Townsend will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary in a big fun way!
We are so proud and excited to be celebrating 50 years of passionate care for leather, those who craft it, and those who love it! 2019 is a celebratory year and we will be hosting a jubilee on September 6th, to celebrate in style!
View our year-end/looking forward blog post to see more about our 50th year:
This party will cover a lot of things for us, we will be celebrating the Grand Opening of our newest building that we lovingly call “The Stitch”, we will be honoring our tradition of an annual Health+Wellness Fair with health-minded vendors and activities, we will be giving heartfelt thanks to the community and community leaders for their support over the past 50 years and for helping to open The Stitch, and of course we will be celebrating 50 years of leather and love at Townsend Leather!
We will be hosting Townsend Leather Sales Reps from all over the world, “closing down shop” early for the day for all Townsend Partners to attend, and we will be inviting many folks from all around The Glove Cities community to join us.
2019 Townsend Leather 50th Jubilee:
Friday, September 6th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
We love our community and we love the support we have received for the past 50 years, especially as we work to open or new building. This event is a way for us to publicly say “thank you” in a big way. We are located at 45 Townsend Ave in Johnstown NY, (and have been for 50 years) with lots of lush greenery around the back of our main building, and a gorgeous calming pond. We are a passionate, team-centric, hard-working, fun-having group of about 160 people. All Townsend Employees will be attending the event and are “on-the-clock” while they are there. So you can expect an engaged and happy audience.
We have been privileged to have our foundation in such a supportive and vibrant community, giving rise to 50 successful years with many more to come. Our 50th Jubilee will be a moment for us to reflect on our past and honor the ways we have been able to stitch together our history, experience, community, growth, future, and dreams.
We have grown over the years in so many ways with the support of our Glove Cities community and the drive that comes from our passion for leather. We will have the opportunity to spotlight one of these ways as we present an official Grand Opening of our newest building, the home base of the event and the future for much of Townsend’s greatness, “The Stitch” Building on Grove Street in Johnstown.
At 2:00 PM, there will be a ribbon-cutting to officially celebrate the opening of “The Stitch” and a special grand ceremony with some words from Terry and Barbara Kucel as they reflect on the last 50 years and give heartfelt thanks to Townsend’s Partners – our employees, our suppliers, our customers, our reps, and our local community and community leaders – for their hard work and support over these 5 decades and in making the opening of the beautifully-restored building a reality.
We will be presenting the debut of our new company video, giving tours of the new building, and providing prizes, raffles, games, activities, crafts, food, thank yous, high-fives, art, celebrations, music, and fun.
The event will be attended by all Townsend Leather Partners – including Sales Team Partners from all around the world, local officials, and so many of the wonderful people that are a part of Townsend’s legacy and community. We look forward to you joining us for the celebration of history, future, leather, community, and love.
ABOUT THE EVENT
RAIN OR SHINE
Because of the difficult nature of scheduling so many parts, this will be a “Rain or Shine” event. If the weather is dangerous we may need to end early or attempt to bring some of the event inside, but otherwise, we will proceed as planned, even in the rain.
The event is outside. Each year we host a Townsend Leather Health + Wellness Fair (see an example here: http://www.townsendleather.com/2017/lifestyle/health-wellness-fair-2017) behind Townsend Leather’s Building #1.
But, for our 50th jubilee, we are switching things up and will be hosting the event right at the new building to celebrate its grand opening! So the event will be located outside on Grove Street in Johnstown, NY at “The Stitch”.
Parking will be tough.
For those able and willing, it will be best to unload at the event location, then park at Townsend Leather’s Building 1 Parking Lot (45 Townsend Ave), and walk back over to The Stitch. You can walk the short distance in under 10 minutes along the beautiful Rail Trail.
We will have tents set up, but it will be smart to bring sunscreen and bug repellent and be prepared to say hello to the nature that surrounds us (bugs, geese, other birds…)
We will have a PA system set up and will do periodic announcements and we will have music playing throughout the event.
SUPPLIES + DETAILS + MORE
We will have electricity for the vendors that require it, but it can be difficult to manage the wires and it may require you to change locations, so if you don’t have to use electricity, it is usually better not to – but it can be made available.
We will have large tents set up to designate the vendor areas and have plans to create specialized Zones, to be determined based on the vendors, to organize the event.
We can provide some tables and chairs, you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own.
We can accommodate almost any size, let us know how much space you need and any equipment requirements and we will do our best to make it work.
We will provide signs for each vendor/table but please bring any of your own signage, banners, handouts or whatever as well.
Please plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the start of the event, to ensure you have ample time to set up and visit with the other vendors and staff.
We are asking all vendors to consider incorporating our Vendor Theme for the event of, Community. We will be celebrating “Stitching Together our past, our future, our history, our dreams”. If you have a way to tailor your offering or message to share and build on this idea of stitching together and celebrating our local community, we encourage you to do so.
We would also ask you to be sure you have something to hand out. Plan to pass out business cards or flyers, or even better, plan to pass out something fun! We want the event to be highly active and engaging, so please plan to have lots of conversations or to offer some kind of hands-on activity or presentation.
We ask ALL vendors to complete our Event Application, see below. We need this to ensure we do not have duplicate vendors, so you can let us know all your needs (electric, chairs, tables…) so you can know some of our expectations, and we can be sure we have accurate contact info. Please fill out the form below and any concerns or questions can go Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 150+ Captive and engaged audience
- Beautiful space
- Table signage
- Electricity if needed
- Shade cover if needed
- Tables if needed
- Chairs if needed
- Time to meet other vendors
- Indoor/Trailer bathrooms
- + more!
WHAT YOU SHOULD PLAN TO PROVIDE
- A positive message
- Tailored information of how you are stitching together your story and the local community
- Some kind of giveaway item or raffle item
- Your own tables and chairs and equipment (if you want)
- Your own flyers and signs and displays
- Anything else you want
2019 Townsend Leather 50th Anniversary Jubilee with focus on Community, History, and Grand Opening of “The Stitch”: Friday, September 6th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM