Congratulations, Bradley Justice, “Barbie’s Best Friend”!

We’re thrilled to announce that our own Bradley Justice, former region 8 director and contributing editor to Doll News, has been given the “Barbie’s Best Friend” award. The award was presented by Carol Spencer at this year’s Barbie Convention in Nashville, TN.

Bradley receives his award at the Barbie Convention

Bradley receives his award at the Barbie Convention, with Carol Spencer

Bradley told us,

I am home from Barbie convention and wanted to let you know that at this year’s convention I was awarded “Barbie’s Best Friend”, it’s the most prestigious and only award given at Barbie convention and it has only been given out 22 of the 35 conventions. I was honored for my work with Doll News Magazine and the research and preservation of the Barbie collection at UFDC.

I think this is a wonderful step in the right direction of bringing Barbie people and UFDC together.

Bradley's "Barbie's Best Friend" Award

Bradley’s “Barbie’s Best Friend” Award

As mentioned, Bradley Justice is the former Region 8 Director for UFDC, and Curator for the Doll and Miniature Museum of High Point, North Carolina. Bradley has devoted most of his adult life to his hobby. Although a lover of antique French fashion dolls and cloth dolls from his home state of North Carolina, he has recently returned to his original passion, the Barbie doll. Bradley has curated three museum exhibits with Barbie as the subject, as well as written and provided many programs on the subject. A founding member of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Doll Club, Bradley is a member of three additional UFDC doll clubs. In 2008, Bradley was the recipient of UFDC Award of Excellence for the Display of Dolls.

Congratulations, Bradley!

Scenes from the salesroom

Alan Scott Pate's booth full of antique Japanese dolls!

Alan Scott Pate’s booth full of antique Japanese dolls!

Howard and Colleen Holden Dolls

Howard and Colleen Holden Dolls

Howard and Colleen Holden Dolls

Howard and Colleen Holden Dolls

Howard and Colleen Holden Dolls

Howard and Colleen Holden Dolls

Alan Scott Pate's booth full of antique Japanese dolls!

Alan Scott Pate’s booth full of antique Japanese dolls!

Alan Scott Pate's booth full of antique Japanese dolls!

Alan Scott Pate’s booth full of antique Japanese dolls!

 

Kathy and Terry of Kathy and Terry's Dolls

Kathy and Terry of Kathy and Terry’s Dolls

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Luncheon–Leeann’s Passion for Gardening!

Attendees and the Lenny centerpiece (also, a Molly cameo).

Attendees and the Lenny centerpiece (also, a Molly cameo).

More of Molly with Lenny.  Note Molly's apron--made for attendees by Carolyn Johnson, coordinator for the event.

More of Molly with Lenny. Note Molly’s apron–made for attendees by Carolyn Johnson, coordinator for the event.

Denis holding the raffle quilt, with the daughter of the quilter.

Denis holding the raffle quilt, with the daughter of the quilter.

Event chair Carolyn Johnson (r) and friend.

Event chair Carolyn Johnson (r) and friend.

Denis Bastien's display of Leeann dolls and clothes.

Denis Bastien’s display of Leeann dolls and clothes.

More Leeann dolls on display!

More Leeann dolls on display!

....and more Leeann!

….and more Leeann!

And even more Leeann!

And even more Leeann!

Another raffle prize was a hand-decorated trunk FULL OF DOLL CLOTHES!

Another raffle prize was a hand-decorated trunk FULL OF DOLL CLOTHES!

Friends Dolly Berg and Barbara Pritchard enjoyed the event.

Friends Dolly Berg and Barbara Pritchard enjoyed the event.

Barbara Stone and Sheryl Sunderman

Barbara Stone and Sheryl Sunderman

One Leeann even came to the event dressed as a cowgirl!

One Leeann even came to the event dressed as a cowgirl!

This fantastic quilt was raffled off to an attendee!

This fantastic quilt was raffled off to an attendee!

More from the meet and greet!

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We also met UFDC Region 13 RD, Jane O’Hara!

At the convention meet and greet!

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Met (and greeted) UFDC Secretary-Treasurer, Barbara Stone!

 

Welcome to San Antonio!

Hi.  I’m Molly!  I’ll be your roving reporter at the UFDC San Antonio 2014 convention!

We’ve arrived and are getting settled–hotel is great, and it’s so much fun to see old friends and make new friends!

Hope to get to meet more of you!!!

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Watch this space!!!!

Keep an eye on ufdc.org…..there will be some live-blogging of the convention over the next week! :)

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