The Gathering of the National Association of Aladdin Lamp Collectors The Gathering of the National Association of Aladdin Lamp Collectors will be held at the Executive Inn and Evansville Convention Centre in Evannsville Indiana. July 28-30
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - This will be the 33rd Gathering, and the 4th sponsored by NAALC. Previous Gatherings were sponsored by the Aladdin Knights who volunteer as Knights of the Roundtable to organize the activities below. This tradition continues today. Aladdin Knights are Aladdin lamp collectors who subscribe to the newsletter The Mystic Light of the Aladdin Knights which began in 1973.
The Gathering will be held at the Executive Inn and Evansville Convention Centre. For more information watch these pages or contact: Bill & Treva Courter, 270-488-2116. email@example.com.
The Gathering activities include:
There is often an opening reception on Thursday evening.
Room Sales. Registrants display their lamps and items for sale in their rooms and keep their door open. This fun event is friend-making throughout the Gathering.
Auction on Thursday. The auction is the first official event of the Gathering where price trends are often established. All items must be Aladdin which are sold to the highest bid without reserves.
Educational seminars on Friday and Saturday cover various subjects such as repairs, tips on reproductions, rare items, talks of other kinds of lighting, how to light a kerosene Aladdin lamp, and much more.
Display Room. The Display Room is devoted to different Aladdin themes and usually shows the rare and scarce Aladdin tems, and often with short "how to tell" talks.
International Lamp Show & Sale. The Show opens to registrants on Friday afternoon and is open to the public on Saturday from 9 - 3. Noted dealers from many states as well as from England and Canada feature outstanding antique lighting of all kinds.
Community Table. The Community Table in the Show is manned by volunteers. Registrants can put up to 5 lots to be sold on this table. This is a service to those who do not have enough to warrant Show table or do not want to sell out of their room.
Raffle. Raffle tickets are sold throughout the Gathering for $1 each. Income helps pay the Gathering expenses. Everyone is invited to donate items. The greatest raffle prize is the Aladdin Quilt.
Aladdin Quilt. There is a group within the Aladdin Knights who are lovingly called The Ladies of the Knights and a select few men called The Knights of the Needle. These ladies and men volunteer their talent and countless hours to hand embroider Aladdin lamps on squares that make the annual one-of-a-kind, handmade Aladdin Quilt.
Banquet. Saturday evening is enjoyed by a delicious meal, program, raffle winners, and camaraderie with friends we may not see for another year.
Special. Other lighting clubs such as The Rushlight Club, the Night Light Club, and Coleman Collectors, and others participate in the Gathering, usually with tables in the Show and giving a seminar on their specialty.