Oh, so sad, so very sad to report the reality that the Yellow Rose Rug Camp held in Belton TX appears to be a total goner. This is a real loss for a camp that was a great success from 2008 until this year.
The camp director has avoided communication with anyone trying to reach her. Summers Mill retreat center reports it dropped the camp from its March dates due to non-payment of facility fees, overdue months ago. The space has been re-booked for another venue.
Law enforcement resources verify the camp director is still alive (they did a welfare check); she's still going to work and receiving mail at her home. Because the final date for camp has not yet come and gone, they cannot take action yet on behalf of campers' trying to recoup their funds. If the camp director returns funds by March 15th, we all forget this ever happened.
Just two days ago I received an email from one of my students asking why she hadn't heard from me to discuss her project with camp only a few weeks away? It's because I, along with no one else, have a contact list of campers to inform them of what is going on. This was a complete shock to the student. She is not in the mainstream hooking groups in TX that are "discussing" this issue.
Campers are wondering how to get their money back and this amounts to $690 for my husband. His check was cashed in March 2014. This is not a pretty situation, but I'm especially relieved we didn't book airfare to TX for the March camp. When non-communication from the camp director became an obvious issue, I held off on booking airfare. To point out the seriousness of the airfare cost issue -- in past years some campers came from as far away as Nova Scotia; I hope no one has incurred airfare costs on top of their camp fees.
On to a POSITIVE note from Texas:
Charlotte from TX sent me this picture of her completed "Puttin' on the Ritz" rug that she worked on in class in Fredericksburg TX last September. She turned the pattern into a fun pillow. Didn't she do a great job?!!!
Knowing Charlotte has been a fun experience for me. Good work Charlotte! Many thanks for sending the picture of your completed rug too.
Best wishes to all!