CATS Office 2002

CATS Office 2002

Post by CreativeArtsSh » Sat, 05 Jan 2002 07:59:05



Hello Everyone!  We have noticed alot of speculation on RCTN about CATS.  So,
we thought we would respond directly from the horses mouth!  We hope that we
are not over stepping our bounds with RCTN.  It is difficult to hear negative
press when we are working so hard to bring the best shows to you.  Our mutual
love of needlework and the people involved on every level make the shows
possible.  We are in full swing at CATS.  Closing out the 2001 shows in
November, moving the office to Grand Rapids, MI in December (along with the
Holidays), now into January 2002 the show schedule is ready to go.  Several
comments have mentioned Cathy Shelton our past Executive Director, we miss her
and hope that her new plans are moving along.  Of course, we know she must be
doing a happy dance now with the snow in the Carolinas! Our staff is working
diligently on 2002.  The CATS web site is due to be updated shortly with new
info. The next issue of the PawPrint newsletter is wrapping up now and will be
on its way also.  Just to let you know, you will experience the following at
the shows this year:  Kick Off Party, Stitchers Rally Thursday evening; Banquet
Friday night, Dinner with Two Samplers; Stitcher's Lounge; The Creative Arts
Showcase; Make It/ Take It; Free Lectures; Classes galore.  There has been
concern over the number of classes.  We will be offering a wide range of
classes with excellent teachers.  It is imperative to fill the classes.  We all
know the importance of this!
So, experience, learn, share, and as the attendees grow the shows will grow and
when the shows grow the attendees will grow!  It is one big circle with the
heart of needlework pulsating in the middle.    
 
 
 

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Post by Alda Simpso » Sat, 05 Jan 2002 23:39:21


I applaud your efforts and am looking forward to the catalog and the shows
with baited breath.

Alda

PS

the Charleston show falls on my birthday and I intend to give myself some
really great presents  : )



Quote:
> Hello Everyone!  We have noticed alot of speculation on RCTN about CATS.  So,
> we thought we would respond directly from the horses mouth!  We hope that we
> are not over stepping our bounds with RCTN.  It is difficult to hear negative
> press when we are working so hard to bring the best shows to you.  Our mutual
> love of needlework and the people involved on every level make the shows
> possible.  We are in full swing at CATS.  Closing out the 2001 shows in
> November, moving the office to Grand Rapids, MI in December (along with the
> Holidays), now into January 2002 the show schedule is ready to go.  Several
> comments have mentioned Cathy Shelton our past Executive Director, we miss her
> and hope that her new plans are moving along.  Of course, we know she must be
> doing a happy dance now with the snow in the Carolinas! Our staff is working
> diligently on 2002.  The CATS web site is due to be updated shortly with new
> info. The next issue of the PawPrint newsletter is wrapping up now and will be
> on its way also.  Just to let you know, you will experience the following at
> the shows this year:  Kick Off Party, Stitchers Rally Thursday evening;
> Banquet
> Friday night, Dinner with Two Samplers; Stitcher's Lounge; The Creative Arts
> Showcase; Make It/ Take It; Free Lectures; Classes galore.  There has been
> concern over the number of classes.  We will be offering a wide range of
> classes with excellent teachers.  It is imperative to fill the classes.  We
> all
> know the importance of this!
> So, experience, learn, share, and as the attendees grow the shows will grow
> and
> when the shows grow the attendees will grow!  It is one big circle with the
> heart of needlework pulsating in the middle.    


 
 
 

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Post by Teresa/LadyD » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 05:54:51


Thanks for the extensive update. I am REALLY looking forward to
getting my showbook. I spend hours and hours picking and choosing my
classes- and oogling all the beautiful pieces. See you in Hershey!
 
 
 

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Post by That Funky Chi » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 06:26:02



something like:

Quote:
> Thanks for the extensive update. I am REALLY looking forward to
> getting my showbook. I spend hours and hours picking and choosing my
> classes- and oogling all the beautiful pieces. See you in Hershey!

Anyone else here going to Hershey?  I'm trying to decide if I'd rather go
to Hershey or South Carolina.  (Or at all, kind of depends on the budget
and my mate's availability for kid-sitting.)

-Bertha
--
Government exists to protect us from each other.  Where government
has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from
ourselves.                                      -- Ronald Reagan

 
 
 

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Post by Scott & Jessica Werbi » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 08:44:03



Quote:


>something like:

>> Thanks for the extensive update. I am REALLY looking forward to
>> getting my showbook. I spend hours and hours picking and choosing my
>> classes- and oogling all the beautiful pieces. See you in Hershey!

>Anyone else here going to Hershey?  I'm trying to decide if I'd rather go
>to Hershey or South Carolina.  (Or at all, kind of depends on the budget
>and my mate's availability for kid-sitting.)

>-Bertha

Myself, my sister and my mom will be going.  This is our yearly jaunt
together.  Unfortunately, my other sister will probably not make it
this year.  

Jessica Werbin

 
 
 

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Post by Aliso » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 09:39:34


If all goes as planned I too will be going to Hershey - have attended
at least one festival a year starting with the last SOCS...

Alison

On Sat, 05 Jan 2002 23:44:03 GMT, Scott & Jessica Werbin

Quote:




>>something like:

>>> Thanks for the extensive update. I am REALLY looking forward to
>>> getting my showbook. I spend hours and hours picking and choosing my
>>> classes- and oogling all the beautiful pieces. See you in Hershey!

>>Anyone else here going to Hershey?  I'm trying to decide if I'd rather go
>>to Hershey or South Carolina.  (Or at all, kind of depends on the budget
>>and my mate's availability for kid-sitting.)

>>-Bertha
>Myself, my sister and my mom will be going.  This is our yearly jaunt
>together.  Unfortunately, my other sister will probably not make it
>this year.  

>Jessica Werbin

 
 
 

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Post by That Funky Chi » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 11:16:01



something like:

Quote:
> If all goes as planned I too will be going to Hershey - have attended
> at least one festival a year starting with the last SOCS...

Nifty... I'm leaning towards Hershey because, well, the chocolate
factory... OTOH October is SUCH a long ways off.

-Bertha
--
"I am Jack's complete lack of surprise."      -- Narrator, "Fight Club"

 
 
 

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Post by Tia Mary-remove nekoluvr to repl » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 13:03:31


Quote:

>Nifty... I'm leaning towards Hershey because, well, the chocolate
>factory... OTOH October is SUCH a long ways off.

NO NO NO -- go to C***te not Hershey!!!  Janet and I will be at C***te!!!
 Who else will be there??  I have never been to C***te before and Janet says
it is really a neat town.  It's going to be something like a 5 hour drive for
us so we will be going up on Wednesday night.  We will be coming home on either
Saturday or Sunday depending on classes, etc.:-)))))  OH OH OH I hope they have
a Brazilian Embroidery class this year.  The MITI I took last year was soooooo
great -- I want a REAL class this year -- one that takes hours and hours and
hours!!  CiaoMeow >^;;^<
.
PAX, Tia Mary   >^;;^<    
Angels can't show their wings on earth but nothing was ever said about their
WHISKERS!!  
Nothing is complete without a few cat hairs!

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Post by Alda Simpso » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 00:56:41


If everything goes right , I hope to go to both.  Hopefully I won't
overloadas much with classes if I spresd it over two and I'll only have to
wait six months between festivals.  Am i out of control?  Anybody else doing
more than one?

alda



Quote:

> something like:

>> Thanks for the extensive update. I am REALLY looking forward to
>> getting my showbook. I spend hours and hours picking and choosing my
>> classes- and oogling all the beautiful pieces. See you in Hershey!

> Anyone else here going to Hershey?  I'm trying to decide if I'd rather go
> to Hershey or South Carolina.  (Or at all, kind of depends on the budget
> and my mate's availability for kid-sitting.)

> -Bertha

 
 
 

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Post by That Funky Chi » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 22:49:39



muttered something like:

Quote:
> If everything goes right , I hope to go to both.  Hopefully I won't
> overloadas much with classes if I spresd it over two and I'll only have to
> wait six months between festivals.  Am i out of control?  Anybody else doing
> more than one?

Well there's an idea--I can go to the one in C***te in April, and then
if I've saved up enough by October go to the one in Hershey.  How's that
sound Tia Mary?  :)

-Bertha
--
I tried to contain myself, but I escaped.

 
 
 

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Post by Janet Walke » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 03:23:40


It's NOT C***te; it's Charleston.  C***te is in North Carolina
and Charleston is on the coast in South Carolina.  I think I'm going
to have to give Mary a geography lesson!   LOL  (She's been MANY
more places than I have.)

Janet

 
 
 

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Post by Tia Mary-remove nekoluvr to repl » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 06:40:32


Quote:

>Well there's an idea--I can go to the one in C***te in April, and then
>if I've saved up enough by October go to the one in Hershey.  How's that
>sound Tia Mary?  :)

OH -- that would be wonderful :-))).  I too would like to go to Hershey but
it's probably out of the question as we are going to be doing a lot of
travelling this year!  CiaoMeow >^;;^<
.
PAX, Tia Mary   >^;;^<    
Angels can't show their wings on earth but nothing was ever said about their
WHISKERS!!  
Nothing is complete without a few cat hairs!

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Post by That Funky Chi » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 07:17:07


On 06 Jan 2002 21:40:32 GMT, Tia Mary-remove nekoluvr to reply

Quote:
> OH -- that would be wonderful :-))).  I too would like to go to Hershey but
> it's probably out of the question as we are going to be doing a lot of
> travelling this year!  CiaoMeow >^;;^<

Well, DH says he can take a couple of vacation days so that I can even go
for more than just Saturday.  Guess tomorrow I'll send off for the
catalog--hope all the classes aren't already full by the time I get it!

Anyone organizing an rctn get-together in Charleston?

-Bertha
--
Xander: So, Buffy, how'd the slaying go last night?
 Buffy: Xander!
Xander: I mean, how'd the laying go last night? No, I don't mean that either."

 
 
 

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Post by Meridel Abram » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 09:37:00



Quote:
> Hello Everyone!  We have noticed alot of speculation on RCTN about CATS.  So,
> we thought we would respond directly from the horses mouth!  We hope that we
> are not over stepping our bounds with RCTN.  It is difficult to hear negative
> press when we are working so hard to bring the best shows to you.
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> Hello Everyone!  We have noticed alot of speculation on RCTN about CATS.  So,
> we thought we would respond directly from the horses mouth!  We hope that we
> are not over stepping our bounds with RCTN.

I just found this thread -- and thank for the whinney from the horse's mouth!
(finally!!!!)  Since I personally was so vocal in the previous thread, I feel
some compulsion to post here.

If the CATS staff would have galloped to the forefront of all this *news* before
our discussions a lot of this could have been avoided.  No, you don't have to
conduct CATS business online for our approval, but a simple announcement that
CATS will be seeing some big changes next year and that Cathy is going to be a
*farmer's wife* <g> would have avoided all that so-called negative press.   I
still remain suspicious about the Cathy thing -- it would have been nice to see
a nice going-away event for her if this whole this is as much on the up and up
as we are being told.   One thing is for sure, Cathy Shelton (and her husband)
certainly deserved it -- EVERYONE agrees on that.

Don't blame rctn for negative press -- they sometimes get a bad rap on that
issue.  To be honest, it is sometimes the very *best* place to find out what is
happening.  And it is my guess that most designers, vendors and stitchers
understand that or they would not lurk here so often.

It just seems to me that sometimes the entire stitching industry *reacts* rather
than acts when it comes to these issues.   I sometimes get *vocal* about certain
issues on this board (remembering the past copyright issues and the SOCS issue).
This happens to be one of those times.

First, I'd like to re-iterate my last post that the best way to avoid all that
*negative press* is to head it off at the pass before it has a chance to start.
Whatever changes CATS decides to make is their business, not mine, I fully
acknowledge that -- but as a consumer, I have a definite right to say I am not
enjoying the CATS shows as much as I did previously.   And more than anything, I
would like to be told the simple *truth* when I deal directly with CATS.   I am
pretty good at my hunches when something does not add up -- and something about
CATS is not adding up in my recent dealings with them -- that is what I am
saying.   I don't expect anyone else to agree, but I do *expect* that I have a
right to my post.

I understand all the packing and moving and all the other *busy* issues that
have been mentioned -- I never seem to stay in one place because of the nature
of my job.  But a simple announcement of Cathy's resignation in a CATS
newsletter would have avoided a whole lot of speculation among CATS supports and
on the *dreaded rctn board*.    Also, it would have given us the chance to wish
Cathy well -- to give her and her DH a stitcher's send-off!   Cathy will be
missed by a lot of us.

Also, I'll restate my position here that I simply do not think I am enjoying the
CATS shows as much as I did previously -- I am investing my efforts and dollars
in other stitching adventures.   If you are all a good as everyone seems to
think, you will survive without *meri* -- but I refuse to spend my dollars and
time to go to shows I no longer enjoy (for whatever reason).

I don't remember at this writing who posted it, but she was talking about The
Heart shows and how she got the feeling that they treated show attendees like
*cross-stitch meat*.   This is what I am saying to the CATS staff.   Please
don't do that -- we *regular stitchers* (no matter the level of our talents) are
the ones who put aside a lot of priority and dollars in our lives to attend
these shows.   I've been doing that since the first SOCS show in Des Moines in
1991.

And to be honest, the last couple of times I was in contact with CATS -- well,
the same type of friendliness just was not there.   It hurt me.   I walked
around wounded for several months, thinking I did something wrong, but I went my
way.   Then went I saw Carolyn's post, I began to see things a bit
differently -- I understood a bit better.  That was the reason for my posting in
the other thread in the first place -- and I'll say it one more time -- WHY OH
WHY DO WE HAVE TO RELY ON RUMOR!!!!!  That, CATS Staff, is something you could
have done something about  . . .

I can understand a whole bunch of changes in the works -- but don't forget your
consumer out here and what they *really* want.   A case in point -- in the early
90's when I sent away for a show guide, I received a legal-sized photocopy
packet with a short paragraph description of each class.  I did not have to pay
$3.00 for a catalog.  It was certainly enough to tell me what classes I wanted
to take without having to see full-blown color pictures.   In 1995, I took my
whole computer system to Des Moines and invited SOCS attendees who wanted to
know more about the Internet to come over -- now that was *fun*.    In 1997, I
wanted to try my hand at teaching some of the classes -- I was given that
opportunity even though I was not a full-time designer.  In year 2000, I flew to
Denver, Atlanta, and Valley Forge -- just to attend CATS.   You don't know this
but I was so damned tired the morning of my flight to Valley Forge, that I
missed the 6:00 a.m. flight.  I bought a whole new ticket at more than full
price (the short notice thing) -- just to go to CATS for the weekend.

Personally, I miss the camaraderie, maybe the innocence of those times, and to
be honest, I am not so sure that CATS has that focus anymore --

That is why I posted something does not add up to me and I still remain
cautious.   But for goodness sakes, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade
either -- I was just saying that I am finding a different parade -- and you know
that is exactly how I felt about The Heart when they first started (and in
hindsight -- I really was not that wrong then either.)

I've posted this on rctn and I sent a copy of this to the

looking at their track record so far, I'd say no)  -- but there you go,  I
responded.

Now, I am going to go stitch -- I am working on a whole new complimentary design
series.  At least I can still share my designs online -- that IS still fun for
me ... and it is going to be pretty hard for someone to take that away!

Meri Abrams


 
 
 

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Post by Tia Mary-remove nekoluvr to repl » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 12:15:50


Quote:

>Anyone organizing an rctn get-together in Charleston?

   WE are doing it as we speak! :-))).  Of course, the finalization will need
to wait until we have all signed up for our classes so we know who will be
available at the same time :-).   We ALL need to sign up; for the banquet.  It
is a tad pricey but it is ever so much fun!  CiaoMeow >^;;^<
.
PAX, Tia Mary   >^;;^<    
Angels can't show their wings on earth but nothing was ever said about their
WHISKERS!!  
Nothing is complete without a few cat hairs!

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