I’ve been thinking about how to summarize SPA 2013 a lot. It’s challenging to come up with new ways to talk about this annual event but I can say with certainty that I look forward to it all year and I haven’t been disappointed yet. What could be disappointing about a weekend of friends, food and fiber?
The friends part is easy and just comes naturally. Not only do I get to travel to Maine with my two besties, Jo-Ann and Sharon, but when I get there so many of my other besties are there, too. Many of these are friends I only see once or twice a year but when we get together it’s as if we were never apart. You know those types, I’m sure, and they are the most special of friends to have.
The food part is a little more complicated but it’s a big part of this weekend for me. Some years ago I took it upon myself to start organizing dinner each night. Seriously, some one had to do it and that someone turned out to be me. My friends jokingly call me the “cruise director” of this weekend and, while it can be a bit stressful to coordinate this each night – rounding up and keeping track of who is going, calling restaurants to see if they can accommodate upwards of 14 people and then making reservations for us, getting out the word to everyone, and then feeling responsible if there’s a problem – it’s truly something I enjoy. All 3 restaurants we visited this year were excellent, within walking distance of the hotel, and I think everyone was happy with my choices. We hit the Broad Arrow Tavern on Thursday night, Linda Bean’s Topside Tavern on Friday night, and Petrillo’s on Saturday night. And I hit my goal of eating lobster every day I was in Maine. Ahem.
As for the fiber part, that is truly complicated. I have so much at home and I spin so rarely these days that I honestly shouldn’t buy a thing. However, I want to support my friends and their businesses and all those pretty colors and soft fibers are hard to resist. I did purchase some fiber and soap from Woolen Rabbit, a batt from Enchanted Knoll Farm, and a batt from Moose Manor Hand Paints but that was it for me this trip. I think I was mostly able to avoid impulse purchases by not even walking through the entire vendor room. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
And there you have it, a brief but accurate summary of SPA 2013. How many days until next year??!!