Updated Retreat Information
Here are details for Retreat. More than you wanted or needed to know, maybe!
Retreat is in North Carolina Thursday Oct. 6 thru Sunday Oct. 9. We all arrive at various times in the afternoon and unload the cars and start setting up our sewing spaces. Our first meal is dinner on Thursday offered at 6:00p. After dinner we head back to our space and set up, sew, talk, eat treats, etc. Everyone sews until different times...ladies are often tired after their travel.
Friday & Saturday there really isnt' any real schedule, except for meals at 8:00, 12:30 & 6:00 (Or something like that). Beverly is usually up early to take a walk around camp, others often sleep in until the last minute (ME!) Aside from meals, it's really just relax...sew, talk, etc. Camp activities like horseback riding, archery, rock wall, etc. are at our disposal if we so choose, but I don't think anyone every has! We do have a short walk across grass to get to the dining hall, but some will take the driveway where it's level, and others have chosen to drive to make it easier (or in the rain)
Typically on Sunday morning most will start packing up. Our last meal is lunch, and they usually ask us to make a cold cut sandwich at breakfast time and pack it up with chips, cookies & drink in a cooler that they bring to our space for us. We are allowed to sew all the way up to dinner if we really wanted to, but most will clean up prior to lunch and then scidaddle out. A few of us sew to the very last minute! This all depends on travel times, flight times, weather, etc.
Bring any kind of projects that you want to work on. Most of us bring more than we could ever imagine completing! Except Linda/Toolgranny & Fran who fly! We have cutting stations, ironing stations, and large tables put together if you want to sandwich a quilt. I have a portable design wall I bring as well. Everyone gets a 6' table to themselves.
Our space has leather couches and a flatscreen tv if you wish to take a break, read a book or take a nap. (Ask Teresa how the napping is on those couches!)
Those that can bring treats & snacks to share. I usually bring a case of water. We can also fill coffee, tea and hot cocoa at will in the dining hall all day. Meals are not typical summer camp meals. We have a gourmet chef cooking for us. There is fruit and salad bar at all meals. In the past we've had homemade pizzas, pork roast with roasted veggies, smoked salmon, pasta with various sauces and homemade bread, roast & potatoes, lasagnas. Brownies, cakes & cobblers for desserts.
Most campers will bring a small gift for each of the other campers. Some of us (ahem, me, tend to work on it when they get there!) Could be sewing related (FQs, spools, tools, etc.) or not. But this is not required! Nothing to stress over.
Weather could be cool VA Fall mountains, rainy/dreary dampness, or hot summer! It's a crap shoot. The camp is on the top of a mountain overlooking the valley. We've had some beautiful views of Fall foilage down in the valley! And some beautiful sunsets too.
Rooms are hotel-style with private bath and an assortment of bed arrangements (twins, queen, bunkhouse, etc) Some are first floor, some are second floor. We've never had enough campers to need to double up in a room, and it wouldn't change the price.
Cost last has been $207, 214 and last year $221. This includes everything: rooom, food and sewing space. I will collect a depost in a few weeks, then the remainder is due at retreat (cash or check) I make one payment to camp following our weekend.
If you've made it this far, a deposit of $75 (per person) is due to me by Sept. 1st If you need my address, email me through my page at the top.
Toolgranny is working on the carpool from the Charlotte Airport. Please keep us posted on how many extra machines we need to bring for all you travelers. As well as any other requests...Us 'locals' will do what we need to to make you 'happy campers'.
Did I answer all your questions? If not, feel free to ask.