See you in Savannah! AGPC’s 29th Annual Convention

Join us for the 29th Annual AGPC Convention and experience the unmistakable Southern charm of Savannah, Georgia.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at AGPC’s 2013 convention the weekend of May 3-5. Hope to see you there!

Step 1: Reserve Your Rooms!

Check out the convention agenda below. Doesn’t this look like a lot of fun?  Well, yes, it will be! The agenda for AGPC’s 29th annual convention is taking shape.  Now’s the time to reserve rooms at the convention hotel, the Hyatt Regency Savannah located at 2 West Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401. You can now book reservations online at AGPC’s special rate for single or double rooms is $193 per night.

You are welcome to extend your visit to Savannah.  We have arranged for our guests to receive the group rate for up to 3 days prior and up to 3 days after the convention, provided the rooms are available.

If you prefer to call in your reservations, you may do so by calling +1-888-421-1442 and letting the agents know that you are making reservations under the “Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors” group.

Step 2: Register for the Convention!

Print and fill in the 2013 AGPC Savannah Convention registration form and postally mail it to the address on the form along with your payment.

Please note that registration fees for the main convention events (Friday 3 May evening through Sunday 5 May morning) are $235 per person on or before 31 March 2013, and $265 per person after 31 March 2013.

The registration form also includes fees for the optional pre- and post-convention events listed below.  Please review the details below along with the associated fees listed on the registration form.

Step 3: Come on Down to Savannah!

Bring an item of interest for show and tell (suggested themes: Savannah, the Savannah River, the Southern Beaches, the South, the Civil War, Pirates, Haunted Houses, Girl Scouts, Antiques, Peaches, Pecans, Peanuts, Pralines, Cotton, Southern Cuisine, Seafood, Rowing and Sailing and Shipping). (William Tecumseh Sherman at your own risk!)

Consider bringing games and puzzles for selling during the Auction, including donated items with the sale proceeds going to the AGPC.

AGPC 2013 – Main Convention Activities

Here’s the emerging agenda.  We’ll provide updates online as they are confirmed.

Friday, May 3 – Convention Registration Opens, Welcome Reception & Dinner (Evening)

Meanwhile, back at the convention Hotel, Convention Registration formally opens at 9 am and will be available through Friday night when the official convention activities get underway with the Welcome Reception and Dinner (7 pm).  The dinner speaker will be from one of the area auction houses and will talk about “Planning for Your Collection When It Outlives You”.  The evening will wrap up with Show & Tell, where AGPC members will tell their stories about items illustrating the South and especially Savannah, its river, history, food and coast.  And of course, for those of you looking to check out the latest games and puzzles, be sure to join the group for game playing and puzzling in our hospitality room (starting at around 10 pm, and ending at o’dark thirty).

Saturday, May 4 – Convention, Spilsbury Award Reception & Dinner

The AGPC Board of Directors will meet from 7:30 am to 9 am.

The Buffet Breakfast will be open from 7:30 am to 9:30 am

AGPC’s annual General Meeting will take place from 9 am to around 9:30 am


Joe Seymour

Joe Seymour will give a presentation, Planning a Peaceful Museum Exhibition, Piece by Piece, from 9:30 am to around 10:30 am


John Ellerbe

John Ellerbe will give a presentation, Games of the Civilized Western World (c. 1700s and 1800s), from 10:45 am to around 11:45 am.

There will be a panel discussion on The Economics of Games and Puzzles: Market Trends and Truths, from 11:45 am to around 12:30 pm

Lunch on your own starts at around 12:30 pm. Besides the hotel restaurant, there are several waterfront cafes within walking distance of the hotel.

In the afternoon  there will be table sales of games and puzzles, the silent auction, plus the famed AGPC convention live auction (bring some fun games and puzzles for auction as D-O-N-A-T-I-O-N-s to the AGPC!)

2013 AGPC Spilsbury Award winner Bob Armstrong

2013 AGPC Spilsbury Award winner Bob Armstrong


The 2013 AGPC Spilsbury Award

In the evening there will be a reception and award dinner with Anne Williams presenting AGPC’s Spilsbury Award to Bob Armstrong, and Bob will then give his talk entitled, Serendipity and Jigsaw Puzzles: How NOT to Pursue a Hobby!

As always, there will be fun and fabulous game playing and puzzle solving afterwards until the wee hours.

Sunday, May 5 – Convention Conclusion

The AGPC Board of Directors will meet from 7:30 am to 9 am.

Buffet Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.

From 9:30 am on, we’ll have our convention-closing general meeting including updates on AGPC’s 2014 and 2015 Conventions, our fun group photo, and wrap-up

In the afternoon there will be optional activities and home visits (to be determined) for those staying over

Optional Pre-Convention Activities

Thursday, May 2 – Pre-Convention Activities

Historic Savannah

Travel Back to Another Era!

9 am to 2 pm

trolley-carDuring this 5-hour tour, we’ll board a trolley and be entertained by our fun-loving conductor relating amusing narratives, facts, and trivia about Savannah. Includes visits to some of the Historic House Museums and a visit to The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist–compared to some of the most beautiful churches in Europe.

Par Excellence!

Another highlight, our gourmet lunch stop—Elizabeth’s on 37th—named one of the top 40 restaurants in America by Forbes, and one of the top 25 restaurants in America by Food and Wine.

Free Time

2 pm to 6 pm. Enjoy the antique stores, cafés, and a stroll down River Street taking in the sights!

Savannah Riverboat Cruise

savannah-riverboat-cruiseDinner Buffet Included!

6:15 pm to 9 pm

Reserved area onboard River Street Riverboat, dinner menu listed below… $69 per person (includes all taxes, fees, and gratuities)

We’ll cruise on the Savannah River Queen and enjoy the evening with dinner, entertainment, and an unforgettable tour of Savannah. Dinner buffet includes southern fried chicken, BBG pork, corn, assorted salads, Savannah red rice, cornbread, desserts, iced tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages payable on an individual basis.

Haunted House

haunted-houseSavannah’s Spooky Side!

10 pm to 11 pm

Tour includes: Trolley pick-up and tour guide.  $19 per person (includes all taxes and gratuities).

Believe it or not, Savannah has a dark secret–we’ll discover some of the spirits of Savannah’s past still among us.

Friday, May 3 – Pre-Convention Activities (Morning & Early Afternoon)

The Low Country Experience

Experience Savannah as the Locals Do!

9 am to 2 pm

Tour includes: Transportation, guide, entrance into Bonaventure Cemetery, entrance to the Tybee Lighthouse, lunch at Uncle Bubba’s, cookie sampling at Byrd Cookie Co. $89 per person (includes all taxes, fees, and gratuities).

Tour takes us past the Historic District through the Victoria District and on to beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery—well known from the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil—now the resting place for Savannah’s famous son, singer songwriter, Johnny Mercer. Then it’s out to Tybee Island and a visit to the lighthouse.

Our lunch spot, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, offers a fun and casual dining atmosphere along with the freshest seafood around. Back roads then take us through the low country with beautiful marsh views, a 300 year-old oak tree, elegant homes on “The Bluff”,  and a visit to the chapel at The Bethesda Home for Boys. Our final stop—refreshments and cookie sampling at Byrd Cookie Co.

Free Time

2 pm to 6 pm. Plenty of shops and a walk downtown to keep you occupied!

Optional Post-Convention Fun!

Sunday, May 5 – Post-Convention Activities (Afternoon)

Southern House Museum Experience

Two Savannah Landmarks!

1 pm to 4 pm (first option, see second option below)

Tour includes: Transportation guide, entrance into two house museums. $59 per person (includes all taxes, fees, and gratuities)

Juliette Gordon Low: A National Historic Landmark—Wayne Gordon House (1821)—outstanding Regency architecture. Saved from demolition by the Girl Scouts, and returned to its 1886 glory. Authentically furnished with family pieces and 19th-century decorative art.

Mercer House: In 1969, Savannah’s Jim Williams, an early and dedicated private restorationist, bought the then vacant house and began a two-year restoration. Today, it’s owned and occupied by Dr. Dorothy Kingery, the late Jim William’s sister. On view, furniture and art from Williams’ private collection as well as learning the home’s history.

Savor Savannah Experience

Sample Six Local Eateries!

1 pm to 4 pm (second option, see first option above)

Tour includes: Transportation, guide, coordinated restaurant stops. $90 (includes all taxes, fees, and gratuities).

Enjoy a progressive Southern lunch, sampling regional specialties at six restaurants, some off the beaten path and all ocally owned.


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