I heard back from my "local" EGA president who sent me the tersest note. Hey, way to get me to join! It turns out that "the leadership" will be at the EGA meeting (the one that coincides with the EGA's planned stitch out) so "nothing is planned."
I've been saying that I start my new job September 2nd so often that it finally dawned on me that "Stitch in Public" day is a Wednesday. Basically this is something for the retired people and the stay at homes, isn't it? The soonest I could get to a mall after work would be 7pm. Have you ever been to the King of Prussia Mall on a weekday evening? We won't be stitching while the crowds go by. We'll be able to hear the crickets! And if there is no one around to see us stitch, what's the point? Basically people who don't work will be displaying that thing they do for...people who don't work. Retired people and stay at home people, no offense, but everyone already knows you do needlework! If we want to bring in new people, we have to find a way to stitch in front of all types. I could go out into the city to stitch on my lunch hour, but one person stitching is just one person. It's all about the group!
It seems to me if you want to attract new stitchers, you have to have this "stitch in public" day on a day when people are going to be out and about. When they have the leisure to stop by and watch or even learn. Better luck next time.
I will continue to stitch on my commute, on planes and in doctor's offices. But I do hope that EGA will reconsider their Stitch in Public day.