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What is the Academy?
Since 2008 The Lone Star Holidays Academy has set a standard of excellence for holiday events. Every year the Academy runs for multiple days of learning, socializing, sharing, and growing. With dozens of classes held in multiple rooms, every attendee has the opportunity to enhance their holiday knowledge, regardless of experience level.
Each year the Academy went to the next level… the ultimate level! Over the years Lone Star Holidays has partnered with several of the recognized experts in various aspects of our shared hobby. And now we’re ready to do it all again in 2015…
As always, we will be creating classes that will help you develop your skills and give you new ideas for your holiday festivities. Sessions from beginner to advanced level of decorating will be offered. Some favorites will be back this year and some new topics with unique twists will be there to inspire you.
Look around the website and it will give you a great idea of how much fun we all had in the past. Over the coming months you will see information on our classes and other event plans. We have some exciting plans so be sure to keep an eye on things right here at this site. Also be sure to follow our Twitter feed and keep an eye on #2015LSHAcademy for announcements.
From all of us to all of you, we hope to see you at the 2015 edition of the Academy. Happy EVERYTHING!
What is the Academy?
The Academy is an annual gathering of holiday-centric people from all over the country. We come together to share, learn, and socialize with one another and every year things get better and better. Dozens of classes each year, multiple classrooms, unique topics, and passionate instructors create an amazing environment for all of our attendees.
That sounds like an event that takes a lot of work! How does it all come together each year?
Before the current Academy ends there are already plans under way for the following year. As planning progresses we make decisions that directly impact each person who could potentially attend. The total attendee experience is of the utmost importance during the planning of each Academy.
Who does all of the work?
The Academy volunteers give of their time freely to work together and ensure that each and every attendee comes away feeling as if they have learned something and that they have enjoyed their time at the event. They make it look easy, but the fact is that the Academy is a huge undertaking, with logistical nightmares that inevitably happen along the way. Every decision is made with one thought in mind: “How will this impact the attendee experience?
In the end, all of the hard work and late nights make for a great event, one that the planners can be proud of, and that the attendees can remember for years to come. We believe there is no other event like the Academy anywhere else.
Where is the 2015 Academy being held?
The selection of a facility is a key element to a successful event. For every Academy, the planners and Board of Directors begin discussing facilities over a year in advance, considering budgets, services offered, location, and size. The Academy has, and always will, provide multi-room education to allow maximum value for attendees. In order to do this, the location is a critical element to providing a superior experience for you.
In 2015 we are returning to a familiar location: the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas. This is a great facility that hosted the Academy in 2009 and 2010 and works very well for our style of event.
When is the Academy?
The 2015 Academy is being held August 8th and 9th. Schedules will be announced as they become finalized.
How do I register? What does it cost?
That information is being finalized as soon as we have determined the location and dates.
What classes will be offered?
The term “academy” represents the best in education; something higher than the basics and a place where special skills are taught. That was exactly what we strive to achieve: to create the best education event that anyone in the holiday community could find. As we get closer you will see details concerning the different classes that are being created so be sure to check in on this website.
Why did the Academy change locations and dates in 2015?
That’s an interesting story. Please visit this page for information on that topic.
Please send it to us using our Contact Us form. We’ll take a look and get back to you as soon as we can! In addition, you can get more information and learn about different aspects of the holidays at the Lone Star Holidays forums. Click the button on the right for more information.
UPDATE JUNE 12, 2015:
2015 CLASSES ANNOUNCED!
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The term “academy” represents the best in education; something higher than the basics and a place where special skills are taught. That is exactly what we strive to achieve: to create the best educational event that anyone in the holiday community could find.
Every year we ask our attendees to complete an extensive feedback survey to help us make better decisions on every aspect of the Academy. As our membership continues to grow, and to include more individuals from different holiday experience levels, we sometimes recognize the need to modify how we approach the educational aspects of the Academy. We’re never afraid to try something new!
In past years we have had the very best of traditional Christmas classes, a comprehensive DIY educational track presented by the experts in the Do-It-Yourself community, a fully developed offering of Halloween courses (led by the team from 13th Street Morgue), and many other learning opportunities for decorators and holiday enthusiasts. We had over 50 classes at the 2014 Academy and we continue to work hard on developing educational offerings that are informative, useful, and exciting. Over the next several months specific class topics and instructors will be listed as they become finalized. If you are interested in seeing our class offerings for the last 8 years please click here.
Regardless of what you are looking to learn, the Academy is sure to cover your bases.