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 with Nicholas Susi
Sponsored by Kawai
Nicholas Susi enjoys a multifaceted career living out his deep love for music. Recent performance highlights includ, two concerts for the Princess von Hohenzollern at her castle in Namedy, Germany, and his performance at the TivoliVrendenburg in Utrecht, Other noteworthy appearances include concerto solos with the Omaha Symphony, Wiener Residenz Orchester, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. Admittance free.
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.
Sponsored by Yamaha Pianos
Enjoy the complimentary dessert bar and music. Take a swing around the dance floor if you dare! Cash bar available.
GOLDEN HAMMER BANQUET
6 – 7 p.m. Cocktail Hour – cash bar
6 - 7 p.m. Photo Booth – free
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.
PTG volunteers will be leading a 60-minute non-denominational service of music and inspiration.