35th Anniversary Celebration – Convention, July 12-14

Plans are in place…. The details are being worked out….The 35th Anniversary Celebration is guaranteed be a fun-filled weekend for everyone. If you haven’t been to Convention in awhile, grab a friend and come to Red Wing in July.

Thursday 2012 Anniversary Special Events

8:00 – 9:30 am – Membership breakfast with Charter Member program

10:30 am Convention Keynote OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Hannes Kuehen, former modeler/designer at Red Wing Pottery from 1956 – 1957

Noon – 35th Anniversary Balloon Release – honoring departed members
Noon – 2:00 pm – “Celebrating our History… 35th years later: Now Playing in the High School Commons Area” A lunch & Learn Session featuring: RWCS Member Ron Linde’s interview with famed Red Wing designer Charles Murphy and the 2000 Convention Keynote Session featuring Town & Country designer Eva Ziesel.

2:30 pm – Shared Interest Groups – Come to the Courtyard Cafe’ and share your favorite piece, talk with members who share your collecting interest area, swap stories, share information. There will be groups for stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery.

FRIDAY 2012 Anniversary Special Events:

8:30 am Time Capsule Burial – Stop at the North Star Monument located at 1811 Old West Main St. in Red Wing to see this event.

At Red Wing High School:
11:00 – 1:30 35th Anniversary Luncheon “Pig Pickin Birthday Party”
12:00 – 1:00 35th Anniversary Cake Cutting, Sponsored by Hanish Bakery

Crock Fest – Friday night, Central Park
5:00 – 9:00 pm Red Wing Central Park

Full Convention Schedule

We’re planning activities that will bring you an exciting new RWCS Convention experience. Let’s kick off the fun with the FREE Welcome Breakfast on Thursday, July 12, in the Red Wing High School Commons. Be sure to RSVP on your Convention registration form so we know that you’re coming. There will be music and a ceremony honoring RWCS Charter Members. What a great way to reconnect with your Red Wing family!

Be sure to stay around after the keynote speaker Thursday for the memorial balloon release honoring departed members of our Red Wing family. Reps at Large Jerry Erdmann and Russa Robinson will coordinate this activity and are looking for volunteers. The Red Wing High School Cafeteria staff is joining in on the celebration by providing a freshly updated lunch menu including options for kids.
The activities on Friday, July 13, will start out early. Join us to commemorate the burial of the RWCS 35th Anniversary Time Capsule. The capsule will be buried at 8:30 a.m. by the North Star Monument located near the AmericInn on Old West Main Street in Red Wing. The 35th Anniversary Committee will soon contact members and chapters for items to be included in the capsule. The 35th Anniversary Time Capsule will be opened on the 50th Anniversary.
The party continues at the Red Wing High School with an old-fashioned anniversary party!!! The high school food service staff will be cookin’ up an old-fashioned Pig-Pickin, Pork & Turkey BBQ with all the fixin’s. More details to come. An anniversary party wouldn’t be complete without a cake. Join us in the high school commons for the anniversary cake cutting ceremony.
The 35th Anniversary Celebration continues Friday night…. Join us at Red Wing’s Central Park from 5 to 9 p.m. for “CROCKFEST” – a festival for the whole family.The 35th Anniversary Committee has partnered with the Red Wing Convention & Visitors Bureau, Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce, Red Wing Downtown Main Street and the Red Wing Arts Association to bring together a festival of food, local artists, a live pottery demonstration and live bands. We’ll have special activities and games for kids including face painting and a special clay modeling area hosted by Scott Gilmer from Red Wing Pottery & Sales. Friday night has traditionally been a time for RWCS Chapter parties. The 35th Anniversary Committee would like to invite the chapters to bring your party to Central Park this year and enjoy the activities. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!!!!