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District Gatherings

Great Lakes District Gathering

 Herbal Living in the Western Reserve

September 9-10, 2022

Hosted by the Western Reserve Herb Society

Registration for the Great Lakes Gathering 2022 is full. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list,
please email Pam Goetsch,
 pamelagoetsch@hotmail.com


Three years of planning have gone into our district’s first in-person gathering since we last met in Pittsburgh in 2018. In the interim we have forged new connections within the district virtually with Herbal Conversations, Toasts and Meetings. We are a resilient group and have certainly turned our COVID lemons into lemonade during this interlude. But now it is time to renew our friendships face to face and to welcome all of the new members of our district to the joys of gathering in person. The members of your district steering committee have created a two-day event full of substantive programing and experiences with plenty of time to socialize and shop. We know that you will leave the gathering stimulated, refreshed and full of wonderful herbal ideas to enhance your lives.

The registration fee is all inclusive - you will enjoy various Friday afternoon tour options, a wine reception and dinner on Friday night, four dynamic herbal presentations, shopping, a raffle, the district business meeting, and lunch, snacks and beverages on Saturday.

To Register by mail: download a printable SCHEDULE and REGISTRATION FORM

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellation requests for this gathering must be in writing and received by the district delegate, Krystal Maxwell, or designated representative (eg, HSA HQ) 30 days before the event to be eligible to receive a 100% refund of registration fees. Cancellations received 14 to 29 days prior to the event are eligible to receive a 50% refund of registration fees. Cancellations received less than 14 days prior to event date are not eligible for refund. For any questions about the event, please contact Pamela Goetsch, (440)346-5880 pamelagoetsch@hotmail.com. For registration support, contact Laura Lee Martin, HSA Executive Director at director@herbsociety.org or (440)256-0514director@herbsociety.org

Hotel Accommodations

The Best Western Plus Lawnfield, 8434 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060.
Discounted rates are as follows:
$119.00, plus tax per room per night for 1-2 people (~$138)
$129.00, plus tax per room per night for 3 people (~$149)
$139.00, plus tax per room per night for 4 people (~$161)
These rates are in effect from two days before the gathering to two days after the gathering and include a complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet, free WiFi in guest rooms, complimentary parking, an onsite exercise room and heated outdoor swimming pool and access to an onsite restaurant and pub. 
To book your reservation call the hotel directly at 440-205-7378 before August 19, 2022 and indicate that you would like The Herb Society of America group rate.
If you would prefer alternative accommodations, hotels in the Mentor area for your consideration include:
Holiday Inn Cleveland Northeast - Mentor 440-951-7333 or 888-465-4329
Cleveland-Mentor Residence Inn 440-392-0800 
Cleveland-Mentor Hampton Inn 440-358-1441
Steele Mansion Inn 440-639-7948

Schedule of Friday Activities

VIEW speaker biography and presentation information

11:45 a.m. -  Gather for the 2 1/2 hour Grand Estate Tour of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303. The tour departs promptly at Noon. Please review the museum guidelines and disability guide on the website before signing up for this tour. There is a café that serves sandwiches, soup, light snacks and beverages that is open from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free parking.

1:00-3:00 p.m. - Guided tours of the Western Reserve Herb Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. Bring your HSA membership card for complimentary Reciprocal Garden Admission. Parking $10 (for two hours). Cafe is open from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and is credit or debit card only. Check out the Cleveland Botanical Garden website for additional things to do during your visit.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Examination of books in HSA’s Rare Book Collection at the Holden Arboretum Library, Holden Arboretum, Corning Visitor Center, 9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH. Bring your HSA membership card for complimentary Reciprocal Garden Admission. Free parking. There is a Grab + Go Café in the Visitor Center for light luncheon items (available while supplies last.) 

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - HSA Headquarters Open House. Visit Vineyard House, 9019 Kirtland Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094, meet the staff and discover all of the
treasures and history contained in this lovely stone house.

3:00 p.m. - Check-In Best Western Plus Lawnfield, 8434 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Registration, Evening Reception and Dinner - Wildwood Cultural Center 7645 Little Mountain Rd., Mentor, OH 44060. The welcome event includes an estate overview, wine reception, and an Italian themed dinner catered by Mama Roberto’s. Menu: Chicken Parmigiana or Eggplant with Tomato Sauce (Veg/Vegan/GF), Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad (G/F Dressing), Garlic Balls. Cake and gluten free pastries for desert.

8:00 p.m. on - Informal Time to Socialize back at the Best Western.

Saturday Schedule
Environmental Learning Center, Lake Metroparks Jordan Creek Park, 7250 Alexander Rd., Concord Twp., OH 44077, 440-256-2118.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration and Set-Up
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Business Meeting - Pamela Goetsch, Lynne Griffin, Krystal Maxwell, Linda Lange
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Impromptu Parties Can Be Such Magical Gatherings! - Beth Shreibman Gehring
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. - Break - Vendors Open, Raffle Tickets
11:15 - 12:15 p.m. - Preserving and Using Your Herbal Harvest Panel Discussion moderated by Marjorie Fow. Panelists include Western Reserve Herb
Society members Lou Ann Hanink, Susan Manual and Paula Rossi.
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch - Vendors Open, Raffle Tickets
Lunch is catered by Cleveland Field Kitchen (Note: Kelli Potts, Owner, was a speaker at the 2014 Wooster District Gathering.) 
  Menu: Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Field Kitchen Salad (herb roasted turkey breast with butter lettuce, red onion and cucumber with garlic aioli on Stone Oven
  sourdough bread served with seasonal greens, pickled raisins, watermelon radishes, toasted almonds and house vinaigrette on the side) OR
  Seasonal Roasted Vegetable Salad (hearty roasted vegetables with carrot “tapenade” and seasonal greens served with a vegan dill dressing on the side)       (Veg/Vegan/G/F) Assorted Beverages, Cookies
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Comparative Antibiotic, Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Four Monarda Species - Vicki Motz, PhD and Linda Young, PhD
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. - Break - Vendors Open, Raffle Tickets. The Vending Area and
Raffle will close at 2:45 p.m.
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. - Drink your Flowers - Floral Elixirs - Nora Egger
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. - Raffle, Closing Comments


RAFFLE Donations Welcome
Consider donating a raffle basket, herbal item or other treat to make the meeting more fun and support the Great Lakes District! 

DOWNLOAD the raffle form HERE


COVID Information
We will be following all federal, state and county health orders and guidance that is in place at the time of the gathering and will make every effort to provide gathering participants with the safest experience possible. We are limiting in-person attendance to 60 so as to be able to afford some social distancing in our indoor meeting and dining venues. Outdoor venues will be available for the Friday afternoon tour options, our Happy Hour on Friday night will be outdoors and you will have the option to take breaks and dine outdoors for lunch on Saturday. KN95 masks and and hand sanitizer will be available at each of our meeting venues. Even if masks are not mandatory for indoor events, we invite participants to wear a mask if they so desire and will collectively respect individual choices.

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