so that the question asking is open to all, not just those with Google+.)
Go to the event page on the day of the event or, if you have a Google+ account, you can answer "yes" to the event and you will get an email reminder when the Virtual Social starts. If you are unable to join the social live, you will be able to watch the video later, thanks to the magic of video recording. Isn't living in the future awesome?
Details! Live Video Virtual Social See our faces and hear our voices (or mute us) Saturday, Dec. 13th 7pm - 8:30pm CST Check your time zone here Virtual Letter Social 24 hours - all day Use the tag #LWASocial on your tweets and photos
Guys, Donovan and I are going to be at two events this week! Here are the details:
Cards, stationery, and pigeons for sale at Show of Hands Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm We will have ALL our product there. Yes, even our cards with their sale prices. Donovan will be at this show on Saturday and I'll join her on Sunday. Why won't I be there on Saturday? I'll be hosting the Postcard Party at DIY!
Postcard Party at DIY Trunk Show Saturday ONLY from 10am-5pm Think of it like a Letter Social, except we will have free postcards (as seen at the top of the post) for you to write on. We will not have our typewriters there, but we will have L.W.A. memberships.
Come by one or both, either way, we hope to see you somewhere!
Midwest members, join us this Saturday (the 15th) for our Clubhouse Warming! Our building is having an open studio day, so come by and help us warm our new studio space. We will have our typewriters, some stationery, and will be answering any questions you have. Here are the details:
Clubhouse Warming Noon to 7pm Feather Lofts 355 N Laflin Street Studio 209 FREE
Donovan and I will both be there, most likely writing letters, so come by and write along with us.
Please join Kathy & I this Saturday from 1:30PM to 3:00PM at the Forest Park Library for a social. We'll have free stationery and the typewriters on hand for everyone to try out. I'll even bring my fancy italic typewriter if you promise to treat it nicely! I'm sure you will. It should be a lovely afternoon of writing. I will also bring my dip pens so people can try those if they like. Please join us!
P.S. If you can't make it out to see us on Saturday, how about going to the Mail Social Club on Thursday at the National Postal Museum? It's free and awesome. You only need RSVP!
In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item. The Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving this art form. Prepare your pen and paper, moisten your tongue, and get ready to write more letters!
May 28th (Thursday)
Chicago, IL Letter Social
Uncle Art Gallery 7-9pm 1359 N Maplewood Ave
Join us and our typewriters to write some letters together. We will have mail art supplies, stationery, and a few of our old-fangled typing machines available for your use. Free!
May 30th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL OBSCURA DAY 2015
L.W.A. Clubhouse Several time slots available
Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day. You'll see the inner sanctum of operations for the letter writing organization and have an opportunity to write letters and postcards using vintage typewriters.
Your ticket includes free supplies and typewriter time. Donovan, the Letter Writers Alliance typewriter expert, will be on hand to answer questions, troubleshoot cranky machines and make pithy comments. Come join us and type a letter or two!
Tickets: $5 Purchase options available soon!
June 6th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL Postcard Party
606 Opening Celebration, 10am-6pm
Humboldt Blvd between Cortland & Wabansia
Write some postcards and explore the new Bloomingdale Trail with us. Free!
June 7th (Sunday)
Chicago, IL Mix & Mailology
L.W.A. Clubhouse 3:30-5pm
Old Fashions and Wax Seals, two old-timey things we love. Learn the secrets of mixing an excellent Old Fashion and making the perfect wax impression on your envelopes. We will also have other wax-like experiments for your mail art pleasure. Our solutions, both alcoholic and artistic, will surprise you. All materials, including liquid forms, will be provided.
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July 12th (Sunday)
World-Wide L.W.A. Book Club
Join Kathy, Donovan, and a special guest Margaret Haas (of Paper Pastries) via live video while we discuss Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Discussion and further info can be found on the Goodreads book group page. Event Page
The L.W.A. was established in 2007 by Kathy Zadrozny & Donovan Beeson. These two ladies manage every aspect of the Alliance, from design, to packing orders, to maintaining the website. The L.W.A. is a labor of love and we are happy you have joined us in sharing a love for letters.