PR Weekend Chicago Sewing into the middle of the night... Making new friends... Reconnecting with old ones... Traveling across time zones... Offering a much-needed cup of coffee to a stranger... Show and tell in a school bus... Digging into a friends shopping bag... Lining up in front of a fabric store... Learning an entirely new technique in a day... Talking, even if you don't have a voice (you know who you are!) Hanging out with the Lt. Gov and talking about sewing...
Yes, that is what we call a PR weekend.
And if you've been to one, you know exactly what I am talking about. This year we celebrated our 10th anniversary in the Windy City - Chicago. 110 people attended this momentous event, making it our largest and the best PR weekend ever. This event was made possible because of the efforts of PR member and a very proud and bubbly Chicago resident, Tina Wong (craftinginmycave2), along with an equally enthusiastic team of volunteers. Our resident PR Weekend advisor, Kathi Rank got the ball rolling on this event and was instrumental in smooth running of the entire weekend. So what did we do? Day 1: After picking up our registration packets containing awesome goody bags bursting with goodies sent from our vendors and supporters, photo credit kburkhardt we split into two groups for, you guessed it... Fabric Shopping! While group 1 crammed into New Rainbow Fabrics, Group 2 marched towards Vogue Fabrics in Evanston. From morning to noon to evening the whole day just disappeared. As I try to recall, what I remember in the end was how much we were laughing at all times! We shopped, we dreamt, we inspired each other, we sewed virtual outfits and we came back spent! And we received a warm welcome wherever we went. The day was not over yet, because we changed and headed for our dinner party at the historic Berghoff (Chicago's oldest restaurant). At dinner, our host Tina dared us to play a game of Truth and Lies. Oh, my! I can't remember when I last laughed so much. Oh wait...I do remember! It was at the last PR Weekend!After a lot of fun conversations and meeting our guest speaker, Angela Wolf, we headed back to our dorm rooms for some more fun. Oh, yes, we had after-parties in many of our rooms. At 1:30 that night, I finally decided it was time to call it a night. Next up... 10 years slideshow, recognition ribbons, Angela Wolf presentation and the famous corn outfit... But before I let you go, here is one of my favorite quotes from this weekend: "Don't touch my kernels!" (Tina, when Cindy tried to inspect her outfit) See more pictures of PR Weekend Chicago! Talk about PR Weekend Chicago! Part 2 Part 3