2024 Convention:
May 2-6, Walnut Creek, California

Walnut Creek, CaliforniaFor 2024, the annual ISASC Convention is headed back to California. No, not San Francisco or Los Angeles. This time we are going to Walnut Creek. Located between San Francisco and Sacramento and situated at the base of Mount Diablo, Walnut Creek offers spectacular natural beauty with a friendly hometown feel. Here we will gather Thursday, May 2 through Monday, May 6 to renew friendships and reconfirm our shared bond of scale collecting.

Convention central will be the Marriott Walnut Creek. Offering stunning views of Mount Diablo, it is ideally located in the downtown area close to shops and restaurants. Two blocks away is the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station with connecting train service to Oakland and San Francisco airports.

The convention will get off to an easy-going pace on Thursday evening as we dine in our own private room at Il Fornaio. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, this restaurant has served up some mighty-fine authentic Italian food for over 25 years. Just a short distance from the Marriott, there will be time to visit after the meal in the spacious hotel lobby area, shown below.

Walnut Creek Lobby, MarriottFriday will be a full day. In the morning we will be heading north to see the collection of Clem and Katharine M. Gold scales are Clem’s passion. He doesn’t discriminate – he likes the big ones and he likes the small ones. As you enter their home, you will see a large bullion scale and the collection only gets better from there.

On the return trip to the hotel, we will stop in picturesque Old Town Sacramento long enough to visit the renown California State Train Museum featuring 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars, some dating back to 1862. Alternately, spend some time in the Sacramento History Museum if you are interested in learning more about the Gold Rush. If museums aren’t your thing, there are a variety of shops to explore, or take a carriage ride on the cobblestone streets to get a nostalgia feel of a bygone era and place.

Friday evening is reserved for the traditional get-together and album sharing. Never will you have a better chance to view other members’ collections as you flip through albums identifying scales you would like to add to your own collection. It is a relaxing time to catch up with your old “comrades in scales” as well as welcome new comrades attending their first convention. The entire room is designated a “scale talk zone.”

Programs designed to increase your knowledge and broaden your interest in scales and weights will be featured Saturday morning. The afternoon provides an incredible opportunity to add “the one that got away” to your collection with the ever-favorite Silent Auction and Let’s Make a Deal. A gala reception and banquet Saturday night is the grand celebration of the weekend.

Sunday morning the program continues with Show and Tell allowing members to share with their fellow collectors. The business meeting for all members finishes out the morning followed by lunch in the hotel. You will have a free afternoon and evening to explore the many attractions the area has to offer.

Monday morning, we hop on the bus for a short drive to visit the home of Bill and Nancy J. to see their extensive scale collection. Bill had a successful career in the poultry industry which led to his interest in egg scales. These formed the basis of his collection when he first started collecting years ago. Along the way, Bill started to diversify, acquiring many different types of scales. Rumor has it that if you have seen his collection in the past, you will be in for a surprise with all that he has added to it over the last few years. Lunch will be served in their home prior to returning to the hotel in the early afternoon.

We welcome all members to come and spend some time with your fellow Scalies. Your hosts have arranged a terrific weekend for your enjoyment. They, along with the board members, extend a personal invitation to join them in Walnut Creek. If you have attended conventions in the past, you know what it’s all about, and we will see you there. If you have not attended one before, now is the time to check out for yourself why so many members come year after year.

Photos courtesy of Visit Walnut Creek and Marriott Hotel