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CarverFest is an annual get together of fellow Carver Sunfire and Phase Linear Audiophiles. CarverFest began in 2007 by Tom Trietz & James Sauter, and has been held every year since, in the Great Smokey Mountains of NC. There were 14 attendees that first year including Tom, James, Ray Campbell, Dave Sauter, Gary Gore and his son, Pam Klevenger, Skip Foley and Tim Hall, Mark Lucas. Help identifying the other four would be appreciated. We hope to be able to add a picture of some of the first group soon.
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  2. Good Day to All, It is only 112 days until the official start of Carverfest 2024. Please be reminded that reservations must be confirmed with Stonewood and deposits paid by June 15. Contact for Reservations Desiree Matlack Office : 828-822-0802 Cell : 252-305-9995 Email : desiree@stonewoodcabins.com Our contact on site for questions about cabins or other issues is Brittany Trussel Cell 828 735 9054 Email : Brittany@stonewoodcabins.com
  3. Hi Ed, Kirk and Russ and spouses planning to attend (cabin 11). Called Chelsea for reservation dates but she was out of the office today. Will update when I hear back from her.
  4. REVISED REVISED REVISED REVISED I have new contact information for this year's reservations. Our contact is Chelsea Hunt for reservations Office Number : 828-822-0802 Cell Number : 828-788-1334 Email : Chelsea@stonewoodcabins.com Our contact on site for questions about cabins or other issues is Brittany Trussel Cell 828 735 9054 Email : Brittany@stonewoodcabins.com Thanks, Ed
  5. This is absolutely wrong. It was a different Steve and I got confused. Thankfully the real SteveK alerted me to my error, and I am correcting. So glad SteveK is still coming.
  6. SteveK has had to back out and will not attend. This opens up a tree house.
  7. We are sorry that we will not be returning this year, lets see what happens in 2025 Flight cost alone 2K for 2 people (used to be less than $800.00), plus car rental, around 10hrs travel time, with the layovers, before we get to Watershed, its 3K, flight cost to Portugal 3.2K business flights for 2 people. Going miss out on the fun. Hope to make it 2025. Brian & Pat.
  8. Good Sunday Morning to all, I have heard from many of you already. Thank you. I would like to pass on that has recently as yesterday Bob and Peggy indicated very positive intentions to attend for 9 days. That is good news. Many of you that have not met Bob should consider and make an effort to attend. The first year you would come because of Bob. After that you return because it is just a great time with great friends. Cabin 6 is still available. It is a three-bedroom cabin and is perfect for a group to share. With three people (or couples) sharing it becomes very affordable. A one-week stay is $2287. Divided three ways is only $109 per night. A 9-night stay kicks into the next discount tier and it drops to $95 per night ($2576 total). Angelo (angelod307) has expressed some interest in 6 and could be trying to put together a group. I don't know how often he visits this site. If you want to connect and he does not respond to a message, reach out to me and I will facilitate a connection. Ed
  9. I had a message that BrianT and Patricia will not be able to attend. I have removed them from the Tree Houses and added SteveK. We are sorry that Brain and Patricia are not going to make it but very glad that SteveK is returning.
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  11. Good morning to all, I have not counted the exact days, but it is less than 6 months until Carverfest 2024. The cabins are pretty full at this point. Ray has decided not to attend for the entire time, so Cabin 6 is available. Ray told me he is still planning to come for a few days and may stay off site. My latest discussion with Bob and Peggy indicates they are still planning to return. I sure hope so! The rates have been finalized. I will post a new version of the calculator in the files section. After no increase last year, there is about a 5% rate increase for this coming fest. Please respond here, call me or otherwise contact me with your intent to exercise your "dibbs" by April 15. Reservations should be made to Stonewood no later than June 15 with deposits made.
  12. We are pretty full at this point, if everyone follows through. I am working on rates with the owners. We did not have an increase last year. The rates were the same for two straight years. My initial conversations are pointing towards about a 5%. I will finalize soon and post a new copy of the calculator. On another note....I spoke to Peggy and Bob Carver a few days ago. She was very adamant that they would be there this year. I hope they follow through.
  13. That is great news. I am very pleased that you are planning a return. I look forward to seeing you again.
  14. Hi, I would like to request a Treehouse for the full 14 days. TIA, Steve
  15. Hi Ed, yes, I do expect to return and thank you for reserving Treehouse C for me. My current expectation is that we will be there for the final weekend, at least, as we were last year. So, likely a Wed 11th through Sunday 18th stay. But, we may stay longer.... all depends on my work schedule. Mark me for those days, and if anyone else is trying to get in, Treehouse C can be available before/after 11-15th. Thanks for all you do to organize this.
  16. Cabin 1 Doug is attending Cabin 2 RobertR has dibbs Cabin 5 Could be available with special arrangements with Tim's group Cabin 6 Available Cabin 7 Jerry and Nikki are attending Cabin 8 Ed and Randi are attending Eric and Lori Ann will join Cabin 9 Martin and Charlie are attending Cabin 10 Harry, Carollee and Mark have dibbs Cabin 11 Kirk and Russ -- Reservation Confirmed with Stonewood Treehouse A Greg and Jenny have requested --- Reservation Confirmed with Stonewood Treehouse B Bob and Carol are attending Treehouse C Kurt Schieding has indicated he is attending Treehouse D SteveK is still attending Loft 1 Tammy is attending Loft 2 Don and Terri are attending Loft 3 Peggy and Bob Carver have dibbs
  17. Please use this thread to request cabins and ask general questions about reservations, etc. I have listed last year's attendee that will have dibbs. Please let me know as soon as possible if you intend to repeat in your cabin.
  18. Carverfest Cabin Reservation Rules and Guidelines The following is an attempt to update and state more simply and succinctly the guidelines going forward. The changes are intended to protect previous attenders but also leave room for newcomers to attend and establish their claim for future years. 1. Members who have rented a cabin the previous year for a stay of at 7 or more nights, of the official 14 Carverfest nights, will have the undisputed right to the same cabin the following year as long as a stay of 7 or more nights is again planned. The intent to exercise this right must be communicated by March 1 of the upcoming year. 2. Generally if a member skips a year, said member will lose their rights under this Rule. Exceptions may be granted for severe health conditions, health concerns or other extreme and unusual circumstances. 3. Members who have rented a cabin the previous year for a stay of at least 7 or more nights, of the official 14 Carverfest nights, will have the right to claim any other cabin that meets any of the following criteria assuming a stay of 7 or more nights is again planned, a. The cabin was empty the previous year b. The cabin was occupied for fewer than 7 nights of the official 14 Carverfest nights the previous year. c. The previous year occupant is moving to another cabin or has declared they will not exercise their rights under Rule 1. 3. In the event Rule 2 applies, precedence will be given on a first request basis. Request must be made in a public post to the Carverfest Reservations thread or communicated to the designated coordinator who will in turn post in the Carverfest Cabin Reservations thread. (added for those that might not have the ability or desire to visit the forum) 4. It is important that we have some rules and guidelines but the over riding intent is to protect members that have stayed for any period of time the previous year. They will have the right to any otherwise unspoken for cabin for the same time period if is not claimed under Rule 1 or Rule 2. In other words a newcomer will not take precedence over a prior year attender under any circumstance. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING THE TREEHOUSES AND LOFTS Music in the Lofts must be kept very low unless all three lofts are occupied by our group. It is our general consensus that the only pecking order that exists is one of common sense. Complete consideration will be given to previous year cabin occupants. Previous occupants will be given sufficient time to state to their intentions to attend again before a cabin is allotted to a newcomer. There have been issues in previous years with loud music in the Treehouses. Going forward the rule concerning systems in the Lofts and Treehouse units will be strictly enforced. Unless all Treehouse units are occupied by our group no music loud enough to be heard in adjacent units will be allowed. The same rule applies to the lofts. Music in the Treehouse rentals must be kept very low unless all four Treehouse units are occupied by our group.
  19. Well, it is time to start thinking about and making plans for Carverfest 2024. This will be the 18th edition of the longest running audio festival event of its kind. Please watch here as I will be posting cabin reservation information, etc, Carverfest 2024 will take place again at Watershed Resort (part of Stonewood Cabins) near Bryson City NC. The event will run officially from Wed September 4th through Wednesday September 18th. You certainly do not have to stay 14 days, many come for a long weekend or only 6 or 7 nights. We get significant discounts that are more attractive the more days you stay. You can actually enjoy these rates from Tues night, September 3rd through the end of September.
  20. I again want to say thanks to all who attended for showing such great hospitality to me and my wife. It was my first time to attend and I truly enjoyed it. Mostly, I enjoyed meeting like-minded folks who love music and high quality audio. Just a super bunch of people, all around. And, the location is great, too. The cabins are very nice, and the Smoky Mountains are great for scenery and adventure activities, and Bryson City is even a nice little town to visit. I'd love to come back again next year to stay a bit longer and bring some of my own gear to show others. Thanks again to all who organized the event and all who made us newbies feel very welcome.
  21. Sorry I could not attend, It has been a while. Thank you Carol for the FB pics.
  22. Well after much anticipation CF23 is quickly coming to an end. The last few groups will be leaving the mountain in the next day or so. By my count, we had a total of 38 attend for some portion of the event. While we have not kept exact records over the years, I think this is the most since perhaps the 275 amp build year. It is certainly the most since covid (2020). We had a bunch of good food. The entire group was hosted for dinner 5 different nights. For the fourth straight year, The Stonewood group hosted a Saturday night party with great BBQ Chicken and Ribs along with live music. It was a great time. One big negative was Bob Carver was not able to make it. We are already hoping that he can attend next year. We had one newcomer and his wife, Kurt and Beth. We are certainly expecting and hoping that they return next year. I would like to invite others that attended to add comments to this thread. Positively stated suggestions for improvement are also welcome. Mark your calendars, CF24 will be September 4 to September 18, 2024.
  23. Guess you mean Cabin 10? If there were a Cabin 20, that really would be different... See you soon, wherever. RR
  24. We are down to about 20 days!!!! It is looking more like Bob may actually make it. Remember, while most of the cabins are spoken for there are several nice reasonably priced hotels close by. We welcome day guests. If you live close by (or not) drop in. The best time if you can only pop in for a day or so is the second weekend, Sept 15-17. The Stonewood Cabin owners throw a very nice party for us Sept 16 evening. Good food and a cover band.
  25. Thank you @jazzman53! We are looking forward to it! I may be bringing some of my DIY speakers with me... (if I can manage to actually get my projects done, lol). And, I would love join you all for some hiking. I'm not fast either :).
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