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  [Aroid-l] Dear Jude
From: Theodore Held <oppenhauser2001 at gmail.com> on 2010.08.31 at 10:42:48(21361)
Goodness, Jude, I certainly hope you can make it. I will be happy to
meet you and I'm sure that you will be warmly received by everyone. I
certainly was, my first time. I don't know sign language, but will be
happy to help as I can. Perhaps someone on the list knows an
interpreter we can rope in?

Regardless of that, our show is several things at once. Yes, it's a
flower show, with a selection of large, showy aroids on the main
exhibit floor. Some of these (especially the largest ones, which weigh
a ton) are supplied by our vendors, many of whom are local to the
show.

Our vendor section comprises perhaps a dozen or so commercial people
who have numbers of rare aroids (or their tubers or corms) for sale
and who are very free with advice. Come earlier rather than later
since some offerings get sold out quickly. The show can be attended by
anyone, member or not.

We are also hosting informational lectures through the afternoon on
Saturday. Lectures are held in a separate room and are informal
affairs. Usually there are many pictures and the presentations are
first-rate.

The banquet is held on Saturday evening and is followed in the same
venue with our keynote address. This is a sort of annual meeting and
is attended by most of the members that have also been to the balance
of the show. Some non-members also attend. The food is very good.

We also have an auction for benefit of the IAS. I don't know the
schedule for that offhand, but it's well worth attending. At the
auction you will see some really rare plants. To my mind the auction
prices are far too low. But this is probably a plus if you wish to buy
rare plants and are not Warren Buffett.

The show is held at Fairchild garden. This alone is worth the trip
since the grounds and greenhouse are special venues in themselves with
many aroids on display.

I'll see what I can do to find a guide for you who can help a deaf
person. But if I am not successful in that, I'll come prepared with
some note pads. My handwriting is legible, more or less.

Ted Held

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