The GALA Board of Directors held a special meeting on Tuesday night, to discuss concerns about the safety of moving forward with the much-anticipated lama event of the year.  In light of the current surge of Covid-19 cases taking place in our country at this time, and after a prolonged discussion about possible safety measures we could put in place, it was eventually decided that we simply could not guarantee the welfare of all participants.

So, for the safety of everyone, the board decided it would be best for all to postpone the conference until next fall, and we are already working with the Double Tree to secure those dates.

Now, this part is VERY IMPORTANT!! If you have already made a room reservation at the hotel, I need each of you to call the Double Tree Hotel yourself to cancel.  There are always a few people that reserve outside the block (, Expedia, etc.). If we ask the hotel to cancel your room for the conference, we have no way of knowing that every room was canceled. When you call, the agent will give you a cancellation number to confirm the room was released and your credit card will not be charged. 804-379-3800.

For those of you that have already registered for the conference, you will be contacted shortly about a full refund of that money.

We are currently having discussions about hosting a series of webinars or other educational opportunities throughout the year, so you could still have a chance to talk with a great camelid vet, or a trainer, or to learn from one of our crafty fiber experts, even if only virtually.

At a time that I was planning to announce how excited I was about the upcoming event, it makes me sick to be writing you this message! I am so sorry we won’t be able to see each other, this year. And worse I am disappointed… I knew this was destined to be one of the best conferences ever! (I know 2022 will be huge).

Stay tuned… we will let you know what we come up with soon!


Steve Silverberg
GALA President

2021 Conference Hotel Reservations

 Click here to book your hotel room 

Our special rate king size bed or 2 double bed rooms
are available for $112 +tax per night.

Or you can call Toll Free: 800-222-Tree (8733)

Let the Agent know you want to book DoubleTree Richmond – Midlothian. Mention the Group Code CDTGAL and that you’re attending the GALA Conference or the Llama Alpaca Conference to receive your discounted Group Rate.

Direct line to Hotel: 804-379-3800

Reservation Cutoff Date: September 20, 2021
To be guaranteed Availability and our Group Rate of $112.00
Reservations MUST be made no later than September 20, 2021.

DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23235
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2021 Conference dates are:
Oct. 21, 2021 to Oct. 24, 2021

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Things to do in Richmond

Boasting an ideal location, just a short drive from downtown Richmond, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian offers easy access to numerous businesses, shops, sports complexes and leisure options. Shop at the many specialty stores in Chesterfield Town Center and discover local craft shops in the quaint village of Midlothian. Visit Westchester Commons – the latest retail experience in the area, offering movies, shops and dining outlets or take the hotel’s free shuttle to the designer stores of Stony Point Fashion Mall. The charming Carytown, a one-street delight full of local vendors and restaurants, is about 10 minutes from the hotel. With close proximity to sports venues such as Greater Richmond Aquatics (GRAP) and River City Sports, numerous wedding sites and an abundance of leisure activities including rock climbing, golf, go-karts and skating, our friendly hotel in Midlothian, VA is the perfect base for an unforgettable family experience.

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