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2015 GCFM Convention

The Piscataqua District Welcomes You to Kennebunkport

Sands of Thyme by the Sea
Garden Club Federation of Maine’s 84th Annual Convention

Wednesday, June 17th and Thursday, June 18th, 2015
The Colony Kennebunkport
140 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

8:00AM – 4:00PM  REGISTRATION:  In Hotel Lobby. Pick up your information packets containing tickets for the events you’ll be attending, your nametag and a fabulous goody bag loaded with surprises from local merchants. Check out the Carriage House, which will be full of raffle and silent auction, garden-inspired treasures donated by local and national businesses as well as GCFM Exhibits!

9:00AM - 5:00PM   VENDORS, RAFFLES, AUCTION & EXHIBITS Oh My! All items await your viewing and shopping pleasure in the Carriage House located just off the front parking area of the Hotel.

10:00AM – 4:00PM   A GARDEN TOUR: Treat yourself to some of the most beautiful and unusual gardens in the Kennebunkport area! There are 10 lovely gardens being featured on a self-guided tour, a map of the area and specific garden locations is included in your Registration packet. The garden tour begins at 10:00AM and ends at 4:00PM.  Cost for the tour is $10.00.

10:30AM - 4:00PM  IN-TOWN TROLLEY TOUR: This is a wonderful way to explore some of the highlights in and around the Kennebunkport area. You will be able to get on and off at various stops along the way for sightseeing, shopping and perhaps even a little time at the beach! Tickets are available through Convention Registration only at a reduced price of $14.00. Tickets purchased after Registration, on site, will be subject to a higher rate.

1:30PM - 3:00PM   HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR: Enjoy scenic and historical Kennebunkport through the eyes of a local Tour Guide. This fascinating tour takes approximately 1 ½ hours, beginning at 1:30pm and is being offered free of charge.

3:00PM - 4:00PM   YOGA ENTHUSIASTS: For those of you that find yourselves with a little extra time, you might consider taking a Yoga Class that is being offered; though limited to only 20 participants, so be sure to get your registration in quickly! Charge for this class is $5.00.

4:00PM - 5:00PM   GCFM BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: In the Oak Room of the Colony Hotel. Board members may wish to dress for dinner, as the meeting will adjourn at 5:00pm.

5:00PM - 6:00PM   COCKTAIL HOUR ON THE VERANDA! Take a few moments to savor the day while enjoying one of the best views in the area. A cash bar will include beer, wine and other beverages. Sample some of the hors d’oeuvres while you spend time meeting friends.

6:00PM - 9:00PM  DINNER: Featuring our keynote speaker Kerry Ann Mendez. Kerry will be speaking on the topic of her new book entitled "The Right-Size Flower Garden: Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices.” Copies of Kerry’s new book will be available during the Convention and as time permits, signed copies will also be available.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

8:00AM – 9:00AM   REGISTRATION: In Hotel Lobby

9:00AM - 11:00AM   VENDORS, RAFFLES, AUCTION & EXHIBITS: All located in the Carriage House. Be sure to make time for raffle tickets and purchases!

9:00AM - 2:30PM  GCFM ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & LUNCHEON: All members are expected to attend. Come hear what’s new in the GCFM. This Meeting is a very important part of the Convention, be sure you have selected and have notified GCFM with the names of your designated Club Delegates for voting purposes on Business Agenda items. The meeting breaks at 10:30am to allow time to check out of your rooms and check your bids in the silent auction before the annual membership meeting resumes at 11:00AM.

The closing luncheon will also feature a number of fabulously talented Designers, each of whom will be creating floral designs fit to dazzle any Garden Party! Members are invited to don their favorite Garden Hat to share in the festivities!

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