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Road In-Person & Road@Home Next Steps

By now I’m sure you all have read our newsletter discussing the postponement of Road 2021 in-person. I wanted to personally reach out to all of you and answer some questions we got in our email.

Hotel Reservations

If you filled out a form at Road in 2020 for a hotel room for 2021 you have not lost your reservation. A representative from the Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau will be contacting you to confirm you want to transfer your reservation to 2022. We are currently negotiating to ensure there is not a hotel rate increase for 2022. This process does take some time, but we are hoping to begin contacting individuals within the next month.

If you want to cancel your reservation, please let them know when they call you. We will not be processing any hotel reservations or cancellations in the Road office.

Show Postponement

I know the terminology that we used is very confusing. Here is the longer story.

Back when my grandmother owned Road to California, she would sign year to year contracts. This allowed the family the option to close the business with minimal issues should something happen to her.

When I purchased the company, we started signing multi-year contracts. Our last contract with OCC expired in 2021. OCC holds dates for us 5-10 years in the future, however they are not contracted dates, just courtesy holds. 

When we had our meeting to determine the fate of Road 2021, OCC exercised their right under the contract to postpone the show to later dates. Rather than attempting to guess when the pandemic would end, we encouraged them to select our 2022 dates. They kept our advanced deposits and adjusted our 2021 contract to 2022.

That is why we considered this a “postponement”. We knew that OCC would be able to exercise this option back when we opened class registration. That is why we posted both “cancellation” and “postponement” options for the registrants prior to the start of class registration. Also, we included in all our teacher contracts that should the show be postponed, their contract could automatically be transferred to our 2022 dates.

We will be adding to our class catalog as time goes on. Our yearly class fees increase will take place on March 1, 2021 – so for the best deal make sure you sign up for Road 2022 prior to the price increase. We will be taking our class registration system off line for the time being until we update with new dates for 2022. We expect to open 2022 registration up sometime in mid November. If you already registered, we have emailed you and your registrations are confirmed awaiting your decision.

Newsletter

As some of you may have seen, our new newsletter provider decided that our email newsletter list was all spam….. This required us to have everyone re-opt in again to our newsletter. As annoying as that may be it’s the only we can put your email address in our new system. Make sure you opt in to receive our newsletter by going to this page.

Once you opt in the system will sent you the most recent newsletter.

Road@Home Classes

Road@Home classes will be posted online no later than October 20, 2020. Our catalog includes over 150 classes, lectures, panels, professional development seminars and events. You’ll definitely be super busy in January with all that we have planned – you really don’t want to miss it.

Just like an in person show you will have the ability to shop vendors, attend lectures, classes and special events. We will have chat rooms for you to chat with fellow quilters and even RoadTV – our new TV network.  Our special exhibit gallery is absolutely stunning. These aren’t flat pictures of quilts – you’ll be amazed at the quality of the images.

We know there is so much to do with Road@Home that it may be overwhelming. No worries – we will be posting articles and RoadTV videos on how to access everything!

Road@Home Registration

I know many of you are excited for the opening of Road@Home class registration. We are too! Priority Registration for Road@Home is automatically granted to those individuals with active class registrations for Road 2021 (Now Road 2022).  Priority begins on October 23, 2020. General registration begins on November 3, 2020.

Concluding…

Although we won’t be able to be together in person, Road@Home is the next best thing. Stay tuned for even more announcements and updates regarding Road@Home! I can’t wait to virtually see all of you in January!

Matt

8 Responses to “Road In-Person & Road@Home Next Steps”

  1. Norma Snow says:

    I will miss the in person show, but I am so excited about taking zoom classes. Thank you for all your hard work. Norma Snow

  2. Patti says:

    If I have already registered for 2021, will I still be able to get priority registration for classes on October 23, 2020?

    • Caryn Payzant says:

      Most guests who registered for the 2021 Show will be able to participate in the priority registration.

  3. Suzanne Roush says:

    Hi Matt,
    I am so looking forward to Road to Home. I was really mourning missing Road to CA this year, but look forward to being there in person in 2022. Thank you for all your work and effort in making this work in this very unusual year. Take care and stay safe, Suzanne

  4. Sheri Renaud says:

    Hi Matt,

    I just want to congratulate you on going above and beyond to make Road@Home an alternative to the beloved Road2California. You have, obviously, put many, many hours into making this happen and it is greatly appreciated. Road2California has always been the best Quilt Show I’ve ever attended, and am looking forward to 2022.

    This will be a wonderful and new experience for many of us, and I’m sure it will be as successful as everything you do.

    Thanks for all the effort.

    Sheri Renaud
    10/15/20

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