4/03/2011

Sandra Stillwell Presents Golden Gate Glamour

The long awaited announcement regarding Sandra's 2011 event in San Francisco has been revealed.  Here is the outline of the event which will be more detailed as the date approaches. 

Golden Gate Glamour!

Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us June 3-5 in San Francisco, at the Embassy Suites SFO Airport South, for Sandra Stillwell Presents: Golden Gate Glamour! 

 Limited to only 60 attendees, this intimate soiree will be a celebration of friends, dolls, tradition, and timeless couture in San Francisco, a destination widely known as "America's Favorite City"!

Golden Gate Glamour will pay tribute to the haute couture master Cristobal Balenciaga, and the unparalleled legacy of his landmark career, as well as highlight San Francisco's rich fashion heritage, and explore the connection between the two.
 
Your convention registration will include a trip to the De Young Museum in San Francisco's beautiful Golden Gate Park, where we will view Balenciaga and Spain, the fascinating exhibit highlighting Balenciaga's magnificent creations and exploring Spain's influence on his designs.

http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/balenciaga-and-spain

 

You'll have some time on your own to tour the museum galleries or explore other sites in the historical Golden Gate Park, which is also home to the breathtaking Victorian-styled Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tearoom, Botanical Gardens, and the Museum of Science, among other things

Optional tours will be offered to other not to be missed San Francisco sights!

Our souvenir will be a fabulous fashion ensemble gift set designed to fit your favorite 16" fashion doll. Inspired by Balenciaga's designs, the collection was designed and manufactured especially for this exciting event. Centerpiece dolls modeling stunning haute couture fashions will be showcased at each meal function. I believe you'll be as blown away as I am by the beauty of this collection! I can't wait to share it with everyone!

In addition to fashions, the registration fee will also include a desert reception and 3 meals, including a gala Saturday night banquet. We will also have illustrious guest speakers, interesting displays, table gifts, raffles, swap tables, and more surprises!

Expect a fun filled, activity packed weekend of dolls, friends, and fashion!

Registration:
The registration fee is only $360 if paid in full, by cash or check, by May 2nd. (After that date, the fee is $375). A $15 charge will be added to other payments options. A non refundable deposit of only $50 will reserve your spot for this very special event.

A $50 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations prior to May 2nd. After that date, no cancellations are allowed.

Companion registration will be available if purchased with a full registration. Please contact me for details.

Please send payment for registration to:

Sandra Stillwell
8305 Blue Lick Rd
Louisville, Ky 40219

Please contact me if you need to pay by PayPal or make special arrangements.

Hotel:
Our convention hotel is the lovely Embassy SFO Airport/South San Francisco, located only 10 miles from downtown San Francisco! Each room is a spacious 2 room suite complete with refrigerator and microwave...perfect for room sales or socializing with dolly friends! 


We will have a special code to make reservations in our group block, which will be forthcoming soon. Please do not contact the hotel or make reservations online until this is announced.

Our special group room rate is $119 plus tax. Our group will receive complimentary hotel parking.

The hotel offers complimentary WiFi and computers in their business office, and in room Internet access at a discounted rate.

The Embassy Suites offers a complimentary shuttle to shopping and eateries within a 3 mile radius (based on availability), and an airport shuttle which runs every 35 minutes. BART conveniently travels directly from the airport to San Francisco and other suburbs.

There is another Embassy Suites SFO in Burlingame, so please be careful not to confuse the two when making reservations or taking the hotel shuttle.

The group rate is available from Monday, May 30, through Wednesday, June 8th (based on availability) for those who would like to come early or stay over to take advantage of the many fun sightseeing opportunities in the area. If you need rooms on other dates, please contact me directly.

I strongly encourage all attendees to stay at the Convention hotel for a complete "convention experience"! Besides all the fun and camaraderie those who don't stay at the hotel will miss out on, our room and food rates are based on our meeting a guaranteed minimum, and it is crucial I have your cooperation to meet that guarantee.
There are other great reasons to stay at the convention hotel....with our many planned activities, you'll find being onsite much more convenient, plus the Embassy Suites includes a fabulous cooked to order complimentary breakfast and manager's cocktail reception daily in their beautiful atrium. (We may have our banquet room opened so that we can all eat together, but if so, we will give details once the agenda is announced.)

Our room block is extremely limited. Though we are not yet ready for hotel reservations, it would help me greatly to know as soon as possible how many nights and what dates you are planning to stay, so I can increase the block if necessary. June is a busy time for the hotel and I may not have the opportunity to do so at a later date. Once the room block is sold out, reservations will only be taken on availability.

Airport and Flights:
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is serviced by all major airlines.
Oakland International Airport is also very convenient to the hotel. Both are directly connected to BART and Caltrain for travel to San Francisco or neighboring areas for sightseeing on your own.

When booking your flight, don't forget to allow a few extra days, if possible, to enjoy the multitude of tourist attractions and unique activities that San Francisco has to offer!

Tours:
I'm excited to say that Casey LaLonde, Joan Crawford's grandson, will again be joining us for convention this year... and, if all goes as hoped, we are planning a surprise "wrap party" on Sunday night to celebrate Sandra Stillwell Presents 10th Anniversary! An optional event, this exciting evening will follow a day of sightseeing in San Francisco. For a taste of San Francisco elegance, I am proposing that we begin the day with a delicious breakfast buffet in the glistening Garden Court at the opulent Palace Hotel.

Details are not available yet, but I am also planning a very interesting excursion on Thursday that all doll lovers, vintage fashionistas, and sewing enthusiasts will be sure to love!

Depending on interest, we may also plan something on Wednesday.

If there is anything in particular you would like to see or do, now is the time to let me know!

Raffle Donations:
We will be having a raffle to help offset convention expenses. Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute to the raffle, please email me at dls6643@aol.com.

Please remember that this special event is extremely limited, so do not hesitate to register. If you plan to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible so I'll have an idea of how many to count on.

I hope you'll join me in San Francisco this June for an event to remember!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions...
Sincerely,
Sandra Stillwell

dls6643@aol.com

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