I just returned from the Vermont Quilt Festival, held at the Champlain Valley Expo Center in Essex Junction, Vermont from June 23-27, 2010. Classes and housing were at St. Michael’s College about three miles away.
This building was where we registered, the home of a couple of classrooms and — most important — the cafeteria. Three meals a day cost $20 and they were excellent. Since I was traveling by myself (and knew nobody), I loved the fact that I could pop myself down beside another person who was eating alone and meet a new friend.
The College was built in 1904 and I’m sure the dorms are 100 years old. This dorm had no air conditioning and no elevators. I was on the third floor, facing west. The large windows you see had very small openings — and it was hot. When I arrived on Wednesday, the sun had been beating into my west- facing window all day and the room was like an oven — pretty much uninhabitable. Fortunately, the other days were cooler and overcast. Otherwise, my room was comfortable, and fortunately we were warned to bring fans.
The Quilt Festival was wonderful on all counts. Classes were held from 8:30 to 3:30 each day, and my three classes were great. I also went to two evening programs and the opening Champagne and Chocolate party. More about my experiences in future blogs!