As most already know, after the 2013 Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival I took the reigns of the show from its founder, LavenderSheep (AKA Yvonne to those of us that know her well!). In April of 2014 the CGFF returned for its fourth year and we had a bangup time. I loved getting to know all of the amazing vendors better, and we added a Happy Hour to the Friday evening marketplace opening, which just made it all the more merrier.
After the 2014 show I realized the constraint our location was putting on the event. The location was lovely, but it didn't have any room to grow. We were always going to be limited to the same marketplace room (which held around 22 vendors), and just 3 classrooms. I scoured Hood River, trying to brainstorm another option that would allow us to grow while still fitting my vision of a small-ish, niche show. And then I found the perfect location - - it just wasn't in Hood River.
Meet the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, located in The Dalles, Oregon, just 15 miles east of Hood River along the path of the mighty Columbia.
I found this gem while scouting locations for my 20 year high school reunion, and I knew it was perfect. The new Platinum LEED Certified building offers a 10,000 sq ft marketplace area, and 3 state-of-the-art classrooms. Bonus? It's location is right next door to the campus of the Columbia Gorge Community College, meaning we would have classrooms galore at our disposal.
Check out this view from the Marketplace floor:
More changes were in store.....right after the 2014 show, two other major events announced their dates for 2015 - and they were exactly the same dates as our traditional 3rd weekend in April. What does this have to do with our little special show? Essentially, it meant that all of the great instructors we could hope to host at the CGFF would be committed to these two large shows. And so a date change was in order.
I could not be more excited for the 2015 CGFF, which will be held November 6-8, 2015. What more perfectly woolly time of year than early November, when we are dreaming of sweaters and beginning to think of the holidays? We have a STELLAR lineup of teachers coming in (check them out, as well as what they're teaching on the CGFF website). We have 40 vendors from around the Pacific Northwest who can't wait to show you what they've been creating (interested in vending? join our vendor list here). It's going to be one heck of a good time.
I'll leave you with one last photo - this is a shot of The Dalles by Bill Carey Photography, from the northern shore of the Columbia. Absolutely beautiful.