TOW Meeting in conjunction with TCI 18th Biennial Convention
                "Thimbles By The Bay"  -   August 8-11, 2012

The Westin – Market Street in downtown San Francisco was the scene of
Thimbles On Wheel's latest meeting, in conjunction with the TCI Biennial
Convention.

Many members arrived a few days early to take in the sites of San  
Francisco. Some stayed on afterward as there was so much to see and
do at this wonderful location such as Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and
Chinatown, just to name a few.

REGISTRATION commenced on Tuesday, the 7th, and the Hospitality
Room was open. The
TCI BOARD met this day as well.

Wednesday was the actual first day of the convention and the first event
on the agenda was the
TOUR WITH LUNCH, which was enjoyed by all
who participated.  The three buses were comfy, and the Tour Guides were
knowledgeable.  We did a driving tour of San Francisco and saw many
points of interest. One bus even got a glimpse of a naked man (wearing
only tennis shoes) walking down the street near Haight Ashbury!

After the tour and dinner on our own, everyone changed for the
KICK-OFF
DESSERT BUFFET
and Program.   We enjoyed a presentation by Irene
Schwall and Mike Meacham about the
TCI Web Site
http://www.thimblecollectors.com  and new things planned for it.  Be sure
to check the
Members Only portion of the site often.  You will be amazed.

Thursday morning brought a program by Ruthelen Moss  entitled
“California Dreamin’ - The Story of The Golden State Through Thimbles
and Song.”

This was followed after a short break by Dan Walbrun’s program “The
Land of the Midnight Sun”
about Enameled Thimbles of Norway and their
makers.  This was "coincidentally" the same subject of his new book that
was launched at this convention.  Everyone was eager to buy a copy and
have it autographed by the author.  Such beautiful photos!!

Next was a
LUNCHEON and FASHION PARADE.  What fun to see
members modeling their creations.  You can see photos of some of them
in the slide-show above.

After lunch, Priscilla Burris presented
"Thimbling 101 – A Beginners
Seminar”
to a limited number of beginning collectors.  This hands-on
presentation is so popular that attendance is on a first-come basis.  

At the same time, the
THIMBLES ON WHEELS gathering was held in the
Hospitality Room.  Attendance was good and brochures were handed out
for the next meeting in Ocean City, Maryland in April, 2013.

Meanwhile, the  vendors for the
SALES MALL set up their wares.  The
SALES MALL began at 8:00 pm and everyone reluctantly left when
the doors were closed at  9:00 pm, but…

Friday morning at 8:30 am the Sales Mall opened again and we were able
to get last minute bargains before it closed at 10:30 am.  

Lunch was on our own this day and after lunch Christina Bertrand
presented a program by Wolf-Dieter Schulz (who was unable to attend)
entitled
"Thimbles from Austria – The Production in Austria of the Last
Centuries."
 

Next, Judith McGraw presented a program entitled
"Lucets and Knotting
Shuttles"
with wonderful photos and information new to us.

DISPLAYS were next - "What’s Near to My Heart" – an exhibition of
special collections-within-collections by many members, and
"Needle Arts
Display"
where members show off their skills with a needle.

After a wonderful
BUFFET DINNER, the last program of the day was
presented by Jean Scott of the United Kingdom, entitled
"Souvenirs of
Reverse Painted Glass."

Saturday morning started with a program by Virginia Neil - "Tunbridge
Ware Needlework Tools."

The next event was drawing for and awarding the MOP prizes.  There
were 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.  This was the first time that auction items have been pro-jected
onto a screen for ease of viewing during the bidding. It was exciting and
there were many happy faces from the winners.

This was the evening of the final
BANQUET with a theme of “Leave Your
Heart in San Francisco.”
Everyone dressed in their finest and some even
wore dressy hats.  Photos were taken of all the thimble groups
represented at the convention.

After dinner came the new
TCI OFFICER INSTALLATION, followed by
live entertainment.  Two ornate Chinese Lions danced throughout the
tables of diners, accompanied by Chinese drummers.  Each Lion costume
was worn by two dancers underneath and they did a wonderful job!

Following the Lions was a skit performed by
“Dorothy” (Carolyn Morgan),
“The Wicked Witch of the West” (Anne Heuer), and “Glenda the Good
Witch”
(Peggy Carroll) to invite everyone to the NEXT TCI
CONVENTION IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS in the year 2014
.  Very
entertaining!

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 convention and be sure to attend the
NEXT THIMBLES
ON WHEELS meeting in OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND in April 2013!
San Francisco, CA - 8-8-12
welcome to:
Thimbles On Wheels