Join us for a fun-packed weekend on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake. Grab your friends and bring your knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting, felting, or hooking projects!

Our general schedule is: Eat, sleep, craft, repeat. We are planning a few, low-key, optional mini classes. The point of this weekend is not to be tied to a list of frenetic activities, but to relax and enjoy guilt free time to hang out with your friends, work on your current projects, start new ones, admire other's work, and did we mention RELAX?


Skein Away 6 - August 25-28, 2022


Location: W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake

Times: 10:00 am Thursday until 3:00 pm Sunday.


Skein Away 7 - APRIL 20-23, 2023

Registration Opens Jan 1, 2023


Almost Always the Last Full Weekend in March and August


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RETREAT FAQ

PLEASE READ! Hosts are not responsible for your misinformation if you don't read this!!

COVID RULES: (until further notice)

  • Everyone must BRING a mask. You will not be given your room keys without displaying that you have a mask with you.

  • How much you have to wear your mask will be determined by our interpretation of the CDC guidelines on the day of the event. This is not optional.

  1. How does the lodging work?

Lodging will be in the lovely Reid Jones Jr. Lodge which has hotel-like rooms with up to three beds (including linens) and a private bathroom. Sometimes we also offer a limited number of "Economy Singles" which are in another building (close by) and share a common bathroom (3 toilets, 3 showers). For more information see: Location

2. What are the meals like?

Meals will be held in the main dining hall, located in the Smith Central Activities Building which is an easy walk across the street from our lodge. Your event registration includes a variety of meals depending on what ticket you have chosen. Brunch is served at 10:00 am, and dinner will be at 5:30. For more information about the dinning hall see: Location Meals are cooked by the wonderful 4-H staff and are served buffet style. The food is good, filling, and we don't have to cook it or clean up afterwards!! HOORAY! Let us know if you have medically necessitated food restrictions and the 4-H staff will help. Our conference room kitchen includes an oven, a stove and a full sized refrigerator. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks or additional food. And bring a mug for coffee or tea (we don't do Styrofoam).

3. What does the cost of the weekend cover?

The cost of the weekend covers lodging and meals for the ticket you have chosen, use of two spacious conference rooms, and a ton of fun! You will have access to the back deck, the lake side gazebo, miles of walking paths with beautiful views of the lake as well as free access to the Wiss Miniature Golf course. Exact pricing is available on the registration site.

4. Will there be fiber vendors?

The retreat is sponsored by Yarn Seasons, our local yarn store, and there will be a guest vendor at the shop for the weekend in addition to the yarn shop's regular wonderful stock of yarny goodness.

5. How do I get time with the massage therapist?

At the moment, due to the pandemic, we are uncomfortable inviting a massage therapist. Hopefully this will change in time. Stay tuned!

6. Is there a schedule of events?

Our general schedule is: Eat, sleep, craft, repeat. We are planning a few, low-key, optional mini classes. The point of this weekend is not to be tied to a list of frenetic activities, but to relax and enjoy guilt free time to hang out with your friends, work on your current projects, start new ones, admire other's work, and did we mention RELAX?

7. How does check-in and check-out work?

Long Weekend check-in will start on Thursday at 10 AM. Short Weekend check-in starts at 10:00 AM Friday. At the check-in desk you will get your room assignment and any other pertinent information. Check-out of the rooms is 10:00 AM Sunday morning, but you don't have to leave that early! We have the conference room until 3:00 pm! Plan to stay as long as you can! Day Tripper check-in starts at 9:00 AM on the day of your ticket.

8. What is the cancellation/adding policy?

If you find that life has taken a turn and you need to cancel your reservation email us and we will do what we can to help. NO cancellations will be accepted after a certain date (August 10, 2022), or earlier if the event sells out. If we fill to capacity we will put it up on the website, Facebook, and Instagram. All refunds will be handled through checks mailed to you, and will include a $20 cancellation fee. If the state of Virginia requires us to cancel the event for health reasons (meaning Covid!) your funds will be returned to you minus a $10 forced cancellation fee. Do not hesitate to email us if you have questions.

9. Why are people taking pictures?

Dorothea or Sheila, or our favorite professional photographer James Carroll, will be taking pictures at the event. These are used to market the event and could be used on Facebook, Instagram, our website, or event fliers. You attendance at the event is permission to use your likeness, if it is captured in an image. If you have concerns about this let me know by email when you register.

10. What else is in the area if I wanted to get away for a few hours?

Our 4-H camp in located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the edge of Smith Mountain Lake. We are about 10 minutes away from the greater Westlake area, where there are shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. There are several breweries and wineries within a short drive. The Emerson Creek Pottery is nearby, Harvester Performance Center in nearby Rocky Mount offers regional and national live entertainment. For those interested in history there’s the Booker T. Washington National Monument, and the National D-Day Memorial, as well as the bright lights and big city thrills of Roanoke Virginia.

11. Can I bring my pet?

No, the 4-H rules prohibit guests from bringing their pets. If you have a service animal please contact us directly for an application.

12. Can I bring my children?

No. We consider this an adult only event, and therefore children, of any age, would be out of place.

More Questions? Please, email us at SkeinAway@gmail.com. We are happy to help!


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