September 25th has passed and in its wake the Pelikan Hubs event has come and gone. The second annual Pelikan Hubs occurred in 72 cities divided amongst 29 countries. I had the privilege of being the Hub master for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA location. This year, Philadelphia faced a unique challenge owing to the traffic restrictions put into place with the Pope’s arrival into town. With that in mind, the venue had to be carefully selected. Ultimately, I decided to host the event at Goat Hollow in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Goat Hollow is an American brassiere with a great selection of hand crafted beers and a menu that has plenty to offer provided in heaping portions. It’s a nice neighborhood location with a wonderful private room upstairs that served to host our group. For a reasonable fee, we were provided our own server, Collin, who did an excellent job fulfilling our orders. Food and drink were enjoyed by all and while I can’t speak for the whole menu, the poutine was exceptional.
With full bellies and some libation, the group seemed to instantly mesh and fall into a familiar groove. Despite several last-minute cancellations, the gathering was enthusiastic. Prior to dinner, I was able to wander amongst the attendees and learned a little bit about everyone and what drew them to the event. Some attendees drove a respectable distance to be able to participate. We also had the good fortune to have some of the team behind Goldspot Pens in attendance which proved to be a substantial resource. They were able to share their experiences with the brand as well as bring a Stola III, M600 Pink, and an M805 engraved demonstrator for the ogling, three pens that I had not previously seen in person.
Pelikan endeavoured to provide more of an experience for everyone, taking to heart the lessons learned from last years event. We were provided a full set of the standard production Edelstein (pronounced EY-dell-shtein) inks for dipping and testing. Many were able to avail themselves of swabs and become introduced to an ink previously unfamiliar to them. It was the first ink sampling opportunity for a few of the attendees but some of the veterans were able to help guide them through the experience. At the end of the evening, everyone was invited to take home a bottle of their choosing. Along with a flacon of ink, Pelikan provided everyone a catalog, a Hubs themed cup, a tin of Edelstein Amethyst cartridges, and a two pen soft case.
As for me, I shared my entire flock with the group as well as whatever knowledge that I could. I enjoyed being able to discuss the pens and the brand, which are my passion, in person with fellow enthusiasts. I was also happy to identify a couple of pens for those that were unsure of their model’s designation. There were some great stubbed nibs from some of the well-known nib meisters which is always a treat to see and write with. Everybody was very friendly and open about sharing. There were even several non-Pelikan pens brought along which provided a welcome bit of variety. We gathered for a total of three hours and I was having such fun that I almost forgot to take a few photos. I enjoyed the gathering immensely and look forward to participating in next years event should Pelikan choose to continue this affair (and they should).
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Goat Hollow | 300 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19119 | 267.428.5672