50th Biennial News


50th Biennial in D.C. Postponed Until 2021

50th-logoDue to the continuing uncertainly of COVID-19, the NLAPW 2020 Biennial has been canceled twice — in April 2020 and June 2020.

The Biennial Committee has spent two-plus years selecting the venue and overseeing the presentations, workshops, performances, and catering events for the 2020 Biennial. The decision was made early on to celebrate the NLAPW 50th Biennial in D.C. The Pen Arts Building, the League’s headquarters, is located in D.C.

A venue was selected within walking distance of Pen Arts. Major investments have been made in the Pen Arts Gallery in anticipation of holding an exhibition of Biennial Art Competition and Vinnie Ream winners. A professional sound system has been purchased in anticipation of the Biennial music performances to be hosted in the parlor of Pen Arts.

Once again, I am negotiating a contract with The Darcy to host our 50th Biennial April 30 – May 2, 2021. The Darcy has been wonderful to work with during the uncertainty of COVID-19. The letters chair arranged for distinguished speakers for the Vinnie Ream Banquet and Letters Luncheon. Both speakers have stated they are able to attend the events in 2021.

Due to increased costs, it is very likely the registration fee for the 50th Biennial may increase by $50-$75 for new registrants. All 2020 Biennial registered members have the option of rolling over the registration fee to April 30 – May 2, 2021 at no increase in cost.

You may also request a refund. A processing fee of $75 will be deducted from your original registration fee. Any donations made to the Commemorative Endowment Fund (CEF) will be deposited in the CEF account.

I look forward to seeing you in 2021 as we celebrate the 50th Biennial in D.C.

Check this page regularly for updates and other new information about the Biennial.


Calling All Shutterbugs!

Have some fun during the 2021 Washington, D.C.. Biennial. Sandy Huff, Tampa Branch, once again is sponsoring a Biennial photo contest.

From the moment you set foot on D.C. soil until Saturday evening, take as many digital photos of our nation’s capital as you want. Choose your best two photos to enter in the contest.

There will be SD card readers and some common cables available to help you with uploading at The Darcy on the second floor.

All entries give NLAPW permission to publish your photos in League-related publications and publicity materials, including the website.

The three winning photographers will receive a cash award: $25 for first prize, $15 for second, and $10 for third.