Convention at a Glance
The Red Wing Collectors Society held its first Convention in 1977 at the Goodhue County Historical Society in Red Wing, MN. In the early years, the Convention was also held at the Red Wing American Legion and Minnesota State College Southeast Technical College. In 1996, the Convention made its home at Red Wing High School.
The RWCS Convention, according to its bylaws, holds the Convention each year the first full weekend of July. Official RWCS Convention events begin on Thursday of Convention Week; however, there are many events and activities going on in Red Wing before the Conventions opens!
Before the Convention begins, Sellers of Red Wing dinnerware, stoneware and art pottery begin to set up their booths at the Pottery Place Mall. Also many locals will set up garage sales in their driveways all around Red Wing. With these sales open the hunt begins! In addition to this, there may be auction in or around Red Wing.
Convention attendees also take time to visit antique shops in Red Wing and and in nearby towns. With Red Wing’s nestled on the Mississippi River Wisconsin is just across the bridge.
Don’t forget to check out the annual Crock Hunt! The locations are at Red Wing restaurants, stores, and other businesses. Match the photos in the form with the business, get it signed at the location, and bring it to Show & Sale Saturday. Win membership and the 2016 commemorative! The Crock Hunt runs Monday – Saturday of Convention week. The public is welcome to join in the fun as well!
Wednesday- Pottery Museum of Red Wing
The hunt at the antique shops, garage sales, auction, and sales continues. Chapters start to gather and members ready for the first day of Convention.
The Official RWCS Convention Supplement is available at pre-registration and also inserted in the Red Wing Republican Eagle Newspaper. This is the best information source for all Convention activities. It includes:
- Schedule of Events
- Educational Programs
- Show and Sale listing
- Social Events
- Much MORE
Wednesday is also RWCS Foundation Day. Come and visit the Pottery Museum of Red Wing located at 240 Harrison St.
That evening the RWCS Foundation Hosts a Wine-ing for Red Wing fundraiser in the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.
THURSDAY - Convention Opens, Commemorative Unveiled & Members Auction
This is the official first day of Convention activities at the Minnesota State College South East. The schedule begins with unveiling of the Annual Convention Commemorative, followed by the opening welcome and the keynote speaker. The highlight of the day is the Members Only Auction. During the Auction, it is the first opportunity for members to also view the Displays and Rare Items being shown at the Convention by members. In addition, this is the first day of Kids View and Young Collectors (education program for our younger members), Chapter Meetings, and Orientation for First Timers to Convention.
Other events during the day
Hands on Class – Richard Spiller, local potter, is on site each day demonstrating his craft and answering questions about making pottery. There is also opportunity to try your hand and making a pottery piece of your very own. Each year a new program is offered.
Shared Interest Groups – This opportunity brings together collectors with the same Red Wing collecting interest to network, swap stories, and share information. From general groups like stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery to more specific like Saffron Ware, Iowa Advertising, or Belle Kogan vase. If you have an interest, we can form a group.
Members Only Auction – Members consigned stoneware, dinnerware, art pottery, and unique Red Wing items to fill the over 200 lots on the auction. This is truly a member auction with something for every collector interest and level.
FRIDAY – Education and Social Events
The jam packed Education Sessions are open to all members registered for Convention. There are more than 20 sessions for attendees to choose from. In addition to these traditional adult education, we have youth education through Kids View and Young Collectors. In addition, to the wonderful educational opportunities the members continue to have pottery making demonstrations, viewing displays, and networking with other collectors.
The RWCS also holds it annual business meeting for the organization. This is the members opportunity to hear more about the clubs operational news, Convention so far, upcoming events, and other organization business as the agenda outlines.
Featuring a LIVE Jug Band!
Friday Night at YOUR Museum
Crock Fest - “Collectors After-Hours” will be hosted by the Pottery Museum of Red Wing for the Friday night social in 2016. Following the afternoon RWCS business meeting, join your fellow collectors at this after-hours event at your museum – music, food, events and fun. Stop in and get an intimate look at the museum.
SATURDAY - Show and Sale
Convention Open to Visitors!
The last day of Convention and the Show & Sale features seller’s tables and booth spaces selling Red Wing pottery, stoneware, and city memorabilia. The RWCS recently expanded Show and Sale to also include opportunities for sellers to show case quality period antiques and collectibles in booth space.
The Commemorative Lottery is also in full swing on Saturday. All pre-registered attendees receive a lottery number on their badge. With this number an attendee can purchase a second commemorative.
Convention Week ends with a relaxing banquet.
Saturday Events open to the public
Banquet Celebration - 5:30pm
Mount Frontenac Golf Course
Check the Convention Schedule to keep up to date on all the Convention events.