I'm pleased to announce that we will be holding a Camp Smalltalk from July 18-23 2004 in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon, USA.
To finalize our space reservation, we need to place a deposit on a minimum of ten sleeping room reservations. We expect more than that to attend, but we need at least ten definite attendees to step forward and send in a deposit now. We must receive the minimum number of deposits BY MARCH 5. If you want to make a reservation, see below for details.
Camp Smalltalk. Smalltalk enthusiasts spending several days in small groups collaborating on a number of open-source projects to benefit the Smalltalk community. All Smalltalk dialects welcome. For more details, see http://campsmalltalk.com
Smalltalk enthusiasts. All experience levels are welcome, from "Using Smalltalk for more than 20 years" to "Fascinated by Smalltalk, but never really used it."
Afternoon of Sunday, July 18, through midday Friday, July 23
Troutdale, OR, USA
The main cost is the lodging and meals package at Edgefield. You're responsible for getting yourself there. All prices given include room, meals, gratuities, and tax for all five nights, and are in $US.
Single-occupancy King or Queen or Double Queen room: $600
Single-occupancy King or Queen or Double Queen Suite with bath: $952.50
Double-occupancy King or Queen or Double Queen room: $530 per person
Double-occupancy King or Queen or Double Queen Suite with bath: $787.50
There are very few rooms with two beds -- if you want one of these rooms register soon.
We're looking into high-speed internet access, which would have some additional cost. We will not commit to additional cost without the approval of those who have registered.
McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR, USA
A 15 minute drive east of PDX, the Portland Airport
It's right on the edge of the Portland Metro area, five minutes from the hiking and waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge. It's easy to reach by public transit from either PDX or downtown.
A private brewpub-based resort at a lovingly and quirkily restored historic campus of buildings -- lodgings, restaurants, brewpubs, winery, gardens, movie theatre, and more. Even a little golf
course. Filled inside and out with interesting artwork http://mcmenamins.com/Edge/art.html). Even a working hot glass studio on the grounds. Hillside location with views across the Columbia River.
We'll be in the main ballroom, which is generously sized (36x68 feet, 11x20m), on the second floor of the main lodge, with many windows on three sides and a huge mural on the walls. The view is away from the river.
Mostly European-style rooms, with private baths down the hall. Some suites with bath are available at a higher rate (see above). Most rooms have one bed. A few two-bed rooms are available -- send in a deposit soon if you want one of these.
Meals are included with room. If we eat in fairly small groups in their restaurants, they'll give us vouchers good for up to a specified amount for each meal. The Black Rabbit Restaurant (http://mcmenamins.com/Edge/brabbit.html) is very good, and the Power Station Pub (http://mcmenamins.com/Edge/pub.html) also has good stuff. Voucher amounts will be $10.50 for breakfast, $16.95 for lunch, $26.25 for supper.
On-site: Golf, evening movies, wandering around looking at interesting stuff (brewery, winery, distillery, artwork).
Fairly short drive: The Columbia River Gorge
(http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/forest), with hikes and viewpoints for amazing waterfalls and volcanic cores, Bonneville Dam, mountain viewpoints and more hikes. About the same distance to downtown Portland.
Longer drive: Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, boardsailing or kitesailing on the Columbia, etc., etc.
To register, print out the registration form available at http://wiki.cs.uiuc.edu/CampSmalltalk/Camp Smalltalk Oregon 2004 and send it with your deposit to:
1260 NW Waterhouse Ave, Suite 200
Beaverton, OR 97006 USA
To help us reach our minimum, and to guarantee you a room, we must RECEIVE your deposit by MARCH 5.
For details, check the FAQ below, or the latest info at http://campsmalltalk.com
FREQUENTLY ANTICIPATED QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION
Can I pay by credit card or purchase order?
We are using Edgefield's special "midweek retreat" package, so they cannot accept payment directly from individual participants. We must make lump payments, so an individual is coordinating the payments.
When will the remainder of the payment be due?
Final payment must be received by July 12. Again, check or money order in US$.
What if I can't make a commitment now, but I decide later that I can attend?
We will have a reserved block of sleeping rooms for only the deposits received by of March 5. Some rooms will probably be available until sometime in May or June. After March 5, check http://campsmalltalk.com about room availability and how to send a deposit.
Is my deposit refundable?
If we cancel the planned event on March 5 due to lack of deposits, all deposits will be refunded. If you have to cancel after March 5, we will try to transfer your registration to someone who registers later. If that is possible, you'll get your deposit back. If not, you will not get your money back.
Can I participate in the Camp Smalltalk sessions without staying at Edgefield?
Yes, provided we have enough people in paid sleeping rooms. If you are not staying at Edgefield, you can still buy meals at the Edgefield restaurant or pub. If you plan to attend but not stay at Edgefield, please send email to Martin.
What if I have more questions?
Get the latest info at http://campsmalltalk.com