Available Now, MidWinter 2009 Attendee Survey

2009 MidWinter GetTogether Attendee Survey

The RWCS Business Office is conducting a survey regarding this years event using Survey Monkey.

Thank you to all the members who have already responded via email through the Survey Monkey program. The RWCS Business Office sent emails to each MidWinter attendee with an email address.

If you attended MidWinter, BUT DID NOT RECEIVE the survey email, please use the link below!

Click Here!

By filling out this 10 question survey, you will help us plan for the 2010 event, February 12-14. We look forward to receiving feedback from you soon regarding your MidWinter GetTogether experience.

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2009 Annual July Convention Information: housing, registration and more!

2009 Annual July Convention
Red Wing, MN

"Celebrating with Red Wing"

July 9-11, 2009

The 2009 Convention in Red Wing will mark the 33rd Convention. It is exciting to know that our organization continues to remain strong. This years theme is to share how you celebrate using your Red Wing Collection. Members are encourage to submit pictures of using their collections for family celebrations, holidays, special occasions, and everyday use. Please send your pictures to the RWCS Business Office at director@redwingcollectors.org

Registration forms have been included in RWCS Members February 2009 Newsletter. On line registration will be open by the end of February.

Click Here for Pre-registration form

Auction Forms
In an effort to go green the Auction forms will be not be included in the February newsletter mailing. RWCS members who submitted pieces in 2008 will receive the form in one of the following ways:

  1. Email
  2. Mail
  3. Download today – Click Here

Questions regarding the 2009 Auction should be directed to Todd Avery, Auction Manager at auction@redwingcollectors.org

Convention Schedule
There are a number of exciting changes occurring at the 2009 Convention.

  • The Friday night picnic will be a pig roast in a new location. Watch for more information on all the exciting editions to this event!
  • The Banquet will be held at the St. James Hotel Summit Room this year.
  • For members interested in an opportunity to socialize on Saturday night, but not attend the banquet, we are planning a "So Long Mixer" in Jimmy’s Pub at the St. James Hotel.

More details on both of these events coming soon.

Click Here – Current Convention Schedule

The 2009 Display room is now accepting contracts. Laura Beall, display chair, is looking for members interested in showing their collections at MidWinter. No display is to small to be entered to win a special commemorative for Best in Show, People’s Choice, or Rare Item. If you have question contact Laura Beall today at display@redwingcollectors.org.

Click Here – For 2009 Display Contract

Housing Information
Also included in the Newsletter, Kathy Silverthorn, director, Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau, discussed available housing in Red Wing for the 2009 Convention. Below is the most current housing information for Hotels and Motels in the Red Wing Community.

2009 Housing Information

Members are encouraged to contact hotel directly or the Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-498-3444 or on line at www.redwing.org for best available.

Visit the Convention Events page for more information!


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Newsletter Classifieds Posted for February 2009

2009 February Newsletter Issue

Classifieds available online


In 2009 the RWCS Website has launched a classified page. This new page will publish the classifieds following the official mail date of the printed newsletter.

This online service offers additional benefits to advertisers:

  • ability to post a picture of items for sale
  • direct link to your email address or website
  • open to any visitor to the RWCS website

If you are interested in advertising in a future newsletter issue please contact Rick Natynski, editor at newsletter@redwingcollectors.org

Contact Stacy Wegner, executive director, at director@redwingcollectors.org if you missed the last issue but would like to post online today!

2009 Advertising Rate Information

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Stoneware Stolen in West Des Moines, IA on Saturday, February 7, 2009

Stolen Stoneware

The following items were stolen from a West Des Moines, Iowa home on Saturday February 7, 2009 between 2:30PM and 9:30PM. A reward will be offered for any information provided that leads to the recovery of these items.

Please call 1-515-205-2053

Click here to download a PDF with pictures.

1. Orange banded Western Stoneware rolling pin with the following advertising:

Use Double Header Flour, It is the Best

2. Blue banded Western Stoneware rolling pin with the following advertising:
3. Blue Banded Western Stoneware rolling pin with the following advertising:
4. 6 GALLON Red Wing salt glaze churn decorated cobalt with a single P and target design.
5. Old Sleepy Eye Flemish Tankard approximately 7 3/8’’ tall

6. Old Sleepy Eye Standing Indian Pitcher, approximately 7 ½ “” tall.
7. Old Sleepy Eye Cobalt Stein, 7 ¾” tall.
8. Old Sleepy Eye #3 & 1 blue rim pitchers, 6 3/8” tall and 4" tall.
9. Old Sleepy Eye #2 blue rim pitcher, 5 ¼ “ tall.
10. Old Sleepy Eye #5 blue- grey pitcher, 8 ½” tall.
11. Old Sleepy Eye #3 blue- grey pitcher, 6 3/8” tall.
12. Old Sleepy Eye #2 blue-grey pitcher, 5 ¼” tall.
13. Old Sleepy Eye #1 blue-grey pitcher, 4” tall.
14. #5, #3, #2 #1 Blue-Grey Pitchers
15. Old Sleepy Eye #2 blue & white pitcher, 5 1/4” tall.
16. Old Sleepy Eye blue & white mug, 4 3/8” tall.
17. Old Sleepy Eye verse mug, approximately 4 ½” tall

18. 1985 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & white pitcher.
19. 1991 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & white sugar bowl.

20. 1993 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & white creamer.
21. 1997 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & grey stein.
22. 1998 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & grey vase.
23. 2005 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, verse mug.

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Stolen Stoneware

The following items were stolen from a West Des Moines, Iowa home
on Saturday February 7, 2009 between 2:30PM and 9:30PM. A reward
will be offered for any information provided that leads to the
recovery of these items. Please call 1-515-205-2053.

See PDF for complete list
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RED WING, MN. – One of the best times to buy antiques is when there’s a depressed market. Even though Red Wing pottery generally holds its value pretty well, it’s no secret that there will be a lot of people looking for good deals and rare pieces at the Red Wing Collectors Society’s MidWinter GetTogether, slated for Friday, Feb. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 8 in Des Moines.
The Red Wing Collectors Society (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 1880s to 1960s. Hundreds of people from around the country are expected to attend the February event, which serves as a precursor and helps tie collectors over until the annual national RWCS Convention in Red Wing in July. These two events serve as great opportunities for members to meet and learn about the history of the potteries that once operated in Red Wing, their diverse production lines and the impact they had on the American pottery industry.
Many attendees sell Red Wing wares from their hotel rooms during the MidWinter GetTogether, which is highlighted by organized activities including a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. The theme of this year’s event is “Back to the 50s” and a “Crock Hop” will even be held during the reception. Educational sessions and KidsView activities will be held for members on Saturday, Feb. 7. The keynote presentation that morning will be given by Bob Kubes, fellow Red Wing collector and agent from the Musty Barnhart Agency, who will explain how to properly insure collections.
Other educational presentations will include Recent Pottery Dump Finds by Steve Showers, Intro to Dinnerware by Larry Roschen and Terry Moe, Red Wing Salt Glaze by Rick Natynski and a special guest presentation by Michael Smith, curator at the Iowa Historical Society Museum. Smith will discuss the Iowa Stoneware Exhibit that’s currently on display at the Des Moines museum.
A show and sale also runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 7 followed by an auction at 6 p.m. – both of which are open to the public. Whether you’re new to collecting Red Wing or an experienced collector, there’s something for everyone at the MidWinter GetTogether.
All activities will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Road, in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the MidWinter GetTogether, or the annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention, which is slated for July 9-11 in Red Wing, Minn., log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.
The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. and is devoted to educating people about all American pottery. There are more than 5,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines that included stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.

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RWCS Pottery Welcome Group Activities

Pottery Welcome Group announces new activities

open to RWCS members and the public for the 2009 Convention.

(January 21, 2009, Red Wing, MN) – The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) announces the formation of the Pottery Welcome group. Several Red Wing organizations have come together to improve the RWCS Annual Convention for both members and the general public. The 2009 Convention will be July 9-11 and, in the past, has brought over 2,000 RWCS members to Red Wing each summer.
For the past 30 years, local businesses, organizations, and community members have supported the RWCS Annual Convention through donations to the Red Wing Chamber Potter’s Picnic and door prizes for the RWCS Convention Banquet. In addition, volunteers from the Visitor and Convention Bureau have staffed the info table at the high school and distributed welcome signs throughout the city.
The new Pottery Welcome Group includes representatives from the Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau, Red Wing Area Chamber, Downtown Mainstreet, City of Red Wing, RWCS Foundation, RWCS, Goodhue County Historical Society, and several other community leaders and RWCS members. The group has three tasks; to revitalize the Friday night social event into a new event open to both members and the public, send a welcome message to all attendees and visitors on behalf of the local businesses, and to contact Red Wing businesses and organizations for donations and support.
The Friday night social event will “Rock around the Crock” with a 50s sock hop event. The July 10 event will be open to both RWCS members and the public. This free concert will feature great music from the 50s, amazing food, and exciting activities.
In addition to “Rocking around the Crock”, members and the public are encouraged to participate in the RWCS first Crock Hunt! The Crock Hunt is a scavenger hunt of sorts within local businesses to win prizes at the Crock Hop. Details will be available in the Convention Supplement inserted in the Red Wing Republican Eagle July, 8th.
“The RWCS appreciates the donations that Red Wing businesses have given to the Convention each year. I feel that the Pottery Welcome Group efforts will make Red Wing residents and businesses feel a part of the RWCS Annual Convention as much as our members feel a part of our city. One of my goals for the Convention is to bring the Red Wing Collectors Society members and the public together for a night of fun.” said Stacy Wegner, Executive Director of the Red Wing Collectors Society.
“The creation of these new events will show the RWCS Pottery Convention attendees how much the entire Red Wing community appreciates their annual visit and will help the community learn more about the RWCS," said Marie Mikel, Red Wing Area Chamber President.
The RWCS encourages anyone who would like to be a part of the committee or would like to make a donation to please contact Stacy Wegner, Executive Director of the RWCS at 651-388-4004 or director@redwingcollectors.org.
The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 and has more then 5,000 members nationwide that collect the Red Wing Potteries stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery. The first Convention was held at the Goodhue County Historical Society in 1977 and is currently held at the Red Wing High School. The Annual Convention is open to all members with Saturday events including show and sale and display are open to the public. For more information or to become a member for only $25, contact the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org or call 800-977-7927.


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MidWinter 2009 Announcements

MidWinter GetTogether

Back to the 50s
February 6-8, 2009

Hey all you guys and gals we are just a few weeks away
until we’re Rockin’ Around the Crock!

The Crock Hop is Friday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m. The juke box will be spinning Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens and many more. It is hard to believe that it has been 50 years since that fateful night in Iowa that changed American music for ever.

We hope that all you hip cats are ready to make memories at the Crock Hop!

Here’s some tips to be hip for the Crock Hop!

· Leather Jackets
· Rolled up Jeans
· Cigarettes rolled in the Sleeve
· Letterman Jacket (don’t have yours borrow one from a current student)
· Rolled crop pants and blouse
· Scarf around the neck
· Plan white tennis shoes & bobbie socks
· Ribbon in the hair

A few other reminders before you hit the road:
- Recycle:
please bring your used plastic badge holders
- Volunteers needed
in registration, contact Katie
- Volunteers
don’t forget to wear your pins!

Use the links below and
VISIT the RWCS WEBSITE TODAY to learn more:

SEMINARS and SPEAKERS: Added Session: Red Wing Flower Pots
SHOW AND SALE: Vendor Update: List and Floor Plan available
EVENT PAGE:schedule, auction information, Kids View

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