You know for years now my partner, Steve Hurst and I, have been telling all of you, you must attend the Vent Haven ConVENTion if you have any desire to be involved with ventriloquism on any level. And this year again was living proof of that claim.
The registered attendance this year was the highest ever hitting 610 which is just fabulous. Last year was a record at over 530 for Jimmy Nelson and I never thought it would top that but the new beginnings in the Cincinnati Airport Marriott Hotel may have been an added reason for the spike in attendance.
The hotel was fabulous and the staff of this hotel bent over backwards to help you with anything you could possibly need. It was always their pleasure. That statement resonated from them all weekend. It was joyous.
Oh yes the ConVENTion. Well it really is just too much to put into words. The shows were fantastic. The open mics had everyone rolling on the floor with laughter until wee hours in the morning. And the big evening shows were fantastic. Workshops gave you everything you could possible want to know by some of the best in the business.
I was super impressed with the last big show, Saturday night my good friend and mentor Bob Isaacson performed with his Frank Marshall creation Speedy Wheeler and I just loved it. The throw back to a more simple time and style of performance was great and I can say that Frank’s creation still shows incredibly well on the stage today!!
I celebrated my 63rd birthday there on Friday July 20th and my wife Helen made a nice small party for me. Then to top the birthday evening off Steve and I were both honored by receiving the W.S. Berger Distinguished Service Award.
Can I say BLOWN AWAY??
Steve and I have worked tirelessly promoting ventriloquism and this award, being presented to me in front of 600 plus people, well I think you can imagine. I am proud and humbled by the experience. I only wish my friend, and “brother by another mother” had been able to be on that stage with me. However, I can guarantee you that Steve is basking in this glory anyway!!
Come on folks and make sure you make arrangements early and attend ConVENTion next year. The dates are July 17-20, 2013. Mark your calendars. You will not be disappointed.
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2012 by Dan Willinger
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