Coleman lamp collectors choose Lake George for convention

At Coleman lamp gatherings, members light up dozens or hundreds of their vintage and collectable lamps simultaneously, sometimes spelling out words or setting them in a pattern that depicts a lantern.

Steve Cullins, a collector from Hannibal, NY, said these displays at past conventions have been as large as a football field. This last weekend, Cullins hosted a dozen or more collectors for a regional meeting, and they hung dozens of lanterns in trees near his hand-built cabin in a mini light-up event.

Stephen Miller said that Lake George was an appropriate site for the national Coleman convention, considering its historical prominence in camping, including the first camp-out ever of the Boy Scouts of America, held on the shores of Silver Bay.

"Gas lanterns and stoves have a long history here - they forged the way in the Adirondacks, long before electric lighting, particularly by wilderness guides," he said."We hope to get a lot of people to come to our area, enjoy a family vacation in the Northeast, and hopefully they'll come back year after year."

Cullins said he was looking forward to returning to Lake George, where he and his friends have held a light-up on one of the islands.

"There will be a lot of big-hitters in the collecting world at the convention," he said.

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