The sixth Conference was held October 9-11, 2008 in Paris, France.
The first year not held in the USA – the Conference moves physically to become truly international.
The event was co-chaired by Laurence Jantzen, Peter & Tish Robinson, and Bill & Val Rhae Claypoole. Eddi Van Auken served as Committee Liaison from Canemania2006. Laurence Jantzen was the Onsite Coordinator and the best hostess in all of France.
The conference boasted an incredible opening cocktail reception party with a 200 plus folk art exhibit of fabulous canes presented at the Lourve des Antiquaires, a specialized mall where 250 of the finest Paris antique dealers are located between the Louvre Museum and the Palais Royal.
The program offered knowledgeable speakers with simultaneous translation into three languages to promote and educate attendees in the making and collecting of antique walking sticks.
The best gala ever was held at Les Pavillons de Bercy where attendees and guests played antique fair games, rode carousels and were amused by various talented entertainers. The elegant dinner was followed by dancing with a live quartet. The “City of Lights” was a most fitting spot for sightseeing, shopping, dining and socializing with fellow cane collectors and dealers.
We hope you will enjoy the photo slideshow recapturing the first ever International Cane Conference held outside the United States. Canemania2008 Photos Available on-line at the following site:
Photos from Cocktail Party & Exhibition, Gala, and candids that have been shared may be viewed by clicking on the above image. You may view the photos without creating sign-in information; however, if you wish to download or order prints it will be necessary to create a Kodak Gallery Account.