Thursday, October 18, 2007

Minneapolis with Julie & Dan Huiskamp Oct., 2007

Scottie with Julie & Dan Huiskamp (and Mary Tyler Moore)

Purcell-Cutts House, 1913, now a house museum of the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Louie & I flew to Minneapolis on Friday, Oct. 12, for my annual Oberlin Group meeting of liberal arts college library directors. Dear friends from northern Iowa, Julie & Dan, drove up to have dinner and Saturday morning with us before the meetings began. Dinner at Lucia's Friday was terrific (all of us had day boat scallops, YUM), as was the tour of the Arts & Crafts house designed by an architect, Purcell, for his own family in 1913. It's not huge, just two bedrooms, but it is full of beautiful craftsmenship and clever space-saving ideas. WHY he and Frank Lloyd Wright insisted on flat roofs in northern, snowy climates is a mystery to me, but the house is lovely. The built-ins everywhere are especially appealing for us today. They had a central vacuum system built in, too! Not much new under the sun, eh?
The meeting began Sat. night at the Windows on Minnesota restaurant at the top of the IDS tower. Louie & I had Walleye pike. Another fine meal. Sunday noon 65 of us drove about an hour south to Northfield, home of Carleton and St. Olaf colleges. This is one of my favorite professional groups, and this year's meeting was another big success.
The horrible and typical airline delays (both ways this time on American Airlines) threatened to force us to stay overnight at O'hare in an exorbitant hotel room, but we got lucky. A sympathetic counter agent found us a direct flight from Minneapolis to Columbus on Northwest Airlines....thank heavens. That solution was available from the beginning, but the first 2 or 3 agents didn't offer it. Geez...........
As planned, the 12 Thai librarians were in Ohio by the time we returned. I'll put up a blog of their visit here in a few days. Right now, we're busy as one-armed paper hangers!
Much love,