At long last, the registration form for the 2008 Getaway is available for downloading. Print it out, fill it in, and send it back to Dean Clamons, the registrar at the address on the bottom of the form. We made the form two pages this year to make it a little more readable and hopefully, a little less confusing. The Getaway is a weekend of music-making and socializing with folks from the local Washington, DC area and fromall over the world. Note that it?s earlier this year than the past couple of years?the first weekend of October?whichmay mean possibilities for gatherings outdoors.We have 50 rooms with beds in heated (and air-conditioned) buildings. You?ll need to bring bedding, pillows, andtowels. We?ll provide comfortable beds, with bathrooms and hot showers down the hall (with separate men?s andwomen?s facilities in every building). There are lots of bunk beds, and there?s a discount if you?ll accept an upper bunk.You can even bring a tent or an RV (but no hook-ups available). Because the camp charges us, RV or tent campers canget no discount beyond what you?d get for taking an upper bunk.Our public gathering areas and several of the bedroom buildings are handicapped accessible. If you can?t handle anupper bunk, please let us know. We can also handle special dietary needs?let us know in advance. We even have akitchen available to us 24/7 with refrigerator, freezer, and microwave, if you want an in-between meal snack.There is NO SMOKING is allowed in any of the camp buildings. Because it?s a facility run by the Methodist Church,we are asked not to bring any alcohol.We have rates for one, two, or three nights, and one for day-trippers who don?t want to eat. (You MUST register inadvance if you wish to dine!) If you register for two nights, your registration fee covers three meals and a late-nightsnack both days on Saturday and Sunday. A three-night registration gives you an additional night?s lodging and breakfaston Monday morning. One-night registration gives you all meals and snacks on either Saturday or Sunday and, ifyou wish, a bed on either adjacent night. Our rates have gone up a little this year because the camp?s charges to us havegone up. If it?s a problem, don?t worry?the scholarship fund is healthy enough to ask for a price-break if you need it.There are 50 bedrooms in 6 buildings. All bedrooms feature two bunk beds (two upper and two lower) with mattresses (bring your own pillows, bedding, and towels). All bedrooms feature controllable heat, and all accommodations are near good flush plumbing and hot showers (with separate mens and womens bathrooms in each building).We've got five lodges and the "retreat center" building?each lodge contains 8 bedrooms centered around a common lounge, and the retreat center offers 10 bedrooms off of a hall, and a couple of common rooms. All bedrooms contain four beds?two upper bunks and two lower bunks. (There is only one exception?a sextuple with three upper and three lower bunks in the retreat center.) This may provide challenges to our housing arranger, and there are many people who are beyond the age or capabilities of managing their way into and out of an upper bunk, so we're going to ask those who can handle upper bunks to volunteer. We'll even give you a discount. If you cannot handle an upper bunk, or have further special needs, let us know on the registration form. If you wish to bring an RV, you may do so and guarantee your privacy, but there are no hook-ups, and you'll have to pay the same fees as those occupying a room, because that's what the camp charges us.The tentative schedule for the Getaway can be viewed here.