Just 200 of my closest friends...
The local arrangements committee consists of making sure all the tours and sponsorships and meeting spaces are arranged, but it also includes arranging flowers, making appetizers and (for me) drawing a local landmark for some giveaway notecards.
This year was especially great, because LOOK what I got! It's official... I'm an author!! I may or may not have jumped, clapped and squealed when they handed it to me. :)
As much as I love the sessions and papers, I REALLY love the tours... and this year was no exception.
Look at the relaxing view from this front porch. I could've sat here all day!
I even saw an Ella Smith Indestructible Doll at one of the homes. This is something I didn't think I'd ever see in person. Ella Smith was from Randolph County, Alabama and she won a blue ribbon for the doll's design at the 1904 Worlds Fair!
One of the lovely homes we were fortunate to tour.
For a lucky few, Samford Hall/Tower was available for touring. Only 20 got the privilege (10 at a time). Can you see them up there peering out the clock face? That's WAAAAY too far up there for my taste...
Look at this adorable barn!!! I would string some Edison lights in these trees and sit out here in an Adirondack chair sipping iced tea out of a mason jar and reading a good book!
All-in-all it was a great weekend. I got to see lots of old friends and make some new ones. I was able to buy some great new books to further my knowledge of our great state. Next spring, the annual meeting will be held in Birmingham. That one ought to be interesting...