Letter to Vendors

Hi All,

The other day I sent this letter out to all vendors but just in case your’s fell through the cracks of cyber space, I thought I’d post it here for all to see.

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We hope all is well in your world and that you’re managing to accomplish things in between the raindrops.  It’s been a perfect summer here on the coast if you’re happy about wearing wool in August…and who could complain about that?  The planning for Fiber College has been going smoothly and the class sign ups have been very encouraging…to date we’re 30% ahead of last year for pre-registered students.

With 20 days to go, this is the final push for media exposure.  You can help.  If you are a member of Ravelry or any fiber related on-line groups, would you give your group a shout about the College?  Send them to the website at www.FiberCollege.org and tell them about the dates (September 4-7).  We’d be happy to handle all the inquiries that are generated if you’d prefer.   If these forums allow you to post more than dates or times, tell them about your booth and/or class because you are what makes the College so different from all of the other great fiber venues through out the year.  Along the same lines, if you haven’t already sent your interview back for the blog, please do it right off so that we can get you more exposure.

Second, this year’s Shopper’s Boulevard Hours have been set for:

Friday – Noon to 5:30

Saturday – 10 – 5:30

Sunday – 10 – 3

Set up will be from 4:00PM- 8:00 PM on Thursday and 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Friday…all vehicles must be in the vendors parking area (or campsite) by 11:30 Friday…no exceptions. These hours were chosen to give everyone a chance to enjoy being on the coast and concentrate the shoppers into spending their time on the Boulevard before and after their classes.

When you come to set up, come directly to the information desk with your proper proof of insurance.  To obtain this paper, call your insurance agent for a certificate of liability for the Fiber College on Penobscot Bay and Searsport Shores Ocean Camping September 4-7, 2008.  Farm Family and Countryway Insurance companies provide these.  Many homeowner/business policies will also cover occasional off-premise events.

We will again be hosting a potluck supper on Friday night followed by a Fiber Potluck Swap.  For dinner, we’ll roast two turkeys and provide the plates, utensils and ice water…you bring a side dish or dessert to share and any other beverages you might prefer after a long day in the booth.  For the swap, go through your stash, your studio or under your bed to find treasures that you’ve long moved away from but that will inspire others to new artistic heights.  Don’t forget to look through your bookshelves and your drawers for books and fiber tools you no longer need.  During the swap you’ll be able to barter and trade with everyone present…if there’s nothing you like better than your own stuff, then you can always pack your things away for another day.

Finally, we’re solidifying the printed demonstration schedule.  The time slots are for 1 hour.  Of course you can show off your world in your booth anytime but we’d also like to pick specific demonstrations to highlight in the demonstration booth (this year it will be housed in that beautiful Afghani tent of Richard Johnson’s).  We’ll fill the schedule on a first come/first requested slot list so give me lots of options…the sooner the better!

We’re so excited about this year’s College!  Thanks for making it wonderful and unique!

See you soon,

Astrig and the Entire Fiber College planning committee

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