DAVETREK ADVENTURES

July 4th  Weekend at the SHAKER Mill

 

Location:  Shaker Mill
Cherry Lane, Canaan, NY View Map

When:  Thursday, July 3 - Sunday July 6, 2008

 

Please click the appropriate link, below:

 

 

RSVP For The Weekend Here

Please Answer All Questions

 

 

Deadline for signup is Thursday, June 16, Early Bird Deadline is May 21

 

FAQ FOR THE WEEKEND - What you should bring, and more information than you ever really wanted to know...Let us know if anything has been missed of substance - I doubt it!

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE SHAKER MILL

 

 

DETAILS OF THE WEEKEND

 

I am pleased to announce our 2nd July 4th Weekend at the Shaker Mill. We will be going my favorite place, the Shaker Mill Inn, located near the beautiful Berkshires, in NY. Please RSVP quickly, as this will sell out.

 

SIGN UP - Complete the RSVP form here, and sending in your $50 deposit (see Costs, below).

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER ALL RELEVANT QUESTIONS. THIS HELPS MAKE THE WEEKENDS BETTER AND SIMPLER TO RUN.

 

 

DATES OF THE WEEKEND

 

The dates of the weekend are THURSDAY, July 3 - Sunday July 6, 2008. Since everyone is off for Friday, 4, I am making this available from Thursday, July 3. Also, if there is interest, I am open to allowing folks to possibly come up Wednesday Night, July 2, for an additional $45. Let me know on the RSVP form if you are interested in this option.

 

CRAFTS DAY

 

We hope to have a  CRAFTS DAY again, where you can learn some local crafts. The crafts we are exploring are: basket weaving, watercolors, working a loom, woodworking, , jewelry making, knitting/nalbinding, paper cutting, and perhaps a kosher cooking class led by yours truly. Time will tell as to which we crafts we will ultimately offer. Details to follow for those coming, but let me know if you are able to lead a craft class, or if you are interested in this part of the weekend. This will likely occur on Friday, July 4. 

 

ACTIVITIES

 

In Spring/Summer & Fall, there are things like boating, bike riding, hiking, and many more of the museums are open. In July and August, we also have the ability to go to concerts at Tanglewood, and other events at Jacob’s Pillow and other regional dance and music festivals.

 

In the Winter, there are weather dependent winter sports in the area such as Downhill & Cross Country Skiing (Jiminy Peak is nearby), snow boarding, snow tubing, snowmobiling (expensive), hiking, museums & other events for those not into outdoor activities.

 

There are wonderful museums such as a Norman Rockwell (everyone loves this one), MASS MOCA, a contemporary art museum, and the Clarke, as well as the Hancock Shaker Village, where they recreate shaker life from the 1800s.

 

In all seasons, we will also have movies at night, and maybe some karaoke! Let me know your interests & movie picks in the RSVP form.

 

Here is a recent article from the NY Times about local events and links to local attractions.

 

 

Here are links to Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow.

 

We will organize people to go on hikes, museums, biking, and other activities. Let us know your preferences on the RSVP form.

 

We will also have a BBQ, probably on July 4th...

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE SHAKER MILL & PICTURES

 

The Mill is large, comfortable and cozy, on 4 floors with 17 bedrooms (4 to 6 single rooms, 10 to 12 doubles, and a few triples). Each bedroom has its own bathroom, and most rooms have double beds. Some folks will also be in two rooms in an adjoining building. The exact room configurations will depend on how many people we get…

 

For PICTURES OF THE SHAKER MILL visit:

 

http://community.webshots.com/album/35229966KnOlmh

 

SHAKER MILL’s website:

 

http://www.shakermillfarminn.com/

 

The Mill has a dining room for 35, a huge kitchen, a beautiful large and airy SUN ROOM at the back where you can see a stream and WATERFALL. On the same floor there is a Study with an adjoining Living Room and a ROARING FIREPLACE between the two rooms. There is also a nice nature walk through woods nearby. The Mill has a caretaker on site to keep the fireplace lit and tend to any other needs. Pets are welcome, but must be approved in advance. Let me know on the questionnaire.

 

 

HELPING ON THE WEEKENDS

 

For first timers to my weekends, we run these events at a lower cost by having everyone help out during the event. You will each be assigned a job during your stay, usually working an entire meal as your ‘duty’.

 

LEAVING TIME, RIDES

 

Candle Lighting for Friday, July 4th is about 8:00 PM. Please note that it takes a MINIMUM OF  2.5 hours - 3 hrs from Manhattan and Northern NJ to get to the Shaker Mill, and at least 3 hours for Brooklyn, Queens and other points.

 

For those coming on Friday, you will need to leave preferably at 3 pm, but in no case later than 4:00 PM.

 

 I will arrange rides for those who need, so if you are driving let me know if you can take passengers. Drivers will be reimbursed.

 

Singles, couples and families are welcome. We usually have a nice mix of each. In addition, singles in double/triple rooms will share a room. Let me know any rooming preferences you might have. We can have up to 35 people for this event.

 

COSTS

 

For the period of Thursday, July 3 to Sunday,  July 6 (includes room & board; activities &  Crafts will have additional fees)

 

EARLY BIRD - RSVP by Wednesday, May 21, 2008

 

$275 per person, double/triple per person

$335 per person, single (limited number)

$530 per couple

 

For RSVPs between 05/22 and 06/16

 

$299 double/triple per person

$359 per person, single (if available)

$575 per couple



SINGLES, COUPLES AND FAMILIES ARE WELCOME.

Singles will share a room. Family rates available upon request. We can have up to 35 people for this event.

If its offered, for those coming up for  Wednesday Night, 7/2, add $40 per person, per night.

 

FOR THOSE GETTING RIDES, DRIVING COSTS ARE $25 ($12.50 each direction), payable directly to your driver. Please make sure to pay the drivers, since they are doing us all a favor by going out of their way and taking extra time to get there by picking people up. I will be checking to make sure this occurs.

 

To hold your spot, you must make a $50 deposit, via paypal or by mailing me a check. Deposits are not refundable if you cancel, unless you find a suitable replacement.  

 

For Paypal, my email is davetrek@gmail.com & my address is

209 Browning Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208.

 

PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN Monday, June 16, 2008.

 

PS. Feel free to send this to GOOD friends, but DO NOT BROADCAST this your list - This is not a 'public' event.

 

RSVP form

 

 

FAQ FOR THE WEEKEND - What you should bring, and more information than you ever really wanted to know...Let us know if anything has been missed of substance - I doubt it!

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE SHAKER MILL

 

 


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