"The Holidays: Spell Them H-Y-A-T-T" by Georgia Hesse

The mood was manic, the message was monetary, and the scene was magical: BATW’s November 19th meeting at the Dressed Up for the Season Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Glittery, gorgeous, gracious: the setting demanded the most laudatory adjectives.
So did the program, organized by Erin Caslavka and Associate Member Molly Blaisdell. The meeting was called to near-order by Co-president Ginny Prior promptly at 11:30. Treasurer Bill Scull explained how to renew one’s membership (go to Services on the members’ page and click on the final item: Renewals Membership). Erin then eased through a compelling calendar of upcoming monthly meetings (if it’s January, it must be Sausalito and the Spinnaker).
Scrooge (a.k.a. Martin Harris, just in from London and Gravesend, fittingly) then did a dastardly turn on the upcoming Dickens Christmas Fair (Exhibition Halls, next to the Cow Palace, four weekends, Nov. 25-Dec. 18; check on the Victorian villainy at www.dickensfair.com). This wicked wizardry plays its 33rd year in the Bay Area.
Following a scrumptious luncheon, complete with wines, a praise-worthy panel—Spud Hilton, travel editor of the S.F. Chronicle; Andy Murdock, U.S. digital editor, Lonely Planet, and Kristin Zibell of www.takeyourbigtrip.com—talked, informatively, about blogging. They spoke of quality, content, personality, story-telling, and uniformly derided “random blogging of uneventful lives,” in Hilton’s felicitous phrase.
Dessert and champagne were served in a corner of the sky-soaring lobby as Santa Claus and Scrooge (!) handed out a few prizes. Christmas came early this year so far as BATW members were concerned.
Happy Holidays to all!
—By Georgia Hesse (Photo by Lee Foster)
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