On my way to the special exhibits I passed the display case with the five 22″ Tonner American Model dolls dressed in stunning Edwardian Fashions. These dolls will be the centerpiece dolls for the final Thursday night banquet and are being offered for sale in the mini office all week. Aren’t the dolls stunning?
It is difficult to take good pictures through glass but nice to see the dolls in person. At one of his events, Robert Tonner told us the gorgeous fashions were designed by Joe Petrollese, design director for Tonner Dolls who also designed the Wilde Imagination dolls Ellowyne and Evangeline and who is also here at the convention.
Which is your favorite? I think mine is the one in pink — the hat just makes the outfit. But now it’s off to the Special Exhibits! I know everyone is dying to see pictures.
Have I mentioned this is my first UFDC convention? One of the fun things about coming is seeing all of my friends from other clubs in my region (who I mostly run into at doll shows) and meeting the people who I know from on-line. Yesterday afternoon there were meetings for each of the regions so I found my friends and we tracked down the correct meeting room for Region 15. (That’s Rosemary, our club president, signing in on the left of this picture.)
Our Regional Director, Betsey Cumming, had everyone introduce themselves and we had about 43 people from MA, ME, NH and VT in attendance! She gave us an update on upcoming events in the region and there was a lot of joking and teasing.
Betsey is just finishing her 3-year term as Regional Director so she was gifted with a new doll for her Frozen Charlotte collection that individual members from all over the region contributed to.
Thanks, Betsey, and congratulations to Joyce Stamps who will be our new Regional Director! And thanks to all the RDs who volunteer their time to help the United Federation of Doll Clubs do what it does so well.
Every time I hear Robert Tonner speak I am struck by how friendly and approachable he is. His talent and his love of dolls (and of UFDC) is apparent and inspiring!
We got to see the 20th Anniversay video in its entirety then Robert answered questions from the audience. Here is the trailer for the video:
Some pictures from the event:
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This afternoon I attended the open forum. After the meeting I got to meet UFDC president Ada Diedrich!
First I got to meet another BJD who was hanging on a star!
We had a yummy lunch, followed by the story of another BJD, named Kimmie, and her journey to America and a happy new home!
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Cheryl Phillips led a fun workshop for junior collectors at the Washington Convention on Tuesday morning. The young ladies and gentleman learned about the Edwardian era custom of dance cards for balls, they learned some dance etiquette and made their own, doll-sized dance cards that double as fans.
Cheryl and her daughter came dressed in beautiful gowns and hats that Cheryl made herself!
She sent me home with a kit for my own junior collector (who I didn’t bring with me) and an extra fan all made up for my little Martha travel doll. Thank you, Cheryl!
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Loretta, Linda, Ada and Janet, our UFDC officers, at the Opening Ceremonies Tuesday night. (For those who know her, yes, Loretta is standing on a step stool!)
One of the exciting announcements at the meeting was about Anne Mears’ donation of many, many beautiful dolls from her collection to the museum in Kansas City!
The day at the UFDC Convention started with a great seminar with Joanne Miller, the “President’s Update”. This seminar was to train club presidents and included a copy of the recently updated President’s Manual.
Here is Martha examining the President’s Manual.
An exciting program this afternoon was “Edwardian Dolls and Their Era” with Elizabeth Coleman, Susan Sirkis and Donelle Denery. This was a delightful presentation with three fantastic experts on the history, fashion and dolls of the Edwardian period. I now feel educated for viewing the Edwardian Doll special exhibit.
We’re getting ready now to go to the Opening Ceremonies and then (oh boy!!) the Sales Room opening!!
Hello again from the UFDC National Convention in Washington, D.C. It is certainly a Capital Affair!
My name is Hitty — you can see me in the picture below in the bottom right corner — and I am Diane’s travel doll.
Diane and I went to Bradley Justice’s program “Designing for Barbie” this morning.
We learned about the women and gentleman who designed Barbie’s wonderful wardrobe over the years. Thanks, Bradley, for a wonderful program!
It’s Sunday night and the ice cream social is still happening! This is a drop-in event to meet your Officers and Regional Directors while enjoying an ice cream treat. Donations are being accepted to support ReAL Services. Check out the wonderful hats!
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