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Would you like to win $500 Cash?

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AnnTheGran Community Circle in Orlando - A Few More Hints

AnnTheGran Community Circle in Orlando - A Few More Hints

Downtown OrlandoOK, gals, mark your calendars today – April 3rd and 4th – less than 9 weeks away. It’s time to get together and re-energize our passion for embroidery at the first annual AnnTheGran Community Circle retreat. I love sunny Orlando and we’ll spend two whole days exploring innovative techniques, inspirational tips and the latest and greatest in the world of embroidery.

Now, here’s the plan:

On Thursday:

- To kick off the fun, we’ll all gather for a continental breakfast and coffee. I’ll tell you some of my stories. We’ll have some laughs and rev up for the day.
- Then it’s off to morning seminars. Of course you’ll see me and I’ve invited embroidery expert and educator, Eileen Roche, to share her knowledge and inspiration with you as well.
- At lunchtime you’re on your own. You can visit the area restaurants and then do a little shopping in our AnnTheGran travelling store.
- Afternoon seminars will be packed with more project ideas, and “how-to” techniques and tips to take back home.
- Then we’re planning a dinner and evening of more fun with Eileen and myself.

On Friday

- We’ll do breakfast again, I'll walk you through my new site and, if you're not afraid of cracking the lens on your camera, you can have a photo taken with me if you like
- We’ll share more enthusiastic morning seminars with Eileen and me.
- Lunch same as on Thursday.
- Then we’ll wrap it up with more information packed seminars.

Now, here are a few of the details:

-You get to attend all the seminars and breakfast with me both days for only $129.00.
-And you won’t want to miss a great dinner and an evening with Eileen and me – Your choice whether or not to attend, but a great bargain for $30.00
-While at the retreat you’ll get a stuffed goodie bag including samples of some of our products, but in addition a one year membership to Ann’s Club worth $60.00 and AnnTheGran Essentials Embroidery Design CD valued at $199.
- When you register you’ll be entered into a drawing for some fantastic prizes.

More on how to register, how to get your hotel room (if you need one), and details on the seminars will be coming your way very very soon. But remember to put a big X on your calendar for April 3rd and 4th now and make plans to join us. We’ve got lots of new ideas, creative techniques and innovative embroidery processes to share.

Hope to see you in Orlando!

Best Wishes,


Comments (5) -

I would love to go to your Orlando party.  I live in AZ, a bit away, so need info soonest on location so I can find a place to park my small RV.

Or better yet, will you being doing this on the West side of the US?

Doris Faircloth

hammockhanger 2/20/2008 2:15:18 PM

Could be looking for a roomate to share with if the rooms are expensive...

Thanks for your interest, Doris. As for a West Coast swing, let's see how this one goes first!

eleanoretremble 2/26/2008 12:05:25 PM

Have my plane ticket and hotel reservation.  Really looking forward to attending.  I assume the seminar will be held at the same hotel.

donnalynn5 1/8/2009 4:21:52 AM

I am still anxiously waiting for all the details forr this years community circle:  Mar.27-29 2009.  All I can find is info regarding April 2008.  Please send me some info asap to:

Thank you!


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