We were ready to “Set Sail for Newport, RI” this year, but the unforeseen happened and we decided to change course for uncharted waters and now we are “Setting Sail for New Horizons” with our first ever all virtual convention.
To say the least we are excited about it! The opportunities this new approach to convention brings with it adds a great amount of flexibility and we are able to include features from around the world that we could not do before.
Just think – you will be able to participate from the comfort and safety of your own home. What could be easier. We are working on an incredibly fun, interesting, and exciting event with opportunities to connect with your collecting mates. We will be offering an Online Showroom for those who would like to purchase or sell treasures for our collections. The convention agenda is coordinating with the Perfume Bottles Auction and we will be offering an exclusive live Auction Preview so you will be able to see some of those glorious beauties up close and personal.
There will be no shortage of learning opportunities as we have an incredible line up of Presentations and Vanity Table Talks. Some will be live and some will be prerecorded. Granted, everyone who wants to participate in the live events will need to do so in the same time zone as the presentation. Or you can watch it at a later time that is convenient for you.
Treasures Found will return and we think it will be better than ever. We are encouraging any member who has an item they have questions about and/or want to learn more, to send in photos and fill out a short description form. Our panel of experts will have the opportunity to review this information in advance and be able to research where needed.
We are adding some exciting and exclusive virtual tours. These virtual tours are created just for our convention. You will be able to travel to see the Musée Lalique in France, see Perfume Passage as never before and enjoy the perfume collection of our own Historian and Archivist Helen Farnsworth.
How do we make a virtual convention happen? We will be using an Event App called Whova to help us launch our amazing virtual convention. All you need is a computer, smart phone or some other device where you have WiFi access and can watch a screen. It is very easy, and in the coming months we will be offering practice sessions no matter your skill set. Everyone is welcome so please don’t miss out because you are not a technical genius.
On the app you will be able to see the agenda – the event and time. You can review the program, each event synopsis and the bios of the presenters and the experts. You can even download any handout directly to your computer. You will be able to vote for your favorite perfume bottle design, participate in the Chapter Challenge and help elect a new slate of officers for the 2021-2023 Board of Directors. If you want to attend any or all of the Vanity Table Talks – we are planning to live stream some of these events and if the presenter agrees we will record the event and it will be posted on the app for convention attendees to see at your leisure.
We hope that all of you will embrace this exciting new virtual frontier with us. We think it will be a blast. Looking forward to seeing all of you online.
IPBA Convention Chair
NOTE: You must be an IPBA member to register for convention, but you can join as part of the registration process.