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    NEC Convention, Cromwell, CT- March 23-25, 2012.

    I WILL be attending the NEC convention this year again! I can take pre-orders through Thursday of next week . I would highly recommend making sure you hit me up on Friday for pick-ups, as the amount of equipment I will be taking with me is limited. Looking forward to another great convention in CT!

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    I just started keeping fish a few months ago. Could you give me information on this convention/what it is? I live in Connecticut so I'm curious if it's something I'd be interested in. Thanks.

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    Sure thing! Here is the speaker schedule:
    Please note that each speaker presentation will be 50 mins long with a 10-min Q&A, followed by a 15 minute "mini-auction" of speaker's fish species. There will be a 15 min break between each presentation.
    All our speaker presentation titles have been added to the schedule.
    Friday, March 23, 2012
    10am – 8pm Registration Open. Pick up registration packets & buttons. Submit Photo Contest entries. T-shirts, Banquet tickets and raffle tickets for sale. (Salon ABC Foyer)
    11am –11pm Vendor Room Open (Salon EFGH)
    Club Tables: Literature available all day; club-logo sales when attended. (Salon EFGH)
    12:00 -1:30pm Rhonda Wilson - "Easy Aquarium Plants" (Salon D)
    1:30 – 3pm Klaus Steinhaus - "Trophus, Are They REALLY That Scary?" (Salon D)
    1:30 – 3pm Scott Fellman - "New Reasons to Think Small: The Rise of the Modern Nano Aquarium" (Salon ABC)
    3- 4:30pm Ken Normandin - "Rivulus - Maintenance and Breeding" (Salon D)
    4:30 – 6pm Spencer Jack - The Gymnogeophagus of Uruguay" (Salon D)
    6 – 8pm Buffet Dinner (Salon ABC)
    8-9pm Kickoff (Salon ABCD)
    Scott Dowd highlight of James J White Memorial Conservation Fund recipient CRGCS.
    9-10:30pm Friday Night Kick-off Speaker: Hans-Georg Evers - "The Rio Xingu and its Loricariidae" (Salon ABCD)
    10:30 Hospitality Room Open. Sponsored by Upstate New York Killifish Association.
    Catfish Discussion Group and mini-auction. (Room 453)

    Saturday, March 24, 2012
    8am – 1:30pm Registration Open. Pick up registration packets & buttons. T-shirts, Banquet tickets and raffle tickets for sale. Banquet Table Signup. (Lobby Foyer)
    8-9:30am Full Buffet Breakfast (free for all Convention registrants) (Crown Room)
    9-9:30am NEC Awards Presentation (Crown Room) (Club, 2011 Exhibitor Competiton, Photo, Articles)
    9:30 – 10:30am Saturday Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Klaus Steinhaus - "C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program" (Crown Room)
    8am – 11pm Vendor Room Open. Conservation Silent Auction Opens. Photo Contest display. (Salon EFGH)
    Club Tables: Literature available all day, club-logo items for sale when attended. (Salon EFGH)
    11am – 5pm Innes Show open. Vote for People’s Choice Award! (Kent Room)
    Planted Tank Exhibition. Vote for Favorite Planted Tank (Kent Room)
    10:45am – 12:15pm Bob Lewis - "Raising and Breeding IFGA Show Guppies" (Salon D)
    10:45am – 12:15pm Scott Fellman Saltwater Workshop "Aquascaping for the Aesthetically Challenged - LIVE!!!" (Jersey)
    12 – 4pm Club Table Sales: Fish, aquatic life, plants for sale by club members.
    C.A.R.E.S. Table: C.A.R.E.S. Priority List species available for sale by club members. (Salon EFGH)
    Harris in Wonderland Hands-On Interactive (Salon EFGH)
    12:15-1:15pm Lunch in Sheffield's Restaurant. Please present Lunch Ticket when paying!
    1:15 - 2:45 Patrick Donston - "Stronger Fish - Healthy Aquariums" (Salon D)
    1:15 - 2:45 Tony Terceira Photography Workshop (Jersey) Remember to bring your camera!
    2:45 – 4:15pm Scott Fellman - "Marine Biotope Aquariums: Taking Inspiration from Nature and Natural Biotope Aquariums" (Salon D)
    3:00 - 4:00pm Pioneer Valley Water Garden & Koi meeting. Rhonda Wilson - "Invertebrates in the Pond" All are welcome! (Jersey)
    4:15-5:45pm Hans-Georg Evers - "Fishes of the Sulawesi" (Salon D)
    4:15 – 5:15pm Northeast Livebearers Association meeting. Richard Pierce will present "Poeciliids of the Caribbean" All are welcome! (Salon ABC)
    6 - 6:45pm Banquet Happy Hour – Cash Bar (Gardens Area)
    7 – 8pm Buffet Banquet Dinner (Crown Room) Betty Mueller and Innes Award Presentations Best Dressed "Cartoon Character" Award.
    8:15 – 9:15pm Banquet Keynote Speaker: Spencer Jack - "Confessions of a Cichlaholic" (Crown Room)
    9:30 – 10:30pm Ken Normandin - "Collecting in Panama - A Lesson in Cooperation Between Science and Hobby" (Salon D)
    9:30 – 10:30pm Rhonda Wilson - "Native North American Aquatic Plants in Nature and the Aquarium" (Salon ABC)
    9:30 - 11pm Innes Show open. View the winning entries!
    10:30 - 11:30pm Free Raffle of items donated by the Vendors (EFGH)
    11:00pm Hospitality Room Open. Sponsored by Upstate New York Killifish Association.
    Killifish Discussion Group and mini-auctions (killies and plants). (Room 453)

    Sunday, March 25, 2012
    7:30-11am Drop off Auction Lots! (lot registrations and submittals will be accepted until noon) (Salon ABC)
    7:30-10:30am Breakfast Cart (Salon ABC)
    8am-5:00pm Vendor Room Open (Salon EFGH)
    9:30-10:45am Viewing of Auction Lots (Salon ABC)
    11:00am Giant Auction begins! (Salon ABC)
    12noon Conservation Silent Auction Bidding Ends (Vendor Room)
    All Auction Lots must be registered and delivered to Salon ABC.
    Hotel Check-out Time.
    12:00-2:30pm Lunch and Snack Bar (Salon ABC)

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