Registration & Event Information

2015 National Gathering: Maine

August 28-August 31, 2015


  NET Member General Youth
Early bird registration
May 29 - June 29, 2015
Regular registration
June 30 - July 31, 2015
Late registration
August 1 - August 10, 2015 as available
Extended until August 11 11:59pm PT
Not available

Registration fees cover all activities and accommodations from the evening of Friday August 28 through the morning of Monday August 31.  This includes: 3 nights of shared lodging or tent site, 8 meals (with one lobster bake!), shuttles to the camp (if needed), all event sessions and programming (performances, workshops, etc.), swimming, bonfires, ping pong, good conversation, and so much more.


Want to invite a cross-sector/cross-discipline colleague to the convening as our special guest? NET has a limited number of FREE registrations that our members can extend to their collaborators to introduce them to NET and widen our circle. Email with who you'd like to invite and why you'd like to introduce them to NET. Free registrations will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


All children ages 4 and older must register to attend the event; ages 3 and under attend for free.  To register your child for participation select Youth Registration on the registration page.  

Special youth programming will be offered by the camp if at least 6 youth register to attend the gathering.  Programming includes activities like art projects, lake trips, and softball!  Must be at least 6 years of age to participate without parent/guardian supervision.  Youth under 6 may participate with parent/guardian present.  

Youth must be registered by July 24th, 2015!


The NET National Gathering represents an opportunity for NET to hear from the field, and for our members to engage one another in the issues and conversations they’re eager to address. In that spirit, the Gathering will primarily utilize Open Space Technology to organize the sessions.

Open Space Technology is most distinctive for its initial lack of an agenda, which sets the stage for the meeting's participants to create the agenda for themselves. Typically, an "open space" meeting will begin with short introductions by the facilitator. The facilitator introduces the purpose; explains the "self-organizing" process called "open space." Then the group creates the working agenda, as individuals post their issues in bulletin board style. Each individual "convener" of a breakout session takes responsibility for naming the issue, posting it on the bulletin board, attending the session, kicking off the conversation, and taking notes.

At this moment of growth and transition, there will also be pre-programmed sessions for NET to obtain guidance from the membership, including a “hack-a-thon” around ensemble practice. And because this is NET, we’ll also share some performances and host an open-mic night, so come prepared to share.


We are pleased to offer a limited number of travel subsidies to eligible NET members on a first-come, first-served basis to support your attendance the 2015 National Gathering:

  • 1 subsidy per NET member (i.e. 1 per ensemble company)
  • Amount of subsidy requested can be up to $100 for ensemble/affiliate members, and up to $50 for individual/student members, and should be based on actual or estimated round-trip travel expenses to the event location.


To be eligible for a travel subsidy you must meet the following criteria:

  • Current NET member in good standing (at time of request & at time of payment)
  • Located 300+ miles from event site in Fayette, ME             
  • Complete (and pay for) your registration before submitting subsidy request.    
Process for Subsidy Requests & Payments:  
  1. Once you complete & pay for your registration, submit a Travel Subsidy Request Form (travel expenses reported on this form can be estimated) 
  2. NET staff will process your request and let you know within 2-3 business days if we have been able to reserve a confirmed travel stipend for you, and if so, in what amount.             
  3. Once you have your travel receipts, email them to for processing.  Subsidies are awarded as a reimbursement against actual travel expenses; NET must receive travel receipts prior to issuing your subsidy payment.        
  4. NET will issue your travel subsidy check to you onsite in Maine if we receive your travel receipts by August 15;  for travel receipts submitted after this date, we will mail your check to you within 10-14 business days.            


We want to encourage all event participants to be in attendance for the entire event.  

When planning your travel to the Gathering, aim to arrive at Camp Winnebago* sometime after 1pm on Friday afternoon (8/28).  The first airport shuttle trips will begin no earlier than noon on Friday.  The first meal served at the camp will be dinner that evening, so please plan accordingly; the first scheduled activity of the Gathering will begin after dinner.  

Return shuttles to the airport will start after breakfast, around 9:00 AM on Monday morning (8/31).  

Arrival by Air

The closest major airport is Portland International Jetport in Portland, ME.  It is approximately a 90-minute drive from the airport to Camp Winnebago.  NET will send an email to registered attendees closer to the event to collect arrival/departure itineraries and coordinate airport pickups/dropoffs for those who need them. 

Driving Directions

If you are driving to the event we encourage you to carpool!  Feel free to post on our Facebook group page to share if you are driving or are looking for a ride!

When using a GPS, please use the following address: 2222 Main Street, Fayette, ME 04349.  


From New York City: take the New England Thruway (I-95) and Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) to New Haven (47 miles), then go on to I-91  to Hartford (35 miles). [Jump to "At Hartford" bullet below]

From Westchester: take I-684 north 28 miles to I-84 east to Hartford. [Jump to "At Hartford" bullet below]

From Philadelphia, New Jersey and points west and south: cross the Hudson River at the Tappan Zee Bridge and continue east on I-287 to White Plains.  Take I-684 north 28 miles to I-84 east to Hartford.

  • AT HARTFORD go east on Route 15 and I-84 to the Massachusetts Turnpike (42 miles).  Take the Mass. Pike at Sturbridge going east toward Boston (11 miles).  Take the 1st exit (Exit 10  Auburn) and follow I-290 north and east through Worcester (21 miles) to I-495 north (54 miles) to I-95 north. [Jump to last bullet]

From Boston: go north on Route 128 to I-95 North or I-93 to I-95 north, follow I-95 directly to the New Hampshire Turnpike, and then to the Maine Turnpike. [Jump to last bullet]

From Portland Airport: go to the exit of the airport and get on the Maine turnpike heading north.

  • Continue on the Maine Turnpike to Augusta, exit 109.  Follow the exit directing you toward Winthrop (west) and you will be on Route 17 (among other route numbers) going west.  Turn right after about three miles where Route 17 goes off by itself at the main stop light, which is after a large gas station on the right and across from a gas station on the left.  Follow it 13 miles (1 1/2 miles past the Fayette Country Store) to Camp Winnebago.  Entrance is on the right side of the road and the camp sign is on the left.


Please email with any questions!

*Camp Winnebago is the host site for summer retreats by the Irondale Ensemble Project since 1985.

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