Robyn Spady! You just had a fabulous time teaching at the Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH) conference! What are you going to do now?
I’m going to Weaverville!
CNCH was marvelous! The conference was extremely well-organized and I loved the energy and enthusiasm and I was honored to be a part of it. There are already detailed accountings of CNCH if you’re interested in knowing more about this event . . . so head over to Daryl Lancaster’s blog at http://weaversew.com/wordblog/, Weavolution at http://www.weavolution.com/node/8830?#new, Tien Chui’s blog at http://www.tienchiu.com/, or WeaveZine at http://weavezine.com/.
After CNCH, I stayed with my friend Penny in Berkeley for a couple of days . . . and then I started working my way north in the direction of home . . . but, first I decided to take a side trip excusion to Weaverville, CA. Yes, there is a place called Weaverville in California! (I think there’s another one in South Carolina). It’s about 45 miles west of Redding and I just had to see it in person.
As you drive in to Weaverville, one is greeted by a large sign (see below) . . . and it’s a charming town and is on the National Register of Historic Places. There were art galleries, shops, and even the Mamma Llama Coffeehouse (of course)! It was rather a quiet Tuesday afternoon, but after meeting a handful of residents, I can easily imagine this is a fun and lively group of people. For example, I was given a copy of their merchant’s calendar (ala the movie Calendar Girls) . . . To see it is to appreciate it and you can learn more about it in an article in the Trinity Journal http://www.trinityjournal.com/news/2009-09-30/front_page/005.html . . . and I definitely plan on keeping it around long after 2010 is over for those days when you need a smile and a laugh.
I wish I could have stayed longer and would love to go back . . . especially if I could persuade a few others to meet up there for a Weave-In or mini Fiber Fest . . . It’s perfectly suited in name and atmosphere. You can even learn more about them at their website at http://www.weavervilleinfo.com/ . . . and I’ve included a handful of pictures below.