Parking and Admission Passes will be distributed at the August meeting and at check-in on Sept. 10th. A friend may pick them up for you at either of those times. If none of these options works for you, they can be mailed to you with enough notice. Beginning Sept. 11th all passes will be at the Shop desk. Additional passes may be available. Check with the Manager of the Day. If you do not use an admission pass please return it to the Manager of the Day as soon as possible. We are able to exchange it for use on another day.
We will be parking at the Albuquerque Barber College again this year at the north end of the lot at San Pedro and Roma, just south of the McDonald’s. The lot is directly across from Gate 6 on San Pedro. You MUST display a parking pass on your car dash board as the owner is quite serious about towing any unauthorized cars! We will have 13 parking spaces available to us from 8 am to 6 pm. (If anyone wants to stay to see the fair after Sheep to Shawl closes, you can pay $5 to keep your parking space till the fair closes. There should be someone in the lot to take your money.)
We need to walk across San Pedro to Gate 6. (There is a barrier on San Pedro, to keep cars traveling south from turning into Gate 6, that allows for a “rest and safety” stop while getting across which has worked well for most of us most of the time but be prepared to walk a greater distance if a policeman is present and insists upon your crossing at a proper cross walk!) We are still being given permission to drive in Gate 6 to drop off equipment before parking across the street. If you are working at the Creative Arts Building and have equipment to carry, stop by the STS shop and someone will help you.
For those of you with handicapped parking placards you are allowed to enter Gate 6 and park without having a Gate 6 parking pass. (You MUST show an admission pass.) Some attendants are not correctly informed about this. Be persistent. If you are turned away we will report it to the State Fair coordinator. You MUST however, park ONLY at a designated handicapped parking space. If you are having difficulty, call the STS number (in the September newsletter) and someone will come out and try to help.
REMEMBER you can only access Gate 6 when driving north on San Pedro - there are no left turns allowed while driving south. We will walk in at Gate 6.
You MUST have an admission pass as they do not accept cash at Gate 6. It is always a help to us if you can possibly work an entire day since it saves on admission costs and parking space coordination, but we know that is not always possible. We certainly encourage half-day shifts if that is what is best for you. The half-day shifts are from 9:30 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 5:30. Some morning volunteers may need to leave by 1:15 if there is a parking space shortage in the afternoon which will allow enough time to get packed up and walk to their car before the afternoon volunteers arrive looking for an open space.
Morning volunteers should check with the Manager of the Day to see what time they need to leave and also if a later departure time is an option for those who want to visit the Fair after their shift. For those volunteering in the afternoon and desiring to visit the Fair before their shift, call the day ahead to see if that is a possibility.
The morning shifts are responsible for unlocking and opening windows and being ready to demonstrate at 9:30. The afternoon shifts are responsible for clean up (empty trash, vacuum shop and demo areas) and locking windows. If you are the only person in a demo area and need to leave temporarily, please ask one of the other demonstrators to keep an eye on your area.
Sign in for your shift in the Master Schedule book and please wear a name tag that we will provide. It is best not to bring purses to STS. A fanny pack is a good idea. As much storage space as possible will be made available in the STS store room and in the demo area for spinning wheels and other bulky equipment.
You may want to bring your equipment at check-in on Thursday the 10th and leave it so you don’t have to cart it in later. Let Ruth Ronan know if you want to use the Guild’s Louet wheel. Please let Diane Witt know if you will want to leave a spinning wheel so we can figure out the space needed.
Please be sure to get your inventory numbers from Nancy Brouillard in plenty of time to get your inventory sheets completed and mailed to her or delivered at the August meeting on Tuesday, August 25. It is always helpful to review the STS information in the Membership Book on pages 26 – 29.
Thank you all, in advance, for your support of Sheep to Shawl. As you’ve heard said many, many times, whether you’re a fiber arts beginner or “old timer” STS provides a great opportunity to share some wonderful time with fellow guild members while helping to educate the public about the beauty and usefulness of natural fiber. So, we hope you come and volunteer and have a great time. See you there!
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