2015: Another Successful Gathering!

Posted by Beth Byrne on August 31, 2015 at 1:55 PM

The 2015 gathering, held in McGraw, NY was a huge success! We had a large number of attendees from NY, PA, the east coast and Canada.

On Friday, a good number of us met for dinner at a nearby Cortland restaurant, Central City Bar & Grill. The food was delicious, and we had a great time. We were even able to dine outside. For the first time, we gave out prizes to a few lucky people.

Saturday dawned sunny and warm and remained that way all day, which we appreciated. Attendees were awarded amazing goody bags and coupons graciously donated by many gernerous suppliers. In addition to the goody bags, we had door prize drawings for everyone there. Be sure to check out the companies that donated by clicking on 2015 Donations on the right.

We were offered 2 of 3 demos to attend: 


  • Candle Making by Donna Pixton-Hacker
  • Shaving Soap and Marketing by Chris Cullen
  • Lotion Making by Beth Byrne

Attendees brought their garage sale items, in the hopes of finding them new homes. This of course, is always a highlight of the event.. We also held two raffles. One was a 50/50 raffle and the other, a prize raffle, where stick blenders and other useful items were won.

We enjoyed two swaps, a Product Swap and a Yankee Swap. It is great fun to see and use products others are making in the Product Swap and the Yankee Swap is just a lot of fun! 

Speaking of fun, the Ugly Soap Contest is fun. No pressure here making the most beautiful soap. No, it's the ugliest that wins and it's amazing just how ugly soap can be! It is all good quality otherwise, though, so it is donated to a local charity.

We were fortunate to have The Lye Guy on premises, as well, which saved attendees shipping charges!

As if all that was not enough, attendees enjoyed breakfast treats and a buffet lunch. We had so much delectable food!

We hope YOU will join us in 2016!


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