And, then we headed to NYC

The CCCC Meeting this year took place in the upper west side of Manhattan at the fabulous Empire Hotel.

That said, before the conviviality could commence, those of us that were celebrating all things corkscrew with the ICCA needed to make the drive from Watkins Glen, NY to NYC. And, with boxes of corkscrews loaded (really Tommy?) as well as our luggage, the lovely, Tommy, and I started the drive–and decided to take backroads to allow for a bit of antiquing along the way.

As with our previous meandering from Niagara to Dundee/Watkins Glen, there weren’t many corkscrews to be had. Still, we had a nice lunch, with a little wine (big surprise), and ultimately made our way into the city.

With the lovely driving, myself providing directions, and Tommy providing the occasional update from Facebook, the drive was filled with conversations about the ICCA AGM, Tommy’s upcoming visit to the island (in a couple of weeks), and anything else that happened to cross our minds.

Eventually we arrived at the Empire, apparently after the bus carrying all the folk from the ICCA meeting, so we stood in line for a while, and eventually got to our room.


After receiving our goody bag, we headed up to get ready for the first evenings festivities which was to take place on the hotel’s rooftop bar. A pretty hip club–and given that the average age of those hanging out was about 24–we fit right in. Well, some of us fit in more than others : )

The atmosphere was awesome, and wine and drinks flowed. It was fun to see some new faces, and renew acquaintances with a few CCCC’ers that hadn’t been to a meeting in a while.

As the cocktail reception was only supposed to last for an hour and a half, I made reservations at one of our favorite restaurants in Manhattan, and as the reception was coming to a close, we ducked out and hopped in a cab.

Upon returning, there as a line around the building waiting to get to the rooftop, and as having a room key to the hotel provided VIP access, TC headed up for a nightcap. The lovely and I opted for calling it an evening, as the buy and sell was supposed to start early the next morning.

And, so we bought and sold! I set up my wares, and headed off to see what others had brought. And, within a few minutes of arriving bought a nice two pillar.


I also sold quite a bit, and the dollars and corkscrews were definitely changing hands.

After the buy and sell, came time for the auction. Many of the corkscrews in the auction came from the late Howard Luterman’s collection:




I had put up a few pieces for auction as well, as did others. A few of mine went to the live auction. Not high dollar pieces mind you, but attractive enough to garner a few bids.

As in the past, Sal Robinson created a “Salroco” for the event. This time, Old Blue Eyes. Previous to this year, there have been 4 others. The Auctioneer (which belongs to Joe Paradi), the Author (which belongs to Wayne Meadows, Elvis (which belongs to John Morris), and Babe Ruth (which belongs to me).


The winning bidder ended up being Wayne, but as he owed me a bit of money for a corkscrew that he had purchased but had yet to pay for, so over a glass of wine that evening, we struck a deal and Old Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra from New York, New York) has been added to the Syroco collection–or is that the Salroco collection.

After the Buy and Sell and Auction, we had time on our own to explore the city. And, having been emailing with Andre Burgos about his new location, we got a small group together and walked the 50 or so blocks to the Chelsea Flea Market.

Apparently we weren’t the only ones to think hitting the Chelsea Flea was a good idea, as when we got there (I am pretty sure everyone else took taxis) there were a few CCCC’ers wandering the area.

Tommy was the only one to buy a corkscrew from our group–a huge fossilized walrus tusk (which Jens explained later was the right hand tusk).


Shortly thereafter we all decided we needed a bite. So, we meandered over to Zagara, a wine bar that the lovely and I have been to a couple of times before.

Following lunch, Karel, Tommy, Ian, Sue, the lovely, and I headed over to he High Line, and enjoyed the people watching (and sometimes avoiding, as there were plenty of them). As we finished the walk, we headed back over to 8th Ave, thinking some of the group would want to get back to the hotel.

All agreed however, to make the long walk back. It really is the best way to see the city–on foot that is.

Finally we made it back to the hotel, where Tommy and Ian needed to attend a meeting. And, the lovely bride and I headed up to take a short break, before getting ready for the CCCC Gala that evening.






And, the Gala did not disappoint! In fact, it was fabulous, we all boarded a bus that took us to a ship, which after a few minutes began to tour around New York City. The views were awesome, and everyone seemed to be having quite the time engaged in conversation or showing off their moves on the dance floor.




After docking, a toast was given to our hosts Bob and Linda who did a fabulous job!, and with the bus ride back, we arrived back at the hotel around midnight.

The following morning, we had the Show and Tell which was followed by the AGM.

There were a couple of corkscrews shown. One of which, interestingly enough John Morris had just purchased from me. Hmmmmm…

I, again, showed the newly discovered Byrn Patent, as some CCCC AGM attendees had yet to see it. And, amongst others, there was a fantastic piece shown by Ian Hunter. A 1901 Japanese patent, it is truly a wonderful thing, and since Ian couldn’t bring it with him, instead he provided a video of it in use.


At this moment, I cannot upload the video to the blog, but Ian has done a nice write-up on the Japanese corkscrew discovery and both the article and the video showing how it works will be uploaded to website in the library section after the next Bottle Scrue Times is published.

After the show and tell, the AGM was held, and there were discussions regarding our next AGM adventures: Romania in 2015 and a possible Vancouver AGM in 2016.

For those looking for information about the 2015 meeting in Romania, Ion Chirescu has a great website for the meeting you can check it out here: CCCC Romania 2015

With the meeting winding up, and the lovely bride and I needing to hit the road, I had to duck out a little early from the meeting. So, for further information about what was discussed, those of you interested should check out the write-up of the entire meeting and our NYC adventure in an upcoming Quarterly Worme–Barry Taylor volunteered to do the write up, so it will surely be a nice article filled with information.

After loading 12 boxes of corkscrews from Tommy into the car, and our luggage, we said our goodbyes. And, we headed off to yet another adventure, this time to the Hudson Valley–no corkscrews there either, but not for a lack of trying.

Finally, we did make it back home–shipped off Tommy’s corkscrews to him yesterday–and now await the arrival of Ian and Sue Hunter who will be staying with us on the island starting tomorrow.

Then, on Monday it is off to Brimfield where surely there WILL be corkscrews. I will report back on any finds, deals, or anything else corkscrew newsworthy as it happens.

Stay tuned.