Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Annual Meeting at the AHEC

2018 HCH Annual MeetingAfter Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, there’s always a let down, primarily because one always misses the excitement of the holiday period. Fortunately for Guild members this does not have to be the case, as the Winter doldrums come to an abrupt end March 2-3, 2018, thanks to the Guild’s Annual Horn Fair! This event is open to general public.

The public is invited to view the exhibits 12:00 noon on Friday to 5:00 PM and then on Saturday  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Once again we’ll gather at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The point cannot be stressed enough about it being a first class facility and perfectly suited to meet all the needs of the Guild to include: convenience, location, parking, ample activity space and a highly professional staff.  Click Here for a map to the AHEC.

These are just a few of the reasons why the Guild will have held seven consecutive Annual Meetings there. It is indeed an impressive facility! Wouldn’t it be great if all members could attend. We have been extremely fortunate in that we have had a long line of Meetings Committee Chiefs, all of whom have been highly adept at organizing past and present events. This year is certainly no exception as Ed Long started the initial planning this past Summer. Although preparations are still ongoing, the vast majority of coordination has already been completed to include: the scheduling of activities, lodging, seminar speakers, banquet menu and program, along with outside organizations’ participation. As with last year, there will be no conference registration charge for all attendees to include NMLRA members and the general public. So plan now to attend as you will have access to all scheduled activities. And, as in the past, all Guild members are requested
to dress in period attire.

Currently, major activities include:

  • The Nominating Committee has nominated the following slate of officers for membership vote at the business meeting Friday morning: Guildmaster – Carl Dumke, Guildmaster Elect – John DeWald, Secretary – Jim Steel, Treasurer – Art DeCamp.
  • The ever popular Interactive Horn Workshop will have several work stations manned by Journeymen and Masters demonstrating all facets of horn work. This innovative activity allows each person to converse directly with the Masters / Journeymen on those horn working aspects of interest to you.
  • Two Master’s seminars are currently scheduled with Rex Reddick giving his presentation on Friday and Ed long on Saturday. In addition, Roland Cadle will present a seminar on The Enigma of the Effigy Combs. (See Schedule Information & Conference Registration)
  • Journeyman and Past Guildmaster Dick Toone will be demonstrating the use of the Guild’s spring pole lathe.
  • Once again NMLRA representatives will have a display table, courtesy of the HCH, to sign up new members, provide assistance and answer questions.
  • Journeyman Clinton Byers is making the 2018, 1 of 1000 Powder Horn for the NMLRA. It will be on display at the NMLRA’s table and officially presented to the NMLRA during Saturday evening’s banquet.
  • The Awards Committee will conduct the judging Saturday afternoon for the horn competition and those seeking advancement to Journeyman.
  • An on-site cafe is available for those wanting breakfast, lunch or just a quick snack.

The culmination of the Annual Meeting will occur with the banquet on Saturday night. There will be a social gathering from 5:30 to 6:00 followed by a supper meal, key announcements and musical entertainment.
Following the meal you can relax, enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine, and take in the always entertaining program which includes: the 1 of 1000 Powder Horn presentation to the NMLRA, Kiselica Award winner, announcement of the horn competition awards, and the auction of the West Coast Horn and Accoutrement items by Kris Polizzi. A musical program will be provided by Nathan (Bucky) Blauch.
To make early reservations, lodging arrangements have been made at Days Inn Carlisle, 101 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle, PA 17015, Click Here for a map.
(717) 258-4147, rate: $70.00 per night + tax, which includes a continental breakfast. For more information go to There is a limited block of rooms reserved for Guild members, so make your reservations soon and don’t forget to mention you’re with the “Horners’ Guild” to get the special rate.
As you can see, there are a lot of activities planned, so schedule your time and visit the display area, watch-listen-learn from the Masters and
Journeymen in the Interactive Workshop, attend the seminars, pause for a coffee break, have a breakfast snack, or just discuss the morning’s events over lunch with friends in the cafe. So come join us, it’s a step back in time and an educational opportunity and experience you will truly enjoy.

The registration deadline is February 19, 2017.
If you have any questions concerning our annual meeting, please contact Ed Long at (610) 554-3930/e-mail: or Art DeCamp at (814) 643-6343/email:

Click Here to download the mail-in registration form.

Conference Registration & Schedule Information
Day/Date Time Activity
Thursday, March 1 / 9:00 – 5:00 Display Table, Masters’ Bench Stations Set-up
Friday, March 2 / 9:00- 10:30 Member Registration, Display and Table Set-up/Socialize
10:30 – 1:00 Welcome by Guildmaster / Business Meeting /Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Master’s Presentation: Rex Reddick, The Making of a Horn Cup
2:00 – 3:00 Roland Cadle presents the Enigma of the Effigy Combs
1:00 – 5:00 Interactive Masters’ Demonstrations / Display area open- Both activities open to visitors & public
5:00 – Until Free Time / Dinner on Own
Saturday, March 3 – 9:00 – 4:00 Registration, Socialize / Interactive Master’s Demonstrations / Display area open Both activities open to visitors & public
11:00 – 12:00 Master’s Seminar: Ed Long, How to Make a Flat Horn
3:00 – 4:00 Horn Competition / Judging / Display Area Closes
4:00 – 4:30 Breakdown & Final Clean-up
5:30 – Until Reception & Banquet in the exhibit hall / Awards, Entertainment
Sunday, March 4 Check out of hotels unless an extended stay is scheduled