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February’s Toy Show & Shot show are reflected in these stats

Richmond: Wineries Unlimited

Virginia, we were told, is for wine-lovers, and Richmond’s Wineries Unlimited show never lost sight of that message. Wineries Unlimited is a division of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, the leader in wine industry professional development and North America’s leading independent wine trade publication. Any idea how much stuff you need to be in the wine-making business? Think barrel and tank cleaning systems, cork supplies, bottling plant, label-printing, fencing, measurement and analysis tools, barrelage, vine-stock acquisition… The list goes on and on. Special Guest Speakers this year included Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Todd Haymore. Back by popular demand was Virginia native Andy Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards, delivering the General Session Keynote. Oh, and you had to be over 21 to attend. May I see i/d please?

Philadelphia: ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

ACRL is the Association of College and Research Libraries, and it claims to be “peer-revered”, whatever that turns out to mean. Actually “peers” seem to be a big thing with this group, as in “ACRL 2011 features more than 300 thought-provoking sessions hand-selected by your peers. In today’s fast-paced and changing world, keeping current is more essential than ever”. You needed to be there to “access cutting-edge information, discover new ideas, and engage in conversations with academic and research librarians from around the world”. Not to mention finding new ways of getting people to return the damn books when they’re finished with them. You never imagined, did you, that people running libraries, of all things, would be making so much sheer noise about themselves…? Okay, all together now: Shhhhh!!!!

New York City: Building NY

“Buildings NY is all about buildings “”commercial, residential and essential””. The show provided the New York metropolitan building owner, manager, architect, contractor and engineer with the products, services and knowledge needed to compete in today’s challenging times. BuildingsNY/GreenBuildingsNY was about efficiency, focusing on renovation, restoration, retrofit and maintenance to keep existing buildings in top condition. Delegates could source and buy what they needed from nearly 7,000 industry professionals representing hundreds of exhibiting companies. Seelers were showcasing building maintenance, retrofit, renovation and restoration, roofing, flooring and green solutions, and energy conservation. The conference program boasted 2 full days of programming on a variety of topics including Architecture, Energy, LEED, Materials, Policies & Procedures, Buildings Management and more. It was like seeing the New York skyline in a whole new way….

New York City: INTERPHEX

INTERPHEX is “The place for key players in pharma, biotech & manufacturing to come together”. Where pharmaceuticals are concerned, this was a biggie, with over a thousand product lines on show from 650 suppliers, including more than a hundred suppliers new to the market, and 30 technical sessions offered in the comprehensive education program. These included “Continuous Manufacturing: a Regulatory Perspective” and “Leveraging Technology to Ensure Raw Material Supply Chain Security in the Pharmaceutical Industry”, both from keynote presenters sent along by the Food & Drug Administration. After hours, INTERPHEX invited delegates to network and enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music at an opening night bash hosted by Puerto Rican Rum, a highly efficacious prescription which you could mix with pink lemonade, pomegranate juice, blueberry juice or White Cranberry. Just the thing for what ails ya….

Washington DC: GovSec (Government Security Conference)

GovSec is the Government Security Conference and Expo, co-locating with the US Law Enforcement Conference. On offer was “a full spectrum of physical, IT and cybersecurity solutions, alongside wireless and mobility communications equipment for federal, state and local governments”. GovSec brought together thousands of professionals tasked with securing the homeland, from the decision-makers at the federal level to the first responders, firefighters and police officers responding to catastrophic events in their hometown, and every government security professional in between. Keynotes came from Admiral Thad Allen, who was in charge of the BP Gulf Oil-Spill cleanup, and Nicholas Stein, the producer of the Border Wars series on National Geographic TV. So you could take your pick between oil slicks and illegal alien visitors as the main threat to the National Way of Life.

Las Vegas: CinemaCon 2011 (National Association of Theater Owners)

It’s the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners or NATO. (No, not the NATO that has been trying to stop Muammar Gaddafi from shooting up his fellow-Libyans). “The world goes to the movies, and the movie world goes to CinemaCon”, which was all about “celebrating the moviegoing experience”, and of course rubbing shoulders with Tinseltown celebrities like Helen Mirren and Russell Brand. (The British are much in evidence again, apparently). There was tinsel in plenty, from exclusive Hollywood product previews debuting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to big stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon jumpstarted the excitement and buzz that always surrounds the summer season at the box office. Hey, lady, hold your popcorn down lower, I can’t see the screen…