Special Events

Monday

POTTER RECEPTION

8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Randi Potter School of Piano Technology
Everyone is welcome to join in this casual gathering. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones. It’s a great way to start off the week.

TUESDAY

OPENING SESSION

7 p.m.
We’ll announce PTG award recipients for 2017 and start our 60th Anniversary celebration with a preview of the outstanding lineup of classes and special activities scheduled for this year. You’ll have an opportunity to win some nice prizes and join in the fun as we launch our 2017 convention.

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME RECEPTION

Featuring Scott Jones and the Pitchlock Piano Bar
8:30 p.m.
PTG President Phil Bondi invites you to join him in a fun-filled evening of food and entertainment. Back again by popular demand, Scott Jones will lead us in some amazing karaoke. You’ll have plenty of time to socialize and there’ll be more opportunities to take home a great prize. Take a fun souvenir photo (props included!) Everyone is welcome!

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY

REBUILDERS AND RESTORERS SHOWCASE

Be sure to make time in your schedule to see and study this collection of some of the industry’s most successful and innovative rebuilders and restorers as they display their craft. The showcase area is adjacent to the Exhibit Hall and is open during Institute class hours. 

 

PTG TIME CAPSULE

Take a visual tour through PTG history as we celebrate our 60th year. Relive key moments and celebrate those who have made PTG the great organization it is today. This multi-media display will be open during Institute class hours.

 

WEDNESDAY

ST. LOUIS CITY TOUR

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of St. Louis with a professional guide. We’ll start with the revitalized Laclede’s Landing warehouse district, then drive through the downtown are past the Old Courthouse, Busch Stadium and local neighborhoods. We’ll stop at the Gateway Arch to view the Arch construction movie “Monument to a Dream” or take a trip on the tram to the top of the Arch. We’ll then stop at Favazza’s Restaurant, located in a famed Italian neighborhood known as “The Hill.” After lunch, we’ll take a tour of the beautiful Cathedral Basilica, whose interior is adorned with 83,000 square feet of mosaic tiles and is one of the largest mosaic collections in the world. We then move on to a tour of the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate factory. Learn how this family-owned operation still makes candy by hand. You’ll enjoy a private sampling of chocolates in their tasting room. We round out our day with a drive through Forest Park. Home to the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park includes St. Louis’ finest museums and attractions including the world-renown St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Science Center. Your $95 tour fee includes guided tours, a ticket for the Gateway Arch movie or tram, lunch and dessert at Favazza’s, and transportation.

EXHIBIT HALL OPENING

Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Get a first look at many of your favorite suppliers, manufacturers and vendors in the PTG Convention Exhibit Hall. Entry a drawing, consult with a company rep and start shopping. The Gazelle Network and PTG are teaming up to provide all full registrants with a coupon good for a free lunch!

SCOTT JOPLIN AND ST. LOUIS RAGTIME

8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation
The PTG Foundation invites you to take a trip back to early 1900’s St. Louis, when...

  • the new ragtime music was all the rage,
  • St. Louis was the epicenter of the new musical style
  • Scott Joplin was earning his reputation as “The Father of Ragtime,” and
  • the piano was the entertainment center of the home.

Outstanding local ragtime artist, Ragtime Dr. Dave Majchrzak, will be our guide. Come enjoy the trip and have a toe-tapping good time. You’re in Scott Joplin’s St. Louis!  Admittance free.

Thursday

GENERAL SESSION WITH DON WILLIAMS

8 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
We are pleased to announce that our featured speaker for the General Session will be Don Williams, retired Senior Furniture Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution. His presentation will focus on his four years of photographing and writing the book Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley. In a space of just 10" x 39" x 19-1/2", H.O. Studley managed to arrange - with perfection - more than 250 of his tools into a dovetailed mahogany cabinet that has captivated tens of thousands of woodworkers - and piano technicians - since it was first unveiled in 1988 on the back cover of Fine Woodworking. Mr. Williams will also be presenting classes in veneer repair and museum conservation. Visit http://donsbarn.com to learn more about Don Williams.

BOTANICALS AND HISTORIC ST. CHARLES TOUR

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Your day starts at the Missouri Botanical Garden. St. Louis is home to one of the top three botanical gardens in the country. Your visit will include the world’s first Climatron building. You’ll be amazed at the wide variety of rare and beautiful plants. Enjoy a private tram ride through the Garden and be sure to stop in the amazing gift shop. We’ll then hop back on the bus for a short ride to Historic Main Street in St. Charles, MO. Located just west of St. Louis, St. Charles is a river city with a unique historical perspective, beautiful sites, friendly people and a pace just a little slower than that of the big city. Founded as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette, Saint Charles, MO grew into a thriving riverfront-trading center for a young America and was the original capital of Missouri. We will be greeted by a costumed docent who will give us a tour of the Historic St. Charles area. Then you’ll have time to dine on your own at one of the many restaurants located along Main Street. You’ll enjoy free time to shop at the quaint stores or, if you prefer, the Lewis & Clark Boathouse or the First State Capitol. Your $65 tour fee includes entrance ticket and private tram at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, docent tour in Historic St. Charles, and transportation. Wear comfortable walking shoes!
In Concert
Sponsored by Kawai
8 p.m.
Admittance free.

FRIDAY

BREWERY TOUR

1:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.
For this afternoon tour, discover the Anheuser Busch InBev brewery, the oldest and largest of the Budweiser breweries. You’ll see the entire 7-step brewing process, the world-famous Clydesdale horses at the historic stables, the brew kettles, and the beechwood aging cellars. Enjoy product samples in the hospitality room before departing. We’ll finish the afternoon with a driving tour of the Soulard neighborhood. This historic area is known for its French heritage and influence. The Soulard Market is one of the largest and oldest farmers market's west of the Mississippi. Your $35 tour fee includes the brewery tour, driving tour of the Soulard neighborhood, and transportation.

YAMAHA RECEPTION

8 p.m.
Sponsored by Yamaha Pianos
Follow up the Barbershop Concert with another opportunity to enjoy time with friends in an informal setting. Enjoy the complimentary dessert bar and music. Take a swing around the dance floor if you dare! Cash bar available.

SATURDAY

GOLDEN HAMMER BANQUET

6 – 7 p.m. Cocktail Hour – cash bar
6 - 7 p.m. Photo Booth – free 
7 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate this year’s Golden Hammer Award recipient. After a full course dinner, we’ll continue the celebration of our 60th anniversary and and provide a sneak peek at our 2018 event. Banquet tickets are included with full registrations. Additional tickets $xx each.

SUNDAY

Chapel Service
8 a.m.
PTG volunteers will be leading a 60-minute non-denominational service of music and inspiration.