Thimbles on Wheels  (TOW)  traveled  to  Baltimore,
Maryland on September 12 to join the
Captial Area Thimblers
(CATS)
for their 25th Anniversary Meeting.  There were 39
collectors in attendance, hailing from 8 states and the District
of Columbia.  Some flew in, some came by train, others drove,
but all utilized "wheels."

The CATS president, Norma Files, with her faithful crew, made
sure everything was in order and on time. The accommoda-
tions at the Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport Hotel were superb
including the room and office services we needed. The food
was outstanding  and  reasonable.  A  couple  of  meals  were
enjoyed at the Bob Evans restaurant next door to the hotel,
which provided excellent food and service.  Our Friday evening
dinner was at the Snyder's Willow Grove Restaurant and the
food was wonderful.

Thanks to the efforts and expertise of Bobbie Howard, the
program portion of the meeting went smoothly.  She also
organized the hospitality room with help from Daria Phair.

Talks given by TOW's  Kit Froebel and  Mary Craft were  well
received  and  that  was  gratifying.  Mary  and  Kit  received
speaker's gifts of sterling thimbles which the CATS group had
commissioned from Tom Edwards to commemorate their 25th
anniversary (see photo above).  Thank you CATS, they will be
cherished.

There were many great table favors -- Barbara Hluboky made
note pads and Mabel Rogers gave everyone a coin cast from a
cannon from 1812. Mary Craft brought magnetic bookmarks
commemorating CATS' 25th Anniversary and Kit contributed
beautiful ballpoint pens. Nina Harby made big badges for the
occasion, plus some centerpieces of autumn theme decorated
boxes, although she couldn’t attend. There were CATS shaped
animal cookies from Nancy Moffett, delicious cupcakes by
Mary Agnes Mosher (“take at LEAST two” she said -- Yes!)  We
had so many great favors -- I hope we haven't forgotten some.

The sales mall was wonderful with eleven vendors.  So many
wonderful thimbles and accessories to see and buy!  I know
everyone found at least one treasure  that  just  "had"  to  go
home with them.

The Silent Auction offered 28 items on which to bid and it was
hard to choose which one you wanted most.  

A  big  surprise  for  everyone was  the  unveiling  by  Quinn
Chandler and Mabel Rogers of the American Gold Thimbles
book by the Philadelphia Thimble Society.  This book has been
at least ten years in the making and is sure to become one of
the most useful reference guides available to thimble collectors.

The entire meeting was a  joy and  ran  as  smoothly  as  silk,
thanks to all the hard work of the hosts.  TOW is grateful for
the opportunity to join members of the
Capital Area Thimblers,
Chesapeake Bay Thimblers
and Philadelphia Thimble Society
for this wonderful meeting. THANK YOU to our hosts for their
hospitality!

We hope those who weren't able to join us will be able to do
so at a future meeting.  Maybe the next one will be near you,
or perhaps you or your local thimble group might consider
hosting a meeting in your area.

Until then,
"Keep Those Thimbles Rolling....."         
Baltimore, Maryland - 9-12-09
welcome to:
Thimbles On Wheels
CAPITAL AREA THIMBLERS  25th ANNIVERSARY