Once more I was invited to participate
in the Philadelphia Shell Show, which was held at the Academy
of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. I arrived on Friday, October
6 to set up my table and was able to see the exhibits on the upper
floor while they were being prepared. As usual, the shell club
members did a very nice job, showing many interesting and informative
shell cases and handicrafts.
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On Saturday morning, the bourse
opened to a large crowd of collectors who entered the hall grabbing
some goodies for their collections. After the bourse, Dr. Baldomero
Olivera gave an interesting lecture on conotoxins produced by
Conidae, and all the pharmacological potential of these small
animals. He also had a video running showing Conus eating fish
in the exhibit hall.
After the lecture, we had a delicious
banquet arranged by the local club, and later the award ceremony
for the exhibits. Many collectors were very happy to receive these
awards, especially our good friend Rich Kirk who received the
Leonard Hill Award for the most outstanding exhibit.
The bourse reopened on Sunday, which is a slower sales day but
great for swapping material between dealers. After the close,
I packed my shells and had dinner with my friends Rich Kirk, John
Schnepp, Sue Hobbs and Phil Dietz at a Thai restaurant where we
always go after the show.
If you have the opportunity, this
is a great show to participate in next year!