You’ve been asking: an Annual primer

Confession: This isn’t a typical blog post. You won’t hear me exclaiming about our craft or burbling about what I’ve learned, what excites me. But it is sincere, and I hope a service to those who don’t know all there is to know about the Annual.

I’d like newcomers to feel at ease – and have a great experience – by providing a heads-up on what to expect. It promises to be a memorable event!
Q: Is there a dress code for the Saturday night gala dinner?
It’s not a formal or theme event, but some participants are happy to ‘dress up’ for the occasion. It’s really up to you; the band providing the evening’s entertainment will be sporting ‘business casual.’

Q: Can I bring in my own food and snacks to the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre?
The venue dictates that no ‘outside food’ is allowed onsite, so boxed lunches (prepared by the event centre) are offered in the Annual registration package. Contact the Registrar by April 9 for food requests not previously noted on the registration form. There’s a restaurant at one of the adjacent hotels, and fridges/microwaves are provided in guest rooms. Shopping centres, restaurants, grocery stores and LCBO outlets are just a short drive away. What you consume within your hotel room is up to you.

Q: I’m not able to register for the Annual this year. Is there another way to see what it’s all about?
Yes and no. The Annual is a valued benefit offered to members of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) and its branches, so learning and collegial experiences are only available to those who register. However, there’s an Open House on Sunday that welcomes members of the public for just $10 admission (free parking). That provides access to stunning displays of hooked rugs and other items, as well as to vendors. The OHCG and Teachers Branch will have tables with information about the 2019 Annual, and more. A sale of hooked items made by Area 1 hosting branch members is also featured. Another highlight this year will be an area where those interested can try out the craft, with guidance from experienced rug hookers. We hope many will take advantage and enjoy the show!

Q: What do I need to know if I’m confirmed for a workshop? Are supplies provided, or do I need to purchase them?
You’ll find some details about workshop supplies fees and preparation on this website; see Sessions. Instructors usually advise registrants, when they contact them in advance, about what to bring — including frames, hooks, scissors and other supplies necessary to complete their project. They may also have extra hooks and other tools on hand as temporary loaners.

Q. What happens at the AGM?
At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), members hear from the OHCG board about the past year’s activities and initiatives. Reports are presented and questions fielded. Attendees vote on acceptance of the audited financial report, any previously published notice of constitutional changes and any new slate of officers. Winners of the judged competitions are announced, except for the Rowan and Theme awards — which are revealed at the Saturday gala – and newly accredited rug hooking teachers are introduced.

Q. Will a detailed schedule and map be available before arrival at the Annual?
Yes, we will post a downloadable schedule and sitemap on our ‘Event details’ page in April.

If you have further questions, please Write us to continue the conversation.

See you in the loop,
Marla, Content creator

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About ottawarughooking

Olde Forge Rug Hooking Branch in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada will, together with other branches in Area 1, co-host the 2018 Annual of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild.
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