I get to participate in at least four bead camps or retreats every year, as well as attend a big bead show. Ask any beader and they’ll say that just doesn’t seem like enough. We anticipate each event like it’s Christmas morning with planning, packing, and snack preparations.
This past weekend, I went to the 14th annual Funky Hannah’s Bead Camp in Racine, Wisconsin. Always held at the DeKoven Center along Lake Michigan, we check in on Friday and do our best not to leave, unless we need to make a pajama run for more beads. This particular April camp (there are three each year), we had 28 energetic campers.
The building we stay in is Taylor Hall on the grounds of DeKoven. It was originally a boys school founded back in 1852 (insert joke about our age here). If you ask any regular campers, they say the building might be haunted but any specters seem to stay clear of this crazy crowd.We sleep, eat, and play in the same building. The food is great but we also have an embarrassing selection of snacks so we can “eat before we eat”.
We are proud of the fact we welcome back old friends and initiate new ones with the same zeal. We share ideas, skills, and more laughter than you can imagine. Some of us actually get something done.
Need your own bead gathering? Visit a local bead shop to see whats going on. If you’re really adventurous, get a group of like-minded beaders together and start your own party.
Visit these links for more info on our favorite Racine locations:
Favorite local bead shop — http://funkyhannahs.com
Where some great glass cabs come from — http://hotshopglass.com
DeKoven Center — http://www.dekovencenter.org