Maryland Society of Doll Collectors: A Black and White Tea
On a beautiful spring Saturday, I attended the first Maryland Society of Doll Collectors Black and White Tea on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Seven Oaks Community Center in Odenton, Maryland. The Tea featured several doll vendors, a silent auction benefiting the UFDC Foundation, a Doll Forum: The State of the Doll Union and a presentation of Souvenir Dolls.
Welcome remarks were made by Carolyn Ames, the Tea Chairperson followed by an invocation by Jackie Harpp. Greetings were given by Stacia Pate, President of the Maryland Society of Doll Collectors. Doll maker and member Jean Henderson later led a panel discussion of distinctive dolls called the "Doll Forum: The State of the Doll Union" where various members posed as dolls and discussed their appreciation and love for their collectors.
Welcome delights, assorted teas, finger foods and desserts rounded out the affair. The table settings were just wonderful with the finest decorative flair I have ever seen in Black and White. By the way did I say that everyone had to wear black and white?
I am an emerging self taught doll artist who is learning how to improve my craft. I started doll making 3 years ago and stopped due to entrepreneurial pursuits. Now with the help of my mentor Francine Haskins, I am beginning the craft again with much more vigor and interest. Please share this journey with me.