ODACA Day 2013
Washington D.C.

I am delighted to report that ODACA Day 2013 was a terrific. The accommodations for the sales room and the luncheon were appropriate, and the hotel staff at the Washington Hilton was responsive and helpful in getting everything set up as we intended. There were UFDC members and ODACA patrons waiting outside the sales room door as artists set up their displays on Sunday, and they were only the beginning of a steady and eager stream of viewers and buyers throughout the day. Artists reported significant interest as well as sales, and patrons, volunteers, and ODACA members performed as a well-oiled team doing everything from selling raffle tickets to handling lunch-time security. We are very grateful to everyone who helped on Sunday to insure the day's success.

The luncheon was also a huge hit. Initial enrollment quickly expanded beyond our expectations, and we finally had to cap the number of attendees at 55 due to the limited number of souvenirs we had available. Several people who had not pre-registered for the luncheon were disappointed, and they would have been even more so had they known what a treat was in store for us. The boxes containing Sandra Wright Justiss' spectacular Young Martha Washington doll—a gorgeous porcelain piece dressed in beautiful colored silks—made an impressive display against one wall. ODACA President Adele Sciortino provided a handsome luncheon program showcasing a biography of Sandra Wright Justiss (souvenir doll and performance artist) and an updated Artist Directory. Each attendee received a favor donated by patrons or members who volunteered as table hostesses, and each table featuredcenterpieces by ODACA artists Christine Shively Benjamin, Sarah Maldonado, Barbara Schoenoff, and Theresa May that carried out the theme "Making History." Christine Shively won the Centerpiece Artist award by a runaway popular vote for her patriotic piece.

Sandra Justiss' performance piece as Martha Washington in full period costume provided an unforgettable last course to a thoroughly delectable meal and set the stage for the mass unboxing of the souvenir dolls. Imagine the rustling of tissue and universal sounds of surprise and delight, and you have a pretty good idea about that portion of the luncheon.

Patron Chair Sheri Kaplan had very graciously agreed to receive and transport to the meeting all the donated helper items and some centerpieces. She and other patron volunteers unpacked and set up the wealth of pieces provided by ODACA members, staffed the table for final sale of helper tickets, and, as the inevitable "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" finale to the luncheon, drew the names of the lucky "helper" winners and distributed the prizes.

The day could only have been more satisfying if more of you Artist Members had been there. If you don't want to miss out again, start planning now to attend the 2014 ODACA Day in San Antonio, and be sure to check elsewhere in the newsletter for currently available information and teasers about next year.

submitted by Theresa May



ODACA Day Highlights

Program Presenter
Sandra Wright Justiss
as Martha Washington.

Sweetheart Award Recepient
Donna Sims

Theresa May
Introducing the program.

Luncheon Attendees

Sandra Wright Justiss
as Martha Washington.

Centerpiece Doll
by
Sarah Maldonado

Centerpiece Doll
by
Theresa May

Centerpiece Doll
by
Theresa May

Diane Troutman

Artists and Guests enjoying
the displays & commraderie
in the
ODACA Sales Room

Bob Zacker

Sandra Wright Justiss

Stevi T.

Sarah Maldonado

Ann Leis
with Raffle Doll
by Joyce Patterson

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