Happy Saturday Morning everyone!
We are close enough to the conference that I think I can trust the weather widget on my iPad which is predicting sunny with a few clouds and temperatures in the 70s for all three days of INANE. Hooray! Fingers crossed that this prediction holds true. While I enjoy a good rainy day, I wasn’t enjoying the idea of sightseeing on the trolley in fog or worse (although they do have plastic windows that roll down in case there is precipitation).
People are starting to arrive in Maine. I’ve heard from Francie Likis who is up in Bar Harbor right now. Tina Marrelli is visiting friends at their camp in Springvale. Jackie Owens is on the road from Ohio. She arrives in Maine tonight and then tomorrow is taking the train to the Lobster Festival in Rockland. I never knew such a train existed but it sounds like a blast–I am keeping it in mind for a future day trip.
The last shipment of L.L. Bean bags arrived on Thursday. They are beautiful! Attendees will have a choice: blue trim with short handles, blue trim with long handles, or red trim. Think about which one you want. And don’t forget the totally unique, one-of-a-kind collectible GREEN bag that will be raffled off. Tickets will be on sale at registration. The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday morning. The bag includes lots of great stuff including books by Richard Blanco and Charles Graeber–the winner will be able to have both signed on Wednesday at noon!
The Lobster Bake (Tuesday evening) and Closing Luncheon (Wednesday) are both sold out but there is still room on the bus for Freeport Shopping (Wednesday afternoon). If you are interested in buying a ticket, ask at registration. Cost is $20.
That’s it for now. I look forward to seeing everyone, starting tomorrow. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to send me a message. I am here to help!
for the planning committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl, and in memory of our dear colleague, Suzanne Smith