The 50th Gathering of the Aladdin Knights of the Mystic Light will be held July 16, 2023 through July 23, 2023 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center.
Room rates are $129.00 per night with complimentary breakfast and evening reception included. Click here to make your reservations or call the hotel at: 309-694-0200 and tell them you are with the ‘Aladdin Knights’.
If you are planning to sell out of your room, request the vendor floor when you make your reservation. If making your reservation online, put a comment under ‘Special Requests’.
This hotel is pet friendly.
Registration forms for the 2023 Gathering are available here as well as in the January issue of the Mystic Light newsletter.
2023 All-Aladdin Auction form available here.
2023 Community Table form available here.
Gathering Update – Meals:
Due to the employee shortage and the rising cost of food, banquets at the Embassy Suites Conference Center that have more than 75 attendees are required to be served buffet style. The Thursday Reception and the Saturday Banquet will be served buffet style.
The Thursday buffet will be “A Taste of Italy”, which will include Caesar salad, antipasto salad, variety of pastas and sauces, grilled chicken, bread sticks and assorted Italian desserts.
The Saturday buffet will be “Country Kitchen”, which will include garden salad, pasta and fruit salad, Pot Roast, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Chef’s choice starch, seasonal vegetable, rolls and assorted pies for dessert.
If you have any special dietary restrictions, please contact us.
2023 Gathering Finial:
The finial that we’ve chosen to commemorate the 50th Gathering will be produced by Mark Payton of Payton Glassworks in Louisiville, KY. It will be a Genie lamp design in white opal glass with 24 karat gold accents on the handle, flame, and base. They are available for purchase on the registration form and at the Gathering while supplies last. Price will be $45.00 if picked up at the Gathering and $53.00 if shipped.
Commemorative Finial History
In 1987, the first Aladdin Knights’ Genie Finial was introduced. It was made exclusively by the Pairpoint Glass Company in Massachusetts. It is a crystal leaded glass, made with the Genie’s outline raised on both sides in mirror image. The mold was executed by Island Mould Co. in West Virginia. The size of this finial is the same as the Millefleur finial. There is no date on the finial because this would have required a different mold each year. Pairpoint had 50 colors of glass to choose from so the Genie Finial could be offered for multiple years.
Four hundred clear crystal Genie Finials were made the first year so many members would have the opportunity to purchase one. The finials were limited to one per knight. The proceeds from the sales went toward some of the Gathering expenses.
The Genie Finial was first introduced at the Paducah, Kentucky Gathering when Bill and Treva Courter were the General Knights. Other General Knights carried on this tradition for 17 years.
This information was found in the 1987 Mystic Lights.
Simplified schedule of events:
Sunday, July 16th
Monday, July 17th
Great Time to Explore Peoria
Tuesday, July 18th
Bus Trip to the Lincoln Museum and Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois
Wednesday, July 19th
1:30 p.m. Hospitality, Lamp Sales, and Registration are Open
7:00-8:30 p.m. Auction Preview
Thursday, July 20th
8:00-9:00 a.m. Auction Preview
Auction Starts After Opening Remarks
6:30-9:00 p.m. Dinner Reception
Friday, July 21st
8:00-9:00 a.m. Welcome First Timers
8:00-11:00 a.m. Community Table Check In
9:00-11:00 a.m. Quilters’ Coffee
10:00 a.m. Presentation of the Display Room
12:00 p.m. Lamp Show Open to Knights/Registrants
2:00 p.m. Lamp Show Open to Public
6:30-7:30 p.m. Rushlight Dinner
6:00-9:00 p.m. Fifty Years of Friendship
Saturday, July 22nd
9:00 a.m. Display Room Opens
9:00 a.m. Lamp Show Opens
7:00-9:00 p.m. Banquet and Program
Sunday, July 23rd
Farewell and Safe Travels!