Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fall 2012 Retreat Information

NeedleArts Adventures presents
Sewing by the Sea
November 2012
at the Grand Hotel,
2100 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, Maryland, USA 21842

A retreat for textile and mixed media arts enthusiasts who enjoy
- quilting
- clothing design and wearable art
- cloth doll making
- paper arts (journaling, book arts, etc.)
- beading
- knitting & crocheting
Wednesday November 7 (8 AM) through Sunday November 11 (6 PM)
Wednesday is a BONUS DAY for those who can come early. The retreat “officially” begins Thursday  evening.

WHAT: Treat yourself to several days away from the distractions of home. We have reserved a spacious room in which to work and enjoy the company of other textile/paper artists. Make connections with old and new friends. Share ideas, advice and inspiration.           
Bring your equipment and supplies, and all those projects you have been meaning to work on! Relax and have fun. The schedule is designed to give you maximum flexibility so you can work non-stop, or take a break and enjoy a walk on the beach, shop, swim in the pool, or whatever YOU like.

Overview of Activities:
All activities are in the Grand Ballroom


     8:00 AM – 2 AM   Bonus Day for those who can come early
     8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Bonus Studio time for “Early Birds”
     8:00  PM - 10:00  PM  Opening Program
    10:00 PM – 2 AM Studio Time 
Other days
      6:00  AM – 2 AM  Studio time
      6:00  AM – 9:30 AM Studio time 
      10:00  AM – 11:00 AM  Share your accomplishments
    11:00  AM -  6 PM Studio time

WHO:  This retreat is designed for sewing and paper arts enthusiasts. People interested in quilting, beading, crafts, clothing design and construction, and hand- or machine-sewing activities are welcome. Scrap booking, altered books, collage, book making, knitting, crocheting and similar activities are welcome. There are always people engaged in some of these activities.

Registration is $80 per person. It includes:
A full 6 foot banquet table of work space for studio time (you don’t have to share a table)
A simple project for an opening activity on the first evening
On the last morning sharing of accomplishments (show and tell)
Registration does not include lodging, meals or travel expenses.
Register soon to avoid disappointment. Registration is on a first paid, first served basis.

A minimum deposit of $10 is required. Registration is refundable, except for a $10 processing fee, until October 6. After that time we cannot make refunds. You may send someone in your place.

LODGING - FOOD - TRAVEL: You are responsible for your lodging, meals, travel and things not specifically covered by the registration fee.
The Grand Hotel is a beach-front resort hotel on the boardwalk. Our group’s sleeping rooms are oceanfront or oceanview, with balconies. Each room has 2 queen beds, a microwave, a bar sink, some counter space and a small refrigerator.
Our special group rates are:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday the rate is $79 (plus taxes) per night.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday it is $60 (plus taxes) per night.  
This is single or double so sharing a room with a friend means even greater savings.  Participants must stay at the Grand Hotel; we cannot provide studio space for those who stay elsewhere. Many people will arrive early and depart the morning after the last day.

Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Grand Hotel by October 5 to receive the group rate. You are responsible for making your own reservations. Identify yourself as part of the NeedleArts Adventures Group. The hotel’s reservation number is 1-800-447-6779 / 410-289-6191.

You can find travel directions and information about the hotel, its policies, and facilities at their web site: There is a 24-hour coffee shop in the hotel and there are many restaurants and grocery stores near by.

Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Ocean City is an easy two-and-a-half-hour drive from Baltimore or Philadelphia. There is plenty of free parking at the hotel. You can fly to Philadelphia, PA,  Baltimore, MD,  or Salisbury, MD, and rent a car. (Salisbury is 30 minutes away.) There is sometimes commuter flight service to Ocean City. We will help with carpools and roommate referrals.

To register send your name, address, phone nr., e-mail, whether you are registering for fall or spring, & check to: NeedleArts Adventures, PO Box 331, Crownsville, MD 21032-0331. One person per registration check, please. Make checks to NeedleArts Adventures.

Check our blog: for current retreat information.

Questions: Contact Sandy Sapienza. Phone - 410-923-6133. E-mail -
NeedleArts Adventures, PO Box 331, Crownsville, MD 21032-0331

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