I Left My
Heart in San Diego
site of the Evolution of
Polymer Clay conference is only a two hour drive from my house, so
Pinto, conference vendor chairman and president of my guild, and I went
check the place out last week. I almost stayed.
From the massive workroom to
the well-appointed dorm rooms to the excellent food, you are all in for
underway by the time you read this.
met Pam, the conference
co-chair, at her place of business, in the heart of one of the big
attractions, Old Town San Diego. This is a “must see” area and I’m sure
trips to this fun and historic area, and others, will be sought after.
In Old Town we have The Shepardess with beads,
and fabulous artist work; Lost
store; The Shop on the Corner with fibers, charms and buttons; and
a wonderful rubber stamp store. Some of the proprietors will be
wares to our all day vendor fair on Wednesday.
Across the street is the Bazaar del Mundo with shops and
restaurants. There are Guatemalan fabrics, Laurel Birch and a great
of Jon Anderson works to name a few. And the aroma when you enter Old Town
is enough to make the strongest dieter among us throw up their hands
“No diet today!”
hopped in Pam’s car for the trip to the campus of San Diego State
about a 15-minute drive. Set high on a hillside this campus has changed
considerably since my daughter spent her first semester of college in
remember the inconvenience of the school being built on two sides of a
highway. Now there is a wonderful pedestrian bridge connecting the
spaces with the University. (Plan on a brisk 2-minute morning walk to
or a moderate to slow 4-minute walk.) The wide flat bridge is
wheel chairs and mobility scooters. Our classes and workspaces will be
are divided into suites of about 4 bedrooms
each with a common area where the full-size refrigerator and microwave
larger lounge is on each floor. We
didn’t get to see an actual room but there is a description on the SDSU
site, and the EoPc website as well. http://www.rohan.sdsu.edu/~sdsutour//.
Bring your bathing suits. The pool area is great and I
will be teaching water aerobics in my spare time. Ha! Ha! Anyway that
has always been a sore spot; at least in the
conferences I have attended. You are going to need that walk across the
after eating in the extensive dining room! The campus food service area
dorm building has everything! From the
salad bar to the yummy desserts - all dietary needs are met. You can make your own waffles for breakfast
and pizza or sandwiches for lunch. And there are a variety of hot
entrees. The ice cream machine has real
ice cream and
the beverage area has a cappuccino machine! It is all-you–can-eat
style eating (take your tray from station to station.)
mini-mart on the first
floor of the dorm sells a variety of microwavable entrees and the
union, the Aztec
which is over by our workroom
and classroom area, has a Pizza place and deli. ATM’s are strategically
| Then, if you
still aren’t satisfied, within walking
distance are a Starbucks, Pizza place, and Carl’s Jr., just to name a
The vendor fair will be
all day on Wednesday August 11th,
and is going to be open to the public, as will the exhibits and
(Supplies, consignment artwork and souvenirs).
We are still working out a lot of
details and the electrician nearly had a heart attack when we talked
lighting and ovens. But he did want to know what we were cooking. I
was kind of disappointed when I showed him the pendant I was wearing
“this”. He was probably hoping for some delectable delicacies that he
Watch the web
site and news groups for updates.
in San Diego!
August 8-15, 2004.