The beginning of the year is always an exciting time for me both because of the promise that a new year holds and the fact that the Philadelphia Pen Show is held in mid-January. Unfortunately, we all are not so lucky as to have a pen show right in our backyard. Pen shows are held across the country and even internationally throughout the year. Some of my most interesting and unique Pelikan pens and some of my more esoteric knowledge has been acquired at pen shows. They provide an opportunity to see a wide variety of pens and paraphernalia up close and in person, interact with like-minded members of the community, have repairs/adjustments made on pens, and they are a lot of fun. Whether you have never attended a show and are wondering what the fuss is about, have been to several, or are anticipating your first, I hope to provide some good reasons to go and some helpful tips about what to expect.