Sewing Weekend has been going on for a while. This year was the 28th year. It is a big deal now, but if you have attended any of Nancy's seminars anywhere you've probably heard about how it started in the basement of a church with about 250 people. And that was more than were expected to come, so it was a hit from the get-go!
This year I didn't check the numbers before I left, but thousands attend, and they come from all over the country! There's a map where you can stick a pin in your home town. Of course I live close (OK 87 miles give or take.) There wasn't room enough in the map for pins from everyone from the southeast corner of Wisconsin.
Many ladies came with or were delivered there by their husbands. It's nice to have someone who supports your passion and is willing to carry your purchases! And there are activities for the guys in the area... golf, fishing, sporting goods department at Sears, etc.
You sign up on line on Nancy's web site to attend lectures with national sewing experts, attend 'sit and sew' classes where you make a project on a high-end sewing machine provided by Baby Lock. The lectures and classes are reasonably priced. There are evening entertainments on one or two nights. There are vendors who demonstrate their products and show you what's new. And there are free lectures/demos in the warehouse if you have a bit of time.
For lunches on Sewing Weekend days, you can enjoy the buffet at Ponderosa Steakhouse or grab a quick sandwich or salad at a wonderful snack stand in the warehouse. The same ladies have been there for the last 5-6 years or so. I always want to ask the name of their business but never remember to do that until after the fact!
The best part of the weekend for me is going to the lectures. This year you could have seen and heard Alex Anderson, Louise Cutting, and of course Nancy Zieman, among others. In the past I have gone to lectures from Sandra Betzina, Patti Palmer, Marty Michel, Eleanor Burns and Eileen Roche, just to name a few.
It's the one time of the year that I get to ride on a yellow school bus!