After a lovely dinner at a local Italian restaurant, and probably a glass of wine at the hotel, we called it an evening. The following morning was going to be a fun day, as after breakfast we were to board four different busses, and head into the wine country for a bit of tasting. And, taste we did.
Four different wineries and a cider place were the venues for the tastings, and we had a genuinely good time enjoying the wines. Meanwhile, Tommy was making friends with our driver and tour guide.
After lots of tasting, a bit of lunch, which was followed by more tasting, we made it back to the hotel–with about an hour before were were going be heading out to dinner. A great day filled with laughter, followed by a bit of wine and more laughter.
The next morning it was auction time. And, we during breakfast we dutifully filled out auction forms, and set out our available items.
The auction went well, with most lots selling. And, there were a couple of bidding wars. The highest price item was an unusual example of the Lew patent prongs with an atypical bottle opener on the side.
Though Tommy wasn’t involved in this that auction, there were a couple he was after but given he was up against Fotodeal, he lost out; not for a lack of trying, mind you.
As for me, this time around, I was was more of a seller than a buyer. Still, I was pleased with the results, and it was good to see so many corkscrews changing hands.
Following the auction, there were a couple of presentations; most notably, as Fred O’Leary was in attendance, an update on the patented American corkscrews found in the last few years. It is also 20 years since the publication of O’Leary’s book, and the first meeting he has attended 2008.
After John Morris’ presentation on American patents, Don Bull presented on Corkers, as well as provided some comic relief. This was then followed by our AGM.
The AGM had much information, and there were some exciting announcements. Our 2017 meeting will be held in Mainz, Germany, and Sue and I proposed hosting in Maine for 2018. Also, there were new officers elected, and the new Right of the ICCA is Barry Taylor, with the new Chief Correspondent Ian Hunter.
Following the AGM, it was a bit of time on your own, which was followed by the annual gala. Tommy was master of the punch, which was enjoyed by all, and after dinner and conversation there was a bit of music and dancing. A great time was had by all.
Today, after breakfast and goodbyes and farewells, several of us boarded seaplanes bound for Vancouver–followed by taxi rides to Granville Island, where the CCCC meeting will begin tomorrow.
Tomorrow we will start the festivities, and I will report back here soon enough. Stay tuned.