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Hi, all.

I know that the 2013 retreat committee is doing an excellent job of getting everything ready for all of the fun and friendship in just a few weeks.

However, we need to think about 2014. A couple of people who have said they would like to be hostesses have said that they are not ready for 2014.

So, is anyone willing?

Requirements:

~~Must have attended one retreat (this year's would count);

~~Be in good standing on the board (i.e., no overdue swaps, etc.)

~~An ability to form a committee and work with those individuals for the dozens of tasks that need to be attended to;

~~Super organizational skills.

Rewards:

~~Gratitude of lots of happy retreaters;

If you have any questions or concerns that you don't want to air publicly, you may PM me.

The previous hostesses serve as the committee who makes the final decision on the hostess. We are all willing to answer questions, help in any way, and provide moral support.

So, who's up for the challenge?


"Laughter is timeless; imagination has no age, and dreams are forever." Walt Disney
 
Posts: 6532 | Location: Houston, TX | Registered: Jun 25, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I wish I could say I will, but I'm just not up to the challenge at this time maybe 2016. I do hope 2014 is close enough to go.


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Hmmm, I was thinking about someone that I could nominate Cool, but can't think of anyone that would do it next year.

Now where would I like to go . . . anyone up for Hawaii?
 
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I have been watching the board to see if anyone has "stepped up to the plate" and is ready to volunteer for next year. No hostess...no retreat so let's hope someone steps forward.


Happy Stitching...Lois
 
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Wow, this thread has been quiet . . .
 
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Where is 2014 going to be held?
 
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It depends on who steps up to host.
 
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and remember now ... HELP is willing to be shared Smile


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Jean wants to do one in the Milwaukee area and I promised to help Smile
 
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Sounds wonderful and I'm sure you can get a group together to help with all the pieces.
Finding a location and setting a date are the most difficult parts after that people pick an area of responsibility and it goes together.
Go girls, go!


Happy Stitching...Lois
 
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awesome!!

I just mapped it from here and it is just shy of 15 hours.. 2 days driving.. not too bad.. and stopping to stretch the legs at every quilt shop between here and there. Smile


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Yes, she said she wanted to - not necessarily in 2014 Smile I would prefer 2015 because I'll be retired by then......
 
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Jean is talking about 2016, our tenth retreat. I know Sue B said she would like that year, so I went with the soonest post/email. Someone else is talking about 2015. However, we need someone/somewhere for 2014, or skip a year. That would be really sad.

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● ● ● Royal, you are number one on my list, but until my job situation becomes more stable, I can't make a commitment.

Sure hope we get someone to step up for next year. We haven't been to Florida or California yet. Wink Wink




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Whenever the retreat is held in the Milwaukee area, I'll sure volunteer for the committee. Now for 2014, I'm wondering where it might be?
 
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Hey, I'm moving to Florida in a few months, so I would certainly like the idea of a retreat in Florida.

Both Tampa and Orlando are large airports with thousands of flights each - would be easy flying to one of those.

I haven't made it to a COF retreat yet, but love the smaller one some of in the south east do in Alabama. Been to 3 of those.

Looking forward to hearing where it may wind up.


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I have an idea--now think about it before saying "no way"---How about a mini cruise from Galveston, Texas??? No hostess necessary except for activities and such--Hotel & food are sometimes hard to pin down-- already included in fare--there must be some kind of area where we could all meet and be together for things like "F/Q bingo" (a must have activity). Texas is kind of in the middle so no one would have to fly all the way across the US so air fare would be less (at least for people on the 2 Coasts) and maybe driving for others !
I looked (just a glance) at their webb site and there was one offering a special (for this year of course) for $339 per person. And who knows--if there was a large enough group, it may be less!!!
OK--I have told you my idea--(please no polls) it is JUST an idea that I think is doable if no one raises their hand!!!


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Oh - I'd love to do that!! I've always wanted to go on a cruise of some sort but can't get DH to fly enough to get to a ship.....
 
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I love cruising! I was intrigued by the idea and checked out the Galveston site too. The $339 cost is without fees. With fees it's more like $417, and also that's with a 5 person room occupancy.

With airfare on top of that, it still might be a bit pricey for some (like me).

Not sure what kind of group "meeting rooms" the ship would have...but, I'd think that they would have something to suit.

I'd be more concerned about losing the majority of the group at the normal tourist stops along the way. I mean, why stay inside when you can walk on the beach!

But, if you could work out all the details so that we could still meet together and it wouldn't cost me an arm&leg to attend...I'd certainly consider it! Are you researching this? Or just thinking out loud?
 
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Well--I wasn't going to spend time researching it if everyone thought it was a stupid idea, but I'd sure be willing to see what I could find out. I went on a quilting cruise to Hawaii several yrs ago (Alex Anderson was one of the teachers) and I know for all of their classes we went to different areas so the rooms must be available.
As far as costs go, I think we come pretty close to it costing that much with the cost of the retreat, hotel, early bird dinner ect, but you are right, unless we could get a better rate with a large group it maybe will be some more and out of our reach
I think it would be worth looking into ???


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I'll check it out from my end. We would need to figure in costs of transportation from Houston airports to Galveston — it's nearly 2 hours from the big one and an hour from the smaller one.

I will get with the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau to see what they can do for us. They were extremely helpful with the 2007 retreat, so no reason not to use a resource my taxes fund.


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A quilt shop near Holly does quilt cruises every year. They use a travel consultant in CA. I think I have the name somewhere.
 
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Great idea, Pegsami!!




 
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I will also call the guy who handles the quilt cruises for a quilt shop here. I'll have to explain in great detail that this is not like any other cruise — it's the COF!


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I think it is a great idea, just cut down on the "frills" to stay in budget - it checking out the details watch that we would not have to have passports, that would be a big extra expense
 
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Sounds interesting... I've never been on a cruise... if it were affordable it would be fun!

Char
 
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We booked a cruise for my family a few years back, there were fifteen of us. Not as large a crowd as COF...but we went through a travel agency and it was much easier.

Cruise lines have many ports of debarkation...even Mobile, Alabama! We went out of New Orleans for our family trip.

So, finding one that goes from a major airport hub might be a good idea and save costs too.
 
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ships go out of Baltimore harbor with direct connections to BWI airport
 
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What a relief !!! I was sure I was going to wake up this AM and hear "what a stupid idea!!!"
I know it just may be too many $ after all, but without checking on it, we'll never know will we?
The webb site that I was looking at had a # for "Galveston Cruise Specialist" @ 1-800 538 4962. I am thinking it may take a "pro" to answer our questions!!!


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So who is stepping up to host? Pegsami, EBGQ,Shawkl,needlecrazy,dd quilts,Quiltaholic?? Sounds like alot of different possibilities.


Libby


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I'll do the checking on the cruise. If we go that route, I'll hostess. If we want a traditional "land" retreat as we have always done, then I'll have to do some thinking.

Back tomorrow with some details.

Thanks, Pegsami, for thinking outside the box. We need all kinds of thinkers.

Carol


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ooooh! I have always thought a quilting cruise would be so much fun! I am going on an Alaskan cruise with my Dad, DH and my brother the end of August...seriously think my COF might have more laughter and relaxation!

A quilt shop owner here in Nebraska runs quilt cruises several times a year...her husband owns the travel agency! I may check into it for our COF needs...
 
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I think it's a neat idea. I wasn't thinking I would do another COF, but the cruise idea is giving me second thoughts. Especially out of Galveston! Close enough for me to drive!
 
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Now wouldn't that be a blast!!have thought of this too but didn't know if we could ever pull it off???


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I vote Mobile or Baltimore.


Libby


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Libby, no cruise ships go out of Mobile any more. The only one there is the infamous Carnival Triumph that is under repair.


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Pegsami, I think that is a wonderful idea. They used to do steam boat cruises down the MS river out of St Louis, MO. I don't know if they still do it.

All of our activities would be confined to ship but a relaxing, three day trip with my sewing machine and a ship load of quilters sounds "very interesting"/
 
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Carnival is really getting terrible press, and for good reason — after the one that was adrift without plumbing or power for 5 days, another one needed repairs. Not good PR.

Linda, I've looked at the Mississippi River cruises — I think they are going to be way out of our price range, but never hurts to ask.

I'll keep y'all updated.


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When you are checking out the fly to a cruise idea please have someone check the real price for flying to the middle of the country. I have a daughter on the West Coast and one on the East Coast. They can fly to see each other cheaper than they can fly to the middle to visit us.


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Carol, check Cactus Quilts in Texas City. Carla has a cruise in February 2014 out of Galveston on Carnival Magic to Key West and Bahamas. There is a price list and also who will be teaching. Just a thought for you all to check.
 
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If a cruise happens, check on spring break dates and avoid them like the plague! Also, it needs to be booked before or after hurricane season.

I won't be able to make the 2014 COF because that's my cruise year with BFFs (we go every even year). We leave February 9 out of Galveston for Key West, Freeport Bahamas, and Nassau Bahamas back to Galveston.
 
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I just checked Cactus Quilt's cruise information...
It's the SAME cruise I'm going on in 2014.

I'm hyperventilating here!!! Oh-oh-OH-OH-OH!!

http://www.cactusquilts.com/quilting-cruise.htm
 
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Needlecrazy, I looked also. I just wanted to spend the weekend on the boat, I did not want to buy the boat.
 
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Sherry, so you and your friends will be on *THAT* ship during the quilting cruise, but not traveling with the quilting group? Oh my!
 
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Carnival may get bad press but Carnival owns 4 cruse lines. One other is the Norwegeon line but can't remember the other two... Chris
 
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I KNOW! Do you think the quilters will notice a stow-away with them? I have the paraphernalia. I can look like I belong! Ooooh! I can wear a name tag on a chatelaine!

That particular ship on my sale dates is the Magic - I think it's the newest - or at least second newest.

On the quilting cruise, you have to book through their travel agent and you get $250 off the cruise. Of course you pay $250 to the Cactus Quilt shop for the kits, classes, etc.

We are getting a window so we are paying around $700 total. (3 in one room, 2 in the other - connecting rooms). Look at the prices of the inside rooms $300-$400.

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Yeah Bunsie, I don't want to buy the boat either.

However, the inside rooms would be about the same as we usually pay considering that the Branson Retreat was $180 for retreat, $25 for Early Bird, and Hotel around $80 per night for 3 nights. (That's about $445) if you are adding these up.

And that doesn't consider that ALL of the meals are not normally calculated in our normal on-site retreats. On a cruise, every meal (plus snacks) is included.

What is not included are tips. We'd each need to budget a little for them.

Of course, there aren't any quilt shops...so we could save our fabric dollars for on-shore excursions, massages, facials, etc!
 
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I think that the river boat cruises are particularly pricey for some reason. Looking forward to what Carol finds out from her sources Smile.
 
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the problem with the riverboat cruises is that the rooms are very small and you don't get the extra attention and amenities that you get on a regular cruise.
 
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actually carnival does NOT own Norwegian cruise line.. (NCL)..... i've been on carnival.. royal and ncl.. ncl is my preferred cruise line.. or.. royal..

"Carnival Corporation & Plc
Carnival plc is a cruise company having a portfolio of cruise brands and is a provider of cruises to all vacation destinations. The cruise brands of the Company includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises (Princess), Costa Cruises (Costa), Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Cunard Line (Cunard), AIDA Cruises (AIDA), P&O Cruises Australia, Ocean Village, Ibero Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn (Seabourn). In addition to the cruise operations, the Company owns Holland America Tours and Princess Tours. (Source: 10-K)"


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