The Rochester Philatelic Association will sponsor the Ropex national stamp show May 15-17 at a new venue, the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Road, in Canandigua, N.Y.
Ropex hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission is $2 for adults, youth under 18 free, and free for everyone on Sunday. The show’s theme is Elvis Presley and his song, Return to Sender.
The bourse will feature 20 dealers from across the Northeast selling and buying stamps, coins, covers, postcards, collections and supplies. Members of the public are welcome to bring in their stamps, collections and related items for a free informal appraisal of their holdings by experienced Rochester Philatelic Association members.
Ropex will host the national convention of the Auxiliary Markings Club. Also, other specialty societies will meet at the show.
Special youth activities will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Winners of the annual kids' design-a-stamp competition will be announced Sunday at 1 p.m.
More than 40 competitive exhibits from the United States, Canada, China and Pakistan will vie for medals and special awards. Ropex is an American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately show. The exhibitor winning the Ropex grand award will qualify for the Champion of Champions competition at APS Stampshow 2015, Aug. 20-23 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Three special displays will be in the Ropex court of honor: "World Rarities and Uniquities" as its title implies features rare and unusual material seldom seen, including the smallest item ever posted in the U.S. mail, a Hindenburg crash cover and a postal commemorative from the 1953 Mount Everest summit expedition; "Treasures from the Vault-Roman States" with priceless pieces, issued from 1852 to 1870, from the Cardinal Spellman philatelic collection, courtesy of the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History; and “20th Century U.S. Auxiliary Markings Documenting Delay Of, Or Inability To Deliver the Mail: The First 50 Years, 1900-1951,” which traces mail handling during the golden age of mechanization of the U.S. Post Office Department.
The awards buffet banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, at 6 p.m. at Schooner's Restaurant, 407 Lakeshore Drive. Tickets are $25 and must be reserved by May 9. Seating is limited to the first 60 attendees.
For more information, visit the Ropex website.