Lone Star State 2008
Registration and Raffles

There were optional bus tours on both Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Austin city tour included an extensive visit to the State Capitol Building on Congress Avenue as well as the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum located several blocks northeast of the Capitol.  The second bus tour took visitors through the Texas Hill Country about seventy miles west of Austin to the quaint old German town of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County.  This tour was especially meaningful to Jane Troutman because her great-grandfather John O. Meusebach founded the town in 1845.  On the return trip the tour also included a stop at Wildseed Farms seven miles east of Fredericksburg.

In addition to the boutique and the silent auction, there were also two separate raffles.  Kitty Lack from Tulsa, Oklahoma, donated a beautiful handmade quilt with a bonnet girl design for the first raffle.  The second raffle consisted of two drawings.  Gordon Green of Denison, Texas, donated one of his large original watercolor iris paintings.  Walter Moores, hybridizer from Enid Lake, Mississippi, who did not attend this yearís convention, donated a small woven iris wall hanging given to him by my uncle Rudolph A. Fuchs of Denton, Texas, who was a very active A.I.S. member until his death in 1985
John Ludi waits for visitors at the A.I.S. Storefront
Paul Black checks in on Tuesday.
Thomas Johnson waits for his registration packet.
Brad Kasperak gives Paul Black a hearty welcome.
Jane Troutman
Keith Keppel checks in Wednesday morning as John Baker, Ledra Mohrmann, and PhilipRemare look on
Keith Keppel and Brad Kasperak
John Jones, Maureen Mark, John and Lucy Burton, Dave Niswonger
Shirley Trio, Jack Worel, Jim Morris
Dave Silverberg and Nancy Price at the Spuria Iris Society table
Kate Brewitt, Will Plotner, and Rodney Barton
Rodney Barton, Will Plotner, and Kate Brewitt
Sid Linnegar from Berkshire, England
Leonard and Liz Schmidt
Ken Fuchs gets a convention bag ready.
Margaret Ann Smith and Pauline Guerrero
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Click on the pictures to see larger images.  Photos by Ken Fuchs and Jim Landers, 2008.