The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Summer Retreat on
Sunday, August 1, 2021
at Sunrise Park, Suffield CT
Our 30th Summer Retreat will be a day packed with basket weaving and fun in a wooded lakeside setting. We look forward to seeing you and hope you will enjoy getting together with new and old friends in person and weave a fabulous basket. We will observe the venue and Connecticut’s COVID related mask and social distancing requirments.
Please register by July 12, 2021. Confirming emails for classes will be sent out in mid July.
We encourage our students to join the Guild. Guild members pay a discounted class fee. A person 16 years and younger accompanying an NBG member may attend a class paying the member fee. Class fees will be returned if notice is given more than 2 weeks in advance. If a cancellation is received within 2 weeks of the retreat, the weaver can arrange postage fees with the teacher to receive the basket kit by mail. We encourage everyone to use the online registration and payment. Please log into the website before you place your order.
At this time, the park does not have any COVID restrictions; Connecticut recommends vaccination, social distancing and masks only if someone is unvaccinated.
- I will be fully vaccinated by August 1
- I will not be fully vaccinated by August 1
- I prefer not to say whether I am vaccinated
Robin will announce whether or not ALL participants are vaccinated on August 1. If all participants are vaccinated, then masks will not be required. If any participant is not vaccinated on August 1, then all participants will be asked to wear a mask. Individual participants vaccination status will not be disclosed.
You can pay for your classes with a credit card through PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account) or you can make out a check to “NBG” and mail it to:
56 Florence Ave
Arlington, MA 02476
We have three great teachers joining us for this event:
Things to Bring
- Basket Making Tools
- Spray bottle and water container (NBG will have larger containers on site)
- Brown Bag Lunch (NO REFRIGERATION)
Coffee, Tea, and water will be provided by NBG, and we would encourage a few of you to bring some individually packaged snack items for the day. Please contact Robin (email address below) if you would like to volunteer to help set up either of these drink/food items or help with set up and clean up.
We will have some great door prizes, too!
Any questions, please email Robin Ingram (email@example.com)
|8:30 – 9:00||Registration – Please pick up your free parking permit at the gate to the park|
|12:30 – 1:00||Lunch Break|
NBG members and Summer Retreat teachers are welcome to set up a table to exhibit or sell baskets, basket related items or basket supplies. Please let Robin know if you plan to set up a table.
Class Skill Levels
When signing up for your classes, please be very careful about the skill levels and prerequisites listed for each class. We want you and your classmates to all have a good experience. If you are not sure if you are ready for a particular class, send us an email and we’ll help you to figure out if it will be a good fit for you.
As a general rule, follow this guide
|First Basket||Weaver has never woven a basket before.|
|Beginner||Weaver has little or no experience with the materials being used for that project. For instance, if you are an intermediate reed weaver but have never worked with pine needles before, then consider yourself a beginner for a pine needle class.|
|Intermediate||Weaver is skilled at basic techniques with the materials being used.|
|Advanced||Weaver has mastered all of the basic skills and is ready to try new techniques, fibers, shaping, and creative methods.|
2021 Summer Retreat Classes
First Basket/Beginner Level
Saturday, October 23
All Levels/First Basket
This class is full
Saturday-Sunday, Nov 13 and 14
This class is closed
This class is closed
Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16