Ferry Beach Weekend
The 17th Annual First Parish Retreat
September 29 - October 1, 2017
► Registration begins July 1
The Ferry Beach weekend every fall is a treasured part of life at First Parish. It's a chance to relax and connect with FP members and families in a wonderful UU retreat center in coastal Saco, Maine, about two hours north of Arlington. All in our community are welcome – newcomers, long-time members, families, couples, singles -- all are encouraged to attend.
The weekend is yours for the making. You can enjoy time alone or with family or new friends or old. People spend their weekend walking the beach, doing puzzles or crafts, playing games by the fire, or just sitting on the porch, reading or snoozing. Optional organized activities include a talent/no talent show, nature hike, yoga, dance class, a multi-generational soccer game, or anything else you'd like to propose. Special treats include board games and snacks each evening, a campfire with singing and s'mores on Saturday night, and a Sunday morning outdoor worship service in the grove.
Five fabulous meals are provided (three meals on Saturday, two on Sunday; Friday night you arrange on your own). You do not have to cook a thing and chores are minimal. Lodging is in rooms of various sizes with bunk beds at Ferry Beach; Some of the dormitory buildings have heat and there are communal showers. There are 4 additional rooms with private bath at an extra cost, two of which are ADA compliant - see details on registration form. A few people camp or stay in nearby motels and B&Bs on a "meals only" plan. For those opting to stay off-site, we provide a list of local hotels, motels and B&Bs.
How to Register:
For the last few years, we have "sold out" very quickly. Please note that your registration will not be final until we have all required materials AND payment in full. "Late registrants" or those whose forms or payment is incomplete will be put on a waiting list.
Please click here for pricing and accommodation information
Use these links to register online, download necessary forms, and pay online:
- Register using our Online Registration Form
- Youth Permission Form/Youth Medical Form if you are bringing any non-family kids
- Ferry Beach Covenant
- Payment via check or online payment
We ask all participants to sign the covenant form when checking in at Ferry Beach. Please read our covenant carefully while registering. All materials must be received by September 18, 2017. Give check (if not paying online) and forms to a Ferry Beach committee member, or place in the Ferry Beach mailbox near the First Parish offices. Follow-up by sending an e-mail message to one or all organizing committee members.
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.
All are welcome.
If the cost of the weekend is an obstacle, please speak with Rev. Marta Flanagan
by September 16th. Please do not let financial constraints impede you!