October 2018 News & Views
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A Message from the Director
As the leaves start to turn and the groups go down in size, our focus changes from surviving the summer to having a chance to improve the property. We have hired an extra member for the maintenance team and we are preparing to hit the ground running. We had originally thought about re-doing the Cedars baths this winter.That project will be delayed a little for other priorities. John White, the Facilities Director, proposed fixing a lot of the nagging little things that don't get done throughout the busy year, so that is what we will do. Our focus will be the steps into buildings. So many times, all we can do is run a bigger lag bolt when the buildings are occupied. This fall and winter, we will remove the steps completely and replace them with steel braces and Trex treads. This might be the last time we have to work on them for a long while. We will also address wobbly toilets, dripping faucets, slow drains and other annoying things. It should make for a busy time for the Maintenance Department.
We are gearing up for the annual Seabeck Community Halloween. It grows every year. I am still not sure how, because we do not advertise it. Jodie has rounded up more sponsors and everything is on track for another huge event. If you would like to help or just come see the extravaganza, please let me know. Housing is available.
We are opening registration for the Friends of Seabeck Weekend. It will start on Saturday, December 8th with lunch. The Kitsap Historical Society will host A Milltown Christmas on Sunday the 9th at 3 pm. We are scheduling our events around theirs so you won't miss anything. Details are below. I hope you can join us!
The Pines Capital Campaign is nearing another milestone. As of today, the total raised is around $1,175,000! We are sooooo close to being able to ask Foundations for help. We only need around $125,00 to get a $500,000 grant that will lead to even more. I hope to be able to apply by years end. Your support this month would really help make that dream a reality.
Have a great October. I wish you a happy and safe Halloween, and hope yours is a little smaller than ours. I also hope to see you at the Friends Weekend.
Friends of Seabeck Weekend
December 8-10, 2018
We hope you will join us for the 2018 Friends Of Seabeck Weekend. We have concocted a fun event that offers something for everyone. We will start on Saturday, December 8th with lunch. Saturday afternoon features an orientation, decorating work party and Jodie will lead us in a "Paint and Sip Party." We will paint wood Christmas signs to take home or give as a gift, while sampling some wines or other beverages. Mark is going to make a special gourmet dinner and we will end the night watching a Christmas movie with more snacks.
Sunday has a Seabeck update meeting and Mark will direct us is in a chocolate truffle making class. The Milltown Christmas presented by the Kitsap Historical Society is Sunday afternoon. They plan activities like horse drawn carriages, choir concerts, a visit from Santa and the main program in our Dining Room. We will finish the day with a casual reception following the festivities. The weekend concludes with Monday breakfast.
We understand how busy that time of year can be, so we are offering a very flexible registration. You can attend all or part of the weekend. You could depart before or after Milltown Christmas, stay one or two nights. Whatever works for you is fine with us. Our price for the weekend is just $100.00 for one or two nights and all the activities! Milltown Christmas will be an additional charge.They have not set a price, but it usually is in the $40 range.
This is a great chance to spend some time at Seabeck and get a big dose of Christmas cheer. To sign up, just send an email to
or call the office at (360) 830-5010. We hope to see you here!!
Decorating Work Party
Paint & Sip Christmas Signs
Chocolate Truffle Making Class
Don't miss it! Call today and reserve your spot for the weekend.
2018 Seabeck Community
Wednesday, October 31st from 5:00-7:00 PM
This is the biggest, and shortest in-house event at Seabeck every year. It lasts only two hours, but there are around 800 people walking the campus and having fun, playing games and eating in the dining room.
Local businesses sponsor a house, or a spot on the campus, decorate their area for Halloween, and hand out candy to all the trick-or-treaters.
Come join us in the fun. Bring the kids for trick-or-treating, games and goodie bags while you enjoy some hot chili, cornbread and beverages.
Hope to see you there!
How Much Coffee Do We Serve at Seabeck?
We have 24/7 coffee available in the lobby, we deliver coffee services to most groups, and coffee is served on the tables during meals. That's a lot of coffee.
According to our records, last year we brewed 930 pounds of ground coffee for the dining room and coffee services, and 136 gallons of coffee in the lobby of the Inn.
Look Who's at Seabeck When You Are Not!
Seattle Preparatory School
Seattle Prep is a Catholic, Jesuit college preparatory school. We embrace the
Ignatian ideals that God may be found in all things, that each person is sacred and that we are created to serve others in community.
Whether you graduated from Prep 60 years ago or are new to Prep as a freshman parent, we have a shared history and tradition of excellence. In 1891, 137 boys formed the first class at Seattle College High School. Each school day began with Mass, and the young men were expected to master a traditional Jesuit curriculum patterned after the
Ratio Studiorum (
established by the Society of Jesus in 1599
: Latin, Greek, math, literature, science and religion. In order to provide access to Jesuit education, in 1899 Seattle College charged a modest $15 per year in tuition, although costs far exceeded the charge.
Today, both the opportunities and challenges are clear. Seattle Prep's 700 students and more than 9,500 graduates - educated in the 470 year Jesuit tradition and formed within Prep's unique educational vision - strive to transform our city, state, nation and world. And they leave Prep fully equipped to do so.
Every Spring, Seattle Prep's Senior Manresa Retreat it held at Seabeck. This retreat is modeled after the Spiritual Exercises' of St. Ignatius. This retreat helps students appreciate the gifts God has given them and how they can live them out in the world. They bring about 40 participants each year.
The New Pines Campaign
We have a desire to continue to offer our services for many years to come. Seabeck Conference Center is happy to serve people like you, and we invite you to be a part of our legacy. Your donation will help us build a new Pines (ready by Spring 2020) that will be a place for future generations to gather.
All gifts are welcome. Seabeck Conference Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Chuck Kraining at (360) 830-5010 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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