Green Lake Rug Camp

September 17-20, 2018

Welcome back to the Green Lake Conference Center!
Located outside of Green Lake, Wisconsin


NEW for 2018! Open Textile Arts Retreat.


Register now for 2018! Click this link, print the form, and mail it in with your registration fees.

Camp Highlights

Pillsbury Hall: Open Textile Arts Retreat 2018
This will be the first year that we are expanding our scope to include any textile craft you wish to bring and work on.
We have learned a great deal from all the wonderful teachers we have had the pleasure to meet since our first Rug Camp in 2005. At this point in time, we are going to take a breath and relax in a retreat environment giving us a chance to complete our projects, catch up with our friends, share with each other what we love best, and there is nothing stopping us from starting something new.

All textile crafts are invited! We have met and become friends with a common love of rug hooking, but most of us also knit, embroider, quilt and weave. Maybe bead work and jewelry making is thrown in for a change of pace. Bring what you love, bring something that you need some relaxation time to complete, bring a challenge or bring something easy.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to offer to share their knowledge and interests. Choose a day and time, choose a topic, (could be a class, a demonstration or just a talk), decide how long of a time slot is needed, and decide if there is a fee ( students would pay you directly). Contact me and it will be offered here for people to sign up. All textile arts topics welcome!

Our goal is to have a great time. Relax. No pressure.

A message from Mary:
These changes are in response to many surveys over the years. The foremost concern going forward with this camp was cost. I feel strongly that there were many people left out of attending due to rising prices. I have made this decision to not have formal classes with teachers and restructured our meeting space needs in order to welcome more people to participate in what we have come to enjoy as a fabulous, energizing, inspired party for a group that enjoys making art.
The changes in lodging offered is mostly due to the Conference Center. They have completed most, but not all, of their goals with the update of the Roger Williams Inn. Offering you rooms there elimates the steep walk to Bauer Lodge, and the cost is less than going all the way to Lone Tree Lodge. (Lone Tree Lodge was not available to us, it was already booked.) For those who wish a more newly-built hotel, rooms were available in Kern,( Bauer Lodge was also already taken by another group).

As you will see in the details below, pricing for 2018 is significantly less than 2016. Most options average 33% less!

Another change is our Monday arrival. Check-in to your rooms is not until 4pm. This means we will go directly to Pillsbury Hall and settle in to the classroom space anytime you wish to arrive. We will break to have lunch and then go back to Pillsbury Hall, and break again around 4 to check in to our rooms. I am sorry if this seems a bit backwords to some of you, but the $$$ saved is significant.

The package price includes all meals to be at the Conference Center. I did not back out an optional night to go out (unless you stay for Thursday night) due to the ever changing offerings in the surrounding area. Thursday night dinner is not included. So those who stay may go out, or any of us could choose to have pizza delivered.

The Rug Gallery

Be sure to bring along at least one rug (two or three if you like) for this non-juried exhibit. Antique rugs are welcome.
Responding to requests that the Rug Show be open longer : This time, we are going to display the rugs right there in Pillsbury Hall in our classroom space! This allows us to see them whenever we want without having to leave Pillsbury Hall and make the steep walk to Bauer Lodge. We are bound to be more inspired with our finished works right there with us.

The Hooking Store

We will have the same situation as in the past with the Hooking Store, with one huge change: anyone can bring wool to sell if you wish. Sales will be handled through the Hooking Store as it is the only secured room we have.
You may place any other items in the store on consignment too. Anything and everything is welcome...a tag-sale of sorts.
Please contact me if you intend to bring things to sell and I will respond with the details. (they are the same as in the past.)

The Hooking Store is in Pillsbury Hall on the same floor as the classroom!

Optional Learning/Info - sharing oportunities

Details will be available as they develope. Anyone can sign up, whether you are staying at Green Lake or attending as a day-visitor.
We do have a surprise visitor or two in the works.....more ( but not too much more, it is a surprise after all) info will be posted later!

Additional “things to do”

There are many activities available on the grounds including two premier golf courses, boat rentals and lake tours, fishing, tennis courts and walking trails. The towns of Ripon, Green Lake, and Princeton are minutes away where you can browse antique and artisan shops.

Thursday Night is optional.
If you have far to drive, you may wish to stay one more night and head out in the morning. Our contract has your rooms available in case you need them, but no obligation.


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Lodging & Meals

Room check-in: 4pm Monday the 17th.

Option 1: 3 nights: 10am Thursday morning the 20th. ( Thursday lunch is still included)
Option 2: 4 nights: 10am Friday morning the 21st. (Thursday lunch is last meal included in the package. See more details below)

Rates include your choice of hotel room on the conference center grounds for your entire stay. We have booked blocks of rooms in the two hotels shown below in order to offer the best pricing options.
Rates shown are per person and include your room, classroom apsce, and meals for your entire stay.
Please note: In order to get the shared-room rate, you must list your roommate's name on your registration form.
A registration fee of $100 per person is additional.

Kern Lodge

This modern hotel is located in the main conference area behind Bauer Lodge. You can access it by walking through Bauer Lodge. Or, there is a main entrance at the back where the large parking lot is. You could drive to Pillsbury Hall and avoid walking the steep hill. There is a lounge with a fireplace, TV, microwave, refrigerator and coffee on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Rooms in our contract have either two queen beds OR one queen bed and two single beds.
Room types are limited.
Options for 2018 :

Option 1 (3 nights)
Single: $555
Double: $390
Triple: $350

Option 2 (4 nights)
Single: $668
Double: $450
Triple: $395

Roger Williams Inn

Newly reonovated rooms! This charming hotel has a number of different room configurations, but most in our contract have one queen bed and two single beds. This hotel is attached by a large hallway to our classroom, Pillsbury Hall. The only walking is to the Kraft Center for meals.

Options for 2018 :

Option 1 (3 nights)
Single: $520
Double: $370
Triple: $335

Option 2 (4 nights)
Single: $622
Double: $420
Triple: $370

Meals - (included)
Meals will be served beginning with Monday lunch through Thursday lunch.

Our 3 daily meals will be served buffet style in the conference center's spacious Kraft Centre dining room. The dining room is conveniently located a short walk from Roger Williams Inn.
For those staying over Thursday night, the Thursday night dinner will be a catered pizza party planned by those of us who are there at the time.
Friday morning breakfast is available at the Kraft Center dining room, but it is not inlcuded in your pre-paid fees.

Please note that the meal plan is not optional per our Conference Center contract.

Commuters 2018

Commuters are welcome on a daily basis! However, you MUST pre-register to attend!
Your fee covers your use of the classroom, coffee and snacks, and lunch at the buffet.
(Bringing in outside meals is not permitted. Sorry... Conference Center rules)

Commuter rate for 2018:

$40 per day. Plus a $10 per day registration fee.
You must indicate which day(s) you will be attending.

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