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Old 03-24-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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The 38th Annual NEC Convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell CT


anyone going?Friday, April 5th through Sunday, April 7th
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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Call me a newbie, but what is that?
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:43 PM   #3
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It is the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies Annual Convention. I am attending.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:58 PM   #4
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Invertebrates by Msjinkzd who is Rachel O’Leary willl be doing a presentation on friday and saturday
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:01 PM   #5
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hey that's me! I will be there. Also, anyone who does a preorder (and pays) will get 10% off I will start taking orders next week. Should be a great time.. I have been going the past five or six years and always get a lot out of the presentations.
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Any link to whats goes on there?
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:49 PM   #7
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I may go, but could only make it for a few hours (not including the 2 hour drive). I keep seeing a $68 registration. Is that just to get in? Really wouldn't be worth it if that is the case.
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The Vendor Room and the fish show are free and open to the public during the weekend. The all-day Sunday auction begins at 11am and is open to the public
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:38 AM   #9
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http://convention.northeastcouncil.org/
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:34 AM   #10
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So a couple of people from the Boston community met up tonight (me included) and we decided that we all would like to drive down on Sunday for a full day. Currently, we are 5 people and we were thinking about renting a rental car. If I rent a car from Budget, I can get it for $63 currently pick-up from Boston Logan airport for a Ford SUV, which means nice room for everyone. We were planning to meet up rather early and get there around 8-9am to be able to take it all in before the auctions begin.

If there are other people interested please let me know. Guys, who were out tonight, you know who you are, please PM me and let me know if you are seriously in or not since I'd rather book the car now with the price than later.
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If I can free myself for the day I might be able to bring a few people in my jeep that day too.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:51 PM   #12
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I don't think I'm going to be able to make it this year, but I absolutely love going to the convention.
For the folks who've never gone - Sunday is alot of fun, there are usually some cool vendors (I always buy a bunch of stuff from Kensfish.com while I'm there, I usually end up finding something cool from Franks Aquarium, and I've gotten most of my pleco caves from one of the NJ vendors) and the auction is great.

Since Charles Clapsaddle from Goliad Farms is going to be speaking, I suspect that there will be some sweet livebearers in the auction - the last time I saw him speak, he brought show quality mollies to the auction.

Which brings me to my next point. Once you have experienced Sunday -- you really need to try the full convention, the auction is just the tip of the iceberg.
The speakers are always amazing. There are generally 2-3 to choose from in each time slot, so you can almost always find something cool. This year the banquet speaker is Lee Finley, who is coming out of retirement for this talk -- he is one of my all time favorite speakers and also just a great guy to hang out with.
Which brings me to the best part - the "hidden gem" of fish conventions - hanging out with amazing "fish people" during the "unscheduled" times. I'm not really a drinker, but I always have fun in the "after hours" gatherings, and have now hung out (and drank like a fish) with many of my favorite aquarium authors.

In the past, some of the "niche clubs" have had small meetings at the NEC convention -- I've been able to sit in on meetings of the AGA, SNEKA (southern new england killie association), and NELA (northeast livebearers assoc.). I'm not sure if they are doing that this year, but I've seen some great planted presentations from Karen Randall at the NEC over the years, and gotten many rare killies right from the breeder at the SNEKA meetings.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:29 AM   #13
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they usually have the killi meeting during the saturday night hospitality, I believe
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I have army battle assemble( drill weekend) does anyone know what time does it end on Saturday and Sunday?
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saturday's schedule:
Saturday, April 5, 2013



NEC Awards Presentation (Crown Room) (Club, 2012 Exhibitor Competition, Photo, Articles)

9:00an - 12:30pm


NEC Tropical Fish Show open for set-up and viewing of entries (Kent)

12:30pm


NEC Tropical Fish show closed for judging. Viewing of entries following judging until 5:30pm (Kent)

9:30 – 10:45am


Saturday Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Charles Clapsaddle - "Hatchery Operations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (Crown Room)

8:00am – 11:00pm


Vendor Room Open. Conservation Silent Auction Opens. Photo Contest display.

(Salon EFGH)

Club Tables: Literature available all day, club-logo items for sale when attended.

(South Assembly)

11:00am – 5:00pm


Fish Show open. Vote for People’s Choice Award! (Kent Room)

Planted Tank Exhibition. Vote for Favorite Planted Tank (Kent Room)

11:00am –12:30pm


Rachel O’Leary - "Freshwater Nano Diversity: More Than Just a Small Tank" (Salon D)

11:00am– 12:30pm


Rich Pierce "Filtration – Making a DeBruyn Filter and a Working Mattenfilter Demo" (Jersey)

12:00 – 4:00pm


Club Table Sales: Fish, aquatic life, plants for sale by club members. C.A.R.E.S. Priority List species may be available for sale by club members. (West Assembly)

12:30 - 1:30pm


Todd Gardner - "Carnivorous Plants: Ecology and Propogation" (Salon D)

Please note new time!

12:30 - 1:30pm


Lunch in Sheffield's Restaurant. Please present Lunch Coupon when paying!

1:30 – 3:00pm


Mark Denaro - "Wild Bettas and Other Labryinth Fish" (Salon D)

1:30 – 3:00pm


Amanda Wenger - “Creating a Nano Planted Tank" Workshop (Jersey)

3:00 – 4:30pm


Todd Gardner - "Gems of New York: Collecting Your Own Marine Fishes in Long Island Waters" (Salon D)

4:30 - 6:00pm


Andre Carletto - "Brazilian Annual Killifish - Ecology and Conservation Status" (Salon D)

4:30 - 6:00pm


Northeast Livebearers Association meeting. Charles Clapsaddle - "American Gambusia" All are welcome! (Jersey) Please note new time!

6:15 - 6:45pm


Banquet Happy Hour – Cash Bar (Gardens Area)

7:00 – 9:30pm


Buffet Banquet Dinner (Crown Room) Betty Mueller Award Presentation, Best Dressed "Keepin' It Green" Award.

8:15 – 9:30pm


Saturday Banquet Keynote Speaker: Greg Steeves - "CARES Fish – How Much Do You Know?" (Crown Room)

9:30 - 11:00pm


Fish Show open. View the winning entries!

10:00 - 11:00pm


Free Raffle of items donated by the Vendors (EFGH)

11:00pm – 1:00am


Hospitality Room Open. Sponsored by Wet Spot Tropical Fish (Room 453)
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