Do you ever look at the calendar and can't believe your eyes? That's what happened to me when I saw that yesterday was November 4th and I realized our weekend retreat is only 30 days away! Let the countdown begin! Do you need a weekend away too? If so, please read the details below and contact me soon! November 13th is the last day to sign up and space is very limited. Email me at WCplace@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Date: December 4-6, 2015
Place: Hampton Inn and Suites, 3000 West Radio Drive, Florence, South Carolina. Click here for the hotel website. For TripAdvisor reviews click here. The rooms are currently being renovated, and they'll be completed in October---so for us it will be like its brand new!
Rooms & Rates: Standard King-size bed or Standard 2 Queen-size beds, $99.00/night (Costs may be split among any who decide to room together).
How to reserve a room: Call Hampton Inn 843-629-9900 and mention the "Weekend With the Author/Ferree Hardy" so you get this lowest rate of $99/night. Room will be held with a valid credit card provided by you. Each guest is responsible for her own charges. You must call and reserve your room no later than November 20th. BUT call as soon as possible because the group size is limited to only 40 individuals! (Hotel rooms are eligible for cancellation until 6 pm the day of arrival).
Once you reserve a room you must contact me through email to WCplace@gmail.com or by a private message on Facebook and let me know you're planning to come. I'll set up a Facebook page so you can communicate with other attendees and perhaps find a roommate to share costs.
Transportation: Florence, South Carolina is conveniently located at the eastern end of I-20 and halfway between New York and Miami on I-95. Mapquest the hotel if you're driving. If you prefer to come by Amtrak or airplane, let me know your ETA and I'll pick you up at our Amtrak station or at Florence airport, the world's most adorable little airport. (If you fly, make your destination Florence, SC. You'll have to transfer at Charlotte NC airport to the American Eagle/USAir commuter flight to Florence, it's the only carrier).
You're responsible for your own lodging and transporation to Florence. Once you get here I'll have a van to cart y'all around. Saturday lunch will be brought in and less than $10 and we'll collect payment at that time. Breakfasts are at the hotel, and suppers are on me! :) You're my guests!
Our schedule is subject to change but will be very casual and centered around fellowship, food, and fun!
check in starts at 3 pm.
Supper provided, and if you'd like to bring cookies or other edibles please do! (But nothing that needs to be baked or refrigerated). Bring a small momento to use for a guessing game. We'll display them all on a table and try to figure out who brought what. So you could bring an old photo, your bronzed baby shoe, a small craft you're famous for, your favorite Disney character figurine, etc.... This will be an evening to relax and get to know everyone.
free breakfast available at the hotel from 6-10 am.
10:00 Workshop and Q & A time with Ferree
12:00 lunch in the hotel hospitality room (approx. $10).
2:00 we'll leave for The Living Christmas Tree concert at Florence Baptist Temple (admission price is one canned food for local food pantries and shelter ministries. *If you can't fit it in your suitcase I'll have extras available you can grab)
Evening: Christmas party and supper at Ferree's house. Please bring one small gift for a gift exchange.
free breakfast available from the hotel from 6-10 am.
9:00 devotions and farewell with Ferree in the hospitality room. Receive your "Letter to Your Future" if you sent one.
10:00 catch a ride for morning worship at Florence Baptist Temple if you'd like.
12:00 noon: hotel check out
If you'd like to stay an extra day or more either before or after the event, simply add on the days when you make your room reservation
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL ME.
Here's what to bring: dress---casual and easy to pack. I'll be in slacks or jeans all weekend. Weather here in early December is generally mild, so you don't need a parka. Bring a light jacket or raincoat and a sweater and you should be good. Canadians might want to bring their swimsuits for the outdoor pool at the hotel. lol
Also: bring your Bible, one can of food (*if it fits in your suitcase), a small momento for the guessing game, a small wrapped gift for a gift exchange at our Christmas party, and (optional, especially if you're flying) any home-baked goodies or snacks you want to share. WCplace@gmail.com
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