Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hello Dollies is 15 Years Young.

A few heads turned as six of us Newcastle Dollies, dressed in our best pink finery, boarded the 6.30am train at Broadmeadow station bound for the Hello Dollies' 15th Birthday celebrations in Sydney last Saturday. What a party it was - a significant birthday for the group, combined with the usual Christmas in July celebration at the Sydney meeting. It was a very special occasion for all of us, but especially for Gloria and Fay and for three of our Sydney members who have been attending Hello Dollies for 15 years. Gloria (Anne's Glory Box) has been Hello Dollies' facilitator, believing in "cloth dolls" when they were literally in their infancy in Australia. Gloria has organised, financed and hosted numerous visits from international tutors, workshops, seminars, symposium events and overseas educational tours. We are fortunate indeed to have been the beneficiaries of Gloria's foresight. It is hard to believe that Fay has driven from Newcastle to Sydney each month for Dollies for so long - that is dedication. If that weren't sufficient in itself, Fay has each month for 15 years, conducted the Newcastle and Sydney meetings, organised demonstrations and activities, sourced interesting patterns, written the newsletters, devised challenges, organised rosters, listened to umpteen "show and tell" sessions, and generally encouraged, taught, and inspired us in our doll making. Congratulations and thanks to both of you! We , of course, enjoyed a fabulous pink birthday cake . However, it wouldn't be a Dollies occasion without lots of good shopping ( thanks, Gloria for the birthday discount), interesting show and tell, swapping beautiful handmade gifts, catching up with old and new friends, and of course more fantastic food! Thanks to Sydney Dollies for hosting such a great day!

Just a note : We all received a Christmas border print as a gift - Fay is hoping to see some innovative creations made with this print at the Christmas party in December in Newcastle.
It's also now official that Ann Maullin's pattern, Oriental Dance is the challenge doll for February 2010. Any Asian costume may be used - that's the challenge.

1 comment:

Judith said...

What a lovely time you must have had. Wonderful dolls, food, cake...heavenly!!A great social group.