2011 & 2012 AMERICOVER Sites

AFDCS Chooses Indianapolis, Los Angeles for 2011, 2012 Shows

Following the success of its AMERICOVER 2010 in August 2010, the American First Day Cover Society is planning to meet next year in Indianapolis and hold AMERICOVER 2012 in Los Angeles.

AMERICOVER is the organization’s annual show, convention and celebration of first day covers, and a World Series of Philately show. It features the largest exhibition of first day covers and biggest concentration of FDCs of the year, and each year is held in a different part of the country.

AMERICOVER 2011 will be held August 5-7 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West (left), which is about 3 miles from the Indianapolis airport and has a free shuttle to and from the airport. The American Philatelic Society’s StampShow is the following weekend in Columbus, about three hours away.

AMERICOVER 2012 is slated for Southern California, August 10-12, and again, StampShow is the following weekend, in Sacramento, about 6 hours away.

Putting AMERICOVER in the same part of the country as StampShow was a deliberate move by the AFDCS Site Selection Committee, since many dealers and collectors attend both shows. The geographical proximity hopefully will encourage even more philatelists to put both on their calendars.

For 2011, the AMERICOVER hotel rate is below $100 — the 20th year in a row the AFDCS has kept a lid on hotel costs.

The AFDCS has met twice before in Indianapolis, in 1999 and 2004.

Already penciled in for AMERICOVER 2011 are a tour of a local attraction and an outdoor hog roast the day before the show opens, and a social event, possibly a dinner theater, Sunday evening after the show closes.

The Wyndham Indianapolis West has two restaurants, 24/7 room service, a heated pool, fitness center, airline departure monitors in the lobby, and free Wi-Fi Internet service and airport shuttle.

AMERICOVER shows feature a national-level exhibition of rare first day covers, a dealers bourse, cachetmakers bourse, banquet, meetings and seminars, presentation of the AFDCS’ annual cachet contest awards, and sometimes a first-day ceremony.

For more information on AMERICOVER 2011 or 2012, send e-mail to showinfo@afdcs.org, or write Norman Elrod, AMERICOVER Chairman, 641 Dogwood Trail, McMinnville, TN 37110-3015.

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