1st GREAT LAKES RETREAT
Nola
Posted 2008-04-03 2:09 PM (#7581)
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There are so many wonderful sources of inspiration in the Great Lakes region for artists of all kinds, including quilters. Woodlands, plains, coastal beaches with sand dunes, big cities and small towns, even a real mountain range in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wouldn't it be wonderful to explore some of them together?

Meg and I have the pleasure of announcing the First Annual Great Lakes' States Quilt Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana the weekend of October 9-12, 2008. There are spots for 10-15 people This is not limited to those who live in the Great Lakes' States, but anyone who would like to visit the region and be inspired by the natural and diverse beauty of the area.

We hope this will become an annual event. We plan to visit spots throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Eastern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

We will be staying at the Farmstead on the outskirts of town for our first retreat. There will be an opportunity to visit the shops in town as well as Yoder's (for fabric!). We will have access to a confernce room for sewing, and that is where we need your help. Would you prefer to have a UFO outing to finish up some of those stubborn projects? Or to work on a quick project for Christmas?

Lodging would run about $75.00 to $80.00, excluding meals (and fabric, of course). It is possible to have meals added to the package. It would save time, instead of going out everyday. We could plan on eating out the day we explore this quaint Amish community.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Here are a couple of websites:
http://www.farmsteadinn.com
http://www.yoderdepartmentstore.com/
http://www.shipshewana.org/
http://www.shipshewana.com/attractions.php
http://www.shipshewana.com/shopping.php

Nola & Meg

 

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Mandy
Posted 2008-04-03 5:14 PM (#7584 - in reply to #7581)
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I'm so excited for this.  I can't wait!
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nawma
Posted 2008-04-03 7:42 PM (#7585 - in reply to #7584)
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Beautiful site for a retreat! Sounds like lots of fun! Wish I could come but the timing is not working for me. :(

Connie

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char77
Posted 2008-04-03 9:23 PM (#7587 - in reply to #7581)
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I wish I could say I'm going, but I can't give a definite answer until the last minute
My DS and DDIL are giving me my second grandchild late Sept or early Oct I do hope you can make this a yearly thing because I would LOVE to meet you guys!!
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Posted 2008-04-03 9:47 PM (#7590 - in reply to #7587)
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nola, have you charged your camera batteries?
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Gerda
Posted 2008-04-03 11:06 PM (#7600 - in reply to #7581)
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I'm in!!! Hubby says I can go! Of course, the dates mean that I will miss Thanksgiving Day, but we'll just have to have turkey early!!

Nola, question: you say lodging is $75-$80 - is that per night, or for the three nights combined?? Inquiring minds need to know! :)

I'm so looking forward to this! It may be the only one I ever get to, but who knows?? Meeting all of you will be the greatest!!

Gerda
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Wendy MI
Posted 2008-04-03 11:24 PM (#7608 - in reply to #7600)
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OH, Gerda.........welcome, welcome, glad to have you along Are you going to be able to extend your trip into Mi.? It is going to be fun looking forward to this with everyone!!! Wendy
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Nola
Posted 2008-04-04 7:02 AM (#7625 - in reply to #7608)
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Gerda, here's how the price worked out, based on what we were told when we called the Farmstead (and this is based on prices before May - they go up in May):

One room will sleep 4, or 5 with a roll-away cot.  The rooms are $109 per night plus $7.50 for the cot.  We figured the prices on 15 people.  We'd need 3 rooms for 3 nights - so $116.50 times 6 (3 rooms = $355.50 x 3 nights = $1066.50) - plus $75 for the conference room = $1,141.50.  Divide that by 15 people = $70.60 each.  This is before tax is added, and doesn't include meals.  So actually we're probably looking at $125 to $150 per person - TOTAL PRICE (room, meals, tips, etc.)  If we don't get 15 people, we can get by with fewer rooms (or maybe 3 rooms without the cot) and the price of course would be less.

We do need a firm committment for this within the next two weeks so we can book our rooms at the current price.  I'll have to get with Meg to find out how much of a deposit we'll need to hold our rooms.  Will let you all know as soon as I find out.

Nola

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Nola
Posted 2008-04-04 7:08 AM (#7626 - in reply to #7625)
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Yes, Cindy - the batteries are charged!  Actually, I'm hoping to have a new digital camera by time for the retreat.  My old one works OK (as long as I keep the battiers charged), but the newer cameras have a much higher definition now - the one my SIL has is wonderful - so I'm saving my nickles & dimes for one!

Char, I think we can work it out for you to let us know at the last minute.  We can always have them add a roll-away cot to one of the rooms and it only adds a few dollars to the overall cost.  Maybe the new baby will decide to get here early just so granny can come to the retreat!

Nola

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buggalugs
Posted 2008-04-04 7:13 AM (#7627 - in reply to #7626)
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Oh Nola that sounds amazing, however I shan't be able to go It is the same year as the Tomball retreat and I can't possibly afford to do two in the same year unless of course I win the lottery lol

Please make sure you have lots and lots of pics for me to drool over though won't you? Pretty please? Maybe if you do this again in a couple of years I can save up and go to this one :)

Jacqui

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misisipimenace
Posted 2008-04-04 7:25 AM (#7630 - in reply to #7627)
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oh good nola!!!!  please be sure to take a pic of the TWO wonderful coordinators of this Great Lakes retreat!!  would love to see the faces of the two wonderful women who pulled all this info together to tempt the patrons of the Q&N (as well as BC - i saw a posting there i think?)

now as for attending - don't think i can this year since i have no clue what job i will have in georgia and not knowing what type of person the boss will be . . . but if y'all make this an annual event, then there's always the next year!!  y'all will have a GRAND time!!!!!!

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Nola
Posted 2008-04-04 10:45 AM (#7642 - in reply to #7630)
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Oh Yes, ladies - we definitely plan to make this an annual event!  I already have prices for a nifty Bed & Breakfast in Bucyrus, Ohio (located in the central part of the state), and we might go there next year.  Or maybe somewhere in Michigan.  Or southern Indiana.  The possibilities are endless! 

We haven't posted anything about it yet, but Meg and I have also discussed a "quilters' camp out" - maybe at one of the many State Parks.  This would be a family oriented deal that our hubbies and kids/grandkids could also attend.  We'd make sure there was hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, etc. for the guys and kids, and us ladies would rent a pavillion at the park and sew, or just cut fabric, or maybe just swap fabric!  This is still in the planning stages, but is a definite possibility for the future.

Nola

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Posted 2008-04-04 11:49 AM (#7644 - in reply to #7581)
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This retreat sounds fabulous - wish I was able to join you all   - will have to wait till 2009 and see what comes up then.
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Jess
Posted 2008-04-04 2:54 PM (#7655 - in reply to #7644)
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Wow Nola!! Sounds like you and Meg have some great events planned - I can't wait to see them all come to fruition!! Unfortunately for me, October is my busiest month - our wedding anniversary, Sammy's birthday, Fall Market and the International Quilt Festival in Houston all occur in October. Soooo.... well, there is just no way I can make it.

Let me know if you need any door prizes, etc. and I would be glad to help out. I hope you guys have a great time and take lots of pics!! I agree with Cindy, make sure you get a picture of Meg. I have spoken to her on the phone, so I know she exists, but I need to see it with mine own eyes! Must see a pic!

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Mandy
Posted 2008-04-04 10:31 PM (#7681 - in reply to #7581)
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I promise Ladies she is real. And I got to give her hugs! I wish I had thought to take my camera with me the day I met her. I promise to take it with me to the retreat.
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Nola
Posted 2008-04-21 10:15 AM (#8282 - in reply to #7681)
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OK Ladies - here's what's happening! Meg and I decided to check out a Bed and Breakfast place at Middlebury, Indiana - that's only about 6 miles from Shipshewana. Their price is a bit higher, but there are some things about this place we like a bit better. The most important thing is we'd have a large room where we could set up our sewing project and WE COULD LOCK IT!

Another plus is all the rooms would be in the same wing instead of scattered like they'd be at the Farmstead. This place is called "The Patchwork Quilt Inn" - it's more secluded than the Farmstead, and we could have the room for sewing for an entire day or more, instead of having the time split up like at Farmstead.

So what we need right now - before the end of April - is a firm committment from everyone who is interested. The price of the rooms is based on the number of ladies attending - the quote we got was figured for 12 people - if there are less than that, the price will be higher. We were quoted $160 each based on 12 ladies attending.

So - if you know definitely that you will be attending this retreat, please post here, or PM Meg or me and let us know. We must have this information by April 28!

Nola & Meg.

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Mandy
Posted 2008-05-06 8:29 PM (#8966 - in reply to #7581)
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I am sorry I haven't been on in awhile. My computer has been out of commission. Hubby decided it was time for an upgrade. I just LOVE when he does that. (please note sarcasm) There definitely is a downside to having a computer guru in the house. Anyway, I'm in. Definitely!
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Gerda
Posted 2008-05-07 12:28 AM (#8972 - in reply to #8966)
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Well, you know I'm in! Got a few bucks stashed away towards my ticket already! Still need to update my passport - it expired last summer. Thankfully, the wait times have dwindled from 6+ months to about 4 weeks!! I have not let my sibs know yet, that I'm coming their way before and after the retreat!! I am so looking forward to meeting you all. Mandy, it's great that you can come.

As for computers, DH upgraded his monitor last week, so I get his old one. Mine got damaged a year and a half ago, in the last move. The corner showed up as a purple blob!! My hubby is a guru, too, though he wouldn't call himself that. He worked for IBM for 25 years. I love it, that he can fix them/answer my questions.

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Jess
Posted 2008-05-09 1:14 AM (#9085 - in reply to #8972)
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Hey Nola and Meg - How close are you to getting the number you need? If you send me a short blurb about it, I will put it in the newsletter and try to get you a few more.

Oh yeah, newsletters start back up this week, so check your e-mail boxes tomorrow evening!

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Nola
Posted 2008-05-11 7:20 AM (#9169 - in reply to #9085)
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Thanks so much for your offer, Jess.  I think Meg said we have 9 signed up, and since we have the room reservations made, I think that's about all we can handle this time.  We have 3 rooms reserved - 2  with 2 queen-size beds each and 1 with 1 queen bed, and we have the option of roll-away cots if we need them - so I guess we could take a couple more, if anyone wants to join us.  Dates are Oct. 9 thru 12 - check in Thursday afternoon/evening (the 9th) with check out by noon Sunday (the 12th).  Friday afternoon and Saturday morning will be spent working on a quilt project.  Friday morning and Saturday afternoon we plan to wipe out the fabric deparment at Yoder's and maybe some of the other quilt stores in Shipshewana!!!  We would have preferred one whole day devoted to sewing, but they rent their conference room starting at 3 p.m. and running through to noon the next day - which I guess will be OK as we can have a break from non-stop sewing!  Lunch on Friday will be "on your own", although if everyone is willing, we may meet at the Blue Gate - great Amish-style food, so we'll probably all gain 10 pounds that weekend!   Not sure of the total price yet, but looks to be less than $150 per person.  Not bad for 3 days worth of fun!  Will know the final cost in a few days.

Nola

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Emma
Posted 2008-05-11 5:07 PM (#9191 - in reply to #7581)
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Oh man Nola, I wish I was closer I it sounds like you guys are going to have a great time.  I would love to explore that area of the country.  I just have to many trips planned this year, will have just about used all my vacation time by Oct. 

You will have to take plenty of pictures and we will have to live thru your adventure.

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MaryT
Posted 2008-05-16 1:01 AM (#9300 - in reply to #7581)
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Nola -

Do you have room for another person? I'd love to get away and have some quilting fun. It's called getting even with DH and DS. They go hunting every year. Let me know how much room you have and maybe I can talk my sister in Chicago to come, too.

Let me know the cost and how much you need now.

Thanks

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Nola
Posted 2008-05-16 7:37 AM (#9304 - in reply to #9300)
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Mary, of course we have room for you!  I think we were up to 8 or 9 ladies, so if you and your sister come, we'll have 11.  We figured reservations for 15, and since we didn't have that many, we were just about ready to cancel a couple rooms.  Either Meg Holcz or I will get back with you soon with prices, etc.  Glad you're coming - and I do know what you mean about "getting even" - my hubby and son are always running off to truck pulls - so I quilt!!!

Nola

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Gerda
Posted 2008-05-18 1:54 PM (#9361 - in reply to #9304)
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Oh, goody goody gumdrops!! So many!! This will be great! I am so looking forward to it. I just hope that the airlines don't jack up their prices too much! If they get too high, I don't know. Anyone have a camel or horse to rent me, or better yet, a covered wagon??!!?? Nope, I'll get there somehow!

Gotta go, DD wants online for a bit. Hi, everyone!!

Gerda
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Gerda
Posted 2008-05-18 1:56 PM (#9362 - in reply to #7581)
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Just read back - so, are we in Middlebury or Shipshewana??! I'm cornfoosed!! Like that's so hard to imagine! :)
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Nola
Posted 2008-05-19 10:16 PM (#9390 - in reply to #9362)
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Gerda, and everyone else going to the retreat - we will be in Shipshewana at the Farmstead Inn.  While the place at Middlebury was lovely, their prices were quite a bit higher and were based on 15 people - they weren't very happy when we asked about prices for fewer rooms.  So we went with the Farmstead at Shipshewana.  The one big change is that instead of having to split the sewing time between two days, they are now letting us use the Conference Room all day on Friday - from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  So Friday we'll work on a project - to be announced later - then Saturday we'll buy out every fabric store in Shipshe!!  We'll probably have a light lunch catered on Friday so we don't have to leave the conference room.  We'll decide later what to do for meals on Saturday - probably either all eat together at the Blue Gate, or eat on our own wherever we want to.

We'll be giving you more information soon.  Looks like the price per person will be right around $120 - $125, but that doesn't include meals.  We'll have something definite, price-wise, in the next few days.

Nola

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nawma
Posted 2008-05-22 11:47 AM (#9439 - in reply to #9390)
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Nola and Meg, it sounds like this retreat is going to be a BLAST!!! So glad you guys will get to be together and I can't wait to see pics and hear stories of the fun!!!

Connie

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Nola
Posted 2008-06-08 12:07 PM (#10126 - in reply to #9439)
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Ladies, Meg and I have bad news. We are cancelling the Retreat for this Fall. My brother's health has dramactically decreased to the point that I don't feel comfortable being away from home for more than a day.  Also my husband will be losing his job at the end of June due to the business selling out and closing.  I don't feel that I should spend money right now that we may need for bills later on.  Meg's hubby, Steve's, livlihood is being threatened by ecomonic issues.  Neither of us feel we can participate at the current time so would like to postpone until spring. 

Hopefully by Spring we'll be in a better situation to do a retreat.  We're looking at a Quilters' Camping Retreat at a State Park - renting rooms at an Inn, or camping for those that want to do so.  Could even be family oriented - - - - with something for everyone. 

We hate to disappoint everyone who was looking forward to the Fall retreat, but at this time, we just don't feel that we can participate.  Hope you all understand.

 

Nola 

 

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nawma
Posted 2008-06-08 12:18 PM (#10130 - in reply to #10126)
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Nola, I'm so sorry to hear that you guys will have to cancel the retreat. I'm sure everyone will certainly understand the situations forcing you and Meg to postpone though.

I'm so sorry to hear that your brother's health is not improving. And also sorry to hear about your DHs job. I know you two have been facing this as a possibility for awhile. Bless your heart!!

Take care of yourself and know that your friends here are praying for your situation.

Connie

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Posted 2008-06-08 1:35 PM (#10134 - in reply to #10130)
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Nola although I wasn't attending the retreat I am so sorry to hear you have to cancel, but I feel sure that the ladies will all totally understand the decision to do so.

I will keep you in my prayers and pray that someone comes along to buy the land and give your DH a job xxxxxxxx

Jacqui

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