Great Gathering! The demos are always my favorite part but one thing that I realized this year was how each year the connections with others get better. While it might feel uncomfortable your first time, or even just while you consider attending, it just gets better and better the more you go.
It takes time to build relationships and at a once-a-year event that can really take some time. I've attended for the last five years (as well as doing shows where I see other members) and this year felt like putting on an old shoe. Y'all (I roomed with Terry Williams) are truly my community and I look forward to seeing you every year, and getting to know you better little by little.
And that's a lot coming from someone who doesn't consider herself social.