It finally happened. The day arrived. We set up the typewriters and the stationery and supplies for cutting and gluing, then we watched it all unfold.
It is nothing but the truth to say that the Type-In & Letter Writing Social organized and hosted by Thread Lock Press and Scribbling Glue was a huge success. The typewriters were in constant use and the mailart table was always full. Over the course of 3 hours, there were 70+ people who stopped by and walked away with typewritten and handmade creations!
If you couldn’t make it (or you did make it and want to relive the great vibe of the evening), here’s a brief photo overview.
There were, I think, eight or nine typewriters that made an appearance during the evening. They were nostalgic for some, novelty for others, and enjoyed by all.
What I enjoyed most was the scope of the event. The youngest participant was 2 (and the youngest in attendance, who has not quite developed the fine motor skills to write or type, was 4 months old), the oldest were in their 70s and 80s. Some people came on purpose, others just happened to wander into Evergrain Bread Company as part of their 1st Friday circuit and stayed to make something. Out of town friends and family of mine made the trip to Chestertown just so they could be a part of the fun–I’m so very fortunate to have such fantastic people in my life! People showed up as individuals and couples and families. A man typed a birthday letter to his mother who was turning 94 the next day. A girl wrote to a friend from school. A woman typed letters to two of her oldest friends–the three used to work together as typists. A little boy created a tremendously be-stamped and colorful card when left to his own devices with a glue stick (I missed a photo op with that one!). I love thinking about all the letters and cards and poems and thoughts that were created and are now going to be sent and shared; the event is over, but its impact is going to continue as colorful envelopes make their way through the mail and are opened on the other end. This was definitely a happening that lived up to Scribbling Glue’s mission to celebrate how “handwritten letters, jotted notes, and scrawled miscellany add to the forces of good at work in the world.”
I have an inkling that this was not a one-time event.
Hooray for being a part of the creative and fun-loving community of letter writers!
Donovan and Kathy of LWA, thank you for introducing me to the idea of letter writing socials!
Huge thanks are also due to Doug and Kelly at Evergrain who gave an enthusiastic go-ahead when asked about holding this event at the bakery.
And, hey, Lindsay, creative collaboration rocks! I’m so glad we made this happen.