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HHC
08-16-2013, 11:28 PM
AFA BELLINGHAM October 18 - 20, 2013
OFFICIAL THREAD HERE:http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=27079



Hotel is Guesthouse Inn, 805 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Room Rate $89.00 USD double occupancy
When reserving use the Code "Art for All"
More details here (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1454704&postcount=44): http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1454704&postcount=44

MAIN EVENT Saturday 10 am to 10 pm
Place: WECU Education Center, 511 E Holly Street, Bellingham, WA
(about 1/2 mile from the Hotel)

Tentative schedule coming soon!


ORIGINAL POST:
So... I'm still hoping to host a gathering of AFA artists in Bellingham in October. I found a hotel that was nice and inexpensive at the same time and with a free breakfast too! However they do not have a meeting room. I'm having a hard time finding a hotel with a room where we can meet that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

So I'm thinking if folks stayed at the hotel, then we could meet to art at my house. It's not huge, however we could probably fit 15 - 20 throughout the house.

I'm interested to see who might consider attending, so I can make a decision. Nothing like last minute. ;)

beth
08-16-2013, 11:40 PM
I'd definitely want to come but the first two weekends in October I'm not available.

HHC
08-16-2013, 11:52 PM
I was thinking the full moon weekend of Oct 18 - 20. We could howl at the moon together. :)

beth
08-16-2013, 11:58 PM
That sounds like a good call!

CynthiaSillitoe
08-17-2013, 12:08 AM
I won't be able to fly up, so post pictures! I hope to crash a NW event in 2014. :)

Els
08-17-2013, 12:10 AM
Given my close proximity, you KNOW you can count on me! And I'm certain I can talk Doreen into coming down, too, and maybe Dawn as well!

beth
08-17-2013, 12:19 AM
Will there be a second SeARTle in the spring?

CynthiaSillitoe
08-17-2013, 12:38 AM
If there isn't, I'm just coming and staying at someone's house, so consider yourselves warned. I need my NW fix at least once a year.

beth
08-17-2013, 12:47 AM
Well, we have to do something then! :)

Rogue Gal
08-17-2013, 01:42 AM
If there isn't, I'm just coming and staying at someone's house, so consider yourselves warned. I need my NW fix at least once a year.


Have I told you lately how much I adore you? No? Well I do :)

I'm not sure if I'll be able to come or not yet, but I sure am interested!

sasjhwa
08-17-2013, 02:57 AM
Do you have a public library with meeting space? Most will give it for free if it is for a community event.

HHC
08-17-2013, 10:49 AM
Hey all, there will be a SeARTle again this year. Our Martha is moving as we speak to the East coast, however, we'll still have a gathering in the late Spring sometime. :)

HHC
08-17-2013, 10:50 AM
Our libraries charge for their meeting rooms. There are a few spaces we could get for free, but we wouldn't be able to have them all day, or they come with restrictions that probably won't work for our group. (because they don't work for me...ha!) :cat:

JoyFlower
08-17-2013, 11:03 AM
I would be interested! Although by mid October I will be on "baby watch" for the arrival of my granddaughter. It's in state and drivable though, so not much other than the baby would keep me away. ;)

CynthiaSillitoe
08-17-2013, 11:16 AM
Hey all, there will be a SeARTle again this year. Our Martha is moving as we speak to the East coast, however, we'll still have a gathering in the late Spring sometime. :)


Hooray!

MistiKo
08-17-2013, 04:07 PM
Thanks for the heads up Els. I've been peeking in once in a while to see if there was any news of a fall gathering. I would love to come BUT October is looking like a busy month for me workwise. The Oct 18-20 weekend will probably work, although I'll have to bring my kids down for a shopping trip before then or else they'll be coming with me. They've been bugging me to "go shopping in Bellingham" all summer! You'd think we didn't have stores here in Canada or something.

So all that rambling means I'm a definite maybe!
M

Go-Go Gadget Girl
08-17-2013, 04:13 PM
I wouldn't be able to make it the 18-20... I have a football (soccer) game to attend.

HHC
08-17-2013, 10:13 PM
Go-Go, I made it later in the month so you could come! *she says in a whiny voice*

Who's soccer game? :)

HHC
08-18-2013, 03:41 PM
Anyone else interested?

I'm going to send a pm to those who attended SeARTle last year, and if there's anyone else you can think of, let them know too, please. :)

louisezee
08-18-2013, 06:23 PM
I am definitely interested. Count me in! Oct 18-20 sounds good for me.

beth
08-18-2013, 06:24 PM
Yay! It will be great to see you louisezee :-)

jaw
08-18-2013, 10:10 PM
The new job is Friday- Monday - starting September 1st- :( if I can get a change by then I will be there. Maybe one of the other applications I put in will pay off.

HHC
08-18-2013, 10:41 PM
Yay Cheryl and Dawn and Doreen!

Jaw! Friday through Monday? Bummer! Are they 4 - 10's? When does it start?

MelanieS
08-19-2013, 01:14 AM
Thats awfully far for me to travel alone. If I can hook my hubby and daughter into it, I would love to attend. What could a 12 yr & her dad do while we art it up?
:) Mel

jaw
08-19-2013, 02:33 AM
4 tens... starts 9.1

DRAGONSTARR
08-19-2013, 02:46 AM
Helen, I could definitely make it ...may be not until later on Friday driving up from work...but yes :)...I would definitely need a roomie, cause I can't afford the room by myself :)

HHC
08-19-2013, 10:08 AM
Fabulous!

Melanie, there is a Saturday Farmers Market in downtown Bellingham, there are parks on the bay to visit, a couple of neat museums. I'll get a listing together and post soon.

Genxster
08-20-2013, 05:17 PM
Did a bit of traveling visiting relatives this summer so I'm not sure I can swing this. :cry: Be sure to post lots of pictures!!

HHC
08-21-2013, 11:08 AM
Bummer Mellanie! We'll make sure to get lots of pictures.

HHC
08-22-2013, 04:14 PM
Well, I've found a space to meet from 10am to 10pm on Saturday which is a few blocks up the road from the hotel and free!

The hotel person to finalize the rates has been out sick, however we will probably be at GuestHouse Inn (http://www.guesthouseintl.com/hotels/bellingham), in Bellingham.
http://www.guesthouseintl.com/hotels/bellingham

Rates were promised to be reasonable - $80-ish when I talked to them initially a couple of months ago. I just can't get hold of anyone to finalize the group rates. :) I was estimating 5 – 10 rooms.

More to follow soon!

beth
08-22-2013, 05:41 PM
This sounds great, Helen! I'm looking forward to it already!

louisezee
08-22-2013, 08:35 PM
Wonderful! Looks good to me! Have we got a ballpark number for attendance? Maybe a bit too early, once September arrives we'll have a better idea. Els and I are roomies.

lilbad
08-22-2013, 08:58 PM
So want to do this, but have made plans with dh for that time. I already cried on Helen's shoulder!

amyfaerie
08-23-2013, 08:16 PM
i don't think i'd be able to make it . . . looking at the limited personal days i can take in a school year, i already have Artzona penciled in, and i'm going to CA to meet Mr. Greene's parents at Thanksgiving. :)

i so wish i could do it!

louisezee
08-23-2013, 08:25 PM
Oh Amy, sorry to not have you with us but there's no contest with that! Mr. Greene comes first.

jaw
08-23-2013, 10:13 PM
i don't think i'd be able to make it . . . looking at the limited personal days i can take in a school year, i already have Artzona penciled in, and i'm going to CA to meet Mr. Greene's parents at Thanksgiving. :)

i so wish i could do it!

Meetin' the parents! Wahoo!

amyfaerie
08-23-2013, 10:47 PM
lolol! it's kind of a big deal . . . as those sorts of things go. :) we'll be going for 4 days over the weekend before Thanksgiving, so I have to take a personal day for it.

it's funny to be in my 40s and doing the "meet the parents" thing, but it's nice. :) he's a sweetie.

i'm gonna miss you all, though . . . and i REALLY wanna visit bellingham. it looks so, so beautiful online. i applied for a job there years ago, and it was the one i hoped i'd get. :)

HHC
08-23-2013, 11:12 PM
Well Amy, I guess we can let you off the hook since you're meeting THE PARENTS! Although we'll miss you! As an aside... it's wonderful seeing you so happy. :)

So far we have 8-9 sorta confirmed folks and 4-5 maybe folks.

Question... would holding it the weekend before - Oct 11 -13 be better?

beth
08-24-2013, 01:12 AM
I wouldn't be able to attend October 11-13, so I'm hoping that it doesn't get changed.

louisezee
08-24-2013, 10:09 AM
October 12-14 is Canadian thanksgiving longwknd. I'd rather not be away that weekend.
Helen, That's great you've got an art space lined up for Saturday.

HHC
08-24-2013, 11:00 AM
Okay, I forgot it's the Canadian Thanksgiving... so we'll stick with Oct 18-20. It's firm! :)

HHC
08-24-2013, 11:01 AM
And I'm a bit disgruntled that I can't get the hotel to confirm prices for me. Manger out and Asst Manager sick. *grumbles* :)

louisezee
08-24-2013, 05:26 PM
Thanks Helen. I probably could have come but I wouldn't have been very popular! and the border waits would be awful!

HHC
08-24-2013, 11:43 PM
Yay I heard from the Hotel this morning!

Here are the details:

Hotel:
Guesthouse Inn, Bellingham. http://www.guesthouseintl.com/hotels/bellingham
805 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229

We have held 10 rooms (ambitious!) most doubles, a couple singles.
Rate is 89.00 per night, plus tax. When reserving use the Code "Art for All"

Check in begins at 3pm. (We can probably check in early if needed) Check out is at noon.
Breakfast is served from 6-10am each morning (and includes protein choices!)
Guest checking in will need a picture ID and credit card with the same name (or close) as the ID.
Hotel runs an authorization for the full amount of the stay at check in, but do not charge until check out. The guest can settle as they wish, cash or credit card. We do not accept checks or "Prepay" credit cards.

Amenities:
Free shuttle to Bellingham Airport 8 AM-10 PM
Shuttle also runs to Alaska Ferry Terminal and Amtrak station
Microwave and refrigerator in every room
Free Internet access
Free parking

Hotel Features and Services
Business Center
Cable TV with Movie Channels
Complimentary Deluxe Hot Continental Breakfast
Copy and Fax Service
Executive Suites Available
Free USA Today
Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access
Interior Corridor

louisezee
08-25-2013, 12:10 AM
Excellent! I'll be booking this coming week.

JanisElain
08-26-2013, 12:40 AM
Rod (Pixeldog) and I might be able to attend. We had another commitment that weekend, but are trying to clear our schedules so we could attend. Sounds like fun!

HHC
08-26-2013, 03:48 PM
Hey everyone, I've started another thread with all the details. We can continue our discussion and planning there!

AFA BELLINGHAM http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=27079

HHC
10-02-2013, 11:11 AM
Closing out this thread