The ACIF convention met September 22 - 24 in Farmington CT. Our host was Bob Beckerer who shared his collections with us in Cheshire CT on Friday. Thursday there was a group outing to Old Sturbridge Village (early 1800s) and a good antique store in Massachusetts.
There was just nine of us at the convention so we packed everything in to Friday that would normally occur on Friday and Saturday. (Photos below!) In the morning we caravaned to Bob's home in Cheshire CT and enjoyed a guided tour of his various collections: White Rock Beverage (est. 1871), North American Indian artifacts, and Invalid Feeders, Medicine Spoons, Food Warmers and so much more! For lunch we headed to Bob's clam shack down by his pond and feasted on a lobster lunch! The afternoon was spent wandering through his feeder collection displayed in the sun room, dining room and library. Later we journeyed upstairs to see his duck decoys and mail bag handles. There was more, but I can't remember it all! We dined at Paul's diner, open just for us. There we had our auction table - just a few items and no formal bidding this year. After dinner Jinny Brodsky put out her sale items and a few of us took turn selecting our purchases. What a wonderful day!
We did hold our business meeting, and existing officers were re-elected to their same positions. And we selected Adamstown PA for next year's "no-host" convention in late September (more details soon).