Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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

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