In this crazy time of uncertainty, if someone asked me why they should attend CHT in June, how would I respond? I do not take the decision to come to San Antonio to share in our biennial conference lightly. To say that the San Antonio Guild has put a lot of time and effort into a successful conference does not matter when making the decision.
First and foremost, our health is the utmost important consideration for both the Omni Hotel and CHT members. The Omni has safety measures in place that are fluid and changing with the times and conditions. If they did not feel they could safely host our conference, then definitely we would not have a conference this year.
Yes, our conference will look different. People will wear masks and meals will be served at your table. Currently, buffet-style meals are not allowed. We will practice social distancing. The Omni will provide ample space that allows classes to continue safely.
But most things will be the same. As in a ‘normal’ year, 2021 CHT Conference: A Fiber Runs Through It will offer members a chance to share their love of fiber, learn and share with others who ‘get’ why touching fiber is considered the weavers’ handshake. The Members’ Exhibit and Fashion Show inspire our CHT community. We are motivated by our classes from instructors near and far. Attending the conference allows us an opportunity to reunite with our community and share our diversity and talents. And importantly, we have fun!
The CHT conference creates an opportunity for our diverse community to learn from others and open our eyes to the possibility of integrating new elements into our own work. We come from big cities and small towns. We are advanced weavers and newbies. Some of us are self-taught and some are teachers. But at the end of the conference, we all come away with new and renewed friendships, motivation and inspiration.
So my answer as to why someone should attend CHT in this crazy, uncertain time is this: The conference will be the same as it always has been, filled with learning, opportunity and sense of community, only with masks and social distancing in place.
2021 Conference Chair