Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NETA SPA 2017 Vendors

We invite you to visit each of our talented artists listed below at NETA SPA 2017. Without them, SPA would not be possible!


When: 



  • Friday, February 24, 2017 -  5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017 -  9:00am- 11:00am

Where:

The Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, ME
Ballroom and adjoining function room
The Greeters' Table is located outside the Ballroom entrances.



SPA 2017 Vendors

We offer our congratulations to the following vendors for ‪#‎NETASPA2017‬! 

Ball and Skein 
Enchanted Knoll 
Friends’ Folly Farm 
Good Karma Farm 
Gypsy’s Legacy at Purgatory Falls Alpaca Farm 
Highland Handmades 
The KiwiPop Studio 
Knitting Traditions 
Mad Color Fiber Arts 
Maple Lane Pottery 
The Merlin Tree 
Mountain Fiber Folk Cooperative 
Nightingale Fibers, LLC 
PortFiber 
Jan Marek Raczkowski Studio 
Ridge Pond Herbals 
Seven Sisters Arts 
Springtide Farm 
Spunky Eclectic 
We Got the Buttons 
Stephen Willette 
Leslie Wind, Clasps & Closures 
A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm






Last Updated: 10.04.16

NETA SPA 2017 Fashion Show

The NETA SPA 2017 Fashion Show
The Harraseeket hosts our annual Fashion Show. It is a popular event; so popular that we were starting to have problems with occupancy and fire laws! We will use the same online process for ticketing (EventBrite) that we used for SPA2016. 
Make sure to tell your friends about this process so they can reserve seats too when we open the ticket process. (This won’t happen until after the holidays, early 2017.) In the meantime, make sure you are a member of the NETA Yahoo Email group - all Fashion Show announcements will be posted there.
The Fashion Show is a highlight of SPA for many members. Our vendors contribute wonderful items for door prizes every year, and there are many squeals of delight when they are passed to each winner.
You can attend the show just to watch, or take part yourself. It’s a lot of fun and silliness but also you get to see some truly stunning garments. If you don’t believe me, jump into our Flickr albums to see for yourself!
There will be plenty more information about the Fashion Show as we get closer. 



Last Updated: 10.04.16

SPA 2017 Hotel Details

Freeport offers several hotels and B&Bs, at varying rates, for you to stay at while attending SPA. Here are the details for the hotels that have offered special room rates and events for us every year. You may find that all rooms have been reserved when you try to book a room this late in 2016, but don't panic - there are always cancellations. Just try again, or check out the other lodging in the area.

SPA2017 February 24-26, 2017


Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown 

5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032
207.865.1433

Room rates are below. Add an extra $5 per night per extra guest. The rate includes all you can eat breakfast buffet. When you reserve your room over the phone, make sure to mention NETA - SPA. No doubt the person you speak to will already know why you are calling, but just to be sure, mention it!
Or, use this web link to reserve online.
This year, there are several rooms available a day earlier at the event rate – come on over on February 23 (Thursday) and you’ll get the event rate below for all three nights.
Single Occupancy: $139.00/night, or $169.00/night for a suite
Double Occupancy: $144.00/night, or $174.00/night for a suite
Triple Occupancy: $149.00/night, or $179.00/night for a suite
Quad Occupancy: $154.00/night, or $184.00/night for a suite
Room tax is 9%.
The cutoff date to reserve a room at this rate is 01.22.17. Any new reservations after that date will be at the customary rate for the season.
Now here’s some fine print.
Keep in mind that the hotel gives us the entire block of rooms for the whole weekend. That is a commitment that has led to losses for them in the past, due to last minute cancellations. In order to keep our low rates and the relatively low cost to use all the common spaces, we need to do our best to ensure that we fill the place. That doesn’t mean, though, that one person can or should call and reserve multiple rooms with the expectation of “giving” them to a friend at the last minute. That typically results in last minute cancellations, and empty rooms when there is always a huge group of people who wanted to stay overnight and couldn’t because nothing was available.
So - to prevent this from occurring:
  • The hotel will require one night’s charge as a deposit to reserve your room for your stay.
  • You must reserve (at least) two nights – Friday and Saturday – to take advantage of the event rate.
  • The deadline to cancel a room is 21 days before the event. After that point, you will lose your deposit unless you can arrange for someone else to take your room. The hotel is very accommodating of last minute transfers - but it’s up to you to find the replacement.


Hampton Inn 

194 Lower Main Street 
Freeport, ME 04032 
207.865.1400

This year, there are some rooms available a day earlier at the event rate – come on over on February 23 (Thursday) and you’ll get the event rate below for all three nights.
The room rate at the Hampton is $105.00 per night, for up to four guests. The rate includes AYCE breakfast buffet.
Room tax is 9%.
The cutoff date to reserve a room at this rate is 01.24.17. Any new reservations after that date will be at the customary rate for the season.
When you reserve your room over the phone, make sure to mention NETA - SPA. No doubt the person you speak to will already know why you are calling, but just to be sure, mention it!
Or, use this web link to reserve online.
Now here’s some fine print.
· The deadline to cancel a room is 21 days before the event. After that point, you will lose your deposit unless you can arrange for someone else to take your room. The hotel is very accommodating of last minute transfers - but it’s up to you to find the replacement.
· There is no deposit required, because the Hampton is not dedicating the entire hotel to our event. There is a limit to the number of rooms available at this rate, however. Typically we come really close to taking all the rooms allotted to us.
The Hampton is down the road a piece from the Hilton, certainly within walking distance on a nice day. However, the Hilton and Hampton also sponsor a free shuttle that runs all day Saturday between each of the three inns, and has been known to stop elsewhere along the route for our members. There is no set schedule for the shuttle - it just goes, and goes, and goes. It will be available to get you to and from the Fashion Show, but there may be a wait while everyone tries to get on at once.
The Hampton is a bit quieter, and is very welcoming to you if you just want to sit and knit and talk in the common spaces. If you want to save a little coin to buy more yarn and don’t mind being in the SPA suburbs, this is a great option. It’s also right next door to a grocery store - MUNCHIES!!!!


Harraseeket Inn 

http://www.harraseeketinn.com/
162 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032
207.865.9377
800.342.6423


Regular Rooms are $170.00 per room per night, up to two guests ($125.00 on Thursday if you want to come in early). Townhouses are $235.00 per room per night, up to two guests ($200.00 on Thursday if you want to come in early). Room tax is 9%.
For additional guests (beyond double occupancy), the charge is $25.00 per extra person + room tax.
This rate includes a full buffet breakfast, and Afternoon Tea, for paying guests. If you aren’t staying at the Inn, you are welcome to purchase tea and other meals.
Reservations are by phone only; make sure to mention NETA - SPA. No doubt the person you speak to will already know why you are calling, but just to be sure, mention it!
The cutoff date to reserve a room at this rate is 01.26.17. Any new reservations after that date will be at the customary rate for the season.




Last Updated: 10.04.16

SPA 2017 - Another Weekend of Fiber Fun 


When: February 24 - 26, 2017

Where: Freeport, ME. Primary locations are the Hilton, Hampton, and Harraseeket Inns, but several local B&Bs also host our members.

Who: NETA members and friends and passers-by. No admission fees, no registration, just show up! 

Why: You know why! It’s a weekend of all the things that make us happy!


What: This is a RETREAT. Stay at one of the hotels, or come up for the day. YOU make the weekend what you want it to be. We provide the foundation, with great room rates, special hotel menus and lots of common space to hang out and work on projects. YOU decide to learn something, or stay in bed till 3:00 in the afternoon, or check out the sights and shopping and great restaurants in Freeport. The only schedule is for the Marketplace hours, and for the Fashion Show. (More on those events later.) We focus on one thing - K.I.S.S. - to guide planning for this event, so we can retain the retreat-y-ness of it.

What Not: This is NOT Stitches Northeast. Don’t expect agendas, schedules, sign-ups, classes, registrations. Some of that stuff may happen if folks offer to teach what they know, but the best thing you can do at SPA is plunk yourself next to someone doing something cool and talk to them about it. This is a small event that always wants to get bigger, and sometimes bursts at the seams. If you need more, there are plenty of real conferences and bigger conventions and more formal events for you. But if you like the idea of just reuniting with really cool people, having a cocktail, talking some trash, and getting some knitting / spinning / weaving / crocheting / hooking / felting / ???? done, this is where you need to be.

What do you do?: Decide if you will stay overnight, or not. Reserve a room, or not. Tell your friends, or not. Then wait. Wait almost a year. That’s the hard part. Then show up to take your room. Unpack, or not. You probably passed by other SPA guests in the lobby of your hotel, so go back out there and have a sit. And let the weekend just happen. As we get closer to next February, there will be plenty of advice about what to pack, what to leave home, what to leave in the car (snow shovel and boots). You’ll get information about the vendor Marketplace, and about each vendor who will be offering their products to you.

Communicate: When you talk about SPA2017 on social media, use the hashtag #NETASPA2017 in your posts so that these posts can be searched and reviewed. Whether on Twitter or Facebook, don’t forget the hash!


Last Updated: 10.04.16

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

SPA2016 Spoiler Alert!



If you don't want to know which of the incredibly talented artists in our New England community will be bringing their products and services to SPA 2016, DO NOT READ THIS POST!  

Feel free to check out their websites, contact them, even pre-order items if they offer that service - let's show them all some love before during and after SPA 2016! The vendors make it possible to hold this event every year, without dues or attendance fees. Thanks to all of you!

If you want to be a vendor for SPA 2017, we will start the application process in the spring. Make sure you are a member of the NETA Yahoo email group to receive the latest news and information.

Vendors for SPA 2016 (with website addresses where available)

Starry Night Farm: Starrynightfarm@tds.net




Last Updated: 12.29.15   Send corrections and questions to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Reserve those rooms for SPA2016!

SPA2016 February 26 - 28, 2016

If you plan to stay at the Hilton:

Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown 
5 Park Street 
Freeport, ME 04032 

207.865.1433

or on the web - click here 

If you plan to stay at the Hampton:

Hampton Inn
194 Lower Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032

207.865.1400

or on the web - click here 

If you plan to stay at the Harraseeket:

Harraseeket Inn
http://www.harraseeketinn.com/
162 Main Street 
Freeport, ME 04032 

207.865.9377
800.342.6423



When you reserve your room over the phone, make sure to mention NETA - SPA. No doubt the person you speak to will already know why you are calling, but just to be sure, mention it!

Last Updated: 03.28.15

It's Official - SPA2016 is happening!

SPA 2016 - Yup, we are doing it AGAIN!


When: February 26 - 28, 2016

Where: Freeport, ME. Primary locations are the Hilton, Hampton, and Harraseeket Inns, but several local B&Bs also host our members.

Who: NETA members and friends and passers-by. No admission fees, no registration, just show up!

Why: Because who doesn't need to get away for some (mostly) girl talk and chocolate and pizza and hot-tubbing and time to work up the fibery stuffs with others who are just as obsessed as we are?

What: This is a **RETREAT**. Stay at one of the hotels, or come up for the day. **YOU** make the weekend what you want it to be. We provide the foundation, with great room rates, special hotel menus and lots of common space to hang out and work on projects. **YOU** decide to learn something, or stay in bed till 3:00 in the afternoon, or check out the sights and shopping and great restaurants in Freeport. The only schedule is for the Marketplace hours, and for the Fashion Show. (More on those events later.) We focus on one thing - **K.I.S.S.** - to guide planning for this event, so we can retain the retreat-y-ness of it.

What Not: This is NOT Stitches Northeast. Don't expect agendas, schedules, sign-ups, classes, registrations. Some of that stuff may happen if folks offer to teach what they know, but the best thing you can do at SPA is plunk yourself next to someone doing something cool and talk to them about it. This is a small event that always wants to get bigger, and sometimes bursts at the seams. If you need more, there are plenty of real conferences and bigger conventions and more formal events for you. But if you like the idea of just reuniting with really cool people, having a cocktail, talking some trash, and getting some knitting / spinning / weaving / crocheting / hooking / felting / ???? done, this is where you need to be.

What do you do?: Decide if you will stay overnight, or not. Reserve a room, or not. Tell your friends, or not. Then wait. Wait almost a year. That's the hard part. Then show up to take your room. Unpack, or not. You probably passed by other SPA guests in the lobby of your hotel, so go back out there and have a sit. And let the weekend just happen.

As we get closer to next February, there will be plenty of advice about what to pack, what to leave home, what to leave in the car (snow shovel and boots). You'll get information about the vendor Marketplace, and about each vendor who will be offering their products to you.


Last Updated: 03.28.15  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SPA Spotlight: Shipyard Point Glassworks

SPA Spotlight: Shipyard Point Glassworks


Bev says:

"My name is Bev Lamoureux and I’m from Franklin, Maine, just “downeast” of Ellsworth. My business is named Shipyard Point Glassworks because Shipyard Point Road is where my family has built a home. I’ve been making lampwork glass since 2002 when my two children were eight and five years old.  The art is called lampwork glass because glass was originally melted with the flame of an oil lamp.




"I started out making glass beads, as every beginner lampworker does, but soon learned that I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing, so I carved myself a niche by making tools and items appreciated by folks that work with fiber.  The large flat “Image” buttons were created completely by accident after I acquired a beautiful handmade wool jacket adorned with huge plastic buttons on the front. I couldn't bear these horrific buttons so I was driven to come up something more aesthetically pleasing.

"After many failed attempts, I designed this flat button that, by now, I have made thousands of, each one individually made and unique. And each button has a tiny signature glass millefiori slice to identify it as mine.

"All the tools have come about by seeing a need or problem and trying to come up with a solution.

"Customers are always full of great ideas and some ideas I have been able to create. If you have an idea, please send it my way. There is still time to come up with something new before SPA 2015.

"Let me know via email spglassworks@gmail.com or on my FB page, Shipyard Point Glassworks.


"Can’t wait to be back at SPA!"



Last Updated: 02.17.15

SPA Spotlight: Mountain Fiber Folk

SPA Spotlight: Mountain Fiber Folk


Members of the Mountain Fiber Folk Cooperative host a unique shop & studio located in picturesque Montgomery Center, Vermont, but we love to take our act on the road! We are 11 artisans with 6 fiber farms.



Our collection of spinning and knitting fibers, handspun (and millspun) yarns are obtained from local Llamas, Alpacas, Colored Angora goats, Romney and Cormo sheep, Angora bunnies, and Samoyed dogs! Not only can spinners, weavers, knitters, and fiber artists find a vast supply of materials among the hand-dyed locks, handspun yarns, and specially blended roving, but we also create and market a beautiful collection of locally made gifts such as woven items, knitted and crocheted pieces, needle and wet-felted wool, eco-printed silk scarves, unique fiber cards,  marvelous fiber dolls,, goat’s milk soap, and needle-felted critters!

Truly special gifts!









Last Updated: 02.07.09 Owner - want to add more information, or a picture or two? Send your .jpg file(s) and any additional details to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

SPA Spotlight: Good Karma Farm

SPA Spotlight: Good Karma Farm


Good Karma Farm began in 2003 in Kingfield Maine with 3 pregnant alpacas and a llama.  Since then we've moved to Belfast (on the coast),  added a spinning mill, a flock of registered Icelandic sheep, and an ever watchful pet duck named Stella.




All of our yarn is spun by us on our farm using our own fiber or fiber from other Maine and
New England farms.  Currently we make a 60/40% wool/alpaca blend in a 2 ply worsted weight and a 3 ply sport weight.  We also make a 100% wool sock weight yarn which we handpaint.

On special occasions (SPA!) we convert the carder over for making big (8-10oz) luscious batts in fantastical colors.  The batts are each one of a kind and are made with some combination of wool, alpaca and usually some silk and recycled sari silk thrown in.  A ton of fun to spin.

We also make Carrabassett Soap,  an olive oil based, all natural moisturizing bar soap.






Last Updated: 02.17.15