This year the conference will extend into the weekend with a camping trip to Bainbridge Island. Spending time together outdoors around a fire harks back to the years when this conference was a retreat into the woods. Camping is optional but we encourage everyone to join us.
A POST-CONFERENCE ISLAND ADVENTURE
Fay Bainbridge Park, located on the northeast corner of Bainbridge Island, across the water from Seattle.
Approximately noon Saturday through noon Sunday, 10 and 11 October 2015. Most of us plan to stay over Saturday night, but for those who wish to also spend Friday night, you can arrive Friday evening.
Suggested donation of $20 per person to cover the cost of the campground fee which has been prepaid by the Guild. Request cash on site on Saturday night, no credit cards, no advance payments. Cost of transport, food, and sundries is the responsibility of each camper.
The Guild has reserved the Group Site (16 places) for both Friday and Saturday nights, plus some additional nearby tent sites for Saturday night. There is no need for attendees to make reservations, just show up.
The park has 15 tent sites with a central water location and 26 RV sites each with water but no electricity. There are 2 restroom facilities, 1 with showers, but no dump station available.
Bring your own. Bring some extra to share. Alcohol is not permitted officially. No shellfish harvesting.
Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit. Camping stoves are permitted. Wood fires are allowed but only in established fire pits. Firewood is for sale on site, or you can bring your own store-bought firewood. No lumber or trash burning allowed. No collecting driftwood or sticks from the ground.
You are responsible for your own transport. Get here however you wish. Car, bus, bicycle, kayak, skidoo…even sailboat.
We are expecting early October to bless us with lovely autumn weather. Regardless of the weather, the camping trip will happen, even if it is pouring rain. Who doesn’t love soggy Oreos?
Nothing in particular is planned or scheduled. Bring fun things to do if you like. Musical instruments would be most welcome. Croquet is a great way to pass an afternoon. Kite flying should be good.
Kids, friends, dogs
The camping trip is open to anyone. Even if you are not a Guild member. Even if you did not attend the conference on Friday. Children are welcome, but parents are responsible for them at all times. Dogs allowed, must be on a leash.
Directions from the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry
Continue straight off the ferry onto Highway 305. Continue out of town approximately 5 miles to traffic light and big brown sign with directions to park. Here, turn right onto Day Road NE. Travel approximately 2 miles to a T-intersection. Turn left onto Sunrise Drive NE and continue 1.7 miles to park entrance on the right. So for bicyclists, that’s about 9 miles on a paved shoulder over rolling hills.
Call the park manager Mike Mejia at (206) 842-3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.