Thursday, June 16, 2016

SAVE THE DATE! Weekend with the author

Date: December 2-4, 2016
Place: Hampton Inn + Suites, 3000 West Radio Drive, Florence, South Carolina. Click here for the hotel website. For TripAdvisor reviews click here. If you came last year you'll be delighted to see that all the renovations are complete now and just beautiful!
Rooms and Rates: Standard King-size bed or Standard 2 Queen-size beds, $109.00/night (Costs may be split among any who decide to room together). King-size bed w/suite, $139/night.
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 $109/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 18th. BUT call as soon as possible because the group size is limited to only 20 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 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 Airline commuter flight to Florence, it's the only carrier.
If you do fly I recommend taking a morning flight or coming a day early. The airline is notorious for cancelling and delaying flights. Schedule your return flight for Sunday late morning or early afternoon).

You're responsible for your own lodging and transportation to Florence.

Once you get here we'll carpool with other attendees.
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 will be the same as last year's except for a few adaptations for alumni. I'll post the new schedule mid-July but once again it will be very casual and centered around fellowship, food, and fun!
Here's what we did last year so you have a general an make your plans:
check in starts at 3 pm.
Supper provided 
Discussion groups about "How to Turn Going Through Grief to GROWing Through Grief
free breakfast available at the hotel from 6-10 am.
10:00 Workshop and Q + A time with Ferree and Tom
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
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.
8:00 devotions and farewell with Ferree in the hospitality room. C
atch 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


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 ferree
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