MerryMeet 2015: FAQ

Please contact us at Second@COG.org if you have specific questions. Thank you.

Q: Do I have to pay to get in? Even if I’m only going to Grand Council?
A: Yes. Day trippers as well as on-site attendees cover the cost of various expenses for putting on MM/GC. These include conference rooms, tables, AV equipment, website, name badges, and other items pertaining to GC.  This spreads the costs between all people attending the event.

Q: Can we register on-site?
A: Yes. There is registration available at the door for $80 per person, per day. This will not include any meals.

Q: What meals are NOT included in the overnight packages?
A: Wednesday dinner and Thursday dinner.

Q: Is there a restaurant on-site?
A: Yes. Prices range from $9 to $49. Average $18 to $20.

Q: If I did not get lunches included, can I go off site and bring it back to the hotel?A: No. The hotel does not allow food to be brought in and eaten in their restaurants.  The hotel restaurant does offer lunches from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and dinner from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Q: Are there restaurants nearby?
A: Yes, but not within walking distance. Shuttle can take you within 3 to 5 mile radius. See Welcome packet and/or favorite web browser for your many options.

Q: What meals are included for day trippers?
A: IF they paid for a meal, then lunch on that specific day. No breakfasts, no dinners.

Q: What is the “Evening Reception?”
A: This is provided by the Embassy Suites for their guests staying at the hotel. If you have a room package, then present your room key at the bar for complimentary drinks and appetizers. Since this is compliments of the hotel, it is not included for Day Trippers. Day Trippers may purchase their own drinks at the bar.

Q: What is the “Hospitality Room?"
A: Touchstone Local Council is hosting the hospitality room for our community. It is open to COG members and friends. We will be providing light snacks and mixers. Folks may bring drinks to share or donations for a beer/wine run.

Q: Do we have to rent a car to get from airport to hotel?
A: No. The Embassy Suite hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm. If you are arriving after 10:30 pm, please contact the National Second Officers PRIOR TO EVENT to arrange shuttle by local council members.

Q: Will we be inside or outside? What are the expected temperatures?
A: All of the event will be inside the hotel: Vendors, meetings, workshops, ritual, and concerts.  Ontario California in mid-August is expected to be between 90 and 100 degrees (hopefully not over 105) with humidity below 20% (a very dry heat).  We are hoping for an Air Quality Index between ‘moderate’ and ‘unhealthy’. This means people with sensitivity should come prepared with appropriate inhalers or medication.

Q: Is there a pool?
A: Yes, indoor.

Q: Do we need a robe for ritual?
A: Traditionally, due to traveling across country, some people may or may not bring robes. It will be up to the individual. There is no sky clad events in the hotel.

Q: What can I purchase at MerryMeet?
A: We have many magical vendors providing a unique blend of items from teas to incense, soap to lotions, handmade stain glass to hand made silver jewelry, and buttons to broad swords. Please visit the vendors several times during the event.  In addition to our vendors, workshop presenters may have books they have written available for purchase and Touchstone will be selling our famous Pagan Chocolates (bars, toffees, and runes sets).  Finally, the Covenant will be having a raffle with several one-of-a-kind items. Raffle proceeds go to MM and COG.  

Additional questions can be sent to Second@COG.org or by contact Zenah or Stachia by cell phone.

We look forward to everyone joining us to Celebrating Our Voices ~ 40 years of the Covenant!

Brightest Blessings!
        Zenah & Stachia

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