Fall Conference: Haystack

2016 Haystack Positions:

Haystack Chair:

  1. Carolyn Brown

  2. (carolyn.brown@fivetowns.net)

Haystack Chair Assistant:

  1. Sally Bean (April 2017)


  1. Holly Houston

  2. (holly_houston@yarmouthschools.org)

Registrar Assistant:

  1. Cami Davis


  1. Jen Fox


  1. Stephanie Leonard and Nancy Fitch


  1. Raegan Russell, Lyn Wilder, Deloris White, and Teaya Fitzgerald


  1. Jackie McKeon & Carolyn Brown

Silent Auction:

  1. Snacks:

  2. Matt Johnson


Techno Wizard:


Fall Conference at Haystack Off-Campus Housing Options (based on research done in the summer of 2014.)


(Please note...some options require an extra fee for additional guests):

Boyce's Motel   ($60 -130/night, 11 different kinds of rooms from 1-6)       

        (contact - Barrett Gray)

        PO Box 94 - 44 Main Street

        Stonington ME  04681

        207.367.2421     800.224.2421



        We are open year-round (all of our rooms are heated, I’ve had others over the years who have stayed with me because Haystack does not have heated cabins). Our rates for that weekend start at $60.00 a night and go up to $130.00 for a two-bedroom apartment.  Rates are based on single or double occupancy. We are within walking distance to restaurants including a breakfast next door to us.

Inn at Ferry Landing    ($130-185/night/, 1-4)                                 

        77 Old Ferry Road

        Deer Isle ME  04627




        How exciting to have you holding your conference here on this special island! We will be open; at present our cottage, The Mooring, is booked from Sunday onward but it, along with all four Inn double rooms, is available for September 26-28. Details and photos are on our website, and I am happy to answer any questions not addressed. We are +- 25 minutes from Haystack. 

Inn on the Harbor    ($67-137/night/2 night stay, 1-4 with private/shared bath)  WiFi

        45 Main Street

        Stonnington, ME  04681




        The Inn is open year-round. Any pricing is for single/double occupancy. Additional people are $20 per room, per night. All of our rooms are non-smoking and no pets are allowed.

Little Red House Bed and Bath   ($80/night/2 night stay, 1-2 with shared bath)   WiFi

        (contact - Lou Cooper)

        43 Little Deer Isle Road (Rt 15)

        Little Deer Isle, ME  04650




        As noted, the 2 bedrooms share a bathroom. Lou wanted us to share that his dear wife Sally, passed away last year

Oceanville Cabin Rental    ($75/night)   

        (contact - Steve)

        30 Neals Cove Lane

        Stonington ME 04681




        We provide Stonington Harbor Tours, Sunset Tours and much more. 

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures   (Bunkhouse and tent sites, 10% discount if you mention MAEA)   

        (contact - Captain Bill Baker)

        Old Quarry Ocean Adventures

        130 Settlement Road

        Stonington ME  04681




        We will have our bunkhouse and the tent sites available. If you want to rent the bunkhouse ought to do it sooner than later. Tent and RV sites easier to get. If you are a "group" then we offer a 10% discount. Will you be reserving as a group or individually? Either way you will get the discount.

Pilgrim's Inn    ($139 -200+/night, 13 different kinds of rooms from 1-4 and cottages)    WiFi  

        (contact - Tina Oddleifson)

        20 Main Street

        Deer Isle, ME  04627




        Our rates are seasonal and are reduced from our summer rates.

Greenlaws RV Park   ($22/night for two adults/tent-site, $5 each additional,     10.8 miles from Haystack  

        (contact - Judy)

        PO Box 72

        Stonington ME  04681

        207.367.2928  /  207.367.5049 (off season)

  1. bgreenlawsrvandtenting@gmail.com

  2. greenlawsrvpark.com

        Our campground is small ....  You might also consider that most people who stay at our campground have their own camper, trailer, or tent ...

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

Two Lions B&B   ($75/night for 3 nights, small enough for one, big enough for 5)     8.8 miles from Haystack  

        (contact - Jan Taylor)

        731 North Deer Isle Road (Rte 15)

        Deer Isle, ME 04627


  1. twolionsbb@gmail.com

        Good morning. I would like to participate in your endeavor. I have rooms for at least 4/5 people. Rate is usually $108. for four people - for four nights. I can give you a rate of $75.00 per night for a total of $215. Please contact me by August if you are interested. Thank you for thinking of the Two Lions B & B. (editors note: the rate is based on three nights.....please contact Two Lions if two nights is what you or your group would desire (Fri and Sat night... maybe you go up for Thurs night?)


September 15-17, 2017


From Seed to Leaf

Registration is closed.

Event is full.


Location: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

   89 Haystack School Dr., Deer Isle ME, 04627

Workshop Offerings:

  1. 1.Expanding Your Fiber Universe: Lissa Hunter

  2. 2.Block Printmaking - Balance and Texture: Holly Berry

  3. 3.Exploring the Basics of BronzClay Jewelry Fabrication: Nisa Smiley

  4. 4.Visual Journaling: Sandy Weisman

  5. 5.Making Animal Sculptures with Clay using Enclosed Forms and Additions: Tim Christensen

  6. 6.Bringing Digital Fabrication into your Curriculum ($50 studio fee): Elliot Clapp

  7. 7.Experimental Watercolor Painting: Erica Qualey

  8. 8.Past to Present: Personal Found Object Assemblage Inspired by Shrines, Alters, and Reliquaries: Stephanie Leonard and Suzanne Southworth

Link to Workshop Descriptions and Material Lists CLICK HERE

25 contact hours will be granted and 2.5 CEU's may be available for a $20 fee

Membership must be active for the 2017-2018 year in order to register for our Fall Conference. You need not renew your membership separately, this is included in the registration process.


On-Campus: $295 + Membership Fee for the 2017-2018 year

Off-Campus (Housing on your own): $245 + Membership Fee for the 2017-2018 year

Membership Fees:

$30 Active, $5 Student, $15 Retired, $0 Prior Lifetime Retired Paid, $120 New Lifetime Retired

2014 Haystack images courtesy of Heidi O’Donnell and Charlie Johnson:

MAEA Fall Conference / Haystack 2017

From Seed to Leaf

September 15-17, 2017


9:00-11:30     Registration & Art Vendor Exhibits

12:00-12:45    Lunch

12:45-1:15Haystack orientation

1:15-5:00      Studio time

6:00-7:00      Dinner

7:00-8:30     Presentations, Address and Facilitator Slides

8:45-?       Studio time


7:00-8:00Yoga? (Optional, by donation)

8:00-9:00      Breakfast

9:00-12:00     Studio time

12:00-12:45       Lunch

1:00-1:45     Annual MAEA meeting

2:00-5:00     Studio time

6:00-7:00       Dinner

7:00-8:00     Facilitator slides

8:00-9:00     Silent Auction              

9:00-?       Studio time


7:00-8:00 Yoga? (Optional, by donation)

8:00-9:00     Breakfast

9:00-10:30      Critiques, closure, and clean-up

10:30-10:45      Set up workshop exhibits

10:45-11:15     Meander through exhibits

11:30        Lunch    

12:00         Departure time

(Please make sure your cabin is clean! Sweep the floor and bring trash up to the bins outside the dining hall. Thanks.)

Last year we hosted a mini workshop using Gelli plate. Gelli Arts is offering a 10% discount on all orders over $20. Click the button to go o the site and use code MAEA to receive your discount.