An idea, a dream, hard work and the generosity of a dear friend offering their home to stay both before and after the festival made attending the 31st Sasha Festival 2013 in Cincinnati a reality and of course a dream come true. This is the first time I have visited the USA and I had a most wonderful time. The Festival was absolutely wonderful and it was so lovely to meet people I had corresponded with, and also to re-acquaint myself with friends I made last year. I arrived in the USA on 9th July and had an afternoon and a day to explore the Washington area with Norvell before we set off to the Sasha Festival early on Thursday morning.
After a very long drive from Washington DC to Cincinnati, Norvell and I arrived at the hotel in time for the Meet and Greet on the Thursday evening. The theme for the Meet and Greet was "A Sasha Sleepover" and many of the Sasha girls and Gregor boys dressed appropriately in their pyjamas. Much chatting, snacking, and drinking was done and of course getting to know each other, meet new friends, say hello to friends made last year and generally have a lovely evening in the Atrium of the Hotel.
Sheila is busy chatting to Gabrielle Bolland while her mother Lauri is attentively um...drinking? Although it must be noted that Lauri had the NON- Alcoholic drink... ;-)
Ginger sits at the table with her lovely Finn, Henry and Norvell's beautiful glamour girl.
Dorisanne unwraps some gifts I gave her.
Great group photo (left to right Gracie, Sheila, Gabrielle, Lauri and Lynn).
Just love this photo of a gorgeous Mum and her two gorgeous daughters - how wonderful that they share the same hobby!
Lots of chit chat going on here...
Tom and his wife Carol
These 'kids' are definitely enjoying their Sasha Sleepover!
Fran in action!
Henry and Finn in conversation
As the evening drew to a close Dawn and I set off to assemble the UK and Europe Sasha Festival Raffle Donation. The sheer scale of how many wonderful items had been donated was made obvious as we set to work setting it all up for display.
What an amazing raffle prize!
More raffle items to be shown in future post.