Houseparties and Conventions
What is a Houseparty or Convention?
We're glad you asked. A Houseparty or Convention is a gathering of like minded miniature enthusiasts who come together to play and learn all about the miniatures world. It is an opportunity to meet others with the same passion; those who want to learn new techniques, view fantastic exhibits, take workshops from world renowned artisans, and exchange ideas about building and collecting miniatures. There are souvenir gifts, wonderful centerpieces, table favors and door prizes. Click (below) on any of the listed Houseparties or Conventions to learn when and where these events will be held. Then scroll down further for information. If you have questions, we will be most happy to answer them. You can phone (800) 571-6263 for more information or to join our great organization.
- You must be a NAME member to go to a Houseparty/Convention!
- Why not sign up today?
- So what exactly IS a Houseparty/Convention?
- A Houseparty/Convention is much, much more than a gathering of Miniaturists. There are LOTS of wonderful and fun things for everyone!
There are two basic types of Houseparties/Conventions:
- Every Summer, NAME holds a National Convention. The official start of the National is on Thursday, and ends on Sunday, but other activities begin on Monday.
- Regional Houseparties officially begin on Friday and also end Sunday, but like the National, other activities start up early, generally on Thursday.
Applying for a Houseparty/Convention
Applying for a Houseparty/Convention is easy. The NAME Gazette will have an application form for the next upcoming Houseparty/Convention.
As Houseparties are limited to a certain number of registrants (Nationals usually from 500-600, Regional Houseparties from 250-350), it is wise to mail your registration as soon as possible.
When there are more applications than the registration limit, one of the criteria for selection is based on how long you have been a NAME member - good reason to join today
Workshops are taught by nationally recognized artisans who have submitted an application and a sample to the Houseparty/Convention Committee for selection.
Collectors and builders of all levels and interests can always find something that they "just can't go home without".
Houseparty/Convention Meal Functions
The Saturday night banquet is always festive as registrants are encouraged to dress up in costume to fit the theme of the Houseparty/Convention. At the Portland regional the theme was Holidays On Parade and here are a few of the costumes:
Eager registrants line up for the doors to open at Roundtables. Some scurry from table to table adding to their personal 'unfinished' kit collections while others select a few Roundtables to attend during the session and sit down at each one, completing one project before going to the next. Applications to teach a Roundtable Workshop are included in the registration packet which each member gets after being accepted to the Houseparty/Convention.
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