Finger Lakes Tatting Conference

It is almost impossible to describe an event involving 50 or more people all working to accomplish the same things: tatting, acquisition of tatting accessories and the raising of monies for charity.  This was my first time at the Finger Lakes Tatting Group’s event, but there is no doubt in my mind that these folks have worked together for many years to make this event the success that it is.

Before the event, I stopped in at Karey’s to see if I could help her in any way.  On the surface it looked like there were many things yet to be done, but for the most part, it was just getting boxes into her (or someone else’s) car and over to the Lodi Fire Station – a distance of about 12 miles.  I regret that I did not take a picture of the outside of the station, but it’s a rather plain metal building with large bay doors and a flagpole outside.  Simple enough. . . .

Inside was enough room for our vendor Kathy Kirchner to have an ample corner for her books, threads and supplies. Then there was the raffle tables. Oh my what raffles there were!! Everything from baskets of threads to tatted earrings to scarves, accessories of many kinds, oh just too much to name! Our beautiful table decorations created by Diane Daiker were both a pattern she taught as well as being the centerpiece for each of I think a dozen tables.  They were awesome! and I don’t know for the life of me how she had time to get them all done!!

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Hegla Hess conducted the auction.  I am not sure how much money was raised, but the Jan Stawasz tatting shuttle and the glorious picnic basket were the most sought after prizes.  It was almost too much to fathom.

The food was fabulous!  I never eat pasta out because it is almost always over-cooked.  Somehow the kitchen gods an goddesses managed to feed us all spaghetti al dente with No Problem!!  And the variety of sauces, sandwich options, salads, vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and other dietary considerations was second to non!

New York is a long way away for me, but I am sure to at least consider a return trip in the future.


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