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Well, I am here at the first ever Camp Widow East coast. Just like at every event at every hotel, we are cobbling together internet service between wifi cards and the hotel's official service and 3G from an occasional iPad.

It is kind of amazing to me to see the DOZENS of Widowed Village members who are here in person. We have a cool booth and are greeting everyone who walks by. I like this space -- we have a smallish area in the hotel and it's easier to find people (like when we need tape to put the booth together!) and to find the sessions. We're right in front of the tribute wall. It's hard to remember it's only registration day -- there are so many sessions planned for today and so many new campers to get oriented. I love seeing that we have more men than ever, and more people of color. Smiles and tears. 

Lots of excitement... lots of technical glitches... lots of stories and dreams.

I'll share more as the day goes by and if the connection holds up, we'll have more posts from others, too!

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Comment by jimswife33 (Michelle) on April 20, 2012 at 6:32pm

Looking forward to hearing more about it and seeing pictures.  Thanks for posting.

Comment by Cathy on April 20, 2012 at 5:36pm

Is there any online access to attend/view workshops? You could charge a nominal fee to attend online.

Might be something to think about in the future for those that cannot attend in person.

Comment by kimkirt (KK) on April 20, 2012 at 3:40pm
Looking forward to seeing pics and hearing more! Have fun all!
Comment by Chris_NC on April 20, 2012 at 11:20am

I'm so glad I made it to Camp Widow East!  It has been so nice meeting so many friends that I know from the chat room and meeting other new friends as well!  So far the meetings/conferences have been going great so I thought I would drop in for a moment while working at the WV booth.  :)  If you can make it, I would totally recommend signing up for Camp Widow West!!!

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