I flew into Cleveland, Ohio so I could pick up my friend Marilyn who lives in Solon, Ohio. On Friday we drove down to the Wright Patterson Air Force Base where the Hope Hotel is. We joined other early birds for dinner at 6:00 and it was such fun to see old friends and meet some new ones. The food at the hotel is terrific, but then they have a chef that studied in France. We all sat around and talked and it must have been close to 10:00 when we got back to our room. After the drive I was tired so went to sleep, Marilyn read for a while.
Saturday we got up early as the dealers set up time was 8:30 and I needed my morning coffee before that. I think this was the biggest group since I have been coming to Mary’s parties. The morning was spent, looking at, spending, and selling paper dolls. With a lot of visiting also. I have a lovely hand made doll, by whom I do not know, but the doll wears the Boston Herald costumes so I bought her a present of 2 new dresses, which are now sitting on Marilyn’s kitchen table in Solon, Ohio. If my head was not attached I am sure I would leave it somewhere also. Then we had a wonderful luncheon, with show and tell by some of the attendees and an interesting program given by Mary on newspaper paper dolls that were not comic strip ones. It is amazing how many ads used paper dolls in them. Very, very interesting. Some goodies were passed out to each of us and then we finished up the day with more selling and buying. Marilyn and I had a terrific time – thank you Mary.
I have to put my plug in for the Hotel. It is a smaller hotel than the Embassy Suites we have been using for the convention, but it is a lovely hotel with wonderful people to help you. Every one is so nice and friendly. Like I said before wonderful food, and I just know Mary and her crew are going to have a wonderful time planned for us all. So be sure to register early both for the convention and also for your room.
The airlines sent me to Detroit, then I got to fly home to Fort Lauderdale and found a desk loaded high with work waiting for me to do Tuesday morning. Just finished posting it all today.