Paper folders everywhere! Yes, the OrigamiUSA 2018 Convention began yesterday. I was so excited to travel to St. John’s University in Queens, New York for my first Origami Convention.
Before going to the Convention, I resolved to get together with a number of friends in New York City. I traveled by bus from Boston’s South Station to New York City’s Port Authority.
On arrival, I took the shuttle to the East Side and lunched with a colleague, whom at I had not seen in years, at Grand Central’s Oyster Bar.
I’ve always loved the setting of the Oyster Bar with its scrumptious sea food, Guastivano tiled ceiling and festive lighting.
Then, I took the shuttle back to the West Side and checked into the economical, spartan but clean and safe West Side YMCA. Together with a college friend, who was also visiting New York, we strolled across Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see a special exhibit of Mexican Art, returning to the West Side to dine at the excellent Jazz supper club, Smoke. A perfect day!
The next morning, I checked out of the Y and met my mentor from Columbia University days at a French bistro for a delicious brunch. We caught up on our lives and laughed at past situations we experienced while catalogers in the basement of the University’s Butler Library.
By noon, I was on my way to Queens and St. John’s University. Once there, I chuckled to see visitor golf carts shuttling Origami convention folks around campus just as our convention materials had promised.
Dorms were at one end of the campus, hospitality center with folding classrooms in another building and the Origami exhibition with sales in yet another building. It was a bit if a hike getting from place to place.
Once settled into the monastic dorm room, I met up with some folders and walked to the hospitality center to register. Everyone was folding something at large tables after they registered and eagerly chatting with one another.
The attendees were so warm and receptive! Anticipation was growing, as I perused through the registration materials and introduced myself to other folders as a “First Timer” at the convention.
One folder introduced herself and immediately showed me how to fold a flapping bird.
I wondered if I would ever be good enough to design my own Origami models and exhibit them.
A short walk to the dining hall for the evening meal, then back to the dorms to get ready for bed.
I eagerly looked forward to the folding classes tomorrow as I drifted off to sleep.