It’s that time of year again, time for Pelikan to announce their fourth annual Pelikan Hubs event. Each year, the Hubs event has grown in attendance and I’m sure that the 2017 festivities will prove to be no different. Pelikan Hubs 2016 took place in at least 109 cities spread across 37 countries with roughly 2600 fans registered to attend. That represents nearly a 51% increase over the prior year! For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the Hub event is a shared gathering of Pelikan fans from across the globe. The event is facilitated for fans by fans with Pelikan acting in a supporting role. While these gatherings take place in 30+ countries, each Hub occurs at the same date and time locally. For those who cannot attend, each Hub is encouraged to upload photos to their favorite social media sites with the hashtag #pelikanhubs. There is no agenda and anything that the group can imagine is fair game ensuring that no two Hubs are quite alike. I have had tremendous fun over the past three Philadelphia events and the diversity of attendees adds to the wonderful dynamic. Participants have ranged from novice to expert and those looking for their first Pelikan pen to those with hundreds. Hubs get selected based on a pool of online applicants. A minimum of five people are required to make a hub and you can nominate your city when signing up. Hubs will be chosen sometime around July 12th. Once the cities are selected, a Hub Master is chosen (by application) to act as the local point of contact and organizer who designates a centrally located meeting space in the appointed city. After that, all that is left to do is to gather and enjoy each other’s company.
September 16th has come and gone, leaving in its wake a lot of the excitement that culminated in the third annual Pelikan Hubs event. Rather than post my thoughts immediately, I wanted to take some time and let it breathe. The third annual Pelikan Hubs took place in at least 109 cities spread across 37 countries with roughly 2600 fans registered to attend. Just as last year’s event showed tremendous growth over the inaugural year, Hubs 2016 has demonstrated that the event continues to pick up momentum. This year marked the second consecutive time that I was chosen as the Hub master for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA location. Thankfully, the Pope remained in Rome this year which helped to avoid much of the traffic nightmare that occurred during last year’s hub. Site selection remains a challenge for Hub masters worldwide. As you might imagine, it is difficult to find a suitable location that can accommodate an event of this size, be centrally located, have good lighting, not be too loud, and be available gratis. I also like to ensure attendees a chance at food and beverage since the event occurs during the dinner hour. With those parameters in mind, I set out on an extensive search of the city and had quite a few misses which took us right down to the wire. Ultimately, I found an amazing establishment that was gracious enough to host our party free of charge. This year’s Philadelphia Hub went down at Cooperage Wine and Whiskey bar located in the historic Curtis Center in the Washington Square neighborhood. Cooperage bills itself as combining southern bistro fare with an eclectic list of wine and whiskey from around the world. The restaurant is very welcoming and has a great feeling of warmth about it. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the food menu is excellent as well. The establishment boast over 90 different kinds of whiskey available. The good people at Cooperage provided us a great area in which to hold our event and I can’t recommend them highly enough if you’re looking for a venue for your next function.
While a month later than last year, Pelikan has finally announced their 2016 Hubs locations and have begun the process of notifying attendees and the location’s chosen hub masters. Many of the cities listed should be familiar, having hosted past events, but there are several new comers this year as well. A small hiccup resulted in a conspicuously absent London, United Kingdom but this was quickly rectified today. Each year, the Pelikan Hubs project has grown. Pelikan Hubs 2015 included 72 cities spanning 29 countries with approximately 1400 participants, a 56% growth over the event’s first year. Year three proves to be even bigger in scope and participation. While final numbers are subject to change, we are currently looking at 111 cities spanning 38 countries with 2116+ registered participants as of the time of this post. That is a 51% increase in the number of participants over last year. This year’s gathering will take place on September 16, 2016 at 6:30pm local time. Pelikan really stepped up their efforts last year to improve upon the previous hub event so I anticipate some neat things in store for attendees but details have yet to be announced. Even though locations and hub masters have been chosen, online applications will continue to be accepted through July 30th for those interested in participating (a link to register can be found at the bottom of this post). You’d better hurry though as there are only three days left to register at the time of this post. Attendance is by application only so even if you are unsure, I would urge you to submit an online application to secure your place. Please do the same for any friend/spouse/pen loving stranger that you intend to bring with you. For those of you who cannot attend, don’t forget to follow along via the hashtag #pelikanhubs on social media.
They’re ba-ack…Pelikan is at it again, announcing their third annual Pelikan Hubs event appropriately dubbed Pelikan Hubs 2016. The 2015 festivities saw a 56% growth in attendance over the year prior and I’m sure Pelikan is looking to keep that momentum going into this year’s event. If you’re curious as to what a “hub” is, it involves Pelikan fans from across the globe gathering at an appointed time in order to share their passion for fountain pens and all things analog. There is no specific agenda and anything goes. Pelikan does grease the wheels a bit with some great take home items for those who participate. Last year they even supplied a complete line of their Edelstein inks for the group to sample. Since the activities for the event are open to the interpretation of the group, no two venues are the same. There is a great diversity in the people who attend which facilitates some amazing conversation particularly with people who you might not regularly encounter. Not every city can host a hub and not everyone can attend so, in keeping with Pelikan’s social media focus, a lot of the excitement is shared via the hashtag #pelikanhubs. Hubs get selected based on a pool of online applicants. A minimum of seven people are required to make a hub and you can nominate your city when signing up. Hubs will be chosen and announced on June 30th. Once the cities are selected, a hub master is chosen to act as the local point of contact and organizer who designates a centrally located meeting space in the appointed city. With those details out of the way, it’s simply a matter of eager anticipation for the awesome pen camaraderie that is sure to follow.
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.
Registration for Pelikan’s 2015 Hubs event has come to a close and we are just about a month and a half away from the big day. Thanks to the dedication of the team at Pelikan and the enthusiasm of my fellow fountain pen devotees, this years event looks to have grown tremendously. Last year’s June 13th affair was the first of its kind. Twenty-five countries hosted Hubs in 58 different cities with a total of about 900 participants. This year, twenty-nine countries will host 72 different Hubs with an expected 1400 total participants. That’s a 56% increase in attendance over last year. Many Hubs had only a few attendees and this year we’ll see an average of 19 participants per Hub. This is all very exciting news. Hub masters have received the names of their attendees and emails should be going out soon to inform every one of their local event’s details. As head of the Philadelphia Hub, I understand the amount of work it takes to arrange an event with this magnitude of attendance and salute all of the Hub masters out there doing their level best to put on a great event at an appropriate venue. I look forward to seeing my group in person in September and following along with the exploits of all of the groups on social media via the hashtag #PelikanHubs.
The June 30th deadline for hub master applications came today and newly minted hub masters across the world were notified of their selection via email. Pelikan also wasted no time in announcing the chosen locations for this year’s event. Several of the selected cities are the same as last year but there are also many new locations which will give some of those who could not participate previously an opportunity to join in the fun. Pelikan Hubs 2015 will include 69 cities spanning 27 countries with 19 cities represented that were not included last year. In case you have forgotten or are unaware, this year’s gathering will take place on September 25, 2015 at 6:30pm local time. Pelikan Hubs 2015 was first announced in May and represents Pelikan’s second hosting of this social gathering. It appears that the company has a few new ideas for this year’s function which promise to add to the enjoyment of the evening. Even though locations and hub masters have been chosen, online applications will continue to be accepted through July 30th for those interested in participating (a link to register can be found at the bottom of this post). Attendance is by application only so even if you are unsure, I would urge you to submit an online application to secure your place. Hubs generally are limited in attendance and range from 7 to 25 participants. For those of you who cannot attend, don’t forget to follow hashtag #pelikanhubs on social media.
Pelikan announced yesterday that they are going to revisit their Pelikan Hubs project, refreshing it for 2015. Some of you may recall that this project was first unveiled in 2014 and highlights Pelikan’s emphasis on the community of fountain pen lovers who share a passion for fountain pens and Pelikan’s fine writing instruments. The original event occurred on June 13, 2014 and saw Pelikan fans across the world gather at a set time without any specific agenda other than to share in the passion of being a fountain pen lover. Activities for the event were open to the interpretation of the group allowing for some nice variability between venues. Many great conversations took place along with some awesome show and tell. Unfortunately, not everyone could participate but a lot of the excitement was shared via social media with the hashtag #pelikanhubs. Each hub was selected by Pelikan based on a pool of applicants provided that they lived near an eligible city as determined by its population. Once the cities were selected, a hub master was chosen for each. This is the person who leads that hub, acts as the point of contact, and finds a centrally located meeting space in the appointed city. Once that is established it is all about meeting up, making new friends, and enjoying pens with a group of like-minded individuals in a way most of us cannot regularly do.