For jigsaw puzzle collectors, cutters, and enthusiasts
2018 Puzzle Parley & AGPI Convention Preliminary Program

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We have a packed weekend of events as shown below. Some information is preliminary, so there may still be a tweak or two. Please note that the Thursday bus tour leaves the hotel at 9 a.m.; out-of-towners should plan their travel to Rochester accordingly. Activities end by 11 AM on Sunday to accommodate hotel checkout and travel plans for Sunday afternoon.

Activities are open to all, although a few have size constraints and require prior sign ups. Orange blocks are joint activities, purple are AGPI activities and green are Puzzle Parley activities.

For any questions contact our co-chairs, Dave Thomen or Joe Seymour

We are excited about this program and look forward to seeing you in Rochester this summer.

The 2018 Puzzle Parley & AGPI Convention at a glance

Thursday Activities:
8:45 AM - 6:30 PM Includes VIP tour of Buffalo Games (maker of games and puzzles) and other sites in Buffalo such as lunch at the Anchor Bar ( home of the original Buffalo Wings), visits to the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum and Niagara Falls. (Limit 56, fee and sign up required) 10 AM - 4 PMOpportunity to do independent research at the Strong Museum's Library and Archives.
Evening Impromptu Dinner Gathering for Thursday arrivals
After Dinner Group Session at one of Rochester's Escape Rooms (registration required below, fee tbd, limited attendance) 9 Pm - ?? Game Playing and Puzzling at the hotel
Friday Activities:
10 AM - 5 PM Free Admission to the Strong Museum of Play All Day Self Guided Visits to Area Attractions
11 AM - 5 PM Puzzle cutting demos at the Strong
1PM - 3 PM
3PM - 5 PM
VIP tours of the Strong Museum (exhibits, behind the scenes storage areas, archives). Limit 30 per tour, sign up required.
5 PM - 9 PM Welcome reception followed by dinner
Pagey Elliot Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange
Show and Tell with the theme (but not limited to) Games and Puzzles from Upstate New York
9 Pm - ?? Game Playing and Puzzling at the hotel
Saturday Activities:
7 AM - 9 PM Breakfast at the hotel
Table set up for those displaying for the full day
AGPI Board Meeting (board members only)
(Note: Order, actual times and lunch break are not yet fixed for Saturday)
9 AM - 3:30 PM Puzzle Parley Sessions
Speakers in Alphabetical Order
Bob Armstrong - Dickens in Puzzles
Antori Pancco - Cutting Jigsaw Puzzles from Acrylics
Judy Peterson - How to Design a Jigsaw Puzzle If You Can't Draw
Mark Tschida - Making Wood Puzzles Using Veneers
Anne Williams - A Field Guide to Jigsaw Puzzle Identification
Chris Yates - The Making of "Baffler" Puzzles
9 AM - 3:30 PM AGPI Sessions
AGPI Members Meeting and Introductions
Speakers in Alphabetical Order:
Jack Kelly - On documentary of solving non-jigsaw puzzles
Bob Murch - History of Ouija and Talking Boards
Dave Thomen - All Fair Games

Game Workshop covering such subjects as: repairing game boxes; cleaning up old games; organizing your collection, etc.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Setup for formal table sales (if table is not already set up.)
3:45 PM - 5 PM Table sales
6 PM - 9 PM Dinner
Raffle draw
Puzzle Parley Best-in-Show Award
AGPI Outstanding Achievement Award: presentation to the Strong Museum
After dinner speaker Chris Bensch, Vice-President for Collections, Strong Museum - A Curator's Day at the Strong
AGPI and Puzzle Parley Auction
9 PM - ?? Game Playing and Puzzling at the hotel
Sunday Activities:
8 AM - 9 PM Breakfast at the Hotel
9 AM - 10:30 AM Lisa Lee - Back by popular demand, workshop on restoring Old Puzzles 9 AM - 10:30 AM Joint panel Today's Market for Games and Puzzles Chaired by Bob Finn
10:30 AM - 11 AM Closing Session and Photo

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