2017 MAFA Conference Update

Conference Update

See the latest information about the campus, the workshops, the other conference events, and our vendors on our website at: http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org

Open to the Public

The Marketplace with 31 fiber-related vendors, the Fashion Showcase and Sample Books exhibits, as well as special daytime activities will be open:

Thursday, July 20, 1 – 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, 12 noon – 10 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Special activities in the Marketplace will include:

  • Daytime demonstrations by Bobbin Boy and some of our vendors

  • Knit-In – Friday, July 21, 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Spin-In – Saturday, July 22, 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Book signings – Friday, July 21, 7 – 9 p.m.

  • Spinning Games – Friday, July 21, 7 – 8 p.m.

Additional open activities

“Sheep and Wool in Story and Song,” by Martha Owen and Melissa Weaver Dunning – Saturday, July 22, 5 – 6 p.m., in the Reighard Multipurpose RoomOpen Studio Tour, Saturday, July 22, 7 – 9 p.m.

Special offer for guild members visiting for the day — Stay overnight!

MAFA has arranged for Friday and/or Saturday night accommodations for any guild member who wishes to join in the conference activities without taking a class. Come visit the Marketplace, watch the great demonstrations, volunteer for an hour or two. Then have dinner with your guildmates in the Dining Hall and attend Friday evening’s Shop Til You Drop activities or Saturday night’s Open Studio Tour.

Cost? $55 per night. All-you-can-eat meals may be purchased in the dining hall: Breakfast at $4.75, Lunch at $9.25 or Dinner at $13.

Register through our registration program on our website here: http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org/workshop-registration/

Daytime Volunteers Needed

And if you are not attending a class, but can volunteer to help us out in the Marketplace or Fashion Showcase, especially during class times, please contact Elizabeth Ator, at volunteercoordinator@mafafiber.org . She will find you something fun to do!

Fashion Show

The deadline has been extended to May 15! More info at http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org/call-entries-spotlight-fashion/

Sample Exchange

June 1 – Deadline to apply to participate in Sample Exchange.

More info at: http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org/mafa-brings-back-sample-exchange

Sample books from previous conferences will be on exhibit at the conference. We will be looking for help to scan the contents of these books so we can post the contents on our website and make them more useful to our members. Think about it and email president@mafafiber.org if you might be interested.


Thanks to all of you who brought goodies to the MD Sheep & Wool Festival! If you weren’t able to deliver your guild’s goodies, you can mail them anytime after mid-June to:


c/o Donna Mentzer, Conference Coordinator 1989 Stone Mill Road

Lancaster, PA 17603

Check the website over the coming weeks for updates on:

  • Demonstration schedules

  • Day tripper activities

  • Updates on times and locations for Conference activitiesClassroom needs

  • Volunteer needs

  • Classroom assignments

–Donna Mentzer, MAFA 2017 Conference Coordinator

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