Update on the 50th Biennial in D.C., April 30 – May 3, 2021


By Sheila M. Byrnes, Biennial Chair and National First Vice President

Due to the continuing uncertainty of COVID-19, the NLAPW 2020 Biennial has been canceled twice — April and June 2020. Recently there has been positive news on COVID-19 treatments, vaccine testing, and possible vaccine approval. The Biennial Committee is extremely hopeful that we can hold our 50th Biennial in D.C. in the spring.

The new date for the 50th NLAPW Biennial is April 30 – May 3, 2021, to take place at The Darcy, 1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC. 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 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 the Pen Arts Building.

A group room-rate of $178 plus tax has been negotiated for our event. If you are interested in extending your time in D.C., The Darcy has agreed to extend our group room-rate to three days prior to and three days after the Biennial, as long as space is available.
Guests can call 202-232-7000 and reference the NLAPW room block to secure the group rate to reserve rooms, or do so online by going to bit.ly/2021Biennial. (Note: This link will redirect you to The Darcy’s website.)

We have great speakers for our events. Ann B. Friedman will be the keynote speaker for the Vinnie Ream Banquet. Karen Pastorello, national award-winning author and historian on women’s rights and suffrage, is the Letters Luncheon speaker. Dr. Barbara Wolanin is the guest speaker for the Art Luncheon. Wolanin was the 2020 NLAPW Biennial Arts judge and served as curator for the architect of the Capitol for 30 years, managing conservation of murals in the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress.

Saturday, May 1, the music awards and concert with a tea reception, co-hosted by the Central New York and D.C. branches, will take place at Pen Arts. Once again, Sandy Huff will sponsor a biennial photo contest.

For the most current Biennial information, program schedule, and downloadable registration form, visit the Biennial page.

I look forward to seeing you as we celebrate the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. 50th Biennial!