New England Weavers' Seminar: 2019 Conference
Welcome to NEWS
Woven and photographed by Karin Borden
This has been an exciting time for NEWS 2019. Our committee has made many changes to the way we function. We hope you all will agree that the changes are for the good. First of all Susan Targove has revamped our website so that is easier to make changes and add new content. And we will have complete control over it.
Registration will be completely on line for the first time. Susan has worked very hard to make this go smoothly. Elaine Palmer worked on what we used to call the “Brochure” as that too, is completely online. Liz Zocchi has worked diligently to put together an exciting program for us for 2019. We have some new teachers coming and some of the ones we have had in the past. It looks like there will be something for everyone.
Our evening events will be similar to 2017 in that we will have slide presentations for the awards program with a speaker on Thursday night. Friday night is Shop-Til-You-Drop from 7 to 9 p.m. That event will include desserts, coffee, tea, and a cash bar, as well musicians on the main floor. They were such a hit last year! We also hope to have the exhibits open during this time, provided we have enough volunteers (half-hour shifts).
Saturday night we will gather for our annual meeting, election of officers for 2021 and our Keynote Speaker, Mary Zicafoose.
Our tour this year will be to Wisteriahurst in Holyoke which was the home to a wealthy silk manufacturer. The tour will include a tour of the home and a talk about manufacturing of silk. Of course, lunch and the bus ride are included. You will find details on the website. At the request of many, it is a shorter tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The vendor list is growing with many of our old stand-bys and some new ones. Be sure to bring lots of money for those irresistible treasures.
Because of rising costs all around, we have had to raise our prices to $70 per 3 hour class, so a 2 1/2 day class will cost $350. The Beginning Weaving Class will be $300 this year. Meals and rooms will remain close to the same, though we won't have final numbers from Smith until later this year.
Please remember there are NEWS scholarships available as well as scholarships from the various guilds. Most are not need-based.
I look forward to seeing you at NEWS 2019 and hope you enjoy the program as much as we have had in putting it together.
President, NEWS 2019