First Day Ceremony at Americover

The American First Day Cover Society plans to hold a first-day ceremony at its Americover 2017 show and convention for the Azulillo stamped card, which will be issued on the opening day of the show in the same city, Independence, Ohio. Americover 2017 will be held August 11-13 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland-Rockside in the Cleveland suburb.

Americover is the annual World Series of Philately show dedicated to first day covers and the fun of stamp collecting. It is held in a different location each year. The American First Day Cover Society is the world's biggest non-profit organization of FDC collectors.

"Azulillo" is one of the common names for the Chilean blue crocus (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus). Loosely translated from Spanish, "azulillo" means “little blue thing.” Native to Chile, it was believed to be extinct in the wild until its rediscovery in 2001. Although it resembles one, it is not actually a crocus. This flower does best in frost-free mild climates, and is most likely to be found in the Independence, Ohio, area in greenhouses.

“I’m excited that Americover is able to hold a first day ceremony this year at our show in Independence, Ohio,” said Americover 2017 chair Chris Lazaroff. “We will definitely be putting together a ”first class" ceremony for everyone who attends.”

The official hotel rate for the stamp show will be $102, good from Wednesday through Sunday nights. Parking is free, as is a cooked-to-order breakfast, evening reception, and in-room Wi-Fi service. There is also a complimentary shuttle to the airport and to other attractions within three miles of the hotel.

Although Americovers run for three days, there will be a special tour on the preceding Thursday and a post-show dinner event Sunday evening.

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