SUMMER TIME FUN is here! Lots of new changes are coming for the Rockport Retreat House! As of Friday, June 22, 2018, the Rockport Retreat House is proud to announce we have purchased the Golden Needles and Quilts Shop in Rockport. We will be doing a name change soon to "Sew by the Bay". We will be making changes to the store over the next several weeks adding new fabrics, notions and patterns. Jeanne Bueltel wanted to let everyone know she enjoyed the friends and customers of the Golden Needles and Quilt Shop over the years and wants to thank everyone for making the shop such a huge success over the years! And, as an added bonus for us, Jeanne has agreed to stay with us as our new DESIGNER! She will be using her creative expertise to design new patterns and Quilts for all of us to enjoy!! There will be lots of fun and specials during the month of July as it is MY 60th BIRTHDAY BASH!! I will be advertising all the great sales and giveaways coming SOON!! The shop will remain open and in business as the Golden Needles and Quilts as we continue to change up and refresh the Quilt Shop in preparation of a Grand Opening Celebration September 9th - 16th, 2018 as Sew by the Bay!!! Just in time for the Hummingbird Celebration in Rockport. Hmmmmm, I wonder if there will be a huge sale on fabrics with a Hummingbird theme...???
The Rockport Retreat House Third class on the Silhouette Cutting machine will be July 19 - 22, 2018. The spots are filling quickly so sign up if you would like to join in on the fun! Karen is making some plans for a really FUN and EXITING class!! I have seen previews. We will be offering the Silhouette class every six months as long as interest continues! I have been making arrangements for hold a Cricut Cutting Machine class as well. There will be weekends for learning how to get started in beading, sewing, quilting, etc!! Barbara, who held classes at the Golden Needle Quilt Shop in town has offered to hold classes at the Retreat House as well. Her "Flower Pillows" are soooooo gorgeous! I hope to take that particular class myself! Dates will be posted as we work out the details.
I still plan to open a small shop inside the Retreat House. We will offer basic fabrics and notions so you can continue with your projects at 2 am even if you found you forgot to pack something! No space will be taken from the workroom, so don't worry! Inventory is coming in, we should start working on building shelves and display cases in 2018!
I have purchased the fabric and will begin making quilts for each of the bedrooms. Each room has it's own theme. We have the Hummingbird Room, the Peacock Room, the Pink Flamingo Room and the Blue Heron Room. I hope to make the bedrooms more enjoyable for your stay with curtains, wall decor, amenities and so much more! I have so many dreams and ideas for the House based on suggestions from you, our guests!! We will have as many spontaneity dates as possible! Spontaneity Weekends have been a big hit in 2017 and I will be offering more in the months to come!
Again, I want to emphasize, even with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, there will be no rate increases during 2018. I am changing my minimum guest requirements. Sunday thru Thursday the minimum is 4 persons or $260.00 per night. Friday and Saturday nights have a minimum of 8 persons or $600.00 per night. If you choose to do so, I have no issue with fewer people, only please be aware the minimum monetary amount must be split between the number of guests present. This will insure the House stays self sufficient and I can continue to provide the service all our guests have come to expect and enjoy! We will start offering "Sew-In Days" for days not booked for Retreats. Cost will be $20.00 per person. Sewing times will be from 9 am until 5 pm. The kitchen will be available so you can make your lunch if so desired. I have begun a new accounting system to make bookings easier. An invoice for your deposit will be sent when you book your Retreat. Deposits are due 90 before your Retreat. Any Retreat cancelled within 30 days of the Retreat will forfeit the deposit. Too many groups cancelled the week before their Retreat in 2017. I plan to be moving to Rockport permanently in the next few weeks if everything works out according to current plans. At that time I will be able to get more things accomplished to make the Rockport Retreat House your Home Away From Home!
It is a pure joy to provide each and every group a relaxing place to enjoy your crafts, hobbies or simply find some relaxing time away from the hurried fast pace of everyday life. Please do not hesitate to pass along suggestions for things your would like to see at the Retreat House.
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!!