Circle Back to Weavin' Logo
30th MBG Annual Convention
August 5 - August 8, 2021
Hilton Garden Inn
19677 Jackson Drive
Independence, MO, 64057

Here we are!!!! MBG Convention!!! We made it!!! Well, almost. We are not quite there yet but, fingers crossed, we will gather in a few months in Independence as we Circle Back to Weavin’ in 2021! Keep your fingers and toes crossed as this may be monumental!! This could be the first large weaving event to occur since February 2020!!!!! We are almost there and first things first, we present the MBG’s 30th Annual basket convention, “Circle Back to Weavin’ 2021”.

Your Convention Co-chairs are unofficially designating this year’s 30th MBG gathering to be the “unconventional convention”. None of us have a crystal ball to know what August will bring COVID-wise. Given the difficulty of planning for a large event during a pandemic, you will find several changes to this years’ convention. Changes include smaller classes, attendee limitations, online Silent Auction, no Exhibit Room, no lunch buffets, and no Teacher/Vendor reception. We still plan to do Awards night with social distancing in place.

In order to attend, you must be a Missouri Basketweavers Guild (MBG) member for the membership year ending December 31, 2021. Free 2021 MBG membership is offered for COVID-19 relief by simply completing and submitting a membership form. (See Membership Section)

Any MBG member attending the 2021 convention who encourages a first time attendee to attend this year’s convention will receive special referral vendor bucks to redeem during the convention.

Let us all Circle Back to Weavin’ in 2021!!! Come for the entire convention or for one or more days.

Leanne Nielsen and Pam Watson
2021 Convention Co-chairs

 

COVID-19 Guidance

While we do not know what the health requirements and indoor gathering restrictions will be at the time of the convention, we are working toward a safe environment during convention. We will follow local public health, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hereford House restaurant requirements. If it is determined that it is unsafe for us to gather or if we are mandated by state or local guidelines to cancel, then registration fees and class fee checks will be refunded to you in their entirety. If the Convention is allowed to proceed, then the normal Convention cancellation policies will apply.

Planning for this convention during a pandemic was extremely challenging! We have made several decisions that impact a number of our normal convention activities. Look for these activities to return at the 2022 Convention!

We are taking all possible measures to ensure your safety while attending MBG’s 2021 Convention. It is possible that face masks may be requested or required, depending on the state and local guidelines at that time. We will strongly encourage all participants to wear masks for the protection of all attendees. We will socially distance the class workstations, Registration area, vendor spaces and at the Awards Night meeting.

Hand sanitizers will be readily available throughout the weaving areas and Registration Desk. Please use it regularly.

Please note that by attending this event, you are taking FULL RESPONSIBILITY for your own health and safety.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will advise everyone of any changes as soon as possible.

 

Fast Track Index

 

Convention Catalog

Awards Night
***While we prefer to have winners and First Timers present for recognition, we realize that COVID-19 concerns take priority, therefore, winners need not be present at this year’s Awards meeting***

All MBG members are encouraged (but not required) to attend the Awards Night activities on Saturday evening, August 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The evening will include the Guild’s administrative items, First Time attendee recognition, presentations of the Curry Scholarships, Founding Members Memorial Scholarships, special First Time Attendee awards and other individual special awards.

30th Convention Anniversary Event
To commemorate our 30th Convention, MBG invites all attendees to participate in a socially distanced gathering prior to the Awards Night meeting. Special treats will be available at the door for your enjoyment.

Basket Exhibit Room
Due to public health restrictions as of April 2021, the Convention Co-Chairs decided to eliminate the Exhibit Room for this year only. First, we did not get a volunteer to Chair the Exhibit Room, and second, the Co-Chairs thought it wise to minimize areas where larger groups of people could gather. By eliminating the Exhibit Room, we are able to offer more classes to participants. The Exhibit Room will return in 2022 unless we do not get a volunteer to be the Committee Chair.

Christmas Basket Ornaments Raffle
Back by popular demand is a charity raffle with a slightly different focus. This years’ Christmas Raffle will be for only the woven basket ornaments, which will be displayed on a Christmas Tree (tree not included). Please join us by contributing your basket ornament creations to help decorate the tree. All proceeds from the purchase of raffle tickets will benefit a local charity. Plan to attend the drawing during Awards Night. You might be the lucky winner of all those cute basket ornaments.

Class Offerings
Please carefully read class descriptions and assess the class suitability for your weaving skill level when selecting classes. (See Weaving levels) Request classes for one, two, three, or all four days. The 10, 12 and 14 hour classes span two days. An hour is allocated for lunch on Friday and Saturday. Class hours will be:

  • Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

You have until June 1, 2021 to request classes with your convention registration. Additional classes can be added to your assigned class schedule until June 20, 2021 by contacting Jena Baumgarten at .

**New this year** Several teachers will be offering pre-order kits. Look for the basket symbol in the class photos to identify classes with pre-order kit offerings. This is a great opportunity if you do not get a class you want, or if you are unable to attend the convention. You should contact the Teacher directly to pre-order class kits for delivery at convention. If you are not attending, find a friend to bring it home or arrange with the teacher for shipping.

Convention Chairs

Convention Events

Convention Logo Patches
2021 Convention logo patches are available for $5 and can be purchased by indicating how many you want on the Registration form or can be purchased at Convention.

Convention Souvenirs
This year we are offering some wonderful convention souvenirs. Logoware souvenir items are ordered directly from our vendor, Spectra Graphics, Inc/C&C Sports Stop. Simply go to their website (link below), make your selections, pay for the items, and submit your order. Your items will be available for pick-up at convention. If you are not able to attend convention you can (1) arrange for a friend to pick them up for you; or (2) make arrangements with the vendor to ship (you will have to pay for shipping).

****No orders will be accepted after July 1, 2021****

Please contact Eunice Peterson for more information at .

Donations
You can help make the convention a success by donating quality basket related items for approximatley 175 Welcome Bags. To Donate please complete the online Welcome Bag Donation form. Then, send your donations to Emily Brown, 608 SW Murray Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081-2350 by Friday, July 23, 2021. Or, bring Welcome Bag Donations to convention no later than 9:00 a.m., Thursday morning, August 5, 2021. Let Emily Brown know what you plan to bring to convention.

MBG is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Please contact Emily Brown at for more information.

See Silent Auction Donations Section

First Time Attendees
MBG welcomes new attendees to our convention. Be sure to check “First Time Attendee” on your registration form. First Time attendees receive an MBG name tag holder and a special gift during check-in at the convention registration desk.

First time students are eligible to win the First Time Attendee Curry Scholarship and Woven Circle Guild’s First Time awards which will be drawn during the Awards Night activities.

***While we prefer to have all First Timers present for recognition, we realize that COVID-19 concerns take priority, therefore, you need not be present at this year’s Awards meeting to win the Awards.***

As a First Time attendee, if you were encouraged by an MBG Member, who is attending the Convention, please provide their name in the space on the registration form. The MBG member must be in attendance at convention to receive Referral Vendor Bucks.

Important Dates to Know

May 15, 2021 Registrations submitted by May 15th are considered First Day registrations

June 1, 2021 Registration and Meal Orders Deadline

June 20, 2021 Last Day to add classes to your schedule

July 1, 2021 Last Day to Order Convention Souvenirs

July 1, 2021 Last Day to Pay Class Fees

July 3, 2021 Last Day to Reserve Hotel Room with MBG Rate

Hospitality Room
We will have a Hospitality Room once again this year for attendees to relax, unwind, and get an energy boost. The hospitality room will have drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring your favorite non-perishable snacks to share. Due to COVID-19, we request all donated items be pre-packaged or individually wrapped. Donations of bottled or canned drinks would be appreciated. Hospitality hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Lewis and Clark room by the hotel’s pool.

Hotel Accommodations and Information
Missouri Basketweavers Guild is hosting the 30th annual convention, “Circle Back to Weavin’ in 2021” at the Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 Jackson Drive, Independence, MO, 64057, (816) 350-3000, on August 5 through August 8, 2021. Complimentary self-parking is available. Trailer parking will be in the designated area only.

Hilton Honors members will receive a daily complimentary hot breakfast. Present your Hilton Honors number or request a Hilton Honors number during hotel check-in to receive a complimentary hot breakfast each day.

The hotel is located in Independence, MO, just off of Interstate 70 (east of the intersections of I-70 and I-470). From I-70, take exit number 17 (Little Blue Parkway) and turn north. At the stop light at Jackson Drive, turn west (left). Follow Jackson Drive to the hotel on the left.

Rooms are $109 per night (plus tax) for a king or standard (two beds) room for single to quad occupancy. Room amenities include a small refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker and hair dryer. The hotel also has a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center, complimentary 24-hour business center, and a self-laundry available.

Make your reservations by July 3, 2021 to receive MBG’s group rate. Be sure to identify yourself as attending the MBG Convention and confirm your $109 room rate. You can make your reservation by phone at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667), by calling the hotel directly at (816) 350-3000, or by using the online Group Reservation System. Be sure to enter our group code "MBG" under the Special Accounts and Rates section to get our special $109/night room rate. Click on Group Reservation System to access the online system.

Market Place
Market Place space is available at no cost to all registered attendees wishing to sell basket related items on Friday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Teachers who are not vending are encouraged to participate. Closing time may be extended if there are still shoppers at 8:30 p.m. Since Market Place is in the same room as classes and vendors, some vendors may elect to be open.

Mark your convention registration form to request a Market Place space or request a space by contacting Cathy Sylvester. Spaces are assigned on a first come basis with teachers receiving priority. For additional information, please contact Cathy Sylvester, Market Place Chair at .

Meals
The hotel has an American Grill Cafe that offers a hot breakfast Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for $8.75. The hot breakfast is complimentary with Hilton Honors. (See Hotel Accommodations and Information) The Café does not serve lunch or dinner.

The hotel offers a 24 hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart with light food, snacks and sundries. All sleeping rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker with coffee and microwave.

Attached to the convention center is the Hereford House Restaurant, Kansas City’s famous award winning full service restaurant and lounge offering lunch and dinner. Occupancy and meal offerings may change by August and will be advertised at the Convention.

There are also numerous restaurants within walking distance or a few minutes’ drive. A list will be provided at the convention. In addition, delivery options are available from several of the local restaurants.

Convention Offered Lunch Options
This year a new outside caterer will provide boxed deli lunches on Friday and Saturday (no buffets due to COVID-19 concerns). These lunches and drinks are provided by the Guild at no charge to all registered convention attendees (Students, Teachers, Vendors and Volunteer only attendees). Non-registered attendees may participate for a fee of $17 (gratuity and service charge included) per box lunch.

Friday: Choice of ham and cheese on roll, turkey and swiss cheese on hoagie bun, or veggie wrap on sun dried tomato basil tortilla.

Saturday: Choice of ham and swiss on wheat, chicken salad on croissant, or veggie wrap on sun dried tomato basil tortilla.

***Each box lunch includes a piece of whole fruit, bag of potato chips, and one cookie***

All lunches must be pre-ordered on your Registration form by indicating if you will be participating in the free boxed lunches. Additional lunches can be ordered and paid with your registration. No Lunch requests will be accepted after June 1, 2021.

For those who have special dietary needs the Hereford House has a lunch and dinner menu with a variety of items that can meet your needs.

Membership
To attend, teach or vend at the 2021 convention you must be an MBG guild member for the year January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. MBG is providing some COVID-19 relief this year by eliminating dues, however, you must submit a completed membership form, either online or mail in, to take advantage of this special offer. By joining now, you will ensure that you receive all convention information and the Twining Times newsletter.

All convention attendees must complete a 2021 Free COVID-19 Relief Membership application. Use this link only if you have not previously submitted.

Your 2022 membership renewal can be paid with your convention registration. Complete the Membership Form and include the $20 dues in your registration fees. Use this link if paying your 2022 membership with your convention registration.

Membership renewal will also be accepted at the convention or you can renew by mail at any time.

For more membership information or membership status contact Cindy Harris, Membership Chair at .

Name Tags
Please remember to bring your MBG name tag holder to convention. If you forget, you can purchase a holder at the convention for $5.00. First Time attendees will receive a name tag holder at convention registration with a special color name tag. Please look for the special name tags to welcome our first time attendees and to assist them with any concerns.

On-Site Convention Check-in and Registration
Convention registration will be located in the hotel’s Truman Grand Foyer outside the weaving room. You may check-in, register for convention classes and activities, and receive convention information on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Only teachers, vendors, and chairpersons may register early beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

On-Site Class Enrollments
Unfilled classes may be available during the convention. Please check the on-site open class board at the registration table when registering at the convention to add classes to your schedule.

Open Weave
Due to COVID-19 precautions there will not be a designated Open Weave area this year.

Registration
You must be a Missouri Basketweavers Guild (MBG) member for the membership year ending December 31, 2021 to register. (See Membership Section)

Any member 15-17 years of age must obtain a release signed by the parent or legal guardian to attend the convention. For the first attending year an accompanying adult must sign a waiver of responsibility and must be in the same class at the convention to assist the student if needed. For more details, please contact Cindy Harris, Vice President at .

Your convention registration fee of $ 25.00 includes Vendor Bucks for your shopping pleasure, Friday and Saturday boxed deli lunches (See Meals), Hospitality Room snacks, welcome gifts, and all other Convention activities. The registration fee does not include the class fees which will be due upon notification of class assignments.

Online Registrations submitted on or before May 15, 2021 will be treated as First Day registrations. Those submitted on or after May 16, 2021 will be accepted and processed according to the submitted date.

Registration Form and Class Preferences
This year registration is online. After you have completed and submitted your registration information, you will receive an email with an invoice regarding your total amount due, payment instructions, and how to request your classes. Once registration is submitted you will have 7 days to respond with the applicable amount due and a printed copy of the email invoice. If you do not receive your confirmation/invoice email, please contact Jena Baumgarten at .

Before you start your registration, select and organize your choices in preference order by day. Every effort will be made to assign your first choice for each time slot. Be sure to include other choices for time slots in the event the class is filled when your choice is processed. Providing alternate choices is critical this year as student numbers in classes are limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Making only a few selections does not ensure that you will be assigned a class. You will not be assigned to classes that overlap. List only classes that you are willing to take. You may not cancel classes once assigned. Expect to receive your class assignments by email after June 6, 2021.

First Day Registration Cut-off is May 15, 2021. Registrations will be accepted until June 1, 2021. An open class listing will be posted on this page after First day Registration class assignments are processed.

Cancellations must be in writing and received by Jena Baumgarten no later than June 30, 2021. There will be NO refunds after July 1, 2021. Also, you may not cancel an individual class once assigned. A processing fee of $35 will be charged for checks returned due to insufficient funds.

For additional registration information, contact Jena Baumgarten, Mail-in Registration Chair at .

Registration Checklist

  • Carefully read all instructions in preparing Convention registration form. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your application being delayed.
  • Consider weaving skill level in basket class descriptions and your weaving level experience when selecting classes.
  • Select only the classes you are willing to take as you may not cancel an individual class once it is assigned.
  • First time attendees should check “First Time attending MBG Convention” box on registration form to receive special recognition and for a chance to win a First Time attendee award. If you were encouraged by an MBG Member, who is attending the Convention, please provide their name in the space on the registration form.
  • Complete a 2021 membership form for your Free COVID-19 Relief 2021 MBG membership. (if not previously submitted)
  • Renew your 2022 MBG membership on Registration form and complete the 2022 membership renewal form. (Renewal Optional)
  • Complete Waiver and Photo media release statements included in the registrations form
  • Do not send class fees until notified of your class assignments.
  • Make your hotel reservations before July 3, 2021. Be sure to indicate MBG for the special Convention room rate.

Roommate

***Due to COVID-19, participants may or may not wish to share a room with non-family members.***

If you want to share a room, please contact Rita Nardin, Roommate Chair at for sharing options.

Scholarships
The President of MBG will award two MBG sponsored scholarships during the Saturday evening Awards Night activities.

***While we prefer to have winners and First Timers present for recognition, we realize that COVID-19 concerns take priority, therefore, winners need not be present at this year’s Awards meeting***


Curry Scholarships recognize Roger and Betty Curry, for their outstanding contributions to the basket weaving community. They shared the Curry family ancestral Missouri White Oak basket making tradition throughout their lives. One first time attendee and one returning attendee’s name will be drawn from the registration forms and will be reimbursed their paid 2021 convention registration fee.

Founding Members Memorial Scholarships recognize our dedicated founding members who have passed away. Currently, this scholarship is in honor of Ann Clark and Lillian Hoyt. Two recipient names are drawn from the entire MBG membership and are awarded a free registration for attendance at next years’ convention.

This year, during the Awards Night activities, the names of three first time students will be drawn to receive a special Woven Circle Guild award.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a special convention scholarship should contact Leanne Nielsen, MBG President at .

Shopping Opportunities
Convention attendees and visitors (See Visitors) have the opportunity to find basket kits, patterns, weaving supplies and other basket related items from a number of vendors located around the perimeter of the weaving room. Vendor open hours will be posted at the convention and hours are listed in the Convention Events.

Market Place is a shopping must on Friday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where Teachers and registered attendees bring a wide variety of basket making and related items to sell.

In addition, a variety of MBG souvenir items will be offered in the hotel’s Truman Grand Foyer outside the weaving room and near the convention registration desk.

Silent Auction
As with many activities, this year our Silent Auction will be different. We will be holding our first ever online Silent Auction due to COVID-19 precautions.

We wish we could accept all of your generous donations to include in the Silent Auction, however, since this is our first, online Silent Auction, we will be restricting it to 30 individual items or bundles of items. Any MBG member may submit up to 5 items (individual or bundles) for consideration. Individual items should be valued at $25 or more. Bundled items should be valued at $50 or more.

Please complete an online Silent Auction donation form for each proposal and email clear photos of individual or bundled items to between June 5th and July 3rd. Photo files need to be labeled with the name of the proposed item(s) or bundled item(s) on the proposal form. The Silent Auction committee will review all submissions and select 30 items for inclusion in the Silent Auction. You will be notified if your item(s) are selected for the Auction.

Registered attendees will receive specific instructions on how to bid on items in July. Bidding begins Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021. Winning bids will be posted for pick up on Saturday. Winners may pay by cash, check or debit/credit card for items at time of pick-up.

MBG appreciates your donations for the Silent Auction. For more information contact .

Teacher and Vendor Reception

***Due to COVID-19 restrictions MBG will not host a Teacher Vendor Reception this year. It will return in 2022.***

Tools
Please check class descriptions for any special items needed. Teachers do not supply weaving tools unless stated in the class description. If you are a new weaver and wonder what tools to bring to the convention, the following basic tools will get you through just about any basket class:

  • Apron
  • Awl
  • Clothespins or clips
  • Pocket Knife
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Old towel
  • Pencil
  • Reed cutters/nippers
  • Regular scissors
  • Spray bottle
  • Spoke weight or object to hold reed flat
  • Straight tip packing tool or slot screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Water container


Traveling Basket

Each year the previous year’s Traveling Basket winner brings a new handwoven basket to the convention for the Traveling Basket drawing held during Saturday’s Awards Night activities. This basket will be on display at the Registration Desk. Participation in the drawing is voluntary for any registered attendee.

Vendors
Vendor booths will be located along the perimeter of the weaving room and will offer a wide variety of basket supplies and kits. Vendor open hours will be posted at the convention and are listed in the Convention Events Plan to shop at the following Vendors.

  • Bases to Weave - Debbie Hurd
  • Cornerstone Baskets and Bases - Sharon and Tom Klusmann
  • Dream Weavers Enterprises - Laura Lee Zanger
  • MA#D Designs - Mary Ann Allen & Deanna Waddell
  • MJE2WEAVE - Mary & Jimmie Earl McKinzie
  • P-Kay Originals - Pam Milat
  • Pat Moore’s Weaving and Caning - Pat Moore
  • SMG Santas, Gourds and More - Sheila Guildry
  • Uniquely Pam - Pam Watson

Vendor Bucks and Referral Vendor Bucks
With each paid registration, attendees will receive Vendor Bucks to spend at one of the convention vendors. Any registered attendee can also earn Referral Vendor Bucks by referring a First Time convention attendee. Vendor Bucks and Referral Vendor Bucks will only be accepted by participating Vendors on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. No replacements will be issued.

Visitors

***Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, visitor access to the vendors may be limited at various times***

All visitors must register at the convention registration desk between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday and/or Saturday to receive a Visitor badge. Visitors must wear their badges at all times. Visitors are encouraged to shop at the Vendor booths.

Volunteers
Please check the Volunteer box on your registration form if you are willing to volunteer your time during the Convention. The Volunteer Chairs will contact you after you receive your class assignments to determine a time you can help with the many tasks to be completed. Non-registered convention MBG Members and others wanting to volunteer should contact Debby Logan and Pat Moritz at to schedule a time.

Weaving Levels
Weaving levels for each class are determined by the teacher. Taking a class above your weaving level can be frustrating for you, the teacher and fellow students. Students need to be aware of their skills, experience and comfort in working with materials, techniques and basket style offered in a class. A desired class should meet your weaving and comfort level yet offer the opportunity to learn and expand your skill set. A student might be at the beginner level in one class and considered an intermediate in another class. A student may want to take a class with a lower weaving level just for the pleasure. Carefully study descriptions and photographs to select the right classes for you.

  • All Levels: For all student skill levels from Beginner to Advanced.
  • Beginner: Students with no weaving or very little experience with class materials, techniques and basket type should consider themselves a beginner for the offered class.
  • Advanced Beginner: Students who have mastered the beginner skills for the offered materials, techniques and basket style are ready for more challenge in an Advanced Beginner class.
  • Intermediate: Student has a good grasp of beginning levels and comfortable working level for materials, techniques and basket style for the class specifications. Students should consider the intermediate level to expand their weaving skills and knowledge.
  • Advanced: Student has mastered the intermediate skills for the materials, technique, and style. Student is ready for the challenge.

 

For more convention information contact the Convention Co-Chairs
Leanne Nielsen and Pam Watson
at

2019 Convention Photos