Plans are coming together for the regional awards show and banquet! We have a show hall, we have a banquet facility/hotel...now all we need is the support of the region to make it happen!
The events will be held in Timonium, MD, June 22-23 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. This show will be an in-conjunction show with Capital Cat, a local TICA club. What this means is that both shows will run concurrently in the same show hall, with each show on different sides of the building. This allows the clubs to share the show hall rental expenses, gives each association a glimpse of what the other is like, and provides our spectators with an even greater show experience. Dave Peet will be show manager. Yes, this is the weekend before the CFA Annual but we moved to this date as the event is in the northern part of the region and we wanted to give exhibitors in Regions 1 and 4 the opportunity to participate in the show. We have also heard that some of our more southern-located exhibitors are making Timonium a waypoint on their way north to the Annual, which is a great idea!
The show hotel and banquet venue is the Red Lion, also in Timonium and two blocks from the show hall.
This hotel normally does not allow pets. However they are making an exception for us. The room rate is $89/night + incidentals with a $50 REFUNDABLE pet deposit if the room is left clean and undamaged.
Plans for the banquet are also coming together. Claire Dubit will be banquet manager this year, and is already pulling various aspects of the event together. We're happy to see that so many of our previous banquet team members are returning as well! Krista Schmitt and Teresa Keiger will be coordinating the production efforts, Trish Blees and her team will again be handling trophies, and Donna Wilbanks returns as sponsorship coordinator. Noralyn Heisig and Connie Wardlaw will lend their decorating expertise. Charlene Munro and Elaine Frye will be handling banquet reservations. Cheryl Coleman returns to do On The Road Again, while Krista Schmitt and Catherine McNeese will be coordinating the onscreen presentation. (and remember - it's never too early to think about pulling together your cats' photos!) And Sandi Lewis will be creating the awards program booklet.
We will begin posting details on the regional website as they are firmed up.
New this year: all cats can have more than one sponsor! Every year, we hear of people who are disappointed that the cat that they wanted to sponsor was already sponsored. This year, we are experimenting with allowing each cat to have multiple sponsors. So...keep that in mind when the time comes!
Now that you know the where and when, begin thinking about how you can assist this year. We REALLY could use some volunteers for the show please. Dave will need volunteers to do transportation from the airport on Friday, help with show set up on Friday (hanging rosettes, setting up rings and such), decorations for the show (color: purple), and show hospitality. Lots of volunteer opportunities! And the banquet always needs help with setting up awards, plaques, decorations, and photos on Saturday afternoon, so please let Claire know that you're able to help there.
It's going to be another great weekend where we celebrate
ALL of our Southern Stars! Start making plans now!