I had volunteered to be a table hostess for the Babies and Toddlers breakfast. Table hostesses provide a gift for each of those sitting at their table in addition to the Festival souvenir gifts. My younger daughter's designs for her dress a Sasha were pressed into service as my sister had printed enough extras on the fabric I had provided for me to make up eight t-shirts for baby or toddler Sasha. I also made 8 mini teddies (stuffies) from felt to go with them. These teddies were stitched in the car on the way to and from Waldkirch the month before and my younger daughter stuffed them for me. Their faces were drawn on with fabric pen and they have bows around their necks with my girl tied for me because she didn't think I got my bows straight enough! The t-shirts have bias binding around the neck, sleeves and bottom hem and seams under the arms, plus one popper on the back. I had hand stitched some of these on a music outing with my younger daughter and her orchestra (time on the coach and in the concert!). I had placed the gifts in lime green boxes with a label. All the boxes were placed in the centre of my daughter's hold luggage, with clothes packed all around them to cushion them from damage.
|My table hostess gifts in their boxes, all ready to travel to the USA (click on the photo to get a closer look)|
Just before Sunday breakfast all the table hostesses came to set out their gifts on their tables. One gift was put in the pool of gifts and we each chose one of the gifts - I ended up picking one which was identical to the one I'd received at the Friday lunchtime meal as Sheila had hosted twice - a lovely fleecy fringed baby blanket but in a different pattern.
|My table with the hostess gifts and the information about next year's festival along with the Festival Souvenirs in the brown paper bags.|
On display on a table close to mine were the dolls modelling the 4 wonderful festival souvenir outfits, along with the chocolate bars. They are all stunning.
|2017 Sasha Festival souvenir outfits sewn by Karen W and the Lindt chocolate bars|
|2017 Sasha Festival souvenir outfits sewn by Karen W|
|Sheila brought her wigged baby to sit on my lime green pram!|
|Ginger and Sheila with my pram and the baby with hair that rocks|
|Looking at the pram and the dolls|
|Breakfast before opening the gifts|
|Discussing photos of our street organ|
|Discussing the street organ photos|
|Opening the table hostess gifts from DollMum|
|Cuddling her stuffie bear|
|Cuddling the stuffie bear before putting on the t-shirt|
|Wearing the new t-shirt and cuddling the stuffie|
|Cuddling their stuffies|
|Ellen's baby wore his new Eeyore t-shirt|
|Fran and Peggy at breakfast|
|Announcing the 2018 Sasha Festival|
Then it was the final Helper raffle draw (some of which had happened at the meal the night before), the children lined up to help with distributing the prizes.
|The final helper raffle draw|
|The children helping with the Helper Raffle draw|
Then the 3 Raffle dolls were drawn - a moment of big excitement as everyone waited with bated breath for Norvell to read out the number on the ticket for the Calendar Girl. It was Ellen's number and as she had donated the doll but not the outfits she had left instructions for it to drawn again so that the winner would get the doll with the outfit she had donated while she kept the other outfits. So it was drawn again and Elizabeth M won the lovely doll. Charla drew the ticket for the baby Matti and his outfits, which were won by Jackie K and the Toddler 'Raffie' with her outfits was drawn by Karen W with the winner Sharon C delighted to receive such a lovely prize.
|Norvell making announcements about the raffle|
|Norvell draws the ticket for the calendar girl doll|
|Very happy winner of the calendar girl doll|
|Charla reads out the winner of the baby|
|Delighted to win baby Matti|
|Karen draws the ticket for the toddler|
|Norvell announces the winner of the toddler|
|A very happy winner of the toddler|
|Thank you Charla, Karen and Norvell for organising a fabulous 2017 Sasha Doll Festival - what a great team|
Then it was over and time for goodbyes as people started to disperse to catch trains, planes and drive home from such a happy gathering of Sasha collectors. It is always sad to say goodbye, especially when you've made new friends, renewed friendships and don't know when you'll next get to meet up for a face to face chat. We were not leaving that day as we had the sights of Washington DC to explore next.
|Goodbye to Sasha friends|
|Safe journeys and looking forward to meeting again one day|
We consoled ourselves after the sad goodbyes by catching a bus to the Udvar-Hazy centre - part of the Air and Space museum, the branch of the Smithsonian which was only 5 miles from the hotel. We took Timothy and Edmund. Timothy had changed his clothes to his new Sheila F outfit - the Minion shirt and denim shorts, while Edmund kept his Dress a Sasha shirt on with his new shorts and sandals by Monica J.
At the museum we were excited to discover a Cessna plane which people were allowed people to sit in to try the controls. The boys joined the queue and played with the interactive display board controls which showed what the different terms mean in flying while they waited their turn - roll, yawl and pitch.
|The Cessna from above|
|Edmund and Timothy learn about flying a plane|
|Timothy discovered what a roll is in flying|
|He also learned about the yaw|
|Edmund experimented with pitch in flying|
|The sign inviting them to be pilot for the day|
|About the Cessna plane and Roll, Yaw and Pitch|
|Edmund and Timothy in the Cessna plane|
|The Cessna is so small|
We saw lots of other planes but one of the highlights was seeing the Space Shuttle Discovery.
|Distant view of the Space Shuttle Discovery|
|Space Shuttle Discovery is huge and impressive|
|Edmund and Timothy enjoyed looking at a model of the Space Shuttle|
The museum is smartly designed and is on the flight path for Washington Dulles Airport. While we were waiting for the bus back to the airport then hotel, we saw several planes fly over the entrance.
|Commercial flight over the Air and Space Museum|
When we got back to the hotel, my girl met up with her new friend who wasn't leaving with her grandmother until the Tuesday. They were soon back in the water again.
|Swimming in the indoor pool at the hotel|
We had dinner with Charla and her granddaughter after the girls had finished swimming and planned the next day's outing together.
See Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6 and part 7 if you haven't read them. There is one more festival post to come, all about what we received and bought at the festival.