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Avast me maties! If you weren’t in Laughlin from August 23rd through the 24th, then you missed out in the festivities and fun that was had by all. Let me give you a bird nest perspective from a top the mast!


We had a new CDT walk up to the plank to teach this year….TeriLyn Norwood-Dillon taught a Designer Glaze and French Dimensions Wine Cooler project! Boy was she nervous! Then Fred Rowley taught a great Halloween piece…..A Witch and Her Pet Cat on a plate.

Lunch was served and what a feast! Don Laughlin’s kitchen staff and Southern Stars puts out a fabulous spread for lunch.

If you went away hungry…..then you weren’t there for lunch!


After lunch we resumed with Patty Berge and her awesomely cute Bird Feeder Cup & Saucer project. What a great idea!


Then Arlene stepped up to the plank to walk in Dru’s shoes. Poor Dru! Hurricane Faye showed up in Florida and forced her to change her course. Dru….you were missed, but Arlene did a great job teaching your Pumpkin Pig Bank!


Saturday evening the Pirates hit the Casino Decks and went on a Treasure hunt. Kathy Denham put a scavenger hunt together to match any Pirate map! The whole casino was talking about the pirates that ascended upon them asking for things such as pictures of pooches, locks and keys, plastic jewelry and a few other things!


Sunday was a great day with Arlene Smith’s Pirate Pumpkin Charger! Just one thing though Arlene…..and we know you know this but it’s just too funny not too mention again!

A Pirate says “Yo! Ho! Ho!” and Santa Claus says ”Ho! Ho! Ho!” If you look carefully at Arlene’s project she has gotten her language mixed up! He! He! He! She is just anxious for Christmas and she’s still #1 to us!


Next year the theme will be “A Day At The Races” so put on your thinking caps, mark your calendars, and plan on being there for another fun filled Laughlin Retreat with Southern Stars and all the Chapters that gather on the River!







Pictures Below!

  Great Costumes!!!

  Great Students!

 Fun Projects!


Fun Teachers