OS of Minnesota Presents "Orchids, A Growing Obsession" 4/30-5/4

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Orchids A Growing Obsession
April 30th – May 4th, 2014

The Orchid Society of Minnesota is very pleased to host the Spring 2014
American Orchid Society Members’ Meeting and Show April 30th through May
4th, 2014. This event will be held in conjunction with meetings and
events of the Mid-America Orchid Congress, Slipper Orchid Alliance,
International Phalaenopsis Alliance, Pleurothallid Alliance and Angraecoid
Alliance. The website is up with full information at

The event headquarters is the Doubletree by Hilton located at I-494 and
Hwy 100 in Bloomington, Minnesota. They offer complimentary airport
shuttle service to and from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP
Terminals 1 and 2). All events are located in this hotel which has free
guest parking. Guest rooms will be available at a reduced rate of $99
while they last in the reserved room block prior to the cutoff date of
April 8, 2014. This rate is available for three days before and three
days after the show dates for those who wish to extend their stay. There
are numerous restaurants near the hotel including TGIFridays (in the same
parking lot). The hotel is located on the “494 Strip” of Bloomington with
restaurants and shopping nearby... including the Mall of America. The
hotel does offer complimentary shuttle service to the Mall of America for
its registered guests. Following is the hotel reservation link. No
password or code is needed: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/OSM2014 If you
prefer to call, their number is 952-835-7800.

The keynote address will be given by Chris Purver of the Eric Young Orchid
Foundation. The speaker line-up includes Jerry Fischer, Alan Koch, Carlos
Fighetti, Jason Fischer, Russ Vernon, Cordelia Head, Harry Phillips and
Kathy Creger. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear the top
names in orchids share their knowledge.

Our Exhibition Chair is Joe Acebo. Exhibitor setup will begin Wednesday
morning at 7:00 a.m., April 30th. Plant and Exhibit Registration will be
open on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Space is limited. Please
contact Joe directly at [email protected].

Our Vendor Sales Chair is Ross Hella. Sales will open Thursday evening
at 7:00 p.m. with the Preview Party. As of January 2014, our vendor
spaces are full; however you may contact Ross at [email protected]
with inquiries. Vendors include Andy’s, Deerwood , Cal-Orchids, Gold
Country, Ingram’s Better Books, J&L, Krull-Smith, Natt’s, New Vision,
Orchids Ltd, Orchidabilia, RK Gems, and art work by Jacque Rosenau & Kathy

This will be an AOS judged show with Ribbon Judging on Thursday morning,
May 1st, followed by the AOS Judges’ Luncheon at noon and AOS Judging at
1:00 pm. The Preview Party will be Thursday evening beginning at 7:00
p.m. This years’ theme is “tropical casual”… so wear your favorite
Hawaiian orchid shirt and relax!

The Show & Sales area will be open to the public Friday, Saturday and
Sunday (May 2-4) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are offering the public a $1
off general admission coupon at numerous locations and on our web site.
Beginners’ Lectures will be offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Full Participant Registration includes the Preview Party, AOS & MAOC
Auctions and access to all lectures and meetings as well as the show and
sales areas. There will be a Banquet following the Auction on Saturday
evening at the hotel. This promises to be a pleasurable & entertaining
evening and we certainly hope you will join in the fun.

For show registration, go to www.orchidsagrowingobsession.com and click on
the Registration tab. Please be sure to read the instructions/hints
before you begin your registration process.

Come join us at this don’t miss event!

Kim Livingston
Show Chair

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