Since many of the show events have been nicely
covered in other reports, I am going to report on my personal highlights of my trip to
My Rosemont Trip
Monday / Tuesday ~ Starting with the train travel~ my trip was off to
a great start with the lucky positioning of my seat neighbors. Next to me was Gayle, who I
believe would like to become a WOWsie! A very nice lady who was returning home after
visiting her family in Colorado for her birthday celebration. Across the isle was a
darling "jeune fille" , Diane, and her father, Eric. They were visiting from
France. Diane spoke fluently, her dad was holding his own pretty well, but we had
some humorous moments communicating. I got to try out a bit of my rusty high school French
- I had forgotten how much I enjoyed trying to speak French, it's a beautiful language.
Gayle had to leave us one stop before Chicago, we said good by and promised to be in
touch. Since we had time to kill in Chicago, Eric, Diane and I went to my favorite layover
stop, an Italian restaurant across from Union Station, Ranalli's. We had a lovely
time, and struck up a dinner friendship with 2 of Chicago's Finest. They presented Eric
with a wonderful souvenir, one of the patches from a Chicago police uniform! Very
Wednesday ~ After being on the train for 18 hours or so, I think I took 3 hot
baths from Tues. night to Wed. morning! I walked to the commuter train from the hotel and
went downtown for the day. I visited the Art Institute and had an enjoyable time. After
that I went to Marshall Fields and had a look around - tried on dresses, did girly things
like that! Was to have had dinner with a friend, but business came up on his end and
that fell through. Had a fun time later down at the lounge at the hotel, playing darts,
chatting, etc. The only folks around on Wed. were basically the artists and company
people. I got a chuckle later in the week when I walked by a Harmony Kingdom signing with
a line a mile long. I happened to glance over at the artists doing the signing and
realized I had been playing darts with one of them on Wed night. Never asked him what he
did, just his name! Oh well, it's probably better that way, at least for him!
Thursday ~ Hit the show bright and early - got in about 8:15 and high-tailed
it over the Boyds Booth to get photos before the show officially opened at 9. Met up with
Harry & Millie and made lunch plans for later on in the day. Spent most of the day
just walking the show. Had a wonderful dinner that night. Some of my buddies
were kind enough to include me in a night downtown at a fabulous place called "Famous
Daves". It's a blues place with incredible music and great food! Just what the doctor
ordered after being holed up at the hotel for a couple of days. Rosemont can get
gloomy if you aren't keeping busy. There is nothing to do to kill time, no place to walk
to. In fact, it's not really set up to even go outside for an enjoyable walk. Just a vast
sea of hotels and highways. So my night on the town was very much appreciated, and the
company was very enjoyable!
Friday ~ Friday was my most anticipated day! Had been looking forward to
seeing "my girls" all year!! Oh, how can I even explain the joy and pleasure of
meeting everyone - it was overwhelming! The first to arrive was Michelle, Sherie and
Jeannette. Pris arrived just in time for dinner. We met up with each other before dinner
and immediately had a fit of the giggles! Ladies, remember taking the photo with my
camera's self timer? Michelle invited two lovely ladies to join us, Carol and Storm.
By the time we got back from dinner, Sharon and Mary Liz had arrived! How much fun we had!
I am grinning from ear to ear just thinking about it!!
We all became comfortable friends quickly. The dinner, games, prizes and bonding were
excellent! I had to leave about 10:30pm for a meeting (you meet with people when you can
at Rosemont, everyone's on a tight schedule). I'm not sure what kind of trouble they got
into after I left them that night! Someone will have to fill in the blanks!
Saturday ~Ah - the big day of signings and excitement! WOWsie certainly had
their share. I knew that Sherie had a HB signing at 10, but was thinking it would be a
while after 10 before she got up there. So about 10:00 I was lollygaging with Paul C in
the deserted snack bar, talking about some of his early work. Guess who waltzes in
the door? The Head Bean! One of those fun memories! I knew I had better get over to
the Boyds booth, Paul had a signing at 10 anyway, too. I arrived at the Boyds booth about
ten minutes after 10, and Gary's already wearing his WOWsie button! (THANK YOU Sherie, by
the way!). I thought "Darn! I can't believe I missed it!". I decided to
hang around, take a few photos and wait for Jeannette's signing. All of a sudden, Gary
looked over at me and said "I know her! It's the Contest Lady!". Well . .ya
coulda knocked me over with a feather! He was kind enough to let me pop in for a quick
pic. But it got even better when Jeanette got there, he let us have another WOWsie
pic with him. I can bearly remember the whirlwind of Saturday's show.
Saturday night ~ I should have gone to Harry's dinner I think,
instead of the memories dinner. It sounds like Harry's event was fabulous and fun! A
better time than the Memories Dinner.
A humorous thing did happen however ~ I ended up crashing a party which I mistook for the
Memories dinner! It took me 45 minutes to realize that I was in the wrong place! I
had been concerned that I might be over-dressed for the Memories dinner. But I walked into
this party, looked around and saw beautiful dresses, men in nice suits, open bar, about
1000 people. I made myself at home with some wine and chit chat. But soon it dawned
on me that I didn't recognize anyone at the party. There were also several nuns and
priests which I didn't remember seeing at the show. I asked a few questions and
realized that I was at a benefit for a handicap organization of Chicago, oooops - yikes!
I slipped out the door and made my way to the Memories dinner. Of course by
that time it had already started, everyone is seated, a room of 900 people, I go in
the door, and guess where Sally's assigned table is? Of course, second to the last table
opposite of the door I just came in! Good thing I'm not shy!
I met some very nice folks who were seated at my table. I danced a few times with a couple
of nice young men I had met earlier in the week, who took pity on an old lady! I
enjoyed the dancing very much. The food was awful, of course, and I don't think I'd
do that one again next year. After the dinner I ran into the WOWsies at the hotel. They
were brimming with exciting news - and I kept asking them to tell me again because I was
excited, too! I hope one of them writes out everything that happened at Harry's dinner
because I don't want to tell it second hand - I'm sure I'd mess it up! Ladies??
Sunday ~ Another day of show events. The WOWsie signings with Liz, the
Boyds Hospitality Room, sort of a repeat of Saturday. We had a WOWsie breakfast together
at the Hyatt, yes, complete with horn tooting (don't plan on staying at the Hyatt next
year, ladies, our names have been added to a special "list" LOL). Sunday I
collected some souvenirs. I wanted to buy one of the books by Will Bullas (aka the Tooth
Fairy). He asked me which one of the two books I liked best, and then he gave it
to me as a gift. That was very nice. Please check out his website if you are not familiar
with his work. It's very unique!
I also purchased another Selkirk paperweight for John. Last year I got the amazing Snow
Queen, this year I came home with Spindrift Rainbow. It will become a rare piece, as for
some reason there was a lot of breakage during the making of this, so the design has been
stopped. It's a beauty! I purchased 2 of the Cardew LE paint cans as well.
We said our WOWsie good-byes about 5pm. Poor Michelle ended up taking everyone's overflow
of goodies home with her. We just couldn't get everything stuffed into the suitcases.
Thanks for doing that, Michelle!
For me, Rosemont 2000 was an experience that will always hold wonderful memories of
some very special ladies!
PS - When do we start planning Rosemont 2001?
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