Thursday, August 14, 2014

VCQ Visits Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center

Last weekend our VCQ quarterly meeting was held at Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center, South Boston, VA.  Wow! Can you say gorgeous?  What a beautiful place!   An antebellum plantation built in 1728, Berry Hill is one of the few surviving examples of classic Greek Revival architecture.  It is a National Historic Landmark that has been transformed into a resort and conference center without detracting from it's period elegance, and one of the premier wedding venues in VA and NC.  It is a place I would love to go back to for a get-away, to relax and enjoy the amenities.  Unfortunately for us, it rained all day Saturday, so most of my pictures are from indoors and through the rain drops.
 I should have driven up to the mansion to get a picture with an unobstructed view, but there is a better picture on their website.  The view through the window is the back courtyard. On the bottom left is the courtyard between the mansion/conference center and the hotel.  The view of the goose is from inside the front door of the mansion looking down the lane that approaches the mansion.
It was a lovely facility for our workshops; our participants were thrilled to have plush, wheeled, adjustable chairs to sit in all day!  The dining room/ballroom was a beautiful locale for our buffet lunch, and what an elegant, delicious lunch it was!  We had a salad, soup, sandwiches, homemade chips, and brownies & cookies for desert.  It was lovely to sit in the elegant room with table linens and wait staff to serve drinks and remove tableware.  A nice change from our usual box lunches!  The ladies on the bottom right were showing the results of their fabric origami class, butterflies and poinsettias.
At the end of the day we had class show & tell as well as other projects members had completed.  The photos above are from the non-class show and tell.  As part of our workshop, one group worked on our community service project making comfort pillows & totes for mastectomy patients.  We completed 24 sets of pillows & bags, plus some additional pillows.

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