This month's meeting will be a demonstration offered to us by atouring pro, Dorothy Schmidt*, from Sarasota.
It will be held at our normal meeting place and time, 10 AM, Saturday, July 20, at the USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, on the campus of USF. For further information call Jeff Haskins, [masked],
Dorothy is relatively young but not new to the touring circuit, and she has done a number of well regarded demonstrations and workshops, and is highly and multi-talented.
We think this is the first time she has worked in our loca area though, and we are happy and honored to provide her with her Tampa Bay (Lakeland/St.Pete/Tampa/Clearwater) debut.
We also hope she will come with us afterwards, so we can meet and introduce ourselves, in a more informal setting and let her tell us what she would like to, about herself. So plan on coming to lunch with us afterwards if you can. We always meet at a restaurant nearby to the Botanical Garden, usually either Dunderbak's up the road a few blocks, or Tex Mex down the road a few blocks, which has more room when we have a larger crow.
At that time, we hope to round out a longer scheduled set of programs for you then, and get your further input as to what you'd like to have us do too.
A couple of workshops are planned for early fall (which, even though present temperatures belie the
possibility right now, will be here soon enough).
Also don't forget the October 5 Bonsai Bash workshop/demonstration/sales/bonsai display/food day at Moccasin Lake Park. It's an all-day affair with plenty to do. The largest part of the day will be a demonstration byOwen Reich, with material of one of our workshops, and then workshops by several well-known artists including again Owen Reich, Adam Lavigne, Marian Borchers, and possibly Mike Cartrett.
Owen, by the way, has spent some time apprenticing in Japan, and will be able to show off some not-so-well known techniques as well as a fine styling capacity that we will all certainly enjoy watching.
Marty Rosen has done a lot of work and thinking to set this up for us, and Moccasin Lake Park, together with its manager, Cliff Norris, have been very hospitable in the low-cost use of their wonderful park.