| “Sand in Your Shoes” Thimble Meeting
THIMBLES ON WHEELS was invited to join The Philadelphia Thimble Society and
Capital Area Thimblers in Ocean City, Maryland on April 5-7, 2013 for a group thimble
meeting at the Dunes Manor hotel, located directly on the ocean shore. Collectors utilized
various forms of travel to reach the location, but all utilized “wheels.” The hotel was right
on the beach, each room facing the ocean with a balcony. At first we thought a "special
area" was set aside by the City for TOW. ;o)
This was the TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THIMBLES ON WHEELS (first meeting held
on April 3, 2003) and had the largest attendance of its nineteen meetings to date. A total
of sixty eight were in attendance (forty-eight thimblers and twenty guests) from twelve
states plus Washington DC and a great time was had by all.
TOW sends profound THANKS to The Philadelphia Thimble Society, Capital Area
Thimblers and especially Mabel Rogers, for the invitation.
Attendees began “rolling in” early and a few of those early bird arrivals joined Mabel
Rogers at her home for an informal dinner Thursday evening. The food was fabulous and
the company spectacular.
On Friday, April 5, Registration began in the lobby of The Dunes Manor. Those
registering received a “Goodie Bag” containing favors and area information, as well as the
commemorative thimble of the event made by Woodsetton and designed by Mabel
The Dunes Manor provides free “Teatime” in the lobby every afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m.
Everyone enjoyed tea, crumpets, cookies, pastries, and thimble friends with whom to visit
and catch up.
Dinner Friday evening was Pizza for all served in the Verrazano Room, compliments of
PTS and CATS, after which everyone gathered in the Hospitality Room and visited until....
Saturday morning brought Late Registration, Sales Mall Setup, and a Continental
Breakfast, all in the Verrazano Room, the location of all meeting events.
After breakfast the Sales Mall opened at 9 a.m. with a myriad of wonderful thimbles and
sewing tools to buy and see. Bargains were found, acquisitions were made, and almost
everyone found something special.
At 11 a.m. the first program was presented by Kit Froebel, entitled “Artisan Thimbles of
the 20th Century –Thimbles from the Collection of Alta Thompson.” The program
consisted of stunning photographs of many thimbles which Kit sold on eBay from that
collection, along with the prices realized, and a bit of history about the “Thimbleers”- the
first known thimble collectors group in the U.S. It was a beautiful and very informative
Luncheon was in the Victorian Room Restaurant with a choice of Crab or Chicken entrée
and the food was excellent. Everyone ate too much and there was fear that a nap might
At 1:30 the second program of the day was presented by Mary Craft, entitled “Come Sail
Away.” This program featured “watercraft on thimbles” accompanied by background
music of “Come Sail Away” by STYX, 1997. Many were surprised at the variety of
thimbles available featuring ships, boats, and other watercraft. The men in the group
especially enjoyed the history of some of the ocean liners turned battle ships.
The group then took a break and again attended “Teatime” in the hotel lobby.
At 3:30 the final program of the day was presented by Mabel Rogers, entitled “Sand in
Your Shoes.” This program focused on thimbles featuring shells and told the story of two
young sisters who grew up playing on the beach. Mabel actually photographed these
thimbles on the beach. Everyone enjoyed this very pretty and whimsical program.
Winners of the Silent Auction were then announced, followed by a drawing for the TOW
With reluctance and resignation, the meeting was closed and everything packed away,
but there was still the Dinner to look forward to at Phillips Crab House. Collectors car-
pooled to the restaurant and found the most wonderful and gigantic Seafood Buffet
awaiting them. The array and variety of tantalizing seafood was amazing and won’t soon
Many gathered again in the Hospitality Room to end the evening and say goodbye to our
fellow collector friends until we see them next.
The meeting was a rousing success and everyone had a grand time. Many attendees
participated in additional sightseeing in the area -- the wild ponies on Assateague
Island, Board Walk at Ocean City (where we ate Thrasher’s French Fries and Carmel
Corn), Assateague Island Visiters Center, Fenwick Island Lighthouse, cities of Berlin and
Catonsville, antique stores, and walking on the beach looking for shells (where we truly
did get “sand in our shoes”) just to name a few.
The back of our meeting schedule stated:
“May the memories that you have made here warm your heart and may the sand in
your shoes bring you back to visit again.”
We hope to see all of our thimble friends again very soon. Until then, watch the
Thimbles On Wheels web page for details of our next meeting as soon as they become
Happy thimble trails to you... and Keep those thimbles rollin'....
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