Monday, October 6, 2014

November Retreat Update

Hello Ladies
Can you believe its only 38 days until the Modern Quilt Guild Retreat? I am very excited to be writing to all of you to update you with details of our upcoming sewing get away. Hopefully you've given some thoughts to what you want to work on while we attend the retreat. Bring several things to work on, you'll be surprised at how much you can get done when you don't have to cook, clean dishes or do laundry!

All of you (or most of you) have sent me a deposit check by now to secure your spot.
The remainder of payment is due to me by October 20th, basically two weeks from today. Here is a breakdown of what you need to send to me
Wednesday - Sunday lodging and meals - $323 total less deposits $110 = Balance due: $213
Friday - Sunday lodging and meals - $197 total less deposits of $65 = Balance due $ 132.00
Wednesday - Friday lodging and meals - $143 total less deposit of $65 = Balance due $ 78.00
Wed - Sunday (private room lodging/meals $353 total less deposit of $120 = Balance due $233.

If you already paid in full (you know who you are), then no additional money is needed at this time.

If you have told me you want to attend, but have not yet sent me any money, I need to hear from you ASAP to secure your spot. I am including you on this email because you have expressed an interest in possibly joining us. If you want to come, send me an email and a check for the full amount by October 20th, and you're in!

Please make your checks payable to:
Cross Roads Retreat Center
and mail them to me before October 20th, 2014 at:
Diane Fama
31-12 Rosalie Street
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Upon arrival at the retreat center, you will unload your things, park your car and check in with me.
Everyone will be required to review the retreat center rules, sign a waiver and then the fun begins.
You may check in anytime after 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

In addition to your checks, I need to know if you have any special needs that will require special accommodations. This includes food allergies, or lifestyle requirements (handicap access, no peanuts, low salt, vegetarian, etc). if you provide this back to to me via private return email ASAP, I can ensure your needs are met. If you do not then no guarantees can be made to accommodate your special needs. The retreat center is really good at accommodating our needs, but we need to let them know ahead of time in order to help them accomplish this. Just drop me a note to with the subject line, retreat needs. Thanks.

Plan to bring layers to wear because the temperatures at the retreat center can vary significantly throughout the day and evening. Dress is casual for the entire event. Slippers are encouraged and if you want to feel like you are at home, bring a quilt for your twin sized bed to use in case it gets cold. When I was there in March, the cotton bedspreads were nice, but thin. The rooms have individual heat and a/c controls to use. It would be fun to see everyone's handy work on their beds wouldn't it? There might even be a prize for the best bed quilt.

Plan to bring everything you need to work with including fabric, sewing machines, irons, ironing surface, design walls, sewing supplies, rotary cutting tools, etc. If you have an iron, ironing board, BIG board, large cutting mats, rulers, etc. that you are willing to share, please let me know via email. I do have one big board for ironing, but it might be nice to have more than one if you can bring yours. Also plan to bring at least 1 extension cord and a power strip to use. We will be sharing wall plugs so the power strips help to make sure everyone that needs power has it. Masking or painters tape is also recommended to tape down cords so no one trips. Make sure your items are labeled with your name for easy id when we pack it up.

If you want to bring food or snacks to share, please by all means feel free to do so. Home baked goods, fruits, snacks, and store bought items are welcomed. Wine and beer are allowed if you indulge. Healthy items are appreciated, and so are the decadent ones. Surprise us.

Meals will be served in the dining hall at 8:30 am, 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm each day.

Please check the Cross Roads Retreat Center Website for the full address and driving directions.

If you are using GPS to drive to the retreat, please be sure to use PORT MURRAY as the town as there are two similar addresses in that area.

There is free WIFI so feel free to bring your tablets, phones and laptops if you do not wish to completely off the internet.

Any other questions, please email me at my home phone # 201-794-6386 if you wish to call me.

Thanks and I look forward to a great gathering of some extraordinary people.


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