Today, the conference began in earnest. I went to an excellent food history session, in which two of the four papers had been withdrawn, but we gained a really good, illicit* replacement. Lunch featured, among other lovely people, a reunion with pittenweem and a first meeting with toft_froggy.
Two of my own sessions were in the afternoon. I organized them and chaired the second. The Technologies of the Book panels went really well, with five good papers presented between the two of them. They were on Villard de Honnecourt, visual mapping of thematic ideas, Arabic and Roman numbers, and bookmarks as fabrics and as plants. The AVISTA brochure was available in a pretty array of colors, a book may happen from the sessions, and I gave my first autograph. (!)
After a lovely hour spent with relentlesstoil's parents (!), I had a brief reunion with ellid (not seen since Smith days!) and a first meeting with her extraordinary quilt. Then off to dinner with forthright and curtana, in which a large festival, in honor of someone who has been voted off American Idol, scuppered our plans for eating at Food Dance.
Finally, I didn't go the York reception because I was at the Toronto one instead. Cruel choice! And there were many more reunions and meetings.
* Replacements are not generally illicit, but this one was given by the moderator, often a recipe for disaster, and so discouraged. Fortunately, it was good, and beautifully kept to time.