Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Reminder re: our meeting tomorrow!

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️ Just a little reminder that our next meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday February 15th (Singles Awareness Day!), at the Kitsilano branch of the Vancouver Public Library from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (full details here). Hope you can make it! πŸ™‚

Monday, February 5, 2024

Montblanc 'Inspire Writing' Webinar Series!

Here's a nice write up by Sherman about a recent free webinar on handwriting sponsored by Montblanc that he attended...

Montblanc 'Inspire Writing' Webinar Series – Flourishing Part 1

This webinar was available to those who subscribed to the Montblanc newsletter.  I hadn’t joined in probably a year now, but I attended this one on Jan 29, 2024.  I like flourishing my signature, but it wasn't good enough, so I believed I should be able to learn something from the experts.
😁😁 

What a surprise - the calligraphy artist/instructor was Mike Ward, who moved back to Vancouver just prior to the pandemic!  I encouraged him to join our club! 😜  He agreed and said he should get back into the community, but still hasn’t done much yet… Well, we’ll see.

During the 1 hour webinar, he illustrated some basic guidelines on flourishing, and it really opened my mind for sure.  It was so worthwhile to join.  And I so look forward to Part 2 now.

Then, I also took the opportunity to examine my humble MB collection, and found that I only needed to refill and prime a hard starter with MB Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue, Limited Edition ink.  That's all!  Hurray, wohahaha.....πŸ€£πŸ™πŸ–‹

 


 (photo courtesy of Sherman ~ please click on image to enlarge)

 
Many thanks to Sherman for sharing this with us! If you're interested in attending a future virtual event, or just wish to rewatch past webinars (on topics like Copperplate calligraphy, Spencerian script, Modern calligraphy & more) check out this page on Montblanc's official website -
https://www.montblanc.com/en-ca/discover/campaign/virtual-events 
(I registered to watch a webinar replay--on architectural lettering--and yes, it was free, too ;)

Whether or not you use a Montblanc, may you always enjoy using your fountain pens!
~Maja

Thursday, February 1, 2024

February meeting information!


Where: the Branch Meeting Room (located in the basement) of the Vancouver Public Library's KITSILANO branch at 2425 Macdonald Street (between Broadway and West 8th) in Vancouver, B.C.

DateThursday February 15, 2024

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
(We can start setting up the tables and chairs at 5:15pm, but we have to leave the room by 7:30pm, as per the library's room rental policy).
 
Primary Topic:  Pen & Ink Combos That You Love ❤️
Bring your favourite fountain pen and ink combinations, but please try to keep it to two examples (2 pens, 2 inks) per person as I'd like to leave the last hour of the meeting for socializing (thanks in advance!
😊)

Secondary Topic: Newest Acquisitions! (please don't worry if you don't have anything new to show)


** If you have any pens/inks you wish to sell/trade, please feel free to bring them with you. Food & drink (except non-alcoholic drinks in closed containers) are not allowed in the library meeting room.


Parking: There is free parking in front of, and at the side of the library, as well as on nearby residential streets, but please check street signs for parking limits and/or regulations. There's also customer parking at the Safeway store across the street from the library, but check their signs for parking time limits. Parking on West Broadway is metered pay parking.

Hope to see you there! (no RSVPs required!)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

A few photos from our January meeting!

Our January meeting was held on the 18th at the Kitsilano branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Many thanks to everyone (including new members Villoo & Paul) who braved the snowy weather to come to our get-together! Special thanks to Asifa and Peter for taking photos during the meeting; I wasn't able to attend due to illness, so I asked them to snap some pics for me...and they kindly obliged 😁 So... without further ado, here are the photos they took!

(~please click on images to enlarge~)
Clockwise from lower left: Paul, Villoo, Jerred, Daryl, Asifa, Yang, Phil and Vladan (~photo by Peter~)

I believe the pens in the box are Peter's -- I spotted his beloved blue Pilot 'Vanishing Point' and a yellow Lamy Safari he bought a few months ago! (~photo by Peter~)

Now, here are the photos Asifa took during the meeting...
Asifa said that this pen was "one that Jerred acquired. It’s a Elite Ladies Pilot E95 in EF. He said the model number was lost."

Asifa: "This pen was Villoo’s mother’s pen from India. It’s apparently real gold with a Sheaffer nib and wrote really smoothly."

(Above) Villoo’s original Parker '51'.

(Above) Paul’s Esterbrook from his school days.

Asife writes: "And finally this Sheaffer pen set was given to Paul and Villoo by his best friend. It was a gift for the best friend’s graduation in 1963. It has never been used and the nib was so beautifully smooth!!! Jared said it’s a PFM which I learned means Pen for Men! LOL!"


Thanks again to everyone who came to the meeting this month! Our February meeting information will be announced once I've booked the venue. Meeting info is always posted at the top of each web page in large red letters, as well as in the form of a blog post. If you have any questions about joining our club, please contact us at vancouverpenclub@gmail.com
Hope to see you in February!
~Maja

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

** Important announcement re: January meeting! **


As of this writing, our January meeting (scheduled for tomorrow--Thursday January 18th) has not been cancelled; I phoned the Vancouver Public Library's Kitsilano branch this afternoon and they do not anticipate that they will be closed or close early tomorrow. 

This may change, however, if the weather worsens, so members who are planning to attend should call the Kitsilano branch at 604-665-3976 the day of the meeting to see if they are open and/or plan to close early that day.

Drive safely, everyone!
~Maja

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

First monthly meeting of 2024! (January meeting details)

IMPORTANT UPDATE!
Please read blog post at this link - https://www.vancouverpenclub.com/2024/01/important-announcement-re-january.html



Where
: the Branch Meeting Room (located in the basement) of the Vancouver Public Library's KITSILANO branch at 2425 Macdonald Street (between Broadway and West 8th), Vancouver, B.C.

Date: Thursday January 18, 2024

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
(We can start setting up the tables and chairs at 5:15pm, but we have to leave the room by 7:30pm, as per the library's room rental policy).

No topic/theme for our January meeting (ie. bring whatever pen-related things you'd like to show!) I'd like to devote the first hour of the meeting to a casual "show & tell", and leave the final hour for members to chat amongst themselves, so please limit your "show & tell" to 2 items per person. Thanks in advance!πŸ˜€

If you have any pens/inks you wish to sell/trade, please feel free to bring them with you. Food & drink (except non-alcoholic drinks in closed containers) are not allowed.


Parking: There is free parking in front of, and at the side of the library, as well as on residential streets (but please check signs for parking limits and/or regulations) and the Safeway parking lot (check the signs for parking limits/regulations). Parking on West Broadway is metered pay parking.

Hope to see you there! (no RSVPs required)

Sunday, December 31, 2023

                        ~    Happy New Year 2024
                from the Vancouver Pen Club!
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  ~ Wishing you & yours all the best in the New Year ~ Hope you can join us at a meeting in 2024!