Social Butterfly, wrapping up the evening!
My third stop on Monday night was the Ovid party in the Hyatt.
And you know, a lot of parties have dancing. They pretty much all have drinks. They pretty much all have some manner of food.
But if you want a party where you know without doubt you can count on a live band full of energy, food and drink around the edges, and a crowd of dancing librarians in the center of the floor? You MUST go to the Ovid party. Just follow the music on whatever floor of the conference hotel has a big ballroom…you’ll find it.
The Ovid party was a great last stop of the night for me, because honestly I cannot stay up much longer, but it got me just the right amount of worn out. (I have to pack–I’m leaving tomorrow and will miss the closing reception! If any aspiring Social Butterfly wants to blog it, get it touch with me and I will post it for you. You could be famous. At least, as famous as I am.)
The music is loud, so this party is pretty terrible for conversation, but you don’t go to talk. You’ve had plenty of chances to talk. You go to this party if you want to have a couple of drinks and dance (or just boogie gently in your seat and watch your colleagues dance).
I could barely look at food by this point in the evening, but I did enjoy the classic Chicago deep dish pizza (also thin crust for those who prefer a little less dough), the fresh steamed veggies, and the caramel popcorn. There were, of course, also plentiful drinks at open bar stations around the ballroom: I think it’s fair to say no one went thirsty.
The band played a good mix of older and newer songs, all with admirable energy and enthusiasm, and the dance floor was packed the entire time I was there. (Yes, I danced. Perhaps you noticed my spirited moves set to “Footloose”? If not…you missed out.)
This was definitely at least one of the Places to Be on Monday night.
I have been uniformly pleased by the social events at MLA ’14 (sorry I missed Library School Reunion, the JAMA party, the Armadillo Ball, PEPID wine tasting, etc…I am only one woman!). I’ve had a lot of fun, met a lot of fellow librarians, and enjoyed my fair share of the food and drink that Chicago has to offer.
Thank you Ovid, and thank you, Chicago!
I have loved being your Social Butterfly for MLA’14…even if I am a bit worn out and ready to crawl back into my cocoon right now.