Swarm 2012 - September 27 through 30

Quilting Beehive Swarms are annual gatherings of group members for a few days to sew, chat, shop, and generally enjoy each other's company.

We try to locate them in different places around North America each year so that everyone has a chance to be "local" occasionally.

We do hope you can join us!

Swarm 2012 - September 27 through 30

Prestige Hotel veranda

Sooke, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada - September 27 through 30

Prestige Oceanfront Resort — Sooke

NOTE! Please remember, if you are in the United States, that Canada is still a Foreign Country no matter that we are close friends. Please review the travel requirements at the US Department of State web site http://travel.state.gov/. In particular, please review the entry/exit requirements for Canada. It is my understanding that US Citizens or Legal Residents will require a passport to re-enter the US. Please be prepared with the proper documentation.

Sharon has continued to expand the offerings for the 2012 Swarm. We now have a buffet banquet available on Saturday for $46.99 a head. This includes all the taxes, gratuities, setting up and breaking down of the room. We are getting the room at no cost, thanks to friends at City Hall. The meal includes tea & coffee; three entree choices, salad, veggies, salads and scrumptious sounding desserts. Fresh West Coast Salmon is one of the entrees. So far I have not been asked for a deposit for the banquet but will need some idea of how many will attend.

We will have Hospitality Suite and we can bring almost any kind of food in there. (this means you can fill the room with chocolate if you like!!!!)

There are possibilities for meeting with the local quilt group, tours of Victoria itself, and lots of other possibilities. Get your reservations in and post to the group if you are coming to British Columbia!

Here's Sharon's initial description of the venue and general area:

I just got home from a fabulous visit with the Convention Manager of the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke. Oh my what a beautiful hotel. I think I have managed to get us a ‘smokin’ rate and hope you all will think so too. $109.95 per night for a room with an ocean view with either one king size bed or two queen size. (If you are sharing, that’s a pretty good rate) The dates we want – Sept. 27-30 are available and if I say the word rooms will be held for us until 30 days prior to the event.

I have loads of other information but just had to tell you about my tour of this beautiful, new hotel on the waterfront in Sooke. I was a bit worried about the logistics of getting people to and from airports and ferry terminals but I have that covered. The hotel can be viewed at www.prestigehotelsandresorts.com. If any DH’s are planning to come there are oodles of things to do to keep them busy too ( eg. whale watching, fishing). Instead of a small banquet room to meet in I will reserve what they call a hospitality suite. With a banquet room we would be obliged to use the hotel’s food services. With a hospitality suite we can load up with our own ‘goodies’ – like CHOCOLATE, etc. It is a great set up really with two of the rooms having an adjoining door and a small hallway leading to the hospitality suite which can be closed off to the public. (this means that you can run about naked if you please).

I also checked out the pool and hot tub — Gorgeous! The whole place is beautiful, overlooking the Sooke Harbour — lots of walking areas. Each of the above rooms has a balcony; the hospitality suite has a balcony big enough to have a party on.

I guess you can tell I am excited. I was much more impressed than I expected to be and given that the ordinary rate at this hotel is well over $200 a night I was surprised at the rate.

You can visit the hotel description at http://www.prestigehotelsandresorts.com/sooke-prestige-hotel.php.

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