by Nancy Vogel
OAEA Dayton Conference Offsite co-chair
OAEA Distinguished Fellow
This year it was a pleasure to continue to work on the conference committee co-chairing offsite as a Fellow. We had an amazing committee in Dayton and I was excited to share my personal experience volunteering on the construction of the Trolls at Aullwood Audubon in Englewood with conference members on Saturday for an Encore option.
The weather changed from 70 degrees and warm to snow, but a group of us persisted on our hike. We had a dozen people signed up for the experience. Some decided to visit the trolls on their own and a group of six of us stayed together. I enjoyed sharing the construction process and Thomas Danbo’s vision (artist of the installation) as we hiked through freshly falling snow.
Due to the snow and visibility, each troll seemed to “appear” in front of us. We came upon them as if they were a surprise. What a great way to close out a productive conference weekend!