The MidWinter Get Together is an annual event held each year in February. It is a scaled-down version of the Convention. It has all the activities – education, social events, auction, show and sale – of Convention under one roof plus sales out of hotel rooms. Members also take time to visit local antique shops and events in the area.
Whether you’re looking for a more intimate venue or you just can’t wait until July, this event is for you!
The RWCS encourages new members to attend the MidWinter because it is a smaller event to network with members, experience our events, and shop for Red Wing.
Location for 2020
It has become a tradition for many members to begin their MidWinter fun on Thursday and even Wednesday evening with Room Sales. RWCS members set their hotel rooms up throughout the hotel as mini antique stores. “Room Sellers” hang signs throughout the hotel advertising their wares, room location, and photos of items for sale.
Friday is the first official day of the MidWinter GetTogether. Room sales are active and visits to the many local antique malls, shops, and shows are on the schedule for most members. Members registered for MidWinter are encouraged to attend the evening social to kick off MidWinter. There is no additional fee to attend this event featuring food and cash bar, auction, prizes, networking, and the exciting theme social event.
One of the highlights of the Friday Night Social is the Chapter Commemorative Auction by the RWCS Foundation. Each Chapter brings its commemorative to MidWinter to see which one will bring the highest donation to the RWCS Foundation.
In addition, RWCS Chapters have meetings throughout the day and members open their rooms full of Red Wing For Sale.
Schedule – Friday
Member Meet Up Social event
Afternoon/Evening Room Sales
Registered members kick off Saturday with the Welcome Session and Keynote Speaker in the Ballroom. Following the Welcome and Keynote, there are a number of education sessions. Just like the July Convention, the RWCS offers educational seminars presented by members sharing their knowledge, collections, and stories.
Lunch on Saturday is on your own. The hotel offers several restaurants and there are a number of great eating establishments in the area.
Show and Sale opens in the afternoon with over 50 sellers filling the ballroom to capacity. During the Show and Sale, the RWCS Foundation also holds a Silent Auction Fundraiser to support the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.
On the heels of the Show and Sale, Houghton’s Auction Service opens the auction block.