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John Smith

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#1 posted 12-22-2017 07:49 PM

Woody – we do the same thing in the Sign Makers world on a routine basis.
we run articles on social media as well as in the sign craft magazines.
they are not free – most events are about $50-60 per person which includes a T-Shirt for the event,
snacks and lunch, and try to get as much supplies donated by vendors as possible.
advance registration is required to ensure everyone gets as much as possible out of the event
and the event host does not get stuck with an abundance of unused products and personal expenses.
safety is of the utmost importance. we have the fire marshal inspect the building to ensure
everything is up to code. The event planner also reaches out to the insurance company to
insure there is ample coverage in case of injuries (which sometimes do happen).
meets during the frigid winter months are scheduled in the South and vise-a-versa.
here is a meet that was held at my sign shop in 2002. the theme was “A Gathering of Craftsmen”
we had about 112 people show up and it was a blast for everyone.
we try to make it around the government holidays where those that have “real jobs” would have a long weekend.
as you mentioned – we all have different skills and when a group gets together to share, teach and learn
in a comfortable atmosphere, it is quite rewarding. and everyone makes a new friend.
and another one

I don’t know how many people you can safely accommodate at your place
but I can guide you through the hurdles and pitfalls if you need some help.

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