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Anita Whitmire Boan 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 
Hayden Hawkins Assistant Director of Event & Guest Services 2829 
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 Communications Writer 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 

Kanuga Calendar

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Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat

January 14, 2016 - January 17, 2016

Optional Early Arrival on January 13th and Stayover on January 18th

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.

A message from KKQ coordinator Varian Brandon:

Through the years, I have been surrounded by incredibly talented women. My great grandmother, my grandmother, my mother, and a wonderful friend of my mom's who taught me to knit when I was eight years old.

Each of these women took the time to guide me down the path to creativity, punctuating each nudge with words of encouragement. It is amazing what truly wonderful things we can do...and what fun we can have…when creativity enters the room accompanied by comradery, encouragement, and inspiration.

Unfortunately, the times when we can get together with like-minded folks and learn from each other can be few and far between. I find it is best to “jump on” those opportunities whenever time allows…or better yet, take a step towards creating a gathering.

Over ten years ago I had the inspiration…and a big nudge from a younger brother…to create one of those coming-together moments at Kanuga with the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat. There is no better place to watch inspiration and encouragement blossom into creativity. Think big fireplaces, talented people, and lots of fun!

Each year on the first day, I watch everyone arrive with smiles, hugs for once-a-year friends, and cries of “I cannot believe we are finally here!”

Each year on the last day, there are goodbye hugs and vows to reconnect in a year’s time…with more ideas for more projects.

Every day I think about those very talent women (and a younger brother)…who have inspired me...some are here...some have moved on...but they are all with me in their own way.

Thank you all.

About the projects

Knitting projects include: Sock Weight Gloves, Fox Paws Shawl, Brioche Project, Wave Shawl, Stranded Yoked Sweater, or bring your own project. View detailed Knitting project descriptions here.

Quilting projects include: Cherry Blossoms, 3-D Bowtie, Color Boxes, Anglican Compass Rose, Scrappy Lattice, or bring your own project. View detailed Quilting project descriptions here.

About the staff

Varian BrandonCOORDINATOR: Varian Brandon has been knitting since she was eight and has been almost continuously working with yarn and needles since a trip to Scotland after college. Recently, she was the top American winner in an international design competition sponsored by Jamieson and Smith Woolbrokers. She lives in Saluda, NC where she uses her needles (and graph paper and computer) to design hand-knitted sweaters and other colorful wearables.


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 $565 per person
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $700 per person
Includes same as above. (Based on availability)
Commuter $320 per person
Includes program, lunches, suppers and use of recreational facilities.
Non-participating spouse $385 per person
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Early arrival $50 per person
Includes lodging, breakfast and lunch on January 14, and use of facilities.
Stayover $75 per person
Includes lodging, lunch and supper on January 17, and continental breakfast on January 18.











Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due December 14
(To register after this date, please pay full amount)



Check-in 4-6 p.m. Thursday, January 14
Check-out After lunch Sunday, January 17
* Early arrival check-in: 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, January 13
* Stayover check-out: After breakfast on Monday, January 18





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