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2017 Fall Retreat

September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017

$20 – $30

“Unplug from Everyday Life!”

The Nebraska Knit & Crochet Guild fall retreat is a rare opportunity for knitters and crocheters to get away from it all for a little while with people who have similar interests. Located at the beautiful Mahoney State Park, the retreat is full of fun activities, but also a time to just relax and enjoy the beautiful view (and possibly a nice adult beverage).

New for this year: The Mahoney State Park Lodge will NOT be serving any kind of meals after Friday, September 29th! The bar will also be closed. You are, of course, welcome to leave the retreat and get meals or bring your own from home. But, because this takes away from handcrafting time, the NKCG Board has gotten permission from Mahoney to bring in catered meals for Saturday and Sunday during the retreat. The registration fees we are charging for the retreat are not sufficient to cover the cost of these meals, however.  

If you would like to reserve a spot for meals catered by Hy-Vee, please go to the website and purchase a ticket below for any meal you want to eat before next Tuesday, September 26th at 11 pm CST. Or purchase a ticket for all the meals (at a $2 discount) here.



Check-in and relax!

4 pm – Check In Time
5 pm – Potluck Setup
6 pm – Potluck
7 pm – Keynote from Karen Bednarz. She will talk about ergonomics with hand stitching.


8 – 10 am – Breakfast Buffet
10:30 am – 2 Class Choices

Knitting Styles: Ergonomics and Efficiency
Speaker: Karen Bednarz
Open enrollment.
Please bring yarn and needles in a size appropriate for the yarn weight.  Or you may just bring your current project to work on if it is not delicate or complex.  To get the optimum experience bring a nice firmly plied wool yarn.

Let’s Corner 2 Corner Crochet!
Instructor: Ali Jensen
Enrollment limit 10 people – sign up at the registration table
Please bring at least two yarn colors of your choice in the same weight (more colors is fine) and the appropriate sized hook. The project I am working on during the weekend will be using Yarn Bee Soft Secret in 4 colors, size G or H hook. For display purposes, you will see me using bigger yarn and hook. You can think about making a washcloth, towel, scarf, baby blanket, afghan. Anything you’d like. The stitch won’t change. So we will get started on your project and teach you how to change at the corners. Think a rectangular project you would like or would like to gift this holiday season. Let’s enjoy the process.

12 – 1 pm – Lunch Buffet
1:30 pm – Handwork as Meditation by Jeanne Cunningham
3 pm – Wine Tasting – A wine tasting field trip to Cellar 426.
4 pm – Yarn movie screening by Joan Getzfrid
6 – 7:30 pm – Dinner (Taco Bar)
7 pm – Pajama Party – Put on your PJs and join us for an evening of fun,  knitting/crocheting, games, door prizes, raffles.


8 – 10 am – Continental Breakfast
10am – 1 pm Vendor Market – New and returning vendors will bring exciting products to NKCG Marketplace Sunday, October 1stEveryone is welcome to this event at no charge (there is a park entrance permit or pass fee to enter the park). Even if you don’t attend the retreat, pack up your family or fiber friends and join us for shopping. Tables are only $15 – register here. Vendors so far registered include:

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Box Lunch

Eugene Mahoney State Park Lodge near Ashland Nebraska, just off of I-80 at exit 426.  Mahoney nestles on 700 acres along the picturesque Platte River, with modern amenities and activities.

IMPORTANT:  Please make your room reservations at Mahoney State Park, Peter Kiewit Lodge. Phone 402-944-2523 ext 7327 (Group Services).

Please purchase tickets to attend at the bottom of this page.
$20.00 – Retreat fee for NKCG Members
$30.00 – Retreat fee for Non-Members


September 29, 2017
October 1, 2017
$20 – $30
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NKCG Board


Eugene Mahoney State Park
28500 West Park Hwy
Ashland, NE 68003 United States
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(402) 944-2523

Who's Attending

47 people are attending 2017 Fall Retreat

  • Sarah Shackelford
  • Millie Moore
  • Michele Van Pelt
  • Ida Holliday
  • Barbara Glazeski
  • Helga Fensterman
  • Sheila Dreiger
  • Jean Clayton
  • Joyce Burd
  • Carmen Govier
  • Kathy Elsberry
  • Elizabeth Kannedy
  • Sarah Herman
  • Annastasia Webster
  • Elizabeth Bonorden
  • Alison Jensen
  • Eileen Slane
  • Nancy Jordan
  • Anna Marasco
  • Cindy Lindstrom
  • Jeanne Cunningham
  • Lynette Theobald
  • Janis Hovland
  • Karen Bednarz
  • Karen Londeen
  • Alison Allen
  • Joanna Mills-Kaeser
  • Rachel Maley
  • Dianna Bose
  • Jane Mueller
  • Alyssa L Beebe
  • Timothy Mattson
  • Molly O'Brien
  • Gloria Jean Matthews
  • Amy Goodwin
  • Penny Reese
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