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First Look 5 (An Invitation)

  • Subject: First Look 5 (An Invitation)
  • From: gw1944@vermontel.net (Glen Williams)
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 16:27:44 -0400

Dear Hosta Folk:

I am PROUD TO BE PIMPING FOR FIRST LOOK 5 this year. Consider this an
invitation to A SPECIAL HOSTA EXPERIENCE. Your faithful hosta minions,
headed by Roy Dales have been busily organizing all of the details of this
hosta celebration for months. You can find lots of information about First
Look at the Hosta Library under First Look. You can find the entry forms,
rules, costs, and activities there too. I am going to share a little
information, just enough to lure you into our midst....... but not enough
to make you stop reading.

It's being held in Burlington, Vermont this year on July 8 th and 9 th.
Vermont is special and so is First Look. WE HAVE MORE MOOSE THAN PEOPLE.

The following is a bit of information which may tantalize you:

In the past, First Look has been held in Stamford, Connecticut,Parsippany,
ATHENS, GREECE. New Jersey, and Schenectady, New York...... First Look 5
will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington,

 This year's meeting will be co-hosted by the American Hosta Society (AHS)
and AHS Region One.........and FRIENDS OF MARTHA STEWART.

For those who have attended a previous First Look meeting, the format will
be similar to previous events although we hope to have a few new surprises
(CLOTHES WILL BE REQUIRED THIS YEAR). ....... we guarantee it will be
unlike any other hosta event you have ever seen....the GREASED TRACTOR PULL
alone is worth the weekend!

For those who are driving, the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center is
located at 870 Williston Road, Burlington, Vermont right at Exit 14W of
Interstate 89.  For those who are flying, it is a 5 to 10 minute ride from
the Burlington International Airport....THE STRIP SEARCHES AT THE AIRPORT
shuttle service from the airport.  A phone to request the shuttle is
located in the baggage claim area of the airport.  Airlines servicing the
Burlington area are American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest,
United, and USAir.


The Sheraton is located about 1.5 miles from the Church Street Market
Place.  You could walk to Church Street from the Sheraton (down hill) and
take a cab back (costing about $8.00 including tip)!  Or you could ride the
local bus transit from the Sheraton to downtown for a cost of $1.00.
Church Street Market Place is an open street market featuring many
intriguing shops(BLACK MARKET GOODS SMUGGLED FROM CANADA) and street
vendors, DANCING GOPHERS, and a wide variety of restaurants, NUDE DANCING
WITH VOLLEYBALL, bistros, and cafes most of which offer outside seating on
the market place.  The cuisine offered on Church Street consists of
Oriental/Thai to Italian with many Mediterranean-style dishes.  Steaks and
seafood are abundant at the various restaurants in and around Church
Street......there is a lot more of this but you can go to the library to
read it. Burlington is a great city.

WHAT IS FIRST LOOK? If you don't know, memorize the following:

 Carol Brashear, American Hosta Society (AHS) Region One Director and one
of the creators of First Look, once described First Look as a fair. This
remains a very apt description. First Look does indeed contain many of the
elements of a typical county fair. It has a competitive exhibition,
contests and games, home grown products for sale, educational forums, an
auction, food, a star attraction and above all the opportunity to meet and
socialize with friends and neighbors. Unlike a county fair, the focus of
our fair is of course, THE GENUS HOSTA.

THE COMPETITION. I see this as the future of the AHS. FIRST LOOK IS THE
GROWING TIP OF THE AHS....and its been several hours since I was wrong
about anything.

The centerpiece of the fair is the Seedling and Sport Competition. The
competition is intended to encourage participation either as a contest
entrant, a contest voter or both. The purpose is to encourage hybridizers,
growers and gardeners, in a competitive forum, to introduce new hostas to
the public (provide a First Look). The competition recognizes two
categories of plants - seedlings and sports. Within each category, prizes
are given for best of class and best of show. Awards are determined by a
vote of AHS sanctioned judges. A second, equal set of awards is presented
based on a vote of meeting attendees.

Who is eligible to enter the competition? ANYONE! Past contestants ranged
from nationally known hybridizers to weekend gardeners. Who has a chance to
win? YOU DO!.........PLEASE CONSIDER COMING. MARK ZILIS is going to speak,
and other hosta notables will be there to chat with you and BUY YOU DRINKS.
And of course there will be hosta vendors. The scale of this was about a
hundred people last year, which made it perfect to get to talk and listen
to some neat people.

Back out into your gardens now, and give this invitation some serious thought.

"I miss her sweet presence." M.E.

Glen Williams
20 Dewey St.
Springfield , Vermont
Tel: 802-885-2839 

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