Schedule of Activities
2021 GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous

Schedule of Activities
2021 GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous

FRIDAY, October 1

10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. General & Vendor Set Up

SATURDAY, October 2

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Vendor Set Up
9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Vendor Market Open Coronado & Ponce de Leon Rooms
9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Silent Auction #1 Open Isabella Room
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Demo #1 Scott Chadd Pacheco Main Room (Upstairs)
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Demo #2 Eric Schrader Pacheco South Room (Upstairs)
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Mel Ikeda’s Tomodachi Plaza
12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Demo #3 Matthew Walker Pacheco Main Room (Upstairs)
12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Demo #4 Sam Adina Pacheco South Room (Upstairs)
12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. BYOT Critique by Ted Matson Plaza
12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. DIY Bonsai Workshop Plaza
1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Silent Auction #2 Open Isabella Room
5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Special Demo #7 David Nguy Plaza
5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. No Host Bar Social Lobby to Vendor Market

SUNDAY, October 3

8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Vendor Market Open Coronado & Ponce de Leon Rooms
9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Silent Auction #3 Open Isabella Room
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Demo #5 Paul Holtzen Pacheco Main Room (Upstairs)
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Demo #6 Pauline Muth Pacheco South Room (Upstairs)
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Special Demo #7 David Nguy Plaza
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Mel Ikeda’s Tomodachi Plaza
12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. BYOT Critique by Ted Matson Plaza
12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. DIY Bonsai Workshop Plaza
1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Silent Auction #4 Open Isabella Room
4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Close down

Other Important Information

All meals on your own. Hotel ‘Kitchen’ restaurant hours are Friday & Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Check out the following dining options at - Santa Nella Restaurants Los Banos Restaurants.

Silent Auctions

“Bonsai Rendezvous” will feature four exciting “Silent Auctions” held two Saturday and two Sunday. Participants wanting to donate items for the silent auctions (and we hope there are many of them) are encouraged to contact Mario Rendina at jmariorendina@gmail.com or call 619-743-6664 prior to the event to make arrangements for their material to be accepted and ‘logged’ in.

We would like to receive material by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1st, so that we have the ability to keep track of donated items and get them ready for the silent auctions beginning Saturday morning. Although items will be accepted any time prior to the silent auction being started with the more time we have to label and organize the better.

Consignment Sales Opportunities

Donors who would like to receive compensation for their donation, GSBF will split any proceeds 70/30 with the donor retaining 70% and GSBF retaining 30%.

SATURDAY, October 2

9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Silent Auction #1 Open Isabella Room
1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Silent Auction #2 Open Isabella Room

SUNDAY, October 3

9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Silent Auction #3 Open Isabella Room
1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Silent Auction #4 Open Isabella Room


Please Take Note:
  • $5 to obtain a bid number.
  • Sales tax paid by buyer.
  • Forms and rules available upon request.
  • We anticipate high quality material to be placed in the silent auctions.
  • The proceeds from the silent auctions are used to support GSBF.

Your generous donations to and participation in the event will make “Bonsai Rendezvous” a success.

Live Demonstrations

There will be free demonstrations; on Saturday and Sunday. The demonstrations will be offered at no cost to GSBF and the finished materials will be donated to the silent auctions.

A special demonstration will be performed on Saturday and Sunday by David Nguy featuring a prized California Juniper.

Guest Demonstrators include

Sam Adina Scott Chadd
Paul Holtzen Pauline Muth
David Nguy Eric Schrader
Matthew Walker

SATURDAY, October 2

9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Demo #1 Scott Chadd Maple
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Demo #2 Eric Schrader Kishu Juniper
12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Demo #3 Matthew Walker Live Oak
12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Demo #4 Sam Adina Olive
5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Special Demo #7 David Nguy California Juniper

SUNDAY, October 3

9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Demo #5 Paul Holtzen Boxwood
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Demo #6 Pauline Muth
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Special Demo #7 David Nguy California Juniper

“The object is not to make the tree look like a bonsai, but to make the bonsai look like a tree.”
- John Naka

Tomodachi (Friends)
Mel Ikeda will host his Tomodachi friends’ gathering for the styling of bonsai. Mel has lined up his friends with a goal to end up with 20 or so participants whose styled bonsai will be donated to the silent auctions.

Bring Your Own Tree
Ted Matson will host a Bring Your Own Tree (BYOT) critique. All participants wishing to have access to Ted’s talent as a bonsai artist and teacher are welcome to bring their bonsai for Ted’s review and comments.

Do It Yourself Bonsai
Participants can bring their bonsai and work on them in a Do It Yourself (DIY) bonsai setting where space is provided to sit and work with their friends to advance and improve the quality of their bonsai.

Club Happi Coat
Wear your colorful happi coat! There will be a fun and spirited social for individuals to enjoy wearing their happi coats.

No Host Bar Social
There will be a no host bar social located in the lobby of the entrance to the vendor market from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2nd.