The annual Pelikan Hubs event continues to gain steam, and this year's Nashville Hub was no exception. Fountain-pen obsessed Nashvillians all gathered at the excellent Coco's Italian Market for some beer, wine, Italian food, and of course pens. It turned out to be a larger group than last year, with participants traveling from out-of-state (Alabama and Kentucky) to participate. Swag included a bottle of Pelikan's Edelstein Ink of the Year, "Smoky Quartz" and a (very) large Pelikan banner, which we'll put to good use at a future pen club meetup since we were already testing the crowded restaurant's patience with the size of our group.
Pelikan started the Hubs as a way for their fans to meet one night each year in cities around the world for an evening of socializing and sharing pens. In order to qualify for a Hub in a particular city, at least five people need to express interest by signing up with Pelikan, with one person volunteering to act as the "Hub-master" (the person who makes the restaurant/event space reservation and has the box of Pelikan swag sent to them).
To learn more about Pelikan Hubs, and to be sure that you all get on the list for next year's event (or even start one in your city), be sure and visit Pelikan's "Hub Page." You can also check Instagram and Twitter for pictures of this year's Hubs events using the hashtag #pelikanhubs2017. Pelikan Hubs have served as a starting point for pen groups and clubs around the world, so if you're in the Nashville area, and want to stay in touch and participate in pen-related gatherings throughout the year, please feel free to reach out to me at joe (at) gentlemanstationer.com, or through the "Contact Me" portal on the blog.
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