Every summer, the Puget Sound Folk Harp Society brings together harp enthusiasts from across the state for a musical weekend retreat. This year, the group was thrown a last minute curve ball when their usual retreat location became unavailable with little notice. Retreat organizer, Diane Moss, decided that Camp Casey Conference Center might make an ideal home for the annual event. “ With our old retreat venue unavailable, we had just a month or so to try to find somewhere else. We had no hope of being able to get a place for this year, especially with the wish-list we had,” Diane Moss, Board Member, Secretary and Retreat Organizer for the Puget Sound Folk Harp Society said. “The most difficult of these: a meeting room big enough to accommodate 25 harps and players, a fairly level entry, close parking so harps could be moved in and out easily, and a kitchen so we could do our own cooking.”
In a lucky twist of fate, the Camp Casey BOQ happened to be available the very weekend that the group was hoping to hold the retreat. “I told Robyn we’d be there the next day to check it out in person, and she gave us a good tour. It was perfect for us, and we booked it on the spot,” Moss said. In addition to the music, attendees enjoyed activities in the BOQ, free time on the beach and grounds and hiking in the Heritage Forest. “We used the BOQ kitchen for our own meal preparation. So many of our participants have special diets that this works well for us, and everyone gets exactly the type and amount of food necessary,” Moss said. Moss reports that members of the society unanimously liked the new location and amenities at Camp Casey Conference Center. “Being in the middle of such natural beauty, and yet so close to a town and services, was a big plus,” she said. “We had beautiful weather for our weekend, and the views were simply amazing everywhere we looked.” One of the best things about Camp Casey is its central location for Puget Sound residents. Although it is on an island, the center can be easily accessed from the peninsula by way of Port Townsend, from the north near Bellingham and the Eastside, by the I-405 to Mukilteo route.
“The layout of the BOQ allows us to set up our harps for the entire weekend and still have a separate dining area and kitchen for meals and socializing. It was the deciding factor,” Moss said. “We absolutely plan to return next year; we’ve already asked to have ‘our’ weekend on the 2015 calendar.” The Puget Sound Folk Harp Society is a registered Washington State non-profit. They work to promote awareness and appreciation of folk harp music throughout the state and beyond.
For more information on the Puget Sound Folk Harp Society, visit www.pugetsoundfolkharpsociety.org .