Today my spouse and I went off to day 1 of the BWI/Washington Intl Pen Show 2019. I have been to a couple of pen shows in the region in the past (Baltimore & Philadelphia - and maybe Washington, DC?). This show was (1) convenient to get to, near BWI Airport and no heavy traffic, no parking issues!; and (2) a hugh show! There were lots of vendors! It seems to me to be visibly larger than the other shows I have visited in the past (but I may be wrong - it has been a couple of years since my last pen show.).
We attended the "Frankenpen" presentation (an enjoyable and very informative presentation by Piers Gustafson - who afterwards gave me further one-on-on information on several other topics). My spouse left early to attend the "Fountain Pen 101" presentation. We enjoyed both of the presentations.
I had enjoyable discussions with a number of other vendors and learned a number of personally useful things - I got a detailed explanation on taking apart and reassembling Sheaffer snorkel pens. I explained how I have a snorkle pen that I plan to take apart, clean up and repair. The vendor took a pen and walked me through the steps - disassembling a pen, showing me where the potentially "problematic parts" are, and then he put it back together!
A couple of other vendors provided me with insight on a couple of other (new and old) pens that I own. Spouse bought a nice antique fountain pen, as well as some writing materials. I scored some "Organic Studios Nitrogen" fountain pen ink (out of stock at the web sites I checked last week!). I also got some insight into a couple of other antique pens that I own.
If 'you' are "into" pens and ink, and it isn't too far away, I can comfortably recommend dropping by the BWI/WA Intl Pen Show! It was a useful, informative and enjoyable afternoon. The $10/person admission is well worth it!
(Transparency declaration: I have no personal nor financial relationship with any pen or ink vendors - other than an addiction to diversifying my collection of lovely colored inks, enjoying old technology, and really liking fountain pens! The only financial relationship is when I fork out for a new ink, or rarely a new pen.)