The 2017 Philatelic Show, sponsored by the Northeastern Federation of Stamp Clubs, will be held May 5 to May 7 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel at Interstate 405 and Route 11, in Boxborough, Massachusetts, about 25 miles northwest of Boston.
The show will feature more than 200 frames of national-level exhibits, a first-day-of-issue ceremony for a new U.S. postage stamp, more than 60 philatelic dealers, 11 societies and groups that will have meetings and/or show booths, and a show banquet.
A first-day-of-issue ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Friday for the new U.S. 3-cent coil Strawberries stamp.
Groups on hand will include the APS, American Air Mail Society, the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, the Canal Zone Study Group, Massachusetts Postal Research Society, Metropolitan Airpost Society, New Hampshire Postal History Society, Philatelic Society of Greater Southern Africa, Postal History Society, two chapters of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, and the ATA Halloween on Stamps Study Group.
APS Executive Director Scott English will hold a Town Meeting 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Other presentations include: Friday — “Philatelic Portal to WWII History,” with Bill Fort; Saturday — “How Postal Agreements Develop,” with Gary Loew and Jim Graue; and Chris Lazaroff on his “Journey to Attend a USPS First Day Ceremony in All 50 States”; Sunday — “Charles A. Lindbergh: The World’s First Celebrity.”
The Cotillion Room will host three post offices and agencies representing nine different stamp-issuing entities. On hand will be the U.S. Postal Service, the United Nations Postal Administration, and Nordica, which represents Aland, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, and Norway.
The show’s grand award exhibit winner will be eligible to compete in the exclusive Champion of Champions competition in August at StampShow in Richmond, Virginia.
Nearly three dozen New England stamp clubs, societies, and groups sponsor the show. The show opens at 10 a.m. each day and closes at 6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 pm. Sunday.