Location:
Langley, WA
 
Dates: April 18-20, 2014 (Friday evening to Sunday noon)
 
Costs:
Conference Fee  $30
Banquet Fee  $30
Housing – see below
Meals – on your own, except for the Saturday evening banquet
 
NOREK (Northwest Regional Esperanto Conference) is happening early this year. It will be held in conjunction with the final weekend of Kino-Teatro-Festivalo (kotofesto.org), from Friday evening April 18 to approximately noon on Sunday April 20.
 
The performing-arts festival, organized by Jennifer Bondelid, will be preparing live theatre, films, and music and dance performances during the week prior to NOREK. The NOREK participants will be the beneficiaries of those efforts, enjoying the fruits of their labor as entertainment during the weekend, in addition to a few talks and other activities put on by NOREK.
 
Our region includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alberta. But we welcome Esperantists from all states, provinces, and countries.
 
The conference
 
Langley is a charming town on Whidbey Island, close to the ferry from Mukilteo on the mainland. The Interkona Vespero on Friday evening and the Saturday morning talks will be held at Living Green Bakery, 
630 Second St., Langley. Saturday afternoon entertainment and the Saturday evening banquet will all take place within the village of Langley. Everything is within walking distance. We expect to do a group geocaching event on Sunday morning, combined with a tour of Langley. There will also be a walk through the woods to a glacial erratic. We welcome your participation.
 
If you would like to give a talk at NOREK, let us know. You would have approximately 10 to 25 minutes. Or perhaps you have other ideas for discussion groups, workshops, or an activity you'd like to conduct during the Interkona Vespero.
 
Banquet menu
 
Salad of Local Greens, Toasted Walnuts, Red Wine Vinaigrette
Salad of Quinoa, Cucumber, Toasted Almonds, Green Onion & Dried Cherries Roasted Cauliflower
Agrodolce with Caper, Golden Raisins, Parsley & Garlic
Grilled Polenta & Spicy Red Pepper Rouille Slow
Roasted Salmon, Alder Smoke Salt, Shaved Fennel, Radish & Cucumber
A Selection of Artisan Breads & Butter
A Selection of Seasonal Fruit Crisps
Whidbey Island Vanilla Ice Cream
 
Transportation
 
If you're arriving by plane, you can get a shuttle bus (seatacshuttle.com) from SeaTac airport to a stop near Langley, where a taxi (allislandexpress.com or southwhidbeyroadservice.weebly.com) can take you the short distance to town; or you can pre-arrange for a NOREK volunteer to pick you up from the shuttle stop.  Unfortunately, the shuttle will not be running on Sunday, but possibly we can help you arrange for a ride back to Seattle or to a bus depot on the mainland.
 
We're excited about this combination of NOREK and KoToFesto; both groups will benefit from it. Think about spending the previous week at KTF, taking performing-arts or film-making classes and working on something artistic (a musical collaboration or solo performance, new choreography, stand-up, theatrical presentations, etc.) to present at NOREK. Family members who don't speak Esperanto might enjoy the morning Esperanto classes that KTF offers. You can see more about the festival at kotofesto.org, or contact Jennifer Bondelid at esperanto@whidbey.com.
 
Lodging
 
If you're looking for a roommate during the conference, contact norek2014@morsekob.org. We'll share your name with other participants who are also looking for a roommate.

Option 1: Langley Motel
This has four "old fashioned beach style units". You can view details and their phone number at langleymotel.com. Each suite has an equipped kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bath. The rate is usually $95, $115, or $135 per room, but if you mention NOREK, you possibly can get a discount; they were vague about that.
 
Option 2: Saratoga Inn
This is a charming 16-room hotel. You can view details and their phone number at saratogainnwhidbeyisland.com. The rates start at $165 usually, but you can get a $20 discount if you mention NOREK. The price includes breakfast.
 
Option 3: Camping
Island County Fairgrounds is close to town. Phone: 360-221-4677.
 
Option 4: Other hotels
You can see some other options at visitlangley.com/lodging.
 
Registration

To register for NOREK and the banquet and/or KTF, go to the registration page at Esperanto-USA's webstore.
  
NOREK-anoj en 2012
 

Contact us

For questions about NOREK, write to norek2014@morsekob.org.

For information about KTF, go to kotofesto.org.