Food spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhV4HGn9YQ5idFc5cXFXQnM1czFKbmJvbkxsR19BclE&usp=drive_web#gid=0
I am collecting $25.00 ahead of time since last-minute cancellations cause everyone else who shows up to pay a larger share, and a check up front tells me you are serious about going. Note that you will not be moved to “going” until I receive your check. People moved to “going” will be moved in the order checks are received, not in the order you signed up, so get those checks in if you want to go!
The United Methodist Conference has a large retreat center in Hope (across from the library), but the maximum number of people is limited to 15 due to their septic system. Please see the link at http://alaskaumc.org/?page_id=1273 for more information and directions.
There are a lot of trails in the area, so plan on hiking, walks, or just relaxing, as you wish. Nothing specific is organized.
I have it for two nights, since we would have to be out by 11am on the 25th and couldn’t have Christmas dinner there unless I rented it for both nights. I plan to stay both nights. Assuming at least 10 people, cost is $25 for both nights (plan on paying $25.00 even if you decide to only stay Tuesday night, since I don’t want to do the accounting and collecting for each night separately, and it jacks up the price for the people who do come for both nights.) If you’re not one of the “lucky 15” I can either tear up your check, or hold it until the date of the event just in case someone else wants to cancel. Mail checks for $25 to Valerie DeLaune, 3705 Arctic Blvd #2182, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Dogs are allowed, but I would like to keep it to 5. Please note if you are bringing your dog, and count whether there are already five coming.
There is only one bathroom that also includes the sink and shower, so please shower ahead or wait until after the morning bathroom rush to shower. There is plenty of room to spread out for sleeping accommodations, but if anyone feels strongly about having at least one non-co-ed room, we can do what they usually do -- girls upstairs in the dormitory and boys in the main hall, which is also the dining room. There are army cots, so you may wish to bring a sleeping pad instead.
There is a pretty good-sized kitchen. My suggestion is to bring a potluck dish for each dinner you plan to attend, and then individual meals for breakfasts and lunches (unless someone wants to organize breakfasts). Other suggestions welcome. Bring everything you need for the weekend and a full tank of gas -- don’t depend on being able to get any groceries or gas there.
There is a fireplace in a small sitting room, but not in the main hall, so bring wood if you would like a fire.
Please plan on helping to clean up before you leave (if you leave on Wednesday after dinner, please do something before you leave).