Fourth Annual Spring Event
Choosing a Path For Adventure!
In past years we've celebrated size acceptance and we've learned how
to better take care of ourselves, so this year's Big As TEXAS theme
is "Choosing a Path for Adventure!" The fourth annual spring assembly
was held the weekend of March 12-14, 1999, in the Dallas-Fort Worth
Airport Marriott Hotel.
In keeping with tradition, Friday night kicked off with some informal
hi-jinx intended to reacquaint returning attendees and introduce
newcomers in an easy and friendly atmosphere. They say that Texas is
a friendly place, but we want to prove that Big As TEXAS is the
friendliest of all!
Friday night opened with a Tex-Mex dinner, followed by an official
Big As TEXAS fashion show, and the customary late-night swim.
Some of the group enjoying the Friday night
Although there have been fashion shows at previous Big As TEXAS
events, they have been organized independently. For the 1999 event,
Big As TEXAS sponsored an official fashion show.
On Saturday, March 13, attendees had a choice of four workshops
and panel discussions:
Big As TEXAS served lunch on Saturday between workshops, and an
Italian dinner on Saturday night, which was followed by our keynote
speaker, Paul Delacroix, a Dallas-area
artist and activist, who spoke on "Broadening Our Image."
- The Double Whammy. Many people deal with more
than just being fat, and society's prejudices seem to know no bounds,
so we hosted a panel discussion concerned with how to handle
Saturday panel, "The Double Whammy." Ray Hackney, Steph Smart, Terry
Early. Not pictured: Martha Black.
- Size-Friendly Commercial Travel. Because we want
to be a more adventurous group, we offered a workshop to talk about
the pros and cons of planes and ships, and some of the inventive ways
we can make travel more pleasant.
Jay Early presenting the "Flying the Unfriendly Skies"
- Seat Belts. Since travel most often involves
automobiles, we also had a hands-on letter-writing activism workshop
specifically targeting the seat-belt issue. At this workshop,we also
discussed some of the fears and questions about airbag safety.
- Sewing Big for Survival II. Last year's workshop
on altering patterns to fit specific body types was so well-attended
we out-grew the size of the room. For those diehard seamstresses, we
offered the graduate program.
Gathering of the troops for the Saturday night
Following Paul's speech, we once again danced the night away, this
time under the care of a new DJ, Terry Johnson.
On Sunday morning, March 14, we concluded with brunch and a second,
less formal talk by our keynote speaker. Paul Delacroix has titled his
Sunday talk "New Horizons."
Sunday brunch crowd listening to keynote speaker
Paul Delacroix's Sunday talk.
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