The biennial American Paperweight Collectors 2011 Convention was held just outside our nation’s capital at the Hotel Hilton-McLean in Tyson’s Corner. In anticipation of this event, I created my interpretation of a patriotic weight. It features red strawberries and white daisies on a light blue background. In addition to lectures and panel discussions, we were treated to a specially arranged exclusive event to view The Smithsonian Institution’s exquisite paperweight collection. Of course, we had ample opportunities to visit area sights including The White House, and our tour bus route took us along the shore of the Tidal Basin lined with cherry trees given to our country in 1912 by Japan.