DETAILS OF THE WEEKEND
I am pleased to announce our 6th New Years Weekend at the Shaker Mill, located 2.5 hours from Manhattan and 3 hours from Boston & Brooklyn. We will be going to my favorite place, the Inn at Shaker Mill in New Lebanon, NY, 15 minutes from Pittsfield MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. We have been going to the Shaker Mill for over a decade as its peaceful and relaxing.
You may register for as little as 1 midweek night or as many as 5 nights. As Shabbat will likely sell out, preference for Shabbat will be given to those staying at least 3 nights, so keep this in mind when registering. Please RSVP quickly, as this will sell out.
SIGN UP - Complete the RSVP form here, and sending in your deposit (see Costs, below).
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER ALL RELEVANT QUESTIONS ON THE RSVP FORM. THIS HELPS MAKE THE WEEKENDS BETTER AND SIMPLER TO RUN.
DATES OF THE EVENT
The dates we intend to be at the Shaker Mill are THURSDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 27 —TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013. You may stay for as little as 1 night or as many as 5 nights. All are welcome, couples, singles and families.
Kosher Food & Catering
We intend to offer kosher food, snacks and meals starting as of Thursday Night, December 27 and running until Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
We are having a free lance kosher caterer, Victoria Sutton, who will cook and help run the meals, with all of your help as well ( see below, ‘Helping on the Weekends’ for details). Please see the sample menu from our weekend this past summer for further details.
In the Winter, there are weather dependent winter sports in the area such as Downhill & Cross Country Skiing (Jiminy Peak is nearby), snow boarding, snow tubing, snowmobiling (expensive), hiking, museums & other events for those not into outdoor activities. The Berkshires weather forecast starting as of this weekend is for lows in the 20s and teens and highs into the 30s, perfect weather for making snow for all the winter sports.
In all seasons, we will also have movies at night, and maybe some karaoke! Let me know your interests & movie picks on the RSVP form.
To see some of the events and activities on offer, go to Berkshires Activities page I have set up– this so far has general attractions in the area and events from previous years but we will soon update it with the new events.
There are wonderful museums such as a Norman Rockwell (everyone loves this one), MASS MOCA, a contemporary art museum, and the Clarke, one of the best regional art museums in the US, which is FREE in the winter!
DESCRIPTION OF THE SHAKER MILL & PICTURES
The Mill is large, comfortable and cozy, on 4 floors with 17 bedrooms (4 to 6 single rooms, 10 to 12 doubles, and a few triples). Each bedroom has its own bathroom, and most rooms have double beds. Some folks will also be in two rooms in an adjoining building. The exact room configurations will depend on how many people we get…
The Mill has a dining room for 45, a huge kitchen, a beautiful large and airy SUN ROOM at the back where you can see a stream and WATERFALL. On the same floor there is a Study with an adjoining Living Room and a ROARING FIREPLACE between the two rooms. There is also a nice nature walk through woods nearby. The Mill has a caretaker on site to keep the fireplace lit and tend to any other needs. Pets are welcome, but must be approved in advance. Let me know on the RSVP Form.
HELPING ON THE WEEKENDS
For first timers to my weekends, we run these events at a lower cost by having everyone help out during the event. You will each be assigned a job during your stay, usually working an entire meal as your ‘duty’.
LEAVING TIME, RIDES
Candle Lighting for Friday, December 28 is 4:10 PM. Please note that it takes a MINIMUM OF 2.5 hours to 3 hrs from Manhattan and Northern NJ to get to the Shaker Mill, and at least 3 hours for Brooklyn, Queens and other points.
For those coming on Friday, you will need to leave preferably at 11:30 am, but in no case later than 12:30 PM.
I will arrange rides for those who need, so if you are driving let me know if you can take passengers. Drivers will be reimbursed.
Singles, couples and families are welcome. We usually have a nice mix of each. In addition, singles in double/triple rooms will share a room. Let me know any rooming preferences you might have. We can have up to 35 people for this event.
For the period indicated below (includes room & board; all activities & any Crafts will have additional fees)
NEW YEARS at the SHAKER Mill
Thursday Night December 27 - Tuesday January 1, 2013
Stays of 1 to 5 nights Available — Pricing is at the bottom of this page
Early Bird RSVPs until Wednesday, December 19
All RSVPs by Tuesday, December 25
Inn at Shaker Mill - 40 Cherry Lane, New Lebanon NY
Davetrek Contact Info (email is the best method)
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (805) DAVETREK (328-3873)
* Child Rate based on age
A) Under 6 - if the child sleeps in your room
B) Ages 6 to 15 - if the child sleeps in your room
SINGLES, COUPLES AND FAMILIES ARE WELCOME.
FOR THOSE GETTING RIDES, DRIVING COSTS ARE $35 ($17.50 each direction), payable directly to your driver. Please make sure to pay the drivers, since they are doing us all a favor by going out of their way and taking extra time to get there by picking people up. I will be checking to make sure this occurs.
DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT TO RSVP:
In order to complete your reservation, you must make a $100 deposit ($200 for couples and families), postmarked or sent to paypal by the deadlines at the top of this page.
PAYMENT METHODS - CHECK OR PAYPAL
You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.
please send the payment/deposit , made out to “David Brotsky”
And mail it to:
c/o Sharon Zavodnick
325 North 3rd Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
In order to get the discounted rate for a given deadline, you need to have your deposit payment postmarked by the deadlines above. $100 deposit required for individuals, $200 for couples and families.
Send me the payment/deposit via link on the RSVP Page
You may also send it directly using PayPal, via my email address:
$100 deposit required for individuals, $200 for couples and families.
In order to get the discounted rate for a given deadline, you need to make your deposit payment into paypal by the deadlines above.
RSVPS UNTIL TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2012.
PS. Feel free to send this to GOOD friends, but DO NOT BROADCAST this your list - This is not a 'public' event.
FAQ FOR THE WEEKEND - What you should bring, and more information than you ever really wanted to know...Let us know if anything has been missed of substance so we can include it for the future.