2013 Welcome Letter



Conference Coordinators: Audrey Kern, Judi Blum, Allison Bishop

League Officers: Andrew Mason, President; Connie Walsh, Secretary; Ron McClain, Treasurer

Registrar: Peggy Andreas Youth Program Coordinator: Ron McClain

Program Co-Chairs: Tracey Briscoe & Betsy Taylor

We are so excited that we will all be gathering at Northfield in only a few weeks!

We have a unique and fun week lined up, and to ensure that you have a good time

we want you to have information that will help you prepare.

ADDRESS : 28 Mt. Hermon Station Road, Gill, MA TELEPHONE: 413-498-3610


From I-91: Take the Bernardston/Northfield exit. Go east on Rt. 10/63; the Northfield-Mt. Hermon campus will be on your right

Off Rt. 2 to Erving: After passing Erving paper mill and a small white church on right, take immediate right at Erving Municipal Building (Church Street). This route takes you over the mountain to the junction of Rt. 63. Turn left on to Rt. 63. Turn right onto Rt. 10. The Northfield-Mt. Hermon campus will be on your left.

REGISTRATION: Saturday, June 23rd – 1:00 to 5:00 in Grandin Auditorium

Everyone must register at this time!!

ROOM & BOARD: Payable at Registration to: Northfield Conference

ROOMS: Most rooms are doubles, although there are some singles and triples.

NO LINENS, PILLOWS, BLANKETS, OR TOWELS WILL BE PROVIDED. Please bring whatever you need. (Bring twin bed flat sheets. Do not bring fitted sheets, as the beds are extra long.) ALSO: NO soap, shampoo or bathroom cups are provided. Please bring what you need.

WE ASK THAT…you bring UNscented body products to the Conference as we have members of our community who are extremely sensitive to scented products (cologne, perfume, hair spray, lotions, etc).

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING: alarm clock, wastebasket, clothes hangers, a reading lamp, fan, extension cord, flashlight, umbrella.

OTHER OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING: Books/readings to share with others during Sacred Circle, a journal & pen, iPods, CD’s, instruments, cards, games, puzzles, tennis racquets, soccer ball, softball glove, bats, balls, a Frisbee, a Yoga mat, mosquito repellent, suntan lotion, bathing suit, beach towel.

FAMILIES WITH SMALL CHILDREN should bring toys & other playthings, and provide any special requirements for eating and sleeping (e.g. rubber sheet for bed, highchairs, maybe a portable crib).

VALUABLES: We cannot be responsible for valuables taken from the rooms. Rooms should NOT be locked (you won’t be able to unlock them without help); thus, unwanted entrance to them cannot be controlled.

Please bring a FOLDING BEACH CHAIR (one that is LOW to the ground) for Conference Hours.

CLOTHING: Dress is casual – slacks, shorts, T-shirts, sweaters, sneakers, sandals, swimsuit. (A raincoat or umbrella is useful.) Loose, comfortable clothing is essential for dance and movement workshops.

NOTE: Weather can change from very hot & sunny to cold & wet! Be prepared!!

WATER BOTTLES: Please bring your own water bottle to be used all week to save on the use of disposable paper cups.

JAMMING: Bring instruments (drums, guitars, rattles, percussion instruments, etc.) for spontaneous music making and for Singing on Rainbow Point!!

SACRED CIRCLE: This is the time for our community to gather together to share readings, prayers, songs, dances, etc. Please bring a special/sacred object for our altar. Also, bring your ideas to the daily Sacred Circle planning meeting.

CLUB NORTHFIELD: Our time to talk, play, and dance the night away! Bring your iPod with your favorite play list for everyone’s enjoyment! If you would like to help raise money and have good food to nibble on in between dancing & socializing, please bring home-baked goodies for us to sell!

SPECIAL EVENING ACTIVITIES (in addition to Club Northfield):

COMMUNITY DANCE & PLAY (Sunday Evening). An all-community participatory dance extravaganza! Come join Barb Siftar as she guides us through a fun evening!

COFFEE HOUSE (Monday Evening)): An opportunity to share your literary talents with the community! Read your original prose or poetry or sing an original song. Sign up early, as there is a limit to the performances. There is a strict 5-minute limit, so practice and time yourself.


(Tuesday Evening)

This evening’s Sacred Circle will be held on Rainbow Point with lots of group singing. The meditative Labyrinth Walk will follow. After singing and meditating, Club Northfield will have us dancing and admiring the artistic talent of Northfielders who bring their wares to sell at the Arts & Craft Sale. If you have items (art, crafts, CDs, jewelry…) to sell, please let Tracey Briscoe know in advance (traceybriscoe@gmail.com). 20% of all sales are donated to the Northfield Scholarship Fund.

TALENT SHOW (Wednesday Night): Skits, music, drama, and things that can’t be categorize or even explained…. you will see it all! If you have a talent, come prepared with the accessories you need. Again, sign up early as there are strict limits on how many acts can be accommodated, and the 5-minute limit also applies. PLEASE, NO REPEAT ACTS FROM THE COFFEE HOUSE.

THEME DANCE (Thursday Night) We end our week with our annual night of dancing, laughs and photo ops. This year the theme for the dance is: “BLING IT.“ This is our time to sparkle and shine and spangle and…BLING! Bring what you need to make a spectacle of yourself!

WORKSHOP LEADERS: If you plan to have hand-outs for those who attend your workshop, please make copies ahead of time and bring them with you. The School’s charge to us for photocopying is rather high.

COMPUTERS AND CELL PHONES: Our goal is to be as “unplugged” as possible during our week together and we hope that everyone can work together toward this end. We ask that if you need to use a computer or cell phone, that you do so in private spaces. ALL CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF DURING COMMUNITY GATHERINGS (Conference Hour, Families, Sacred Circle, Labyrinth Walk, Workshops, etc.) For those who need to get onto their computer, there is free WiFi in many spaces on campus, but in the dorms you may need a cable to hook up to the internet — specifically a CAT-5 ethernet cable.

WORKSHOP ATTENDEES: In order to fully participate in several workshops, you might want to come prepared with some objects or materials. Some workshops require that you bring notepad and pen, others a yoga mat and comfortable clothing for movement. Here are some workshops that have specific needs:

Indra’s Net

Please bring any objects you would like to attach to this creative imagining of our theme!

Intentional Collaging

Please bring collage materials: cards, photos, magazines, artsy papers, poster board, scissors

Tie Dye Workshop is a Northfield tradition.

Please bring all things white or light-colored: T-shirts, socks, sheets, etc. to make beautiful colorful creations.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013: The Conference ends after breakfast and Closing Ceremony, general clean up of dorm rooms and common areas. Everyone must leave by 10:00 a.m.

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THE SILENT AUCTIONS! (One for Children, one for Adults)

The Children’s Auction is for items suitable for our children to purchase. The Adult Silent Auction is for ANYTHING that someone might wish to purchase – there’s a place for it. The more offerings we have, the more interesting the auctions! So, check your attics and basements and see what could be an enticing addition to our Auctions! Here are some ideas of “big money” items and services for the Adult Silent Auction for you to

consider, or get you to think of what you can offer that would benefit the Scholarship Fund:

Use of your vacation home for a weekend or a week

A work of art

Homemade cookies sent to someone 1/month for 3 months, or 5 x year

A piece of Custom Designed Furniture

Photography – Family Photo Shoot for holiday card or a Pet Photo Shoot

SURPRISE PACKAGE – Items from your area (San Francisco, Arizona, Canada….)

Creating a Custom CD of favorite photos

Knitted socks, sweaters, hats, etc.

Send a fine bottle of wine every month or 4 times/year

Send a surprise book 4 times a year

Handyman for a day (someone in MA, CT, NH)

Donate Concert / Theater Tickets

Help plant a garden or gardening design advice

Massage or Reiki work

Weekend in Boston/Cambridge, Canada, or NYC

Golf or tennis Lesson … AND ANY OTHER IDEAS!!!!!!!

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NEWCOMERS (First year attendees) :


Please Email Peggy Andreas at NPCregistrar@comcast.net THANK YOU!

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