The closest thing to a fiber weekend has always been a 20 mile drive south for yarn at my local LYS. Just a shopping trip, it rakes a few hours, hardly a retreat. That or my family vacates the house and I stay home and knit. This weekend was my first fiber sleep away. I ended up with a hotel room and tickets (see previous post) to Stitch N' Pitch in St. Petersburg. Fortune smiled on my when my friend, Bonnie, accepted the offer of a room, ride, and tickets. Our trip west started out at a leisurely pace Friday morning. The traffic Gods were good to us and we landed in St. Pete in record time, about a two hour commute. After checking into our room at the Heritage, a renovated 1926 boutique hotel, we set out to explore the Bay Walk area located right behind our hotel. After a leisurely lunch and a stroll or plans were to meet Christine for drinks at a Central Avenue bar with a game of shuffleboard at the historic St Petersburg Shuffle Board Courts.
Christine spends her Fridays at the courts, giving short history tours, volunteer sweat equity, and introducing newbies to the game of shuffle board. When we arrived a band was already playing and many of the courts were occupied. Christine gave us a history of the buildings and the amenities that were offered during the height of the sports popularity. An active imagination could transport you back into a time when one dressed up and stood under the bougainvillea covered arbors, sipped drinks and played a few games prior to attending a dance in later in the evening. The attire is a lot more casual these days and the players a bit more diverse ranging from families with children, young couples, and a few seasoned knitters facing off over black and yellow disks.