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  Name Title Email Address Ext
Anita Whitmire Housekeeping Manager 2831 
Barbara Panetta Reservations Associate 2814 
Barry Phillips Director of Food Service 2833 
Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director 2818 
Clint DeWitt Environmental Projects Manager 2823 
Connie Holliday Director of Group Sales 2808 
David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director 2840 
Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director 2817 
Eric George Reservations Manager 2809 
Gary Giniat Vice President of Advancement 2816 
Jennifer Sharpe Retail Manager 2802 
Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales 2810 
Kate Bakko Reservations Associate 2811 
Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director 2836 
Kevin Manion Resident Apprentice Program Coordinator 2813 
Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations 2806 
Laura Moushey Human Resources Director 2807 
Leslie Hartley Director of Marketing and Communications 2822 
Marcella Thompson Vice President of Finance 2803 
Mark C. Upright J.D., M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer 2804 
Meghan Hull Director of Mountain Trail Outdoor School 2839 
Ricky Varnadore Vice President of Property 2834 
Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate 2815 
Sara Christensen Visual Communications Specialist 2825 
Stacie Loeffler Advancement Associate 2734 
Stan Hubbard President 2805 
Stephanie Watts Manager of Event and Guest Services 2830 

Kanuga Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat

January 12, 2017 - January 15, 2017


About the retreat

Learn new techniques from patient experts as you enjoy the perfect weekend escape for knitters and quilters. Experience the casual, friendly atmosphere in the Blue Ridge Mountains that only Kanuga can offer.

Knitters and quilters can choose a project to work on during this three-day retreat. Projects will be offered for beginning to advanced knitters and beginning to intermediate quilters. You are also welcome to bring your own project to work on. In addition to daily classes, there will be get-togethers by the fire, time for hiking to scenic mountain overlooks, and visiting area yarn and quilting shops.

About the projects

Knitting projects include: Fingering Weight Asymmetrical Lace Mitts; Socks 102; Modular Knitting; Embroidery, Edgings and Embellishment for Knitting; Fingering Weight Asymmetrical Stranded Hat or bring your own project.  View knitting project details (PDF)

Quilting projects include: Award-winning designer Jean Ann Wright will offer a mystery quilt using 5" charm squares as well as a half-day session on free motion quilting. A VIP afternoon program with a visiting nationally known award-winning teacher will also be offered.  View quilting project details (PDF)

About the staff

Varian BrandonCOORDINATOR: Varian BrandonThrough the years, I have been surrounded by incredibly talented women. Among them, my great grandmother, my grandmother, my mother and a wonderful woman who taught me to knit when I was eight.

As the spark of creating grew, I explored classes, read books and tried various techniques with yarn and needles. In spite of this dabbling across the knitting spectrum, I always seem to come back to Fair Isle and Aran designs, due in part to my first trip to Shetland and the Outer Hebrides where I took classes with both Alice Starmore and Kaffe Fassette.
Now, after an undergraduate degree in architecture, a graduate degree in communication and several years working in those two disciplines, I am able to put yarn, color and design together full time. My world is filled with colorful yarn and charting software. 


Jennifer DeatonCHAPLAIN: The Rev. Jennifer Deaton graduated from Emory University in 1994 with a B.A. in Religion, and from the University of Mississippi in 1998 with an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology.  She earned her M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary in 2004.  She served as Curate at St. Paul’s in Meridian, and as Chaplain at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson prior to coming to the Cathedral.  Jennifer has completed a two-year training in the practice of spiritual direction.  She currently serves as Program Chair for the Center for Formation and Mission at Gray Center, and as Chaplain for the diocesan Episcopal Church Women.  Jennifer lives in Jackson with her husband and son, two cats and a dog, and lots of yarn and knitting needles.


Details & Registration


Double Occupancy $585 per person. $527 if registered by Oct. 12, 2016
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $725 per person. $653 if registered by Oct. 12, 2016
Includes same as above. (Based on availability)
Commuter $330 per person. $297 if registered by Oct. 12, 2016
Includes program, lunches, suppers and use of recreational facilities.
Non-participating spouse $390 per person.$351 if registered by Oct. 12, 2016
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Early arrival $80 per person for arrival on Jan. 11, 2017
Stayover $80 per person for stay over night of Jan. 15, 2017











Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due December 12
(To register after this date, please send check or use a credit card for the full amount.)



Check-in 4-6 p.m. Thursday, January 12
Check-out After lunch Sunday, January 15
* Early arrival check-in: 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, January 11
* Stayover check-out: 10 am on Monday, January 16





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