The ABANA 2014 Conference will held at the
Delaware States Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware
Aug 13-16, 2014
Avoid the $50.00 Late Fee by registering by June 30, 2014
Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware
(Red Outline Shows Conference Area)
2. Indoor Vendors/Registration/Meeting /Auction
3. Outside Vendor /Tailgating Pavillion
4. Tailgating/Vendor Space
5. Camping Grove (Additional camping is available on fairgrounds to left(south) of Conference Area)
6. Demonstration Tents
We are working on a slate of demonstrations that will reflect the
theme of the conference, and are in discussions with smiths from South
America, the UK, and Europe, as well as the US, including the Colonial
Williamsburg Smiths, and the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths.
We are striving to have a variety of demonstrators covering a wide range
of styles using tools from hand hammers to forging presses and power
hammers; an iron smelt; and copper- and silver- smiths. Our hope is that
the only attendees we might not be able to please will be those that want to
see everything! As demonstrator details are confirmed, their demonstrations
will be posted on the ABANA website.
Mark Asprey and Darryl Nelson will be heading the Teaching Tent with an
expanded format that will give more attendees the opportunity to participate in
this well-received program.
Vendors and Tailgating
There will be indoor vendor spaces in air conditioned comfort with
tables and chairs where attendees can take a break from the heat, make
connections with other attendees, reminisce with old friends, and make
new ones. Outdoor vendors and tailgaters on an as available basis will be
housed in a large pavillion. Tailgaters and outdoor vendors operating power
hammers etc. will be on an adjacent parking lot.
We will have a variety of seminars on blacksmithing related topics in
rooms around the grounds.
We are planning to have Arts and Crafts projects available.
Iron In The Hat
What would a conference be without Iron in the Hat? 2014 ABANA
Conference will once again be having the Iron-in-the-Hat fundraiser
for our educational mission. We have secured three big ticket items for the
conference, a Clay Spencer Tire Hammer made and donated by Clay; a Nimba Titan 120 lb
Anvil donated by Nimba Anvils; and
a BAM box made and donated by Pat McCarty. Please consider making a
donation of quality, well-made tools to fill the box.
This time the Affiliates can benefit from the pre-conference sales of raffle tickets for the big ticket items.
50% of any pre-conference ticket sales by an affilate goes directly to the affilate that sells the tickets to support
their educational efforts.
Any additional tools received, after the BAM Box has been nicely filled,
will go to the Iron-in-the-Hat daily drawing. Please consider applying your
personal touchmark to donated tools as it will add special meaning to the
new owners. Our Scholarship and Grant programs depend on these funds
raised during this event.
The 2014 ABANA Conference will close with an exciting Live Auction!
Many of the projects made by the demonstrators and many of the Gallery
works will be auctioned. The Auction benefits the educational purposes of
ABANA. Saturday, from 6:30 p.m. until ?? Open to the public!
Philadelphia International Airport: 1 1/2 hours N of Harrington
Baltimore Washington International Airport: 1 1/2 hours W of Harrington
In keeping with the theme of Making Connections, we are planning to
arrange ride sharing and shuttle buses between the airports and Harrington
and the hotels in Milford and Dover as required. Look for details in the near
future on the website.
Where to stay
Note: August 6, 2014.
At this point those looking for a hotel room will probably do best by looking in Dover, DE 15-20 miles north of Harrington:
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Baymont Inn and Suites
(Formerly: AmericInn Lodge & Suites)
1259 Corn Crib Rd,
Holiday Inn Express Hotel &
17271 S Dupont Hwy,
has 50 rooms @ $120.00 + 8% tax. Mention: ABANA for group rate.
Milford (10 miles E of
Hampton Inn Milford
100 Lighthouse Estates Dr,
Days Inn and Suites
(Formerly: AmericInn Lodge & Suites
699 N Dupont Blvd
(8 miles away)
has 50 rooms @ $79.00 + 8% tax, or $85.32. Mention: ABANA Group rate.
Causey Mansion Bed &
2 Causey Ave, Milford, DE
Travelers Inn Motel
1036 N Walnut St, Milford, DE
Bay Road Inn
729 Bay Rd, Milford, DE
Greensboro, MD (15 miles W
Riverside Country Inn
204 N Main St, Greensboro, MD
Denton, MD (15 miles W of
Best Western Denton Inn
521 Fleetwood Rd
Dover, DE ( 20 miles N of
Days Inn Dover Downtown
272 N Dupont Hwy
Holiday Inn Express Hotel &
1780 N Dupont Hwy
Hampton Inn Dover
1568 N Dupont Hwy
Camping at the Delaware State Fairgrounds "Grove" ,in the midst of the
conference area, is "First Come - First Served". No reservations!
Additional camping also available in open area (no trees) just south of Conference area with additional
showers and plenty of room. $30 a night with electric & water. $25 a night without. Pay at Registration.
Rehoboth and Lewes
beaches are just an hour away to
Save $50.00 by registering before January 15, 2014