Stitches in Time
Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Do you love to embroider? Does the idea of stitching with friends fill you with joy? Ever wish for an embroidery class that offers more than basics? If so, then clear your calendar because the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais is once again opening its doors to embroiderers and stitchers from all over. (The first event drew embroiderers from five Kingdoms!)
The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi: MORE Stitches in Time! is an event for embroiderers, by embroiderers and about embroidery. It offers small specialized classes on single topics, long detailed "kit" classes on beloved styles, and a chance for embroiderers to spend time with others who love the art of the needle.
We plan to bring back all the things you loved about the first event, plus we're adding more things to love about this unique event!
New This Year!
- All-new class topics!
- Another hour of classes!
- FIVE "kit" classes to choose from!
- Beginning Embroidery Track!
- Embroidery Display Show & Tell!
- Embroidered Fashions Show!
"Kit class" registration opens January 16, 2017, and ends on February 18, 2017.
This Embroidery Extravaganza will be held at Boy Scout Camp Karoondinha, 225 Thomas Dam Road, Millmont PA 17845-9448 (GPS Coordinates: 40.85630, -77.2547) Site opens at 5 PM on Friday, March 31, and closes at 11 AM on Sunday, April 2..
NOTE: The site is a Boy Scout Camp located on the side of a mountain, and the roads and paths are gravel, not paved. This can make getting about difficult. Some walking will be required, as the two buildings we will be using are not near each other. If you have mobility concerns, please request a parking placard when you send in your reservation.
Cell phone service at the site can be spotty, depending on one's carrier.
Schedule & Activities
5:00 - 10:30 PM Troll opens; check in at Edna Sheary Lodge
8:30 PM TBD evening activity
8:00 AM Troll re-opens; (Dining Hall)
8:30 - 8:45 Breakfast
All day Embroidery Display Area: Display your work, for feedback & inspiration.
9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Speech
10:00 - 11:00 Class #1
11:00 - 12:00 Class #2
noon - 12:45 Lunch
1:00PM - 4:00 "Kit Classes" or stitch in the Solar
4:00 - 5:00 Tea
4:30 Silent Auction ends
4:45 - 5:45 Embroidery Display & Show & Tell, Stitch in the Solar, check out the library, etc.
6:00 - 7:00 Supper
7:30 - 8:30 Embroidered Fashions Show
8:30 till ... Stitch-in
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 Roundtable Discussion
11:00 Site Closes
** Possible Roundtable Topics:
Athena's Thimble (EK Embroiderers' Guild: What they do, how it works, etc.)
Show-n-Tell (Bring the most beautiful thing you've ever made, bring a project you want to make but haven't gotten the courage to start, ... )
Using the Embroidery Rubric to Judge/Improve Your Work.
To Be Determined
Check back AFTER Pennsic for topics and details
Check back AFTER Pennsic for topics and details
How to Register for a Class
The morning classes and the keynote address are first-come/first-seated. No registration is required for these classes.
To take an afternoon “kit” class, you must register by pre-paying for the class “kit”. Because each “kit” class will be limited to a small number of students, registration is required. Registration starts on January 16, 2017, and ends on February 18, 2017
- Preregister for the event - see “Event Fees & Registration” for the information you need to send and where to send it.
- Upon receipt of your event registration, we will send you by email the information on how to pay for the class “kit”.
- Send us payment for the class "kit" of your choice.
- Once we have received payment for your class “kit”, your name will be added to the class roster.
- Students much pre-pay for the class “kit”. Class rosters will be filled based on the order in which payment for the class “kit” is received. To give class instructors sufficient time to assemble the “kits”, payment for the “kits” must be received by the Class Coordinator on or before February 18, 2017.
- Some of the afternoon “kit” cases may not permit auditors (people who do not register for the class). If you want to take one of these classes, the only way to guarantee that you can attend is to register.
What to Bring
Bring scissors, an embroidery hoop, and (if possible) your favorite lamp/lighting device with extension cords. A (comfy) folding chair would be a good idea for those whose backs (and bums) are not happy sitting on wooden benches for long periods of time.
In addition, please bring items for the Embroidery Display and to share during Show-n-Tell. We invite all attending to bring relevant books from their personal libraries to contribute to an event reference library. The library will be staffed, and books will not leave the library area.
Please DO NOT bring alcohol, as the Boy Scouts have a strict no alcohol policy for those who use the camp. Nor do they permit pets on site or smoking in any of the buildings. Do not jeopardize our future use of the site by violating their policies. If we find that you have alcohol, you will be asked to leave the site with no refund.
Event Fees and Reservations
The cost for the weekend - which includes lodging in a heated cabin as well as breakfast, lunch, and supper on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Those without proof of current Society membership must pay the $5 non-member surcharge at the door.
Bunk spaces will be filled on a first-paid, first-served basis, so reserve early to avoid disappointment. Those desiring a bottom-bunk space in the cabin with bathrooms must include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk in Sheary Lodge. Those needing access to electricity must include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk near an outlet.
Adult Event Registration:
**EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT** $30.00 (includes 4 meals, served family-style), if postmarked by 12/31/16
$35.00 (includes 4 meals, served family-style), if postmarked after 1/1/17
Adult Member Discount Event Registration -- Please include photocopy of current SCA membership card:
**EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT** $25.00 (includes 4 meals, served family-style), if postmarked by 12/31/16
$30.00 (includes 4 meals, served family-style), if postmarked after 1/1/17
Make checks payable to "SCA PA, Inc. Shire of ACG".
Please make checks payable to "SCA PA Inc. -- Shire of ACG."
Send reservations to THL Aibell ingen Dairmata, c/o Lea Wittie, 913 Colonial Lane, Lewisburg PA 17837.
Please include the following information with your payment:
- SCA name
- modern name
- email address (so we can confirm receipt of your reservation and send you class kit payment information)
- food allergies (if applicable)
- mobility concerns (if applicable)
- bunk space required for 2 nights / 1 night (specify Friday or Saturday) / 0 nights
- are you interested in attending an afternoon “kit” class? “ YES / NO). (Descriptions of "kit" classes will be posted on the event website AFTER Pennsic)
- If you indicate that you are interested in attending an afternoon “kit” class, we will send you by email the information about how to pay for the class “kits”, once we have receive your event registration. See “How to Register for a Class” above for more information.
Because the site requires us to pay the rental fee in full well before the event, we must ask our guests to reserve in advance.
If you request a refund of your event registration prior to March 1, we will refund your event fee. On or after March 1, we can only refund your event fee if we have sufficient attendees to break even.
If you have paid for a kit, we will refund the cost of the kit if we are able to re-sell it. If we cannot re-sell your kit, we will mail it to you after the event.
Check back AFTER Pennsic.
Lodging and Parking
Both dormitory-style sleeping cabins are heated and a kitchenette. Both cabins have electricity. Those needing access to electricity must include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk near an outlet.
The double-decker bunk beds have mattresses, but overnight guests should bring bedding (pillow, sleeping bag/sheets and blankets) and towels. Bunk spaces will be filled on a first-paid, first-served basis.
Edna Sheary Lodge is accessible to those with mobility restrictions and has electric heat and indoor bathrooms (sinks, toilets, showers). There are 16 double-decker bunk beds (total) in 2 sleeping areas, making these rooms feel a bit crowded. Edna Sheary Lodge also has a gathering room. Those desiring a bottom-bunk space in the cabin with bathrooms must include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk in Sheary Lodge.
Kirby Cabin has 15 double-decker bunk beds in one large dormitory-style room; this sleeping area is more spacious than Edna Sheary Lodge. NOTE: Kirby does NOT have indoor bathrooms; however, flush toilets are located in a nearby building.
If you arrive on Friday night, drive to the Sheary Lodge to unload your gear. Parking spaces in front of the cabin will be reserved for those with mobility concerns.
If you arrive on Saturday, drive to the Dining Hall and check in. Parking spaces closest to the Dining Hall will be reserved for those with mobility concerns.
Saturday Breakfast: oatmeal & fixin's bar, yogurt & fruit, tea, coffee
Saturday Lunch and Supper is TBD
Saturday Afternoon Tea: a variety of loose-leaf teas and assorted finger foods.Sunday Breakfast: breakfast casseroles, hot tea, coffee
If you sell high-quality embroidery notions and supplies, please contact the Autocrat for details about space. There is no additional charge to merchant.
Do you have no-longer-wanted embroidery-type items that you'd be happy to send home with someone else? Maybe hoops or leftover linen or floss from a project or books ... ???
Help defray our out-of-Kingdom teachers' travel expenses by donating a SCAdianly-useful item to the Silent Auction. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will be split among the out-of-Kingdom teachers.
Everyone's a winner! Donors rid their homes of no-longer-wanted items, successful bidders go home with new treasures, and the teachers return home with gas in their tanks and a few coins in their pockets.
The Autocrat for the event is Mistress Alicia Langland (hutchnsn AT bucknell DOT edu) (mka Della Hutchison, 1194 Marshall St., Milton PA 17847; 570-742-4567)
The Head Cook is TBD
The Reservations Clerk is THL Aibell ingen Dairmata. She can be reached at ladyaibell AT yahoo DOT com.
DirectionsGuests coming from the east or west will probably travel on Route 80 to Route 15 to Route 45 to Route 235. Guests coming from the north will probably travel on Route 15.
From the West, East and North: Find your best route to Route I-80. Take Exit 210 A, Route 15 South, to Lewisburg. Stay on Route 15 S for about 7 miles; you will come to the intersection of Routes 15 and 45 at a light. Turn right onto Route 45 West. Continue at the * below.
From the South: Find your best route to Route 15 North. In Lewisburg, you will come to the intersection of Routes 15 and 45 at a light. Turn left onto Route 45 West. Continue at the * below.
(*) Proceed west on Route 45 West for about 17 miles, passing through the towns of Mifflinburg and Hartleton (follow speed limits here). At the intersection of Route 235 South, turn left.
From this turn, follow signs for 235 South for approximately 3 miles through Laurelton (last chance for food, gas, and ATM) and Glen Iron. The road makes several 90-degree turns; just before the last one, you will pass the West End Fire Company on your left.
Turn right onto Creek Road at the 4-way intersection past this last 90-degree turn. Penns Creek should be on your left. Stay on this road for approximately three miles; you will pass a large 3 story stone house with three arches, on your right, at this point you are about one mile from the Camp.
Just before you cross the bridge over Penns Creek, Penns Creek Campground will be on your right. Cross the bridge and turn right at the sign for Thomas Dam Road/Boy Scout Camp.
Camp Karoondinha is on the left. From the road, all you'll see is the parking area and the gate. As you go up the hill, look for the Troll sign. The Dining Hall is the large stone building with 3 flagpoles in front. To get to the Edna Sheary Lodge, continue up the hill past the Dining Hall. Sheary Lodge is located in the wooded area just past the large field on the right.
Please park your vehicle in the parking lot after you have checked in and unloaded your gear. Parking spaces in front of both buildings will be reserved for those with mobility concerns.
Drivers are asked to use their flashers and to travel at the posted 10 miles per hour.
Directions from the scouts are here
Map showing site:
Here's a detailed map of the camp (click to enlarge):
Or, download a pdf here
Local Area Information
- Local (big) towns: Mifflinburg, Lewisburg, Milton
- CVS: 140 E Chestnut St (AKA Rt 45) in Mifflinburg, and corner of Rt 45 and 3rd St in Lewisburg, and Rt 15 in Lewisburg (north of Rt 45)
- Groceries: Rt 45 in Mifflinburg (Weis, Wengers), and Rt 15 in Lewisburg (Weis)
- Walmart: Rt 15 in Lewisburg (north end of town)
- Gas: all along Rt 45 in Mifflinburg, and Rt 15 in Lewisburg north of Rt 45
- Hardware: Cole's on 145 E Chestnut St (AKA Rt 45) in Mifflinburg, and Lumber and Building Supply on 8200 Old Turnpike Rd (AKA Rt 45) in Mifflinbug, and Cole's in Lewisburg (55 N 2nd St), and Lewisburg Builders Supply/Ace Hardware on Rt 15 Lewisburg (north of Rt 45)
Other Lodging Options
- Days Inn Lewisburg
409 N Derr Dr (AKA Rt 15), Lewisburg, PA 17837
likely $72 and up
- The Mifflinburg Hotel
264 Chestnut Street (AKA Rt 45) Mifflinburg, PA 17844
- Buffalo Valley Bed & Breakfast
376 Wirth Rd, Mifflinburg, PA 17844
- The Vicksburg Inn
6444 Old Turnpike Rd. (AKA Rt 45) P.O. Box 86, Vicksburg, PA 17883
- The Inn at New Berlin
321 Market St, New Berlin, PA 17855
$139 - $209
- Comfort Suites Lewisburg
4775 West Branch Highway (AKA Rt 15), Lewisburg, PA 17837
$131 - $152