FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1.   What does it cost?
2.   What does the cost include?
3.   How and when do I pay?
4.   From what time to what time can I crop?
5.   Will there be classes or instructors on hand?
6.   Will there be food and beverages?
7.   Will there be tools available?
8.   When does the crop room close?
9.   Can I leave my things in the room?
10. Can I sit with my friends?
11. Can I come just to shop?
12. How do I get there?
13. Is there a minimum age requirement to attend?
14. What should I wear?
15. What should I bring?
16. What can I drink?
17. What is your cancellation policy?
18. What happens if there is bad weather?
19. What is Ms. Winterfest?
20. I have more questions!

1. What does it cost?
FOR 2023 PLEASE SEE OUR REGISTRATION FORM.

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2. What does the cost include?
If you are staying at the hotel the price includes: your sleeping accommodations; cropping Thursday (starting at noon), Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (ending at 11:00 am), with round the clock access; some classes (some may have a fee associated with it); and meals Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast;  some snacks, some soft drinks, water, coffee and tea, please feel free to bring something to share; lots of goodies and prizes!

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3. How and when do I pay?
Early Bird (EB) registration opens July 15, 2022. All reservations must be paid in full by the deadline dates posted in order to receive the discount rate posted  rate.  If a change to your reservation needs to be made, that is fine and can be made, but  it MUST be paid in full by the dates posted.

Registration can be done online along with payment, or by contacting us by mail.  Please include your name and all information required on the online form, a check payable to WinterfestMD.  (You may be cleared from the waiting list earlier, your check will not be cashed until you are cleared). All reservations must be settled in full by September 30, 2022.  Any balances unpaid by that date are subject to cancellation and deposits forfeited.

A wait list will be started as soon as we reach 100 people.  On October 1, 2022 anyone who has not paid in full will be moved to the back of the wait list and the next person accepted.

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4. From what time to what time can I crop?
Arrive at the hotel starting at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday 1/11/23 for room check in ONLY.  The crop area will NOT be accessible at all until 12:00 noon on Thursday 1/12/3(there is always the chance it will be ready early, check in with us;
Room check in is 3:00 on Wednesday,
5:00 pm on Thursday 1/12/23 and
5:00 p.m. on Friday 1/13/23.
You may set up noon Thursday and stay until 11:00 a.m. on Monday. That is a possible 95 hours of cropping!!! Check out of the crop room AND sleeping rooms is 11:00 a.m. Monday morning. However vendors may start closing their stores starting at noon Sunday.  Check with each vendor about their hours of operation.

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5. Will there be classes or instructors on hand?
This is TBD

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6. Will there be food and beverages?
We tested offering a gift card to the hotel restaurant, bar and deli.  So far so good, so we are doing that again.  You will receive a gift card that should cover all of your meals from Thursday to Saturday, but you can spend it all in the bar if you wish!  There will also be soft drinks (limited selection) / water provided, coffee and tea in our hospitality suite. Please feel free to bring a snack to share.  Enjoy the restaurant onsite:  Touch of Italy.

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7. Will there be tools available?
Absolutely! We have some tools available for your use and for you to purchase. You are free to bring your Sizzix machines and the like as well as your Cricut, however please inform your host so that proper space arrangements and access to power can be made.

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8. When does the crop room close?
It doesn’t! It is available all weekend! It will be locked in the evenings at 12:00 am for security purposes however you are able to stay in the room and leave at your leisure. To reenter, either someone inside will need to let you in or hotel security. It will be opened again before breakfast at 7:00 a.m.

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9. Can I leave my things in the room?
Sure! Please use your own discretion regarding what you choose to leave on the table overnight. Neither the hosts or the hotel are responsible for the items you leave.  Please do not leave your valuables there, remember that there will be outside shoppers roaming in and out, and until the outside doors are locked the public has access to this area.

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10. Can I sit with my friends?
Absolutely! When you register, please list the persons you would like to sit with in the comments area, also if you have any special seating requests. We will try to accommodate all requests, however they will be arranged first come (registered) first served.

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11. Can I come just to shop?
Yes! Come and see what our events are like!  Come shop with our vendors, many scrapbooking friendly options to choose from!

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12. How do I get there?
Click HERE for directions. 6600 Coastal Hwy (Oceanfront Hotel) Ocean City, MD 21842 410-524-1600

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13. Is there a minimum age requirement to attend?

Yes, we request that all attendees are at least 14 years of age to attend. Or at least old enough to crop. Under 14 please see your host. Out of respect for the other guests and moms: please do not bring any children. If you are nursing please contact your host. Moms miss their babies too much and have a hard time relaxing when your children remind them of their own. Although your children may be well behaved and quiet, this is sometimes the only getaway that moms get!  We will have to remain strict on this policy so that we can ensure that everyone can enjoy themselves.

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14. What should I wear?
Dress in layers! Although the room temp will be kept at 68, the temperature in the cropping area may change according to the weather outside as well as throughout the day as the number of bodies in the room increase and decrease. Don’t forget to pack your jammies and slippers for late night cropping! It does tend to be chilly the later in the evening that it gets.

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15. What should I bring?
Pack your cropping supplies that you plan on using. If you would like suggestions on how to organize and condense, contact your host prior to WinterFEST for help. We can suggest a list of products and services to help you. You DON’T need to bring everything you own for this weekend, unless you think it will fit into your 18 square foot of cropping space. Bringing too many things may infringe on your neighbors’ space.
Contact our vendors for info on product pre-orders. Pre-orders are encouraged to ensure prompt delivery of your products and to make sure that we have what you would like on hand. Vendors list and their websites are posted here:  VENDORS .

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16. What can I drink?

You can drink anything that has a closed top. Please, no open containers unless they are in some sort of Side-Kick™, we would hate for you to ruin one of your pages by a spilled drink or built up condensation. A Side-Kick™ is strongly encouraged. This protects your work and also your neighbors work.

Regarding alcoholic beverages: Each of the properties who host our weekend events have strict requirements with regard to bringing alcoholic beverages into our cropping area. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED. However, there is some leniency to this rule if we use discretion when drinking. If you decide to bring alcoholic beverages, please keep it private. Covered containers are always best! Please do not drink openly, there will be croppers under 21 in the room. If these beverages are visible to a host or hotel representative you will be asked to remove it for legal and security purposes.
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17. What is your cancellation policy?

Click HERE

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18. What happens if there is bad weather?
Please contact your host if we are expecting inclement weather. Our event will go on as scheduled unless the hotel is unable to provide the service to us. They then would expect us to reschedule. If it snows, don’t hesitate to contact us, we can surely organize the trip with others who have 4 wheel drive vehicles who aren’t gonna let a little Jack Frost get in the way of their weekend away!
If you are interested in carpooling let your host know.

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19. What is Ms. Winterfest? update 2023 We are currently taking a break from Ms. Winterfest.

It’s a fun game we play all weekend to encourage each other, to get to know each other, and to help each other have a little fun.  Although all of our previous Ms. Winterfests have been visions of beauty, it is not a contest based on appearances or popularity.  The reigning Ms. Winterfest will award the first deserving recipient of 2022 within the hour that Winterfest opens.  Click HERE for more information.

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20. I have more questions!

  Click HERE for contact information

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Looking forward to a great weekend!!