|Tracy folded squares|
My beef is certainly not with Kim. It was with the idea that you could use such a venue for a class. So I guess that is with the Programs Committee of QuiltCon proper. I can understand that the committee members may not be totally familiar with the city, but when I was putting on a conference there were 3 of us who would go to the venue and walk every step we were going to ask our attendees walk.
And if they did not, why did the Convention Center tell them not to put a workshop in this location? Or that they would need to have security there for their participants.
|Joyce folded triangles|
The Austin Convention Center is in the 200 range of 2nd Street. The workshop was offsite in the 600 range of 9th Street. So you are looking at a good hike of 10 blocks. This was not indicated on the prospectus. There were some people who had trouble walking that distance. My knee was letting me know it was aware the ups and downs of the street. The walking was actually not a problem for me, however. It was the multilevel work area we had. The patio had a double height step up to the hanging area and then again to the tables on which we were working.
The venue as a dive bar. Yep. Filthy. Alcohol soaked, filthy graffiti laced, overflowing sewerage bathroom that you might expect to find in a dive bar. The bathroom was not available until 2:00 in the afternoon of an all day workshop.
|This guys work was fabulous|
in the church. I guess it was better than last conference when the class was in the basement of that church in among the homeless!!
I don't know what to say. I cannot imagine how this would have been considered
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It was an experience I survived without incident. But it was very uncomfortable to be in the middle of this part of town with no warning. You cannot take guns or mace with you on a plane, so I am sure it was apparent that none of these women had any personal protection. And in the defense of the show I did not hear of any incidents with anyone. As far as I know there was just this one workshop offsite so a minimal number of maybe 75 were affected.
However on the other side, I was physically able to walk the distance but not to run away or fight it I had to. That made me feel uncomfortable with the situation because of my personal physical limitations. I am sure anyone who is an expert in martial arts and 25 years old would not have felt the same same concerns. But I can say with certainty that Frank would not have been comfortable walking through this area of town.
The most very best wonderful part of the workshop was this poor girl who unfolded her clamped fabric to find these wonderful body parts!
She was mortified!