CATS 2002 question

CATS 2002 question

Post by Nanc » Fri, 23 Nov 2001 21:02:23



I've only been back from CATS Minneapolis for a month, but I'm already
thinking about next year!

Since Minn. isn't on the schedule for 2002, I'll have to fly to any of the
locations.  So .... if you could go to any CATS location - which would you
choose?  I'll be flying and would prefer a location with shopping within a
short taxi ride (I live in the wilds of northern Ontario and, believe me,
access to Macey's, etc. is a real treat!).

Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.  I think if I book my
flight early enough I may be able to use frequent flier miles.

thanks,
--
Nancy, in northern Ontario
current projects:  Amish Quilt Sampler - MLI
                           Christmas Alphabet - Vermillion Stitchery
                           Mates - Cross My Heart
                           Wee Beasties 3 - Dimples Designs
                           Sugar & Spice Christmas Stocking - CS&CC magazine

 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Alda Simpso » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 00:55:13


the Lancaster show has shopping even in walking distance.  It's Amish
country and there are a lot of shops that sell crafts and quilts but there
are also several outlet store shopping centers with great buys.  Also the
show was very well attended and had lots of vendors in the merchandise
market.

alda



Quote:
> I've only been back from CATS Minneapolis for a month, but I'm already
> thinking about next year!

> Since Minn. isn't on the schedule for 2002, I'll have to fly to any of the
> locations.  So .... if you could go to any CATS location - which would you
> choose?  I'll be flying and would prefer a location with shopping within a
> short taxi ride (I live in the wilds of northern Ontario and, believe me,
> access to Macey's, etc. is a real treat!).

> Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.  I think if I book my
> flight early enough I may be able to use frequent flier miles.

> thanks,
> --
> Nancy, in northern Ontario
> current projects:  Amish Quilt Sampler - MLI
> Christmas Alphabet - Vermillion Stitchery
> Mates - Cross My Heart
> Wee Beasties 3 - Dimples Designs
> Sugar & Spice Christmas Stocking - CS&CC magazine


 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Carolyn Pott » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 03:04:07


I agree about Lancaster, and it is *very* civilized, but Riverside is in
California, the Riverside Inn is absolutely unbelievable, and Cabazon Mall
is not too far away.  If you came here I'm sure some one would love to show
you the shops and sights.


Quote:

> the Lancaster show has shopping even in walking distance.  It's Amish
> country and there are a lot of shops that sell crafts and quilts but there
> are also several outlet store shopping centers with great buys.  Also the
> show was very well attended and had lots of vendors in the merchandise
> market.

> alda



> > I've only been back from CATS Minneapolis for a month, but I'm already
> > thinking about next year!

> > Since Minn. isn't on the schedule for 2002, I'll have to fly to any of
the
> > locations.  So .... if you could go to any CATS location - which would
you
> > choose?  I'll be flying and would prefer a location with shopping within
a
> > short taxi ride (I live in the wilds of northern Ontario and, believe
me,
> > access to Macey's, etc. is a real treat!).

> > Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.  I think if I book my
> > flight early enough I may be able to use frequent flier miles.

> > thanks,
> > --
> > Nancy, in northern Ontario
> > current projects:  Amish Quilt Sampler - MLI
> > Christmas Alphabet - Vermillion Stitchery
> > Mates - Cross My Heart
> > Wee Beasties 3 - Dimples Designs
> > Sugar & Spice Christmas Stocking - CS&CC magazine

 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Larry Conkli » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 05:22:31


According to what I recently read in Stoney Creek Magazine regarding CATS
2002, the September show will be in Hershey, not Lancaster.

Sandy
Central NY

Quote:

> the Lancaster show has shopping even in walking distance.  It's Amish
> country and there are a lot of shops that sell crafts and quilts but there
> are also several outlet store shopping centers with great buys.  Also the
> show was very well attended and had lots of vendors in the merchandise
> market.

> alda



> > I've only been back from CATS Minneapolis for a month, but I'm already
> > thinking about next year!

> > Since Minn. isn't on the schedule for 2002, I'll have to fly to any of
the
> > locations.  So .... if you could go to any CATS location - which would
you
> > choose?  I'll be flying and would prefer a location with shopping within
a
> > short taxi ride (I live in the wilds of northern Ontario and, believe
me,
> > access to Macey's, etc. is a real treat!).

> > Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.  I think if I book my
> > flight early enough I may be able to use frequent flier miles.

> > thanks,
> > --
> > Nancy, in northern Ontario
> > current projects:  Amish Quilt Sampler - MLI
> > Christmas Alphabet - Vermillion Stitchery
> > Mates - Cross My Heart
> > Wee Beasties 3 - Dimples Designs
> > Sugar & Spice Christmas Stocking - CS&CC magazine

 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Smallbea » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 05:29:30


Quote:

>I've only been back from CATS Minneapolis for a month, but I'm already
>thinking about next year!

>Since Minn. isn't on the schedule for 2002, I'll have to fly to any of the
>locations.  So .... if you could go to any CATS location - which would you
>choose?  I'll be flying and would prefer a location with shopping within a
>short taxi ride (I live in the wilds of northern Ontario and, believe me,
>access to Macey's, etc. is a real treat!).

>Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.  I think if I book my
>flight early enough I may be able to use frequent flier miles.

>thanks,

First of all, Des Moines is the closest geographically to
Minneapolis...we considered doing that show for a bit (could drive
down from the FIL's house in St. Paul), but an all-expenses-paid trip
to Hawaii at the same time was dangled in front of our eyes.
Hm....Iowa....Hawaii.....Iowa....Hawaii.....uh, it wasn't too hard  a
choice. <g> (so sad, I should have come back to the group before MN, I
get the feeling I missed seeing a LOT of RCTN'ers who probably passed
us by...)

If I didn't have anything but myself to consider, I'd go to the PA
show (which is actually being held in Hershey, not Lancaster, as I
understand it next year). I am told the Marketplace there is AWESOME,
the best of all the shows.

Since I have to be a bit of a homebody next year (saving money for
other things, like Hawaii...expenses are paid, but souvenirs aren't!),
I'll only be at the Riverside show...not sure if we'll have a booth or
just go as attendees this year.

A wod of warning about the Mission Inn...fabulous, beautiful building.
Service in the restaurant sucks. If you need to eat in a hurry, try
Simple Simon in the pedestrian mall just next to the hotel. And do NOT
use the valet parking unless you don't care what happens to your car.
I still have key marks from where the valet took revenge on my car
after a tiff which ended up with me parking my own car (I didn't like
the fact that they left it for 20 minutes with the engine running and
all my booth stuff in the back while they dealt with people in Lexii
and Mercedeses who evidently bribed them into being taken first) If we
do booth next year, I'm staying at the Holiday Inn. At least there I
expect substandard service! ;)

Carolyn the (ooh, am I still a bit resentful? LOL!) California bear

Too Sisters Designs
http://www.toosisters.com

 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Jeri » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 06:31:42



Quote:
> According to what I recently read in Stoney Creek Magazine regarding CATS
> 2002, the September show will be in Hershey, not Lancaster.

Their webpage still says Lancaster. I've sent an email and will post when I
get a reply.
--
Jeri
"Set your course by the stars, and not by the lights of every passing ship."
-Omar Bradley
 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Pamela R » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 11:06:03


Hi All -
    First of all, I live in Riverside <smile>.  I agree with you about the
Mission Inn.  It is a fabulous place to meander through but I'm afraid I
wouldn't want to stay there.  Don't get me wrong, it is an awesome place. Just
for clarification, I run very large meetings in both the Mission Inn and the
Holiday Inn.  Personally, I prefer the Holiday Inn.  The rooms are wonderful,
large, and so well sound proofed that a bomb could go off in the hall and if it
wasn't directly outside your door, you would never hear it.  (If three or four
got together, a fabulous suite would be affordable.)  I find the staff much
more eager to please at the Holiday Inn.  (Personally, I would say that the
service is beyond reproach.)  The food at the Holiday Inn is also exceptional
AND affordable.  It is a FULL service hotel and you can get room service 24
hours a day.  What amazed me even more is that room-service meals are exactly
the same price as purchased in the restaurant!  They do NOT jack up the prices
to deliver your meal to your room!  How many places can say that!  I do an
awful lot of travelling and I can honestly say I have never seen it before.
The pool is also beautiful.  Parking for the Holiday Inn is all under cover in
a parking garage with a guard at the door for security.  A definite plus in the
August heat I assure you.  Oh yes, the Holiday Inn has a FREE shuttle to and
from the hotel and Ontario, California airport.  No need to rent a car if you
don't want to.  But if you do decide to rent a car, you can rent a Hertz Auto
in the lobby of the Hotel.  Much easier for that day trip if you so desire.
Does it sound like I am sold on that hotel?  Well, yes I am!  So, if you visit
Riverside, stay at the Holiday Inn and only walk over to take a look at the
Mission Inn.  I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed in your accommodations
and you will have much MORE money to spend in the marketplace. <smile>  The
Holiday Inn is less than 100 yards (I think) from the front door of the
Convention Center and the CATS Show.  If anyone needs any more information
about Riverside, CA, feel free to e-mail me off list.
Pamela R
University of California, Riverside

Quote:
>A wod of warning about the Mission Inn...fabulous, beautiful building.
>Service in the restaurant sucks. If you need to eat in a hurry, try
>Simple Simon in the pedestrian mall just next to the hotel. And do NOT
>use the valet parking unless you don't care what happens to your car.
>I still have key marks from where the valet took revenge on my car
>after a tiff which ended up with me parking my own car (I didn't like
>the fact that they left it for 20 minutes with the engine running and
>all my booth stuff in the back while they dealt with people in Lexii
>and Mercedeses who evidently bribed them into being taken first) If we
>do booth next year, I'm staying at the Holiday Inn. At least there I
>expect substandard service! ;)


 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Larry Conkli » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 11:26:35


Actually, I need to correct my post regarding CATS Lancaster.  It was listed
for Hershey, Pa., but not for September but October - around the 25th, I
think.

Sandy

Quote:



> > According to what I recently read in Stoney Creek Magazine regarding
CATS
> > 2002, the September show will be in Hershey, not Lancaster.

> Their webpage still says Lancaster. I've sent an email and will post when
I
> get a reply.
> --
> Jeri
> "Set your course by the stars, and not by the lights of every passing
ship."
> -Omar Bradley

 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Smallbea » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 11:31:35




Quote:



>> According to what I recently read in Stoney Creek Magazine regarding CATS
>> 2002, the September show will be in Hershey, not Lancaster.

>Their webpage still says Lancaster. I've sent an email and will post when I
>get a reply.

It's Hershey. At least, that's what they informed all the vendors at
the Minneapolis vendor meeting. There were, shall we say, less than
favorable reviews of the Lancaster facilities as far as having
everything at least kind of centrally located, I understand, plus the
facility didn't seem overly eager to have them back, while the one in
Hershey had just finished renovations and was very accomodating.

As far as the website being updated, I am not sure if this news has
made it to RCTN, since I just started back myself, but there is some
reorganization going on within the CATS organization itself. Cathy
Shelton resigned from her position with CATS, effective the end of the
Minneapolis show. The CATS offices therefore are in the process of
being moved from South Carolina to Michigan. I do not know if or how
many of the office staff will be moving with (I'd presume none, most
of those ladies have hubbies who have jobs, etc.). So I wouldn't look
for major revamping of anything on the website for a few months at
least.

Hopefully they won't be too late putting together and mailing out the
catalog for next year...my understanding is that classes *are* pretty
much set and it's just a case of getting things published.....

But in a nutshell, yes it's Hershey, not Lancaster, despite what the
website says. :)

Carolyn the (well-informed for once, but not going to PA) Small Bear

Too Sisters Designs
http://www.toosisters.com

 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Alison Hendo » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 13:04:30


I'm VERY interested in CATS going to Hershey because I was a very
unsatisfied person at Lancaster.  It wasn't set up for anyone with
mobility problems, for one thing, and I pitied the teachers hauling
stuff up and down those many short flights of staircases.  But
October?  Late October?  really???

Alison

 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Larry Conkli » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 13:13:30


I just went and checked my Stoney Creek Magazine just to be sure.  Here's
the scoop:

October 24-26, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey Lodge & Convention Center

Sandy

Quote:
> I'm VERY interested in CATS going to Hershey because I was a very
> unsatisfied person at Lancaster.  It wasn't set up for anyone with
> mobility problems, for one thing, and I pitied the teachers hauling
> stuff up and down those many short flights of staircases.  But
> October?  Late October?  really???

> Alison

 
 
 

CATS 2002 question

Post by Murray » Sat, 24 Nov 2001 15:01:33


I say Hooray about the change of venue from Lancaster Host to Hershey.

The Lancaster hotel was full of steps and a long walk down hill and more steps
to the vendors Mall.  Porters were needed for all luggage moves and being a
teacher that is not fun.

My hips and knees caused me pain for at least a week after the show.

Well done CATS for finding more suitable venue.

Sandra
Needleandframe.com