January 2020 Meeting Recap

Despite the cold temperatures, we had a great turnout for our January Meeting and the topic was Christmas Pens and Advertising.  Francis put together an excellent video presentation which detailed several old and new Christmas advertisements, sparking some lively conversation and excellent insights by Basil.

We also experienced our new home and it is very, very nice.  Special thanks to Randy for getting it ready for us every month!  And a thanks to Jim for the excellent food and drink.

For those that couldn’t make it last Friday, here are a few photos of the group and the new space, which is just across the parking lot from the old space.  We hope to see you soon!

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New Location

Our meetings will now be held in a new location, across the street from where we normally meet.

See the Map below for further clarification.  See you on Friday at 6:30!

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January 2020 Meeting

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The January meeting will be this Friday (January 24) at 6:30 and the topic will be Christmas Themed Advertising, Pens, or Pen related ephemera (pen boxes etc..).

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

2019 -20 Holiday Party Invitation

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P.E.N.S.* Holiday Party
*Pen Enthusiast Northern Society

You Are Invited

Summerhouse Apartments, Community Room
4655 North Victoria St.
Shoreview, MN 55126-5885

Date: Sunday January 5th, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00PM

Please bring an appetizer, dessert, or beverage.

From Minneapolis:
Highway 94 East to 280 North, connect to 35W North.

North on 35W, then East (right) on hwy 96, (past 694)
Hwy 96 to North Victoria, approx. 2 miles.
Turn left (North) at stoplight onto Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side. Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment.

From St. Paul:
Highway 35E North to 694. Go West (left) on 694 to Lexington Ave. Go North (right) on Lexington to Hwy 96. Go East (right) on 96 to North Victoria, approx 1 mile. Turn left at stoplight onto North Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side.

Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment. This is a secure building. One of the P.E.N.S. members, will open the door & greet you (call the mobile numbers of Francis & Fritz if no one is at the door) ……………SEE YOU THERE.

If you have questions, or get lost, contact
Francis Bulbulian @ 651-983-6165 or Fritz Ferris @ 651-558-7048

Remember to bring your most Beautiful pen & Ugliest pen for judging by the ladies for prizes. Also bring a Gift pen with gold nib, working condition, for the traditional Pen Exchange.


November 2019 Meeting

The November Meeting took place on the 15th and the topic was Minnesota Pens, let by Francis who had many interesting examples and a video presentation.  Several Minnesota Pen and Pencil manufacturers and / or sellers were discussed, including W.A. Houston (Tracy), Kraker and his various pen names (Minneapolis), Ingersoll, Rentz (Wells), Haspil (Detroit Lakes), among others.

Remember, there is no December meeting.  We will have the Holiday Party on January 5 (stay tuned for more detailed information on times and location) and the regular January meeting on the 17th.

And finally, Francis delivered some good news that Frank is back home and recovering well! We look forward to seeing him very soon!

Below are a few photos of some Minnesota Pens~

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November 2019 Meeting

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The November Meeting will be this Friday, November 15 at 2845 Hamline Avenue North in Roseville at 6:30.  The doors will be open certainly by 6:00, so you can get settled in before we start.

The theme for this month’s meeting will be Minnesota Made Pens and Pencils and Francis has prepared a talk and slide show for our enjoyment.  Please bring any Minnesota writing instruments you have to add to the conversation.

Also, feel free to bring any finds, new acquisitions, or just some pens you want to talk about!

Stay warm and we will see you on Friday.

September 2019 Meeting

The September Meeting will be on Friday September 27, at our location, at 2845 Hamline Avenue North at 6:30 pm.  If you are on a mobile devise, go to the bottom of this page and click on “View Full Site:  The map will then be on the right side of your page.

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This month’s topic is Pen Storage Systems.  So come prepared to see various photos of members storage systems and discuss.  If you want a photo of your system to be shared in a slide show, send a photo to Andrea Opland (aopland@gmail.com) and she will attempt to include it in the presentation.

We look forward to seeing everyone who can attend!

July 2019 Meeting

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The July Meeting will be this Friday (July 19) ! Our topic this month is Chinese Pens. Once thought to be cheap and poorly made by some, there have been many new manufacturers and a resurgence of pens coming from China that are being used by fountain pen enthusiasts.

So, if you have any examples of Chinese Pens, please bring them to the meeting on Friday, or just stop in to see pens that other members may have to show and tell!

April 2019 Meeting Recap

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The April Meeting was a full house!  We had about 20m members and guests and all of us were treated to a superb video talk by Garland Stonestreet about Maki-E pens and how they are made.   The process is fascinating and the videos showed the history of this ancient skill as well as how it is applied to pens.

Some members brought in their examples and here is a photo of a few of the many Japanese pens that were shared.

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Thanks to all who attended and especially the new attendees!  We hope to see everyone on May 17!

April 2019 Meeting

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This Friday, April 26 we will meet for our exciting April Meeting.  Garland Stonestreet will be giving an Audio Visual presentation on urushi lacquer fountain pens commonly referred to as maki-e pens. This will cover the tradition, techniques, and materials used in creating these pens. Examples of the techniques and pens will be shown in the AV presentation.

Please bring any of your maki-e pens and Japanese made pens to share before and after the presentation.  We will meet informally before and after the show, so also bring any current finds, and user pens.

See you on Friday!!