For RodMaker Subscribers

This morning I completed the arrangements for the 2011 RodMaker Magazine Reception. This event has become a much anticipated evening for magazine subscribers and their guests.

The first reception was held inside the Charlotte Convention Center in 2004 during the National Rod Builders’ Show. By the 3rd year in that location, we were close to being in violation of the local fire code for occupancy.

2005 RodMaker Reception

In 2007 the reception moved along with the International Custom Rod Building Exposition to High Point, NC to the Showplace Center. We narrowly averted a disaster that year when the escalator taking folks up to the second floor reception location started before the doors to the reception hall opened!  The escalator brought up more people than then foyer could hold and even when we got the doors open it was feeding them in faster than the double doors could receive them. Luckily, all turned out well.

For the next 3 years the reception was held in the ballroom of the Radisson Hotel, just across the street from the Showplace. But space was tight. With nearly 400 people crowding in, we were forced to make a change for 2011.

2009 RodMaker Reception
This year, we’re moving about 2 blocks east of the Showplace to the Centennial Station, a renovated freight train depot (former Haley Box Car Company) that’s used these days for events of all kinds. It’s just a tad larger than the hotel ballroom but offers a bit more in the way of flexible amenities.

No major changes are expected. We’ll still give away more than 100 free door prizes. We’ll still provide some light snacks and iced tea (beer and wine are on you). And we’ll all have a great time.

One small change is in store, however. Unlike the hotel ballroom where you could come down early and wait in line in a nice, heated hallway – if you arrive early to the Centennial Station, you’ll be waiting outside in the parking lot. Late February in North Carolina tends to be cold and unpredictable. It could be 10 degrees, or it could be 40 degrees. So please arrive no earlier than 6:30 PM.  You’ll have plenty of time to get in and have some food before we begin the drawings at about 7:15.

One last thing – your admission ticket/s will be in the Volume 14 #1 issue of RodMaker which is on the way to you now. You should receive it early next week. See you there.

Tom Kirkman