friendship and lots of social activities and opportunities to
acquire material, CSA conventions are an annual treat.
We sponsor the annual CSA
Philatelic Convention and Exhibition held at various World Series of
Philately national stamp shows across the country. The CONFEDERATE STAMP
ALLIANCE Convention and Exhibition is the major annual gathering of
Confederate collectors and features spectacular exhibits of Confederate
stamps and covers.
The famous Southern Supper is a
major philatelic event. Each year at the Southern Supper, the
Confederate Stamp Alliance Awards are presented. These consist of the
Haydn Myer Award (service to the Alliance),
the CP Writers Award (best article in the
Confederate Philatelist since the last convention), and the
August Dietz Award (research and writing
since the last convention). Click the award
name to review a listing of past recipients. In addition to
these three awards, the exhibitors at the convention are recognized with
a series of various exhibiting awards the most prestigious being the
CSA Trophy for the best Confederate
Exhibit. The awards presentations are always a highlight of the Southern
The original inscribed plaque of
the Haydn Myer Award is on display at the APRL (American Philatelic
Research Library) in State College, Pa. The archives of the Alliance
were moved to the APRL in 2002 and are available for research and study.
The CSA's 9th Annual Convention will be at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL, in conjunction with the Sarasota National Stamp Show at the Municipal Auditorium.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL
Rate: $184 a night for 1-2 persons (reference CSA for the convention rate)
Phone: 888-421-1442 or 941-953-1234
The Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition is being held at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Friday thru Sunday. The hotel and the stamp exhibition are a short walk apart. We encourage members to exhibit. To exhibit, go tohttp://www.sarasotastampclub.com/sarasotastampexhibition.htm for a prospectus and application. To give a presentation, let Lee Ann and Jack Seaman (941-922-7191) know so we can schedule a time and place for you.
February is vacation season in Sarasota so make your plans early. We have a limited number of rooms to reserve at the Hyatt during the weekend for $184 a night for 1-2 persons. To reserve by phone call 888-421-1442 or 941-953-1234. Be sure to reference CSA for the convention rate. The Hyatt is on the bay and is a great location. Self-parking is free. The hotel shuttle is a modest charge to/from the SRQ airport. The online reservation system can be reach via https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10621014.
Other hotels not so near the auditorium include Hyatt Place, La Quinta Inn, Courtyard Marriott, and Holiday Inn.
The Southern Supper will be at the Hyatt on Friday the 7th. The charge will be $75 for dinner per person. Please remit to:
Col. Lee Ann Wrisley
5160 Far Oak Circle
Sarasota, FL 34238
Make checks payable to CSA. We will hear from the CSA leadership with a short program after dinner. There are plenty of philatelic activities to fill the weekend.
Other things to do for the non-philatelist include:
* JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING ART MUSEUM, Mansion, Circus Museum, and 2 restaurants on the same property, $25. The Ringling provides several hours of interest on the bay about 3 1/2 miles N.
* MOTE MARINE LABORATORY AND AQUARIUM, $19. Mote has been featured on NBC and the Today Show. It is Just 4 miles toward Lido Key. It is a nice excursion and information about our sea life.
* HYATT SHUTTLE, 3 miles. It goes to/from St. Armand's circle/Lido Beach on a daily schedule for the shoppers or beach goers. It has many nice restaurants, too.
*DOWNTOWN, 1 mile. Shops and restaurants
*BOBBY JONES Municipal golf course, 4 miles E
*GAMBLE PLANTATION STATE PARK, $6. The park is about 24 miles N of the hotel (30 min) and showcases the Gamble Mansion, a museum, and a turn of the century home on the property. Gamble Mansion is the only remaining plantation house in South Florida. Built before the Civil War, this Antebellum home was part of a sugar plantation and is believed to be where Judah Benjamin, Secretary of State for the Confederacy, took refuge after the fall of the Confederacy. Gamble is A HISTORIAN'S MUST SEE. .