All of the following pre-show events take place the day before the show on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Wilmington is a weekend event and not just a show. Get those club members together and plan on having a fun filled weekend with workshops, lectures, followed by a great show the following day. We suggest you check the hotel page and make reservations early.  Our pre show events include guest speaker will be Andy Ourant from the Village Doll Shop in Adamstown PA. This is a ticked event to start at 5:00 PM October 6. Those attending the pre-show lecture will be treated to the following:
  1. Wine and cheese social
  2. A great lecture & slide show presentation by Any Ourant
  3. A 1 ½ hour “Meet & Greet” with the Dealers on the selling floor following the lecture
  4. Drawing for prizes to include a sweet antique all bisque Kestner doll
  5. A free 10:00 AM admission ticket to the show.
Event seating is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost of this great pre show event is only $50 so get those reservations in early. Please call, or email Sandy Bullock at 734 282 0152, to register for this great event. 

Guest Speaker - Andy Ourant - 10/06/18 - 5:00 PM

Andy’s slide show presentation will be on understanding Antique French and German Pocket Dolls. He will begin the program with French & German Mignonettes showing the different body styles and jointing as well as covering the German companies like Kestner and Simon & Halbig that dominated the market from 18910 until World War 1. His approximate one hour lecture will conclude with a question and answer session.
Andy Ourant and his wife Becky own and operate The Village Doll Shop in Adamstown, Pa. They are members of U.F.D.C. and were presented the Award of Excellence in Educational Endeavors at the National Convention 2017. Andy was an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow from 1999 to 2009.  He is an accomplished auctioneer beginning his career at Appletree Auctions in his hometown of Newark, Ohio at age 16. Over the 25 years he spent in the business he worked with many major auction houses in the Northeast. He and his wife Becky also owned The Village Doll and Toy Auction and were partners with Noel Barrett selling many major collections including The Mary Merritt Doll Museum.  We are pleased to announce that Becky and Andy will also be doing the show so be sure to shop their booth for some amazing treasures. They also manage a Ruby Lane page called Beckys Back Room. Shop early and pick up your purchase at the show. That link is

Cindy McGuire - Workshop 1 - Franklin Room A

Cindy will be teaching how to craft a Halloween outfit for your doll or teddy bear. This class will run from 12PM – 3PM. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Please contact Cindy at 740 387 7742 or for a list of supplies and further information. (website  Cindy has a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, N.Y. and has taught several workshops throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. 

Jo Ann Gates - Workshop 2 - Franklin Room B

Jo Ann of BeeDazled Quilts will be teaching her class on “A Penny For Your Thoughts Handbag. Beaded purses are perfect size for a Bleutte, or Toner dolls. You will be applying beads to 2 ½” handbags, so grab a pair of magnifying glasses. This class will run from 12PM to 3PM. You can contact Jo Ann at (317) 966 0933, or to register and receive information. She originally created these purses to hand out as gifts at the UFDC Conventions.

Becky Funderburg - Workshop 3 - Franklin Room C

Becky OF Doll Creations will be teaching how to make a doll shoes. Please contact Becky at or 937-371-4456 to register and receive additional information. Becky has been a doll maker/teacher since 1983 and has won numerous ribbons, awards and trophies and has taught other workshops throughout the USA.