News From Retreat Events

The Chapter Retreat Coordinators, Lugene Fernald and Ann Marie Schare, put in a lot of time and effort making sure the attendees have a true break from the everyday. They'll share details and photos from past retreats on this page. For more information on the retreats, click here.


Camp Crossroads Fall Retreat – October 8-13, 2022

A group of 20 retreaters including former Appomattox Retreaters (some who would have been unable to attend at Holiday Lake because of the terrain), new retreaters, and one new ASG member joined together to enjoy a 4-night retreat in the mountains of Amherst County along the Little Piney River at Camp Crossroads near Lowesville, VA. This venue was new to us, and by all accounts, the group felt it was a “smashing success” and have chosen to return for the Spring Retreat on Sunday April 30-May 5.

This camp offers comfortable, climate-controlled accommodations in the hotel rooms at the Ukrops Conference Center, and we arose each morning to walk the few steps to our sewing spaces in the adjoining conference rooms. It was a week filled with fun, laughter, and little bit of hard work, a lot of completed projects, and some very good food to nourish our bodies as we enjoyed one another and the beauty of that Center.

We hope that some of you who have not previously participated in ASG Retreats will consider joining one of our retreats next year!

--- Lugene Fernald


Appomattox Spring Retreat – May 8-13, 2022

An enthusiastic group of 14 retreaters had a great week sewing, laughing and enjoying one another’s company at the Spring 2022 Sewing Retreat at the Holiday Lake 4H Camp in Appomattox. We celebrated our 25th anniversary of continuous sewing retreats with cake and ice cream provided by the camp.


Though our numbers were few, we continued our tradition of Community Service by collectively donating $665 to the Camp Scholarship Fund Endowed by the Richmond Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. We established this fund a few years ago in memory of our retreat founder, Louise Spearman. Over the years, retreaters have donated over $11,000 to the fund. We are pleased to know that the seed we planted had grown to almost $47,000 by this past summer, and provided $3,800 in scholarships for campers in need to participate in 4H activities.

While this was our last retreat at Holiday Lake, we urge you to continue to support the Camp Scholarship Endowment Fund. For more information, go to the Holiday Lake 4H website. 

--- Lugene Fernald