Daylilies forum: Mid Winter Symposium last weekend - and video

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Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
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lilylady
Jan 23, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Sharing what I posted on the mother robin yesterday - (BB)

I remember way back when, when we daylily fanatics were just getting online and were thrilled to have some one on one, and some multiple contacts, with others who shared our passion for collecting daylilies.

My first was on Prodigy. A few members that I can recall were Lee Pickles and Melanie Mason that were part of that small group. Yes there were others.
I was hooked to the internet!

Then Tim Fehr started a group. Our group. We had to do BCC (by carbon copy) but prodigy would not let me participate in that. Somehow, I managed to at least get contributions to read.

The next big event was when Lee decided that we who were helpless fanatics needed to get together IN PERSON, meet with one another during the winter, share our passion, and PARTY all during the same weekend.

Well, little prodding was needed, and this became the long lasting event called MWS! And for several years that was held in Chattanooga. Fantastic memories of the event, the hotel with its old train out back and the city's offerings. The wineception when local foods of those coming in were brought.
The electric car trip to downtown, the aquarium, the pork rib place, etc.

I can hardly believe it is now the 23rd year.

Somewhere around '98 I think was my first meeting. I can remember going up to Lee and thanking him, but also saying that for me this would probably be the only time that I could afford to attend.

HA!

A few years later, I was asked to be part of those presenting. I remember it well. Scared to death! There had to be 300 members attending, and several of those I had come to know through the robins and chat rooms. I survived the first 5 minutes when Dan Hansen yelled out from the back of the room "And just where do you GADN?" making fun of my Boston accent!!! After that, I knew I was amongst friends!

So here we were, this year at Nashville, with some old friends, some new friends, and yes, we are all daylily fanatics. There for the education, the lectures, the cutting edge of daylilydom presentations. The food, the displays, the Exhibition Clinics, the pictures, the auction and THE FRIENDSHIPS MADE. All around our passion.the daylily.

Thank you Lee for starting it all. Thank you for all those putting it all together over the years, and for seeing the new spirits among us that will carry forth our passion.

So many wonderful presentations.

A review of the programs here:

http://www.daylilies.org/AHSconv.html#R10MWS


And some photo snapshots on a you tube video that you might enjoy, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_Z4_jZRGlo


BB
Name: Juli
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daylily
Jan 23, 2013 6:07 PM CST
Thanks for sharing Bobbie! I really enjoyed going to the MWS back when I was able. It is a great event.

Good to see you back here - was wondering if you were ok, or just busy.
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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philljm
Jan 23, 2013 7:39 PM CST
What a great story, thanks for posting it.

Aren't get togethers just wonderful?
Name: shirlee
southeast (Zone 6b)
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mistyfog
Jan 27, 2013 10:16 PM CST
Thanks for sharing, Bobbi. Nothing like fanatics getting together to have a grand old time.

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