| TOW Meeting in conjunction with
TCI 17th Biennial Convention
Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel - Cincinnati, Ohio
August 10-14, 2010
"Rollin' on the River"
The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio was the
scene of TOW's latest meeting, in conjunction with the TCI Convention. The
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel opened in 1931 and is a National
Historic Landmark and charter member of Historic Hotels of America. This
Cincinnati hotel features breathtaking French Art Deco that has been
restored to its 1930's grandeur. With rare Brazilian rosewood paneling,
indirect German silver-nickel light fixtures and soaring ceiling murals, the
hotel is one of the world's finest examples of French Art Deco. (a bit of
trivia here: the Pavillion Caprice Ballroom, where many of our events were
held, originally opened as the hotel's nightclub and was the site of Doris
Day's first professional performance at the age of 16.)
Many members arrived a few days early to take in the sites of Cincinnati,
and some even attended a Cincinnati Reds ballgame, who were playing in
the All American Stadium at the time.
Registration commenced on Tuesday, the 10th, and the Hospitality Room
was open. The TCI Board met this day as well.
Wednesday brought the Tour and Lunch, which was enjoyed by all who
participated. The buses were comfy and cool, and the Tour Guides were
knowledgeable. We did a driving tour of Cincinnati and saw many points of
interest on the way to the dock where we boarded the River Queen, which
had been reserved for TCI members only. We had a buffet lunch that was
delicious and cruised the river for a while. Lots of fun.
When we returned to the hotel, TOW members gathered in the
Hospitality Room from 4 until 6 and got a glimpse of the TOW display
announcing our next meeting in LAS VEGAS, NEVADA! The meeting
will be in May (exact date not yet determined) and co-hosting the event
with TOW will be Jean Shoup and Jack La Flesch. Excitement is
run-ning high about the event, and we're expecting a big crowd.
Then, everyone got a chance to "Meet the Board" before the Buffet
Dinner in the Pavillion Room.
Thursday morning brought a program by Linda Shaneyfelt on "Peter
Swingler Thmbles." Very informative and Bea-U-ti-ful thimbles in the
Next was a Luncheon and Fashion Show. What fun to see members
modeling their creations. You can see photos of some of them in the
After lunch, Priscilla Burris & RoseMarie Kerchner hosted "Beginners
Seminars." Some of those who were not beginners took the opportunity to
do a bit more sightseeing, while the vendors for the Sales Mall set up their
wares. The SALES MALL began at 6pm and everyone reluctantly left when
the doors were closed at 9pm.
BUT, the Sales Mall opened again at 9am on Friday, ending at 11am. Lunch
was on our own this day and afterward Joan Riegel presented a program on
"Tape Measures Through the Ages." It was an enjoyable and informative
Next, Friedy Kamp of the Netherlands, presented a program entitled
"1710-2010 Tercentenary of Meissen" What a treat to see so many
beautiful Meissen thimbles!
Displays were next - "What Floats My Boat" - a wonderful array of special
collections-within-collections by many members.
After another wonderful Dinner, the last program of the day was presented
by Jenny Bockel of South Africa, entitled "The Gentleman in Kharki."
Interesting, informative, and with a surprise ending that everyone enjoyed.
Saturday morning started with a program by Bobbie Howard and Mike
Meacham - "What's New on the TCI Website." The TCI website has
grown and morphed into a wonderful tool that will be beneficial to all
mem-bers. There is an array of fabulous information and features for
members that will go live soon. Be sure to check the site often. You will be
The next event was drawing for and awarding the MOP prizes. Lots of
crossed fingers to win, and lots of glee from the winners.
After lunch on our own, the Auction Preview began, followed by the
Auction. It was exciting and there were many happy faces from the winners.
This was the evening of the final Banquet and everyone dressed in their
finest and brought out all their "bling." It was wonderful to see a revival of
the old tradition of dressing up for this banquet. (The food throughout the
convention was absolutely wonderful, by the way, since this Hilton hotel is a
Five Diamond winner.)
After dinner, the new TCI officers were installed, followed by live
enter-tainment. Some of the audience participated in a rousing song and
dance number of "Rolling on the River" in which some of the words had
been changed to fit thimble collecting.
Then everyone received a singing invitation from the next convention host
group, the BATS, to attend the TCI convention in 2012 in San Francisco,
CA. TOW will be there --- and we hope to see all of you as well.
It was a wonderful meeting / convention and we enjoyed seeing long-time
friends again. If you were unable to be there, be sure to make plans to
attend the next TOW meeting in Las Vegas.
|Thimbles On Wheels
|TOW Co-Founders Mary and Kit on the River Queen
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