I hope you are all as excited to come to Milwaukee in August as
I am to be hosting you! This year, online registration will begin
for current members on March 17th at 11:00 AM CST. After you complete the registration form you can pay using
PayPal. Registration will open to the public on March 31 and is
expected to fill the convention quickly. Keep in mind, space is
limited so register early to secure your spot and your top class
selections. We are again running three classes at a time and we
are asking for you to make a first and second choice for each class
period. Please pay special attention to the skill level required
for each class. There is something for everyone and I am sure you
will find it hard to pick just one per session!
Within a month after registration you will receive an email (or
snail mail if necessary) with the list of classes that you will
be attending, so you can start gathering your supplies.
Don’t forget to reserve your hotel room and sign up for the shuttle!
Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store for you this year:
a ‘Traditional’ Wisconsin Tailgate dinner buffet on opening night
(members no additional charge; guests $45), followed by a presentation
by the Master Penmen regarding their program. An ‘open to the public’
night - we will be inviting others to see who we are! The evening will
begin with a short talk by Rick Muffler followed by demonstrations
by YOU! Of course we’ll have the Round Robin and the Silent Auction
and we’ll wrap up the week with a fabulous banquet ($45 each person)
which I guarantee will be magical!
REGISTRATION: is for the entire week of classes.
We do not take partial registrations or “per class” registrations.
The fee you pay for the entire, information-packed week is what
you might pay elsewhere for just one workshop.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS: You can make your
hotel reservations online or by
calling them directly at 414-271-7250. If you run into any problems
with the booking process, please let me know right away (contact
information is listed below). We may need to add more rooms on certain
nights if our original block of rooms fills up. This is easily done
as long as rooms are available. Thanks for your cooperation.
CLOTHING: It is rare for Wisconsin to get into
the 90’s, but considering it’s been 40 in February it’s anyone’s
guess! Remember though, the air conditioning can be a bit cool.
Our Monday night banquet is casual. Our Saturday night banquet is
VENDOR: John Neal Bookseller will be
our vendor for the week, bringing all the items a penman could wish
for! You may want to consider placing a pre-order to pick up at
the convention. His website is
Their phone number is 800-369-9598. You can place a pre-order
until July 25th, and be sure to tell them that it is for
pick-up at the IAMPETH convention. When you are ready to pre-order,
you can take advantage of an easy shopping feature of their website.
Find and click IAMPETH 2012 under Instructor Book/Supply
Lists in the menu on the left side of their website page. Then click
on each of your instructors for their recommended items. Decide
what you need and click on the ones to add to your cart! You can
then add any other items from their catalog or website.
DISPLAY YOUR WORK: There will be tables set
up for displaying members work. Everyone always enjoys seeing what
others have been working on. In this way we continue to be sources
of encouragement and inspiration to each other. If you’re a beginner,
please do not be intimated to display your work proudly and also
use this opportunity to show your work and get advice on how to
improve your skills. Having others critique your work is the best
way to learn how to get better.
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center
is a classic downtown Milwaukee hotel recognized as the city’s finest
hotel with a tradition of excellence spanning nearly 85 years. Combining
its 1920s grandeur and elegance with today’s modern conveniences,
the gracious style is reflected in impeccable service and attention
to every detail. The hotel is located on Wisconsin Avenue, steps
from many popular attractions including the Lake Michigan parkland
and shoreline, the Bradley Center Sports Complex, the Milwaukee
Theatre, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum,
the Harley- Davidson Museum, the Grand Avenue Mall and a bounty
of boutique shops. Hop on the Trolley and for only $1 you can go
to all kinds of great Milwaukee restaurants and attractions! (Trolley
runs Wed—Sat and stops right outside the hotel).
The hotel rate for our group is $109.00 for a single/double rate,
$129.00 for a triple and $149.00 for a quad, plus 15.1% tax.
This rate will be extended three days prior to and past the convention
dates based on availability. You must
book your room by July 5 to receive the special group rate.
You will have to pay the regular room rate if you reserve a room
after July 5.
book your room online or by calling them directly at 414-271-7250.
Be sure to tell them you are with the IAMPETH Convention.
If you run into any problems with the booking process, please let
me know right away (contact information is on the bottom of the
next page). We may need to add more rooms on certain nights if our
original block of rooms fills up. This is easily done as long as
rooms are available. Thanks for your cooperation.
Room amenities include: Hilton Serenity Bed, iPod/Auxiliary
Input Radio & Alarm, Workspace Desk, High Speed Wireless (fee waived
for IAMPETH members) , USA Today Delivery, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer,
Iron/Board, Lap-top sized in-room safe.
Hotel amenities include: ATM, Salon, Concierge, Gift
Shop, Laundry/Valet, Multi-Lingual Staff, Room Service, Fitness
Room, 2’ Deep Wading Pool, Outdoor Green Space, Paradise Landing
Water park (weekends—adult pass $10), Game room (weekends)
Hotel Restaurant: Hungry? The Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
has something for everyone. Start your day with a Starbucks® Latte
or Frappucino, or enjoy a bountiful breakfast in the Hilton Café.
Miller Time Pub is a favorite spot to hang out with friends,
watch a game, or to imbibe in your favorite cocktail and boasts
the best burgers in town! Milwaukee Chophouse has steaks
and seafood. Chops is an upscale steakhouse with a comfortable,
relaxed and warming atmosphere. In Room Dining - Choose from
appetizers, entrées, snacks, cocktails and desserts that you can
enjoy in the comfort of your room.
Parking: Hotel guests using the parking ramp will
be charged $15 per day. If you are attending and not staying at
the hotel you will have to pay the regular rate of $24 per day.
There is also a surface lot across the street for $10 per day, based
on availability. For other parking options visit
GETTING TO Milwaukee
Milwaukee County General Mitchell International
Airport (MKE) has 48 gates and 40 jet-bridges on 3 concourses
in one terminal. All international arrivals lacking border pre-clearance
must pass through the International Arrivals Building. AirTran
Airways is the largest carrier at the airport. Frontier Airlines
and Delta Air Lines also have a sizable presence.
Hotel Shuttle: $12.35 each way. Go to
to make your reservation, or call 800-236-5450. Use
‘MKE (Milwaukee Mitchell)’ in the ‘traveling from’ box
and ‘Hilton City Center (D.Town)’ in the ‘traveling to’
By Train: Round trip Amtrak tickets from Union Station
in Chicago to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station are $46. If you choose
to travel this way, please contact me and I will help you arrange
transportation from the train station to the hotel which is just
a few blocks away.
By Car: (printable file)
the West (Madison; Minnesota)
I-94 East to I-794 Eastbound (310-C)
James Lovell Street (1-H)
Right onto W Michigan Street
Left onto 5th Street.
the North (Green Bay)
I-43 South, Exit Highland Ave
Left onto Highland Ave
Right onto 6th Street
Left onto Michigan Ave
Left onto 5th Street.
the South (Chicago)
I-94 West to I-94 West/I-43 North
Michigan Ave 72-A
Left onto 5th Street.
Please contact: IAMPETH President Debi Zeinert