UPDATED INFORMATION ON MID-WINTER GATHERING OF FRIENDS FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUEER CONCERNS!
As in the past, the Midwinter Gathering will be held over Presidents’ Weekend – February 15-18, 2013.
LOCATION: The Gathering will be held at Bryn Mawr Mountain Conference Center. This is located in Honesdale, PA, which is in the Poconos. (Note: This is NOT in Philadelphia, and it’s NOT in the town of Bryn Mawr with which you may be familiar because of a Quaker college of that name which is in that town.) Here is the website for the conference center at Bryn Mawr Mountain: http://www.brynmawrmountain.com/
TRANSPORTATION: The nearest airport to Bryn Mawr Mountain is the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport (AVP), located about 1 hour away. This is a smaller airport, but our research indicates that it is actually less expensive to fly to this airport from most major cities in the US. Other airport options include: Lehigh Valley/Allentown (ABE) – 2 hours away. Newark (EWR) – 2 1/2 hours away. Philadelphia (PHL) – over 3 hours away. We strongly encourage you to use the Scranton airport if possible!
We are working on a way to provide shared transportation from Philadelphia to the Gathering. It is likely that we will arrange a bus or vas, as we anticipate a large number of attendees from the Philadelphia area. If you are coming from the Philadelphia area, please be assured that we will have updates for you as soon as possible on how we can help you get to the Gathering!
REGISTRATION: The registration form will be available soon (thank you for your patience!), but we do now have the information about registration fees. The standard adult rate will be $260 (per adult, for the whole weekend, all meals included). Some of the rooms are “summer camp” style (3-6 bunk beds, shared bathroom); others are “dormitory” style (1 bunk bed, 1 single bed, bathrooms on the hall) — all these rooms are $260 per adult. There are a few rooms available which are further separated from the rest of the campus and have private baths; these rooms will be $280 (per adult). The rate for teens (age 13-18) will be $100, and for children (3-12) will be $60 (per teen/child, full weekend, all meals included). Children 2 and under can attend for free.
There are scholarships to assist with transportation and registration costs, and that more info on how to request this will also be available soon.
If you have questions, please direct them to Planning Committee Co-Clerks – Karen Lightner and Kody Hersh…but please know that your question may be answered soon as we will have much more information available for you, hopefully within the next few weeks!
If you have questions about OUTREACH – (i.e. “What can I do to help promote the gathering?” “What should I say when I tell people about this Gathering?” “Where should I make announcements about the Gathering?”) – please direct THOSE kinds of questions to me!
We’re looking forward to a really awesome Gathering and hope to see you there! Please stay tuned for further updates!