Despite the sporadic rain showers, our NOFO HOOPLA on March 31 was a lot of fun. Not only were we hooping on the lawns of three of the beautiful, historic lawns in downtown Raleigh’s historic Hayes Barton neighborhood, but we were hosted by the spirited, wonderfully artistic and quaint NOFO at the Pig. Since my son is 14, it’s been a few years since we played in the rain … but on March 31, that’s exactly what I did. Wet hair, drenched clothes, and sparkling tiara and all: we hooped in the rain. Three HOOPLA Queens were crowned, our hoopers ranged from ages two to beautifully gray; there was a ringer in one of the dad’s; and we had our first two-fer … pregnant mom and coming-soon baby on the hooping turf. What a day!

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Special thanks to our event photographers for the day: Matt Sickles, Shiloh Burnam (and me); our event co-planner: Rita Dozier; my publisher, Peak City Publishing; Megan Floyd, the hooper; and our wonderful hosts, Jean and Brent, and NOFO at the Pig.

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If you’ve got photos to share from the day, please send them our way: dolly [ at ] dolly dozier [ dot ] com. On the flip side, if you would like hi-res copies of any images that appear on my site, send me a note. Chocolate chip cookies are always appreciated, by the way. 🙂 Thanks!