Plans are progressing for a wonderful weekend in Nashville, IN—the foothills of the Yellowwood Forest—and a town of many contrasts. There is the relaxed, rustic feeling generated by the locale, the beautiful scenery, and some quaint buildings. On the other hand, there is a bustling main street of varied shops, a state-of-the art Gallery filled with wonderful works from local talent, and a new History Center featuring a quilt show on this particular weekend.
We will have our Thursday hospitality in The Seasons Lodge with a Tex-Mex buffet featuring all the fixings for tacos, taco salads, pulled pork sandwiches, rice, and refried beans.
Friday begins with a tour of the T.C. Steele State Historical Site (home, studio, and gardens), lunch in downtown Nashville plus a couple of hours on your own to check out the many stores, and hospitality when we return to the Seasons via the luxury bus, our transportation for the day. Our Friday night welcome program features Mike Compton’s update of the online Identification Guide and Handbook and the ever-popular table sales. In addition to the usual excellent offerings, we will devote some space to our old scratch and dent section rechristened “Free to Five Dollars.” Several times in the past, we have demonstrated ways to use less-than-perfect pieces of Tea Leaf (once it was called “It’s Okay to go Topless!”). This year, you will have two opportunities. One, you can clean out some of your imperfect treasures and two, you can buy some others. What a deal! Just pack up your chips and cracks and anything Tea Leaf related that you can price from free to five dollars, let us know you need two feet of free table space, and join the fun. We will provide a sign and special table cover. If you want to bring items or photos showing your innovative use of these fallen angels, that will only add interest to your offerings.
Saturday morning offers hands-on help with the Identification Guide with attendees’ specific requests being answered as time permits. There will be a repeat performance by Sue Chrisman as we try to locate a second Badass Potter, and an educational “treasure hunt” organized by Annalea Robeson, featuring sugar bowls and their lids. The highlight of Saturday is always our auction, and we hope to fulfill the many comments from past years by having fewer and better consignments. This is where you come in. Such a goal is possible only with your cooperation, so please consign early and generously. Of course we will have a couple of meals on Saturday, and the Seasons dining staff prides itself on good down-home cooking. Look forward to their featured fried biscuits and apple butter.
Somewhere during these four days we will plan Regionals for 2017 and conduct the annual business meeting as required by our by-laws. Of course we will visit, share stories, and have Friday and Saturday night after-hours gathering with the perennial party girls.
Finally, the Seasons offers a buffet breakfast on Sunday mornings for those who want to spend just a little more time together before we say goodbye for another year.