The Countdown to LauraPalooza 2015 has begun. Before we pack our bags and head to South Dakota for a weekend of education, celebration and fun, some of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy & Research Association board members are taking a look back—or forward—at some of the good times you can expect.
A scientist at a Laura Ingalls Wilder conference? What the heck am I doing here?
Was I ever pleasantly surprised!
In the span of two and a half days, I made friends with many engaging people, from many different walks of life, who shared my enthusiasm for Laura and my enjoyment of a little after-hours refreshment. If you are thinking about attending Laurapalooza but don’t know anybody else who is going, rest assured that you might arrive as a stranger and outsider, but you will feeling like one of the group. The response to my little presentation about the weather history of the Long Winter was warmer than a cookstove fire in a shanty in July. Other attendees asked questions, sought me out for more information, and expressed more interest in the weather of the Little Housebooks than I ever could have imagined.
P.S. I have since attended Laurapalooza 2012, where I had another delightful experience with both old friends and new. Can’t wait to see everyone again, and meet new friends, in July 2015!
Barb Mayes Boustead is a board member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. To learn more about LauraPalooza 2015 click here. We’ll see you in Brookings!