2014 Retreat Events & Times

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Retreat Registration Check-In: Hotel 3rd level just one floor above the lobby
Wednesday 4:00 – 9:00 P.M; Daily Thursday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 P.M.

Mini Classes will be sold up to 24 hours before the class based on class openings. You may sell or give away your previously purchased Mini Class if you are unable to attend but you must tell us who will take your spot.

Regular class registration is closed and cannot be purchased, changed, exchanged at the retreat. Class attendance lists are now set and there can be no additions or replacements in any regular class.

Door Prize Drawings will be made from all class attendees on Thursday and names of winners will be on a chart near the Registration Table. If you do not pick up your prize, it will be mailed to you.

Class Times: Daily 9:00 A.M. – 12 Noon and 1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Lunch Break: 12 Noon to 1:30 PM

Class/Event Locations: See the map on the back of this downloadable schedule for classrooms in hotel and pavilion.

Yarn and Fiber Marketplace – In the Pavilion: Market Hours: Thursday – Saturday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. Sunday 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Go out the double doors on the 4th floor of the hotel and across the courtyard. Our gift to all class attendees is a $5 off Market coupon in their name tag holder — redeem at any Market vendor. 

Demonstrations and Mentoring in the Pavilion Rotunda: Schedule is in your registration packet and posted in the Rotunda. We’ve got lots in store for you in the Rotunda with Stitch Maps software from JC Briar, social media use and iPad tricks with Debbi Stone. Intarsia bliss with Anne Berk, weaving on big looms with Tracy Irwin and
small Zoom Looms with John Mullarkey, spinning basics with Sarah Anderson and take your knitting questions to Daniel Herrera. Gather round with friends, explore Kumihimo braiding, fiber preparation and spindling too!

Teacher/Author Book Signings: Friday and Saturday from 5-6 pm in the Pavilion Rotunda. Teacher schedule for book signings is in your packet. Bring your own books from home or purchase in Market.

Location and Times for Evening Events – all are in the Hotel Venice Ballroom

  1. Thursday Evening Stephanie Pearl-McPhee hosts the 3rd Annual Teacher Talent Show for Charity. Doors open at 7:00 pm and program begins at 7:30. A select number of teachers reveal their non-knitting talents as a fundraiser for MSF-Doctors without Borders, The Global Fund for Women and Heifer International. You know that this was the highlight of last year’s retreat and Stephanie promises this night will be just as magical and unexpected! It’s a secret! We’ll ask you to pay what you can at the door and what you thought it was worth at the end. There will be some surprises. We’ll also collect knitted items (hats, scarves and mittens) for the Caring for Kids local charity tonight and at the retreat registration table during the remainder of the retreat.
  2. Friday Evening Teachers Gallery: Doors open at 7:00 pm and program begins promptly at 7:30 PM. Meet all the teachers and see their incredible work at the Teachers’ Gallery which opens following the presentation by Galina Khmeleva. Galina will take us along on a journey with Orenburg Lace through history and her own involvement with the knitting community. Experience the story of the Russian hand spinners and knitters who create the luxurious shawls and scarves that feel and look like gossamer webs. FREE. 
  3. Saturday Evening Banquet Dinner: Doors open at 6:15 PM and dinner is served at 6:45 pm. Our speaker is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. We know you think of Madrona as your Community and Stephanie will share her insights about why Community is important with humor and honesty as only she can. Admission is by ticket only. Your ticket(s) are in your Name Tag holder. You may trade or sell your dinner ticket – see white board by Registration Table in Lobby. Cash Bar Saturday Evening: No host bar in hallway outside the Ballroom is open from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Meals and Coffee, Tea, Water Service: Coffee, tea and water is located in the foyer just one floor above the Lobby near the Retreat Registration check-in and also in the Pavilion Rotunda. Hotel lobby bar serves Espresso and snacks till 2pm and drinks from 4 pm on. The BITE restaurant, on the 4th floor serves all 3 meals daily. Each day there will be a sandwich and salad concession in the Pavilion from 11 am to 2 pm. See more on the front of your registration envelope. A list of nearby restaurants is available at the Retreat Check-in Tables.

Hotel: You are responsible for all your hotel expenses. If you need a late checkout, request it at Hotel Desk.

Retreat Evaluation: Purple forms are available at the Retreat Registration Table. Thank you!