Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Home again, Home again, Jiggity Jig

Last week Terry Guill, our Director of Show Operations, and I went to Des Moines for a planning meeting for our AQS Quilt Expo that will be held October 28 - 31 at the Iowa Events Center. After finishing up two days of meetings, we spent Friday evening at the Iowa State Fair. Terry had never been to the state fair...so this Iowa girl got to show him the sites that are not to be missed, and of course, we had to eat fair food too.

Hope you enjoy the photos I took of our visit to the Iowa State Fair 2009.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

AQS Grows Again!

If you haven't heard yet, AQS is growing again. Below is the press release that went out on Thursday about the new AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Lancaster, PA, March 24 - 27, 2010.

AQS Announces New Show for 2010
Lancaster Pennsylvania Becomes 4th AQS Show
by Bonnie Browning, Show Director

Paducah, Kentucky – August 20, 2009: Today AQS President Meredith Schroeder announced plans for the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) to hold a fourth quilt show in 2010.

AQS will produce a new show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 24 – 27, 2010, at the new Lancaster County Convention Center. The AQS Quilt Show & Contest – Lancaster will feature a quilt contest with $44,000 in cash awards. A special category in the contest is Grand Geometrics – Created the Amish Way. “We are pleased to bring an AQS Quilt Show to Lancaster and the southeastern Pennsylvania area, and to provide another opportunity for quilters to enter our contests and be recognized for their artistry,” stated Schroeder. AQS has signed a three-year agreement to hold this event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

“We’re thrilled at the prospect of welcoming the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) and one of this country’s top quilting shows to the new Lancaster County Convention Center (LCCC),” remarked Josh Nowak, director of sales & marketing with the LCCC.

“We can’t think of a better setting for the AQS Quilt Show & Contest than Lancaster County – home to a rich quilting heritage within our Amish community, and where this art form continues to thrive today,” said Christopher Barrett, president and CEO of the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The 2010 AQS Quilt Show presents an undeniably alluring opportunity for local and national quilters alike to share their creative process and outcomes, in a setting recognized worldwide for its beautifully manicured quilt of farms and fields.”

AQS also holds events in Paducah, Kentucky (pending for 2010); Knoxville, Tennessee (July 14 – 17, 2010); and Des Moines, Iowa (October 6 – 9, 2010).

Contest rules are available on the AQS Web site, www.AmericanQuilter.com. Registration guides for each show will be available online as soon as they are completed. To order a printed registration guide, send $2.00 for each guide to: AQS, Attn: (name of show) Registration Guide, PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290.

In addition to the AQS Web site and the AQS Blogs (AQS Quilt News, AQS Publishing, and American Quilter magazine), quilters can now become a fan of AQS on Facebook, and follow AQS on Twitter. The AQS quilting community grows again!

For lodging and general information on American Quilter’s Society shows, go to www.AmericanQuilter.com, or call 270-898-7903. Tour groups can contact Marcelle Cashon or Laura Davis for information on booking charter tours by calling 270-898-7903.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

222nd Aviation Battalion Reunion - Gettysburg, PA

Wayne and I went from one reunion to the other. First we went to Iowa for my class reunion, and then on to Pennsylvania for his Army reunion with the guys he was stationed in Viet Nam with in the late 1960's.

We visited Gettysburg, and had a great guide on our bus tour. He almost had us believing the soldiers would be marching through the trees. Then there was a walking tour where everyone heard all about Sadie...I'm still waiting for the rest of that story. Herb, you didn't finish the story. GRIN

This is the Army Vets with their spouses who attended the reunion.

These fellows were in the 222nd Aviation Battalion stationed in Vung Tau, Viet Nam; Col. Louise Terrell (center of front row) was the commander of the 222nd in Ft. Eustis, VA.

Monday, August 17, 2009

46th Class Reunion - Saturday Evening Dinner

Here are more photos using Smilebox. I didn't know who all of the spouses or significant others were...so in some places I just named our classmate. Sorry that I didn't meet everyone to include all of the names. Hope you enjoy it!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Saturday Night Dinner at my Class Reunion

The class of 1963 who attended the 46th Class Reunion at the Holiday Inn, Muscatine, Iowa.

Bernita stops to say hello to Wayne Browning.

Bernita...aka Bernie Coder, our DJ opened the evening by visiting with some of our classmates and spouses. This was his best side. How about those boots?

I have a lot more photos and will share them when I have more time to play with the photos and get them on my Blog.

I hope everyone enjoyed being together again like Wayne and I did. Keep those e-mails coming; it was certainly fun to read what everyone has been doing. Hope to see you all at our 50th reunion, schedule for September 14, 2013.

Saturday Lunch at the Button Factory with Friends

A lunch with classmates at the Button Factory was followed by a trip around town to take photos on the riverfront by the Clamdigger statute, in front of our Muscatine High School (now Central Middle School), and at the Weed Park lagoon.

I don't have time right now to add all of the names...but will come back and do that when I get back home.

The island at Week Park lagoon.

Left, standing: Bonnie Kirkland, Martha Beveridge
Seated: Pat Alternbernd, Penny Fuhlman, Chris Godeke, Barbara Thomas, Sussan Schuessler
Right, standing: Janet Day

Our Muscatine High School, now Central Middle School

In front of the Clamdigger statute on the riverfront:
Bonnie Kirkland, Pat Altenbernd, Martha Beveridge, Chris Godeke, Penny Fuhlman, Janet Day, Barbara Thomas

In front of The Button Factory Restaurant where we enjoyed lunch together:
Janet Day, Sussan Schuessler, Barbara Thomas, Pat Alternbernd, Bonnie Kirkland, Penny Fuhlman, Martha Beveridge, Chris Godeke

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Reunion Begins...

The 46th reunion of the Muscatine High School of 1963 began last night with a drop-in gathering in the bar at the Holiday Inn. It was easy to recognize some of our classmates...others we had to ask "who are you?"

Here are a few snapshots. I was able to get a photo of most of those who were there.

Watch for more photos after tonight's main event.

L to R: Martha Beveridge, Kathy TeStrake, Mike Rogers

L ro R: Doug Buchele, Carol Bunn, Diana Collins, Kathy Holtz, Gini VanZandt, Dottie Beranek, Mike Rogers

L to R: Julia Barnard, Maggie Teraberry, Carol Bunn, Barb Haveman Felton, Doug Felton

L to R: Nancy Peters, Tom Schauland, Gini VanZandt, Doug Buchele

L t R: Kathy TeStrake, Ron Miller, Karen Buekenhorst

Watch for more to come.