The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 2 — T A M A R A C K V A L L E Y — BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA Tamarack is great for groups seeking a handcrafting experi- ence in the Beckley, West Virginia, area because a variety of craft workshops are offered year-round. Classes in almost every discipline are available, including jewelry-making, painting, glassblowing and more. The glassblowing class with John Def Meules is popular with small groups. During the class, Def Meules teaches participants the process of glassblowing, including melting and shaping the glass. Then he helps each person create his or her own work of glass art. Amateur glassblowers can make small objects such as a whiskey glass, an ornament, a ring holder and a paperweight. "People admire the lovely things that others create, but they get espe- cially excited to learn the techniques," said Norma Acord-Combs, market- ing and creative education manager for Tamarack. "They seem really happy to make something and take it home and be proud of what they created." Groups visiting Tamarack may also be interested in the "almost heaven breakfast," a buffet breakfast, before heading to their craft workshop. Classes rotate, but if your group is interested in a particular class, check with Tamarack staff when booking to set up a workshop or a demonstra- tion tailored to the interests of your group. W W W.T A M A R A C K W V.C OM 2 Courtesy Tamarack HANDCRAFTED GLASS IS A POPULAR SOUVENIR TO BRING HOME FROM TAMARACK. EXIT 45 I-77/I-64 BECKLEY, WV TAMARACKWV.COM 1.888.262.7225 Stop in and browse handcrafted, West Virginia-made products. Grab a bite of our famous fried green tomato sandwich, or stretch your legs in our beautiful courtyard. Tucked in the hills, yet right off the interstate, Tamarack is here to be the favorite part of your journey. SEE FOR YOURSELF

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