Saturday, March 28, 2015

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  

1 comment:

Pat said...

I learned about this exciting event at a Portland restaurant Sunday afternoon. While waiting for a seat, I was chatting up some lady knitters who told me all about it and were amazed that as a Mainer I'd never heard of it. Please advise me as to how to get on a list for next year's info. I'm super excited!