Annual Winter Retreat 

January 2019

Elaine Watkins

February 2018 Photos

                                       Annual Quilt Retreat – Elaine Watkins –                                                                                                          “Quilt Retreat Definition: A weekend long sweatshop with wine and chocolate.”

Our annual retreat weekend will be January 18 - 20, 2019. and we have a new location! Those of you who were coming to the 2018 retreat will remember HV Resort management decided to close for the 2017-18 winter season 2 months prior to our retreat there. This was after I signed a contract, FDQ paid a deposit and people had registered to go. They gave us no compensation for the inconvenience and at the time could not tell me if this was to be an annual happening. I have not been contacted by them since our last retreat and so decided it was time to move on.

We will now be going to Interlaken Inn in Lakeville CT on the NY/CT border. Driving time from the Poughkeepsie side of Mid-Hudson Bridge is about 1 hour straight out Rt 44E.
This is a fun long weekend to get away and sew till you drop! Bring your own projects to work on and whatever equipment you need (sewing machine, iron and board, extra light, etc.).

Double rooms are $350 inclusive per person for the weekend. Single is $500, triple is $300, quadruple is $270. This includes 2 nights stay, 2 hot breakfasts, 2 dinners, a snack Friday and Saturday, coffee, tea and water available 8A - 10P all days, use of workroom and all tips and taxes. Lunch is not included but there are several options. All rooms have fridges.

Please consider joining us for what promises to be a fun time. We have confirmed space for up to 30 people. A possibility of using a second workroom cannot be confirmed yet. Reservations with a deposit of $100 must be made by Nov.14, 2018. Please make the check out to INTERLAKEN INN. Balance is paid by each individual at the time of checkout.

Non-members of FDQ are welcome and may register starting Oct.12.

Some people choose to go a day early or stay a day later. This is not part of the FDQ retreat so anyone doing this makes her own arrangements. Contact the Inn at 1-800-222-2909 and ask for Michelle Bousquet for prices and reservations for this extra time

Questions, further info and reservations may be made by contacting Elaine Watkins at 485-5398, email is

                                                  FDQ RETREAT REGISTRATION 2019
First Dutchess Guild Member yes______ no_____
DOUBLE ROOM ( $350 PP ) ________ Name of Roommate_________________________
SINGLE ROOM ( $500.00 ) ________
TRIPLE ROOM ( $300 PP ) __________ Names of Roommates________________________________________________________
QUADRUPLE Room ($270)___________Names of Roommates_________________________________________________________
I would like a roommate if one is available__________Your contact info will be given to any others requesting same.
Special Needs ( Dietary, mobility, etc.)___________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
Cost includes 2 nights, 4 meals (Friday and Sat, dinner, Sat. and Sunday breakfast), 2 snacks, coffee, tea, water all days and evenings, use of workroom, all inn facilities (extra for some items such as spa services) and all tips and taxes.

Single room is 1 king bed. Double & quad are 2 queens, triple is 2 queens and a roll away.

Reservations and deposit of $100 are due by November 15, 2018. Balance will be paid by each person to the inn at checkout. Please make checks payable to INTERLAKEN INN. Please mail.this completed form and your check to: Elaine Watkins, 274 Hooker Ave. C4, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 or give it to Elaine at a meeting. Elaine can be contacted at 485-5398 or email:

Cancellations: per the Inn's policy. If your plans change after you make your deposit or during the weekend, they will discuss it with you.