Reminder: [ANN] Camp Smalltalk Oregon 2004

Martin McClure martin at
Mon Jun 21 04:18:08 UTC 2004

Camp Smalltalk Oregon 2004 starts in less than month. We've got a good
bunch of folks signed up so far. We're still accepting registrations.
Some rooms are still available (I think of all types, though the suites
may be all gone). Let me know if you have any questions.

-Martin McClure

The original announcement, slightly updated:

I'm pleased to announce that we will be holding a Camp Smalltalk from
July 18-23 2004 in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon, USA.

The basics:

Camp Smalltalk. Smalltalk enthusiasts spending several days in small
groups collaborating on a number of open-source projects to benefit the
Smalltalk community. All Smalltalk dialects welcome. For more details,

Smalltalk enthusiasts. All experience levels are welcome, from "Using
Smalltalk for more than 20 years" to "Fascinated by Smalltalk, but never
really used it."

Afternoon of Sunday, July 18, through midday Friday, July 23

McMenamins Edgefield
Troutdale, OR, USA

How Much:
The main cost is the lodging and meals package at Edgefield. You're
responsible for getting yourself there. All prices given include room,
meals, gratuities, and tax for all five nights, and are in $US.

Single-occupancy King or Queen or Double Queen room: $600
Single-occupancy King or Queen or Double Queen Suite with bath: $952.50
Double-occupancy King or Queen or Double Queen room: $530 per person
Double-occupancy King or Queen or Double Queen Suite with bath: $787.50
per person

There are very few rooms with two beds -- if you want one of these
rooms register soon.


Facility Details:


McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR, USA
A 15 minute drive east of PDX, the Portland Airport
It's right on the edge of the Portland Metro area, five minutes from the
hiking and waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge. It's easy to reach by
public transit from either PDX or downtown.

General Feel

A private brewpub-based resort at a lovingly and quirkily restored
historic campus of buildings -- lodgings, restaurants, brewpubs,
winery, gardens, movie theatre, and more. Even a little golf
course. Filled inside and out with interesting artwork
( Even a working hot glass studio
on the grounds. Hillside location with views across the Columbia River.

Work Room

We'll be in the main ballroom, which is generously sized (36x68 feet,
11x20m), on the second floor of the main lodge, with many windows on
three sides and a huge mural on the walls.
The view is away from the river.

Sleeping Rooms

Mostly European-style rooms, with private baths down the hall. Some
suites with bath are available at a higher rate (see above). Most
rooms have one bed. A few two-bed rooms are available -- send in a
deposit soon if you want one of these.


Meals are included with room. If we eat in fairly small groups in their
restaurants, they'll give us vouchers good for up to a specified amount
for each meal. The Black Rabbit Restaurant
( is very good, and the Power
Station Pub ( also has good stuff.
Voucher amounts will be $10.50 for breakfast, $16.95 for
lunch, $26.25 for supper.


On-site: Golf, evening movies, wandering around looking at interesting
stuff (brewery, winery, distillery, artwork).

Fairly short drive: The Columbia River Gorge
(, with hikes and viewpoints
for amazing waterfalls and volcanic cores, Bonneville Dam, mountain
viewpoints and more hikes. About the same distance to downtown Portland.

Longer drive: Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, boardsailing or kitesailing
on the Columbia, etc., etc.


To register, print out the registration form available at
and send it with your deposit to:
    Martin McClure
    GemStone Systems
    1260 NW Waterhouse Ave, Suite 200
    Beaverton, OR 97006  USA

For details, check the FAQ below, or the latest info at


Can I pay by credit card or purchase order?

Unfortunately, no.

We are using Edgefield's special "midweek retreat" package, so they
cannot accept payment directly from individual participants. We must
make lump payments, so an individual is coordinating the payments.

When will the remainder of the payment be due?

Final payment must be received by July 12. Again, check or money order
in US$.

What if I can't make a commitment now, but I decide later that I can

We will have a reserved block of sleeping rooms for only the deposits
received by of March 5. Some rooms will probably be available until
sometime in May or June.

Check for the latest on room availability
and how to send a deposit.

Is my deposit refundable?

If you have to cancel, we will try to transfer your registration
to someone who registers later. If that is possible,
you'll get your deposit back. If not, you will not get your money

Can I participate in the Camp Smalltalk sessions without staying at

Yes, provided we have enough people in paid sleeping rooms. (Which
we now do.)

If you are not staying at Edgefield, you can still buy meals at the
Edgefield restaurant or pub.

If you plan to attend but not stay at Edgefield, please send email to

What if I have more questions?

Get the latest info at
Email mailto:martin.mcclure at

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