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Sherry Serafini - Crazy Bag People
A three-day design master class
July 7-9, 2023


November 10-12, 2023
The Groton Inn, Groton, MA

Master Class Description


Crazy Bag People


After the past couple of years, we all deserve to have a fun weekend getting crazy and designing the bag of your dreams with the assistance of our beautiful rock star designer, Sherry Serafini.   


She will help us in creating personalized bead embroidered bags utilizing cork fabrics, suedes, ribbons, and anything else your heart desires. The ultimate playtime!

This workshop is a design-based workshop and does not have a kit and traditional instructions.    You can use items from your stash, or begin collecting items now.


You will also have options you can purchase at the event:

  • Sherry will have a large trunk show with all her goodies 

  • SocialBeadia will have cork and batik fabrics, along with  a number of artist trunk show items.   


Let's all be Crazy Bag People!


COVID-19 Information


Please note: In order to ensure everyone's safety, proof of Covid-19 vaccination along with a signed communicable disease liability waiver, will be required to attend this retreat.  Please review the waiver form below prior to registering.  You may be required to wear a face mask and/or comply with other public health safety requirements in class and in all public places , based upon the State of Massachusetts Covid regulations in place at the time of the event.

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Sherry Serafini

Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt like base.  Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design.  She seldom works from sketches.  Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification.  Some pieces take a year to complete.  Each is unique.

Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years.  She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work.


Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the U.S. and has won numerous awards for excellence in design, including Saul Bell Outstanding Jewelry Design Award, Bead International 2006, People’s Choice Bead Dreams, Runner Up Best in Show Bead Dreams, Kennedy Best of Nationally.  She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines.  Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist and dear friend Heidi Kummli and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini


Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and is owned and worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz,  and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Her beadwork has been seen at fashion week in Milan by the artists who commission her.

General Info

General Information

The retreat costs $700 and includes:

  • Full three-day workshop Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

  • No host Meet the Teacher informal gathering on Thursday night

  • Daily complimentary breakfast for hotel guests only.

  • Catered lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

  • Gather in the evenings to visit with old and new friends during open beading time

  • Bead shop featuring artist trunk shows and other special finds.

  • Private trunk show with Sherry

  • Gifts and door prizes

  • The fee for the retreat does not include transportation, hotel costs, or daily breakfast and dinner.

  • The retreat fee does not include workshop kits or supply items.

Seats are limited, so reserve your place in this exclusive retreat today! Please visit the Registration page to make your retreat reservation and pay the deposit. You will receive an email confirming your registration.    For any questions, please contact Sue Burleigh via e-mail or call 603-583-2579.



Travel by air:

The two closest airports are:

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT). a 36-minute drive to the Groton Inn via rental car or private car service.


Boston Logan International (BOS) - approximately a 50 - 60 minute drive via rental car or private care service

There is no public transportation available from either airport. 

BOS will have the most available flights and potentially lower fares, however, it is a large airport in a metropolitan setting.  Transit time from the airport to the Inn will be totally dependent on the time of day you arrive and the current traffic conditions.

MHT will have fewer flight choices, but you can often find better fares at this airport.  The airport is smaller than BOS but easy to navigate and closer to the inn.  The traffic is typically lighter than from BOS, however, it will depend on the time of day you arrive.




The Groton Inn

Groton, Massachusetts

What was once the oldest inn in the country is now the newest sensation.  Groton Inn is everything you want in a New England getaway: a historic inn abounding in charming details and anchored by a roaring lobby fireplace  If you’re lucky, the temps will allow you to chill in one of the rocking chairs on the hotel’s front porch.

Room Rate - July Session - King  or 2 Queen 

Single Occupancy: $209.00

Double Occupancy: $209.00

Triple Occupancy: $254.00

Quad Occupancy: $299.00

Room Rate - November Session - King  or 2 Queen 

Single Occupancy: $179.00

Double Occupancy: $179.00

Triple Occupancy: $224.00

Quad Occupancy: $269.00

The private reservation page for the July session is or you can call the Inn at (978) 448-6600 to make your reservation (you must call if you will be staying before or after the event dates in order to receive the group rate for all dates). Be sure to ask for the SocialBeadia rate - Group name BEAD23.  The inn has ADA-accessible rooms and an elevator.

The private reservation page for those registered for the November session is:

Attn:  November attendees - The Groton Inn is sold out, so if you haven't made your reservation yet, you can check these other nearby hotels (within a 10 minute drive.  Also call Groton Inn and ask to be placed on the waitlist so that you can stay there if they get a cancelation.  They say they typically get some 1-2 months from the dates you want to stay.

Marriott Courtyard Littleton:

Springhill Suites by Marriott:

Property amenities

  • Free parking

  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)

  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room

  • Free breakfast

  • Bicycle rental

  • Canoeing offsite

  • Car hire

  • Business Center with Internet Access

  • Non-smoking hotel

Room features

  • Allergy-free room

  • Soundproof rooms

  • Air conditioning

  • Desk

  • Housekeeping

  • Refrigerator

  • Cable/satellite TV

  • Bath/shower

  • Accessible rooms available

Cancellation Policy

Event fee:  $700 - includes breakfast and catered lunch daily.

Cancellation penalties: July session - Final Payment due 2/28/2023

  • Before 10/31/2022- $125 (half your deposit)

  • 11/1/2022 - 1/31/2023 - $250 (entire deposit)

  • 2/1/2023 or after -  $700 - (entire amount)

Cancellation penalties: November session - Final Payment due 7/31/2023

  • Before 2/28/2023- $125 (half your deposit)

  • 3/1/2023 - 5/31/2023 - $250 (entire deposit)

  • 6/1/2023 or after -  $700 - (entire amount)

Cancellation by customer:

If you have to cancel your attendance, you will be refunded the amount paid less any applicable cancellation penalties as stated on the event webpage and a $50 processing fee.  Fully paid registered spaces are transferable in the event you are unable to attend at the last minute. We will attempt to find a replacement from our waitlist if one exists.  If someone registers for your spot, we will refund your payment less a $50 processing fee. If no one is available on the waitlist, it is your responsibility to find a replacement for your spot in the retreat in order to have your payment refunded.

We encourage you to obtain Cancellation and/or Travel Insurance. SocialBeadia, LLC, Sue Burleigh, or any of our subsidiaries cannot be held responsible for your cancellation for any reason.

Cancellation by the instructor(s):

In the unlikely event, one or more instructor(s) have to cancel, SocialBeadia reserves the right to provide a replacement instructor of their choice or reschedule the event.  Any refund available will be solely at the discretion of SocialBeadia, LLC.

Cancellation by SocialBeadia:

If SocialBeadia has to cancel the retreat for business or personal reasons other than those stated below, your entire payment will be refunded.  If the event is canceled due to acts of God, war on American soil, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder, curtailment of transportation facilities, or any other situation making it inadvisable, illegal, or impossible to hold the event, no refund will be available.  SocialBeadia strongly recommends you purchase travel/cancellation insurance to cover your costs in case of one of these unforeseeable occurrences.

By signing up for the retreat and making a deposit, you agree to these terms.

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