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Dear Marble Collectors,

We’d like to invite all of you to the longest-running marble show in the country—the 23rd annual Amana Colonies Marble Meet! It is held at the Amana Iowa Clarion Inn, Exit 225, Interstate 80 (formerly the Holiday Inn). The dates are June 4 and 5, 2010. Like last year, the show will be on Saturday so that folks will have Sunday as a travel day! Collectors usually arrive early in the week and room trading and selling will be in full swing by Tuesday or Wednesday of show week.

The actual meet will open on FRIDAY evening, June 4 with the banquet at 6:00 pm. Ticket pick up and registration will begin at 5:30 pm. We’ll have many door prizes (people are encouraged to bring one from their home state), a humorous skit, and of course, an all-you-can-eat Amana-style meal which will feature meatloaf and fried chicken with all the trimmings! Banquet tickets are $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for children ages 5-12, and children under 5 are free. After the banquet and skit, you’ll be treated to a presentation by Paul Baumann and Roger Matile. The title of their presentation is “Carpet Bowls: Those Marvelous Un-Marbles.” The Scottish history will be covered, as well as pattern descriptions and rarity and how to tell new vs. old. Roger was the primary editor of the carpet bowl section of Paul’s book and has written several major articles on carpet bowls. Paul was a guest speaker at our first symposium in 1981. He is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his book, Collecting Antique Marbles.

The marble display takes place on SATURDAY, June 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Exhibitors set up from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and all others may enter at 9:00. There will be coffee and cinnamon rolls for exhibitors. If you are exhibiting, long extension cords and lights will improve the existing lighting. Please remember, only marbles and marble-related items are allowed in the exhibit room.

At this writing, a few tables remain at $45.00 each. Please contact Gary Huxford at 319.642.3891 or 319.551.6685 if you are interested in purchasing a table. Tables are 7-8 feet long and tablecloths are provided.

Three motels are within a one to two block radius of the show. Contact them directly:

- Clarion Inn – 319.668.1175 (Show location)

- Super 8 – 319.668.2800

- Heritage Inn – 319.668.2700

To obtain a table or banquet tickets, email Gary at [email protected], We also have website, www.amanamarble.com. Don’t hesitate to send a message or call for more information. We hope to see you in June at Amana!

Best Wishes

Gary Huxford

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