At last reported proceeded to the award reception for John Harney.
The room large and spacious decked out with an evening glow. Everyone was buzzing about connecting with persons of interest. There was a lite buffet spread which, due to my late arrival, was sparsely filled. I stood for a while deciding how to negotiate my path when a nice young man approached with a serving platter of bruschetta on pita, I did not realize how hungry I was until that moment. Apparently tea can be quite filling.
My plan was to find LittleMewBrew. Her last text message stated she was in the front at the right side of the hall. I sauntered down to the location and tried to spot someone who would resemble her new avatar. No luck.
I headed back to the entryway and decided to make this search into a game “Finding The Purrfect Cup”. I walked around the hall looking for hairstyles, features, glasses to no avail.
The event was about to begin. I sighted, Darlene (The Tea Enthusiasts Scrapbook) and Angelia (Mrs T2) sitting at a table close to the front with two young women in front of them. As I sat, concerned I would be blocking the view of the person behind me, I turned to move my chair “Eureka” it’s LittleMewBrew, directly behind me totally recognizable. What happiness my search was complete. Knowing that she had no idea who I was I decided to package the gift I had brought for her and write a note on the envelope. I took a chance and placed the envelopes in front of LittleMewBrew & AmazonV.
The festivities began, Norwood Pratt was elegant, as usual, in his introduction and history of John Harney and Harney & Sons. A captivating speaker, Mr Pratt is the only person my husband has ever stated a desire to hear speak about tea ( a fact I related later to Mr. Pratt).
Being at this event had special meaning to me. John Harney, founder Harney & Sons Fine Teas, has significantly impacted the specialty tea industry. John Harney was the first person in the industry who believed in my vision and was willing to help me in getting started. For this I am truly grateful. The accolades that were being bestowed on him were truly deserved. Mr. Harney received a standing ovation at the close and much appreciation.
As the lights went up I turned around formerly introduced myself to the ladies. There is something special about actually meeting someone who you have followed, even now, as I type, I feel a sense of joy about that meeting. We began to chat but as luck would have it my friend was having trouble finding the parking garage and I had to go downstairs to help.
Upon returning, friend in hand, the hall had emptied only a few of my friends remained waiting for my return. I introduced Erica, owner of The Teafields Cafe to the crew. After a short chat we all decided to retire as we had had a long day. Erica and I went back to check into our room at the hotel, drop our bags and get a bite to eat.
The drama continued when we got to the room. I had specifically requested twin beds and the room contained one queen size. A quick call to the front desk fixed the problem and bags in hand we walked the long corridors to our new room. The food that evening was uneventful, the company, priceless.
Morning came much too quickly. We were soon off to work the floor again with intent to make our purchases.
As I walked the floor I stopped to listen to the tea presentation which was being given by Norwood Pratt he was mesmerizing as he described the women of the tea fields and how they care for the plants as their own.
There was a young woman standing next to me looking at her phone intently. When the presentation finished I introduced myself to her. She was lovely Teaspoons and Petals and she is a lovely as she writes. We discussed the meet-up that was to take place at T-Bar later that evening.
While at the Harshita Design Booth I had the opportunity to speak with Norwood Pratt and told him my husbands comment. He was so kind to introduce me to his wife and tell me about an event he would be speaking at later in the year. Then I ran into Mr. Harney who also introduced me to his wife. I complimented her on her wonderful family and expressed my interest in visiting their operations in Millerton, NY. She encouraged me to come and spend some time. The tea people I know are so gracious.
Harshita Designs- www.harshitadesigns,com-Hand Dyed Silk, scarves, tops, bags and neckties, many imprinted with a tea designs or inspirations from nature. Harshita and I met at my first tea expo. Seeing her display of wares brought joy to my heart. She has come so far from our early days. This is also a confirmation for those just getting started perseverance pays off keep at it (oops I am beginning to sound like VL Hamilton :-))
Tracy Stern SALONTEA – www.tracystern.com -Tea, Tea Accessories, Beauty Tea and Gifts Of Beauty. Tracy was also at my first expo. She has expanded and added new product to her line. We chatted for a while and was so pleased to hear her store in Dubai has opened and is doing well.
Takeya USA- Innovative products with sleek design features. Stylish and practical, these airtight jugs store beverages of any kind. BPA Free ACRA Glass. They can be stored upright on on the side without leakage. Great for my traveling road show.
ZOJIRUSHI-“The AIR Pot dispenser pump system that uses air to dispense liquid from a vacuum insulated container. A new size 3.8 liters is available. This will make my life easier. I was glad to see Thomas who sold me my first Zojirushi we chatted about how great his products are.
Woodford Wicks- A new find for me. soy/beeswax blended candles with a great fragrance factor. The fragrances are subtle and calming. They can be purchased in a variety of containers from teapots to basic, as candles with wicks or un-wicked to be melted on a trifle.
Presentation Special Event
REFLECTIONS IN TEA- Interactive Art Exhibit, a creation of artist Michele Brody in partnership with the World Tea Expo. It is a temporary installation of a tea house constructed out of copper pipes with walls of tea stained t-sacs. Expo participants were encouraged to write a message of hope and prayer for the families and individuals who suffered during the recent disasters in Japan on these t-sacs. A voluntary contribution was collected and will be sent to the residents of the Fukushima Prefecture through the Red Cross.
The act of writing a message of hope centered me.
Michele and I spoke for a while afterwards and found we live near each other and will meet in the future for another cup of tea.
VL Hamilton, The Teafields, Mrs T 2 and The Tea Enthusiasts Scrapbook decided to lunch together. We headed over to Reading Market for home cooking and Philly Cheesesteaks. I was full of questions for VL. We talked a little about some of the people I follow and she got such a chuckle when I said I thought The_Devotea and Lahikmajoe were the same person. She assured me they are not. we talked about writing styles (as I am uncomfortable with mine being so new at this) and how I so admire those who I read and follow. That’s when she stated “be true to yourself”. When lunch was over we vowed to get together again soon and keep in contact via e-mail.
The Teafields and I headed to T-Bar for the tweet-up. There was a young woman standing outside who was there for the meeting. She said she had been inside but did not see any of the people she was supposed to meet. I recommended we go inside and wait. We took a table in the corner and pulled over some chairs. OK, so now I am talking to TeaPages, blogger and author of the new book “A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time”; we spoke about her book and the process of publishing. Not long after we began a young man came over and asked if we were here for the meet-up. Chan Tea invited us to join the group. Sitting in the couch area was Rate Tea, WrongFu Cha, and Chan Tea’s Partner. Amazon V joined us later. We all gave our elevator pitches and had short conversations regarding tracking blog results, gave descriptions of how our businesses operate, and the highlights of the expo.
The Teafields and I had to get on the road as we wanted to be back home before nightfall. We excused ourselves and headed out.
Back on the road I thought of all the wonderful special occurrences on this trip and wished that more tea traders had been there to share in this event. As Jackie said let’s plan for next year.
If I have forgotten anyone please forgive me as this memory is three days old and so much has been going on since.
Now back to the Kitchen to create new recipes.
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