Friday, September 24, 2021

Hinsdale Oasis

Long, long ago... July 22, 2011 to be exact... Sue Anna Scribner, Marilee Rockley, and I met at the Hinsdale Oasis for a day of tatting. We had connected at the Downers Grove Lace Day on June 18, and we decided that it would be fun to get together. Marilee lives in Wisconsin, Sue Anna in northern Illinois, and I'm about an hour south of Chicago. 

The Hinsdale Oasis was the perfect meeting place for us! We quickly learned that if we drove to the next exit past the Oasis, we could turn around and be headed in the right direction to head home.

Even on a dreary day, there was plenty of light. Food choices were abundant. Rest rooms were easily accessible. Seating was abundant. The best part of all was that it was easy to find for those who wanted to join us!

I don't remember exactly when it happened, but I can tell from the date of the photo that Sue Anna had us wearing tie-dye t-shirts by March of 2012. It was a great way for new people to find us! By that time, Denise and Barbara had joined us for our meetings. We were also calling ourselves the Tollway Tatters!

The Hinsdale Oasis officially closed on September 13, 2021. We will really miss meeting there. For now, we're meeting via Zoom on the last Saturday of each month. We start at 9 a.m. central time, and people come and go as they are able. Sue from Michigan has been setting up our Zoom meetings, and she posts the link on our Facebook page. It's not as easy to share ideas, books, threads, and shuttles, but we do have a good time. We would love to have you join us!


  1. That’s a long time that the Tollway tatters have been meeting! It’s a shame you’re not meeting in person at the moment and will have to find a new venue, but hooray for zoom in the meantime.

  2. good times gathering and tatting

  3. Looks a lovely place, I would love to meet you all over zoom, its shame I am over the pond and cannot meet you in person

  4. Perhaps you could find another place? Nothing can really replace gathering together, I am sure, though Zoom is a good transitional solution.

  5. I can't believe it's been that long! Sorry to hear your meeting place is closes


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