Registration Is Open!

The light is green, so GO! Registration is now officially open for WOOL 2010. If you’re new to the blog and need a refresher on what WOOL is click here. The process to register is:

  • Register with me. This is important, I need to know who’s coming for administrative purposes. If you are having trouble with the link, skip it and register with Wiawaka, then email  ( or call me for help.
  • Follow the link to the Wiawaka registration form.
    • Fill out your information
    • Choose your payment level
    • Your first choice in lodging is the Lake House
    • Put WOOL in the group code/section
    • Make your payment. Ignore the error message and click on “make payment”. If there’s a problem, call Gretchen at Wiawaka in the morning and they’ll work it out. Your room should be held just fine till then.

You will pay ½ up front, and the other ½ when you get to Wiawaka. As always, the rate you’re charged is based on your ability to pay. I don’t make a dime off this event. It’s the honor system; the only one’s who know what you choose are you, me, and Wiawaka. I strongly recommend that you register as quickly as possible as there are only 16 rooms in the Lake House (single occupancy) and all overflow will be diverted to shared rooms in the Victorian cottages. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! They’re actually “nicer” rooms, if you don’t mind sharing.

As always, I reiterate that the accommodations at Wiawaka are not fancy. The rooms in the Lake House are sparse, very small, and pretty much the entire experience is like Victorian summer camp, except our building is the only “modern” one, having been built in the 70′s. The building is two floors, each floor having a communal multi-stall/shower bathroom. Everyone can hear everything, so if you’re a light sleeper you may want to bring ear plugs. If you can’t climb stairs, request a bottom floor room at registration.

Breakfast is served early, and isn’t fancy. Meals are made fresh from local ingredients, and there is no choice as to what you eat. The menu is created in advance and posted publicly at breakfast so you know how to plan your day. By plan, I mean that we have a fridge and a microwave in our building, so if you’re picky, keep that in mind and bring your own snacks. I’m picky at breakfast, so I bring my own milk and instant oatmeal.

There are no TVs and no phones in the buildings. Think of this as a media vacation, unless you bring your laptop and pick up wifi from across the lake.

That said, Wiawaka is more fun than you can imagine, and I can’t wait to see you there! It’s full of bawdy women laughing till their faces hurt, and quiet moments of calm introspection. Adventures include skinny dipping at midnight, dawn swims, hollering at the passengers on the Minnehaha steam boat, fireworks over the lake Thursday night, a cookout on Saturday, paddle boats, possible forays down the road for BBQ since the carnivores are sometimes SOL -  and so much more. Bring your sun block, your sense of adventure and your camera. You won’t be sorry you did.

Remember, you’re the reason this event is so much fun, and I thank each and every one of you who helps make it a success each year. Go WOOL!

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