MABS April 7-9, 2017 Cromwell, CT

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Mid Atlantic Bonsai Society Spring Festival

http://midatlanticbonsai.org/index.htm

Radisson Hotel Cromwell
100 Berlin Road Cromwell CT

[EDIT] I almost never do this, but I edited the first line of text in this thread from "Mid Atlantic Bonsai Society meeting" to "Mid Atlantic Bonsai Society Spring Festival", which I think was Paradox's intention all along. -BNut [/EDIT]
 
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I was excited about it 'till I saw how much they wanted just to get thru the door. Nevermind the workshops. Maybe It's me but I thought they're a bit over the top. Although I'm sure it's a fantastic event with outstanding people to learn from.
 

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I want to see the material in that $680 workshop! :eek:

I think the most I've ever paid for a workshop before was $250 for a Harry Hirao California juniper workshop. I'm not saying it's not worth $680 - I just want to SEE it so I can drool :)
 

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I was excited about it 'till I saw how much they wanted just to get thru the door. Nevermind the workshops. Maybe It's me but I thought they're a bit over the top. Although I'm sure it's a fantastic event with outstanding people to learn from.
The artists they get dont agree to come and give demos for free, not to mention the cost of their travel.
The material they work on isnt free either. I would venture most are in excess of $1000 and probably double that.

The demos are included in the fee. There are at least 5-6 of them.

The hotel room is also discounted for attendees and the hotel gets a pretty nice fee for the use of the facilities. The show takes up quite a few rooms, from the vendor rooms to the demo room and the workshop rooms.
 
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Hi Folks, I am fairly new to bonsai and am planning on going Sunday morning to see the exhibit and vendor areas. I wish I could have attended more and signed up for demos, but I have too many other things going on. Anyway, I hope to meet some fellow bonsai enthusiasts, perhaps a few potential mentors, and especially some of the local Nuts!
 
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The artists they get dont agree to come and give demos for free, not to mention the cost of their travel.
The material they work on isnt free either. I would venture most are in excess of $1000 and probably double that.

The demos are included in the fee. There are at least 5-6 of them.

The hotel room is also discounted for attendees and the hotel gets a pretty nice fee for the use of the facilities. The show takes up quite a few rooms, from the vendor rooms to the demo room and the workshop rooms.
Oh I hope I didn't offend. I apologize if I did. That's the danger with commenting on things thru text. Sometimes your sentiment gets lost in translation. I didn't intend to sound negative. I know it's gonna be a great event that a lot of hard work and overhead goes into. And I'm sure the price of the workshops are fair and well worth what you will take away from it. I just hope if I go I'll be able to take advantage of as much as I would like to. Which I'm sure I will. I'm to close to pass up going. And a novice like me can certainly use any opportunity to observe those with more experience and experts I can get.
 

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Oh I hope I didn't offend. I apologize if I did. That's the danger with commenting on things thru text. Sometimes your sentiment gets lost in translation. I didn't intend to sound negative. I know it's gonna be a great event that a lot of hard work and overhead goes into. And I'm sure the price of the workshops are fair and well worth what you will take away from it. I just hope if I go I'll be able to take advantage of as much as I would like to. Which I'm sure I will. I'm to close to pass up going. And a novice like me can certainly use any opportunity to observe those with more experience and experts I can get.

No, Im not offended.
Im just explaining why they have to charge what they do for the event.

FYI first time attendees get a discount I think (or they did at one time). The first time I went it was that way.
Youll have a blast, believe me. It will be well worth it.