Esprit 2021 Schedule by Time TEST

 

Click the headings and subheadings below for details, arranged by time.

Sunday May 9

6:00PM

Juan de Fuca : Early Check-in

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Early Check-in

Juan de Fuca, on Sunday May 9 at 6:00PM

Early check-in for attendees who are fully paid and have pictures that were submitted or from last year’s yearbook.

6:30PM

Juan de Fuca : Sunday Evening Ice Breaker

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Sunday Evening Ice Breaker

Juan de Fuca, on Sunday May 9 at 6:30PM

On Sunday evening there will be an icebreaker Cocktail Party for all of the early arrivals at Esprit. Snacks will be provided by Esprit and wine, beer and cocktails will be available from the no-host bar. The party starts early in the evening and is a great time to renew old friendships and see what folks have been up to since the last Esprit.

For first-time attendees this is a fabulous time to meet people and get charged up for the coming week! The party will be held in the Juan de Fuca banquet room.

Years ago, the Icebreaker was held in the patio on the water side of the restaurant. The patio is slightly sunken and has glass all the way around it so that the diners in the restaurant can see the water. The attendees in 2001 promptly named it "The Fishbowl"!

This is the traditional kickoff to the week of Esprit. While this icebreaker is pretty much the same each year, Esprit definitely is not. The week is just getting started and there is a full slate of fun.

Monday May 10

8:00AM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Morning

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Registration OPEN - Morning

Esprit Lobby, on Monday May 10 at 8:00AM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

9:00AM

Hospitality Suite : Hospitality Suite

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Hospitality Suite

Hospitality Suite, on Monday May 10 at 9:00AM

The hospitality suite is normally open from 9 to 5 unless a meeting is scheduled.

Stop by first thing for a morning cup of coffee or tea. Swing back later for light snacks. It’s a good place to rest your feet and meet other attendees.

First timers should attend the Koffee Klatsch in the Peninsula Room, but are welcome to stop by later.

Peninsula : Koffee Klatsch

Alyssa Lee

Koffee Klatsch

Presenter: Alyssa Lee

Peninsula, on Monday May 10 at 9:00AM

A morning get-together for first-time attendees. Come share stories, insights, experiences and feelings with your friends. While you're here, enjoy a morning coffee or tea and catch up on what's coming up today.

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY, PLEASE.

Presenter Info

Alyssa attended her first Esprit in 2001. Among her many duties, she is the Big Sister/Little Sister Liaison in addition to leading the Koffee Klatsch.

SO Lounge : SO Program - Overview and Welcome Message (no session)

Dotti Berry

SO Program - Overview and Welcome Message (no session)

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Monday May 10 at 9:00AM

WELCOME! 2021 Esprit Theme for SO’s and Couples

Details TBA

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications, was “Born to Coach.” This is her 15th year as facilitator of the Esprit SO/Couples Program, working with both Significant Others and Couples.

She is a Consultant, Coach, Trainer/Facilitator & Speaker. She worked on her doctorate in Human Sexuality. She studied with Brian McNaught, called the "Godfather of Gay Sensitivity Training" by the New York Times, at the Thornfield Annual Conference on Sexuality, where she completed a special track on corporate diversity and gay and transgender issues in the workplace. She works passionately for the acceptance and inclusion of the community of transgender, gender diverse, and gender questioning individuals, saying, "Not only should they not be left behind, we must invite them to lead the way and take a place at the head of the table."  During the past year, she and Brian McNaught created live hangouts at www.TalkWithAmerica.com.

Their intention is to:

  • Create a place where we can meet and talk with wisdom, grace, and humor about how we are reclaiming our realities and envisioning our future.
  • Compassionately listen as we engage with people in our lives who have different attitudes and opinions about issues we hold dear.
  • Respond, vs react, as we take actions that reflect the values we hold true
  • Embrace transformational vs adversarial interactions 

Dotti says, “If we really, truly want to hear and understand how our family, friends, or antagonists feel, there are ways to make it easier for them to talk, and for us to listen. What we do at Talk With America has application to what we do at Esprit through the SO/Couples program.”

Dotti coaches SO’s and the expansive spectrum of gender diverse persons one-on-one, and also keynotes and facilitates workshops.  Additionally, she has facilitated groups for SO's and couples at other conferences such as Fantasia Fair, Southern Comfort, and IFGE (International Foundation for Gender Education), in addition to her ongoing work with Esprit.

She developed a patent-pending communications tool called EPIC TAPP™ (Total Assessment Personality Profile) which enables a person to discover their EPIC Code™ in under 90 seconds, and to also better communicate by discovering the EPIC Code™ of others.  Click here now, discover your personal EPIC Code™ , and receive your complimentary report ($75 value).

Dotti has authored various articles, and since 1985, has worked with both youth and adults one-on-one, as well as facilitated seminars and workshops for organizations, universities, corporations, religious institutions and Leadership classes. Sodexho, Info Quest Clinical, the Girl Scouts, NCCJ (National Conference of Community and Justice), the University of Kentucky, Women Out Front, and Soulforce are some of the diverse groups who have secured her services in the areas of executive coaching, personal transformation, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) issues, diversity, team-building, and non-violent process.

Two Women & a Poodle, Dotti Berry, her spouse, Robynne Sapp, and their standard poodle, Rylee Joy, completed a year long journey, www.GayIntoStraightAmerica.com, in 2006, with the intention of engaging hearts and minds, creating authentic connections, and transcending differences that separate us. They traveled throughout the state of Washington in 2012, speaking about the importance of The Freedom to Marry for ALL.  Unfortunately, they lost Rylee Joy April 6, 2016.  Last year they welcomed a new addition to their family…a red standard poodle, Baylee Joy, who attended her first Esprit in 2017 and will return for 2018.

10:00AM

Elks Playfield Courts : Pickleball Beginners Class

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Pickleball Beginners Class

Elks Playfield Courts, on Monday May 10 at 10:00AM

What's pickleball? This fast-moving court sport is rapidly becoming a fad all across the nation! Take a badminton-style court, slightly overgrown ping-pong paddles, two or four maniacal players, throw in a whiffle ball and watch the action start!

Esprit is organizing a tournament with the locals of Port Angeles. We'll have more details as they become available.

12:00PM

Elks Playfield Courts : Pickleball Tournament with PA

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Pickleball Tournament with PA

Elks Playfield Courts, on Monday May 10 at 12:00PM

What's pickleball? This fast-moving court sport is rapidly becoming a fad all across the nation! Take a badminton-style court, slightly overgrown ping-pong paddles, two or four maniacal players, throw in a whiffle ball and watch the action start!

Esprit is organizing a tournament with the locals of Port Angeles. We'll have more details as they become available.

2:30PM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Afternoon

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Registration OPEN - Afternoon

Esprit Lobby, on Monday May 10 at 2:30PM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

6:00PM

Elks Pool Room : Stephanie Avion Chix w Stix Pool Tournament

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Stephanie Avion Chix w Stix Pool Tournament

Elks Pool Room, on Monday May 10 at 6:00PM

Registration: 6pm
Play starts: 7pm

Pool tables have always gone hand in hand with adventure, vice, and women of mystery. Usually it's the men who own the room, but at Esprit things are a bit different.

Imagine a roomful of short-skirted hoochies competing fiercely for the prized title of Esprit Pool Tournament Champion. A 20's gangster moll here, a film noir femme fatale there, and a biker chick over by the bar...drop them all into a small pool hall, and you have the Annual Esprit Pool Tournament.

The Naval Elks Lodge hosts the tournament in their private pool room. There will be no-host bar and food service and assistants to help run the tournament.

This is a friendly tournament and everyone has plenty of opportunities to play regardless of skill level. We will follow the Official Rules of the BCA Pool League (with a few changes to better accommodate recreational play) and contact the pool tournament coordinator, if you have other questions.

Back at the Red Lion, many attendees also enjoy hanging out in the hotel bar which truly becomes one of the hottest and most interesting places in town during the week of Esprit.

The tournament was renamed in 2020/2021 in honour of Stephanie Avion, who served for many years on the Esprit Committee.

 

Tuesday May 11

7:30AM

Victoria, BC : Day trip to Victoria BC and High Tea at the Empress hotel

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Day trip to Victoria BC and High Tea at the Empress hotel

Victoria, BC, on Tuesday May 11 at 7:30AM

Meet in Esprit Lobby at 7:30 am. Passport or Enhanced Drivers License is required. This excursion will cost you about $150 which is NOT included in your Esprit fee.

This year we will again travel to beautiful British Columbia for High Tea and a full day of sightseeing. You will want to wear your finest frock (the Empress has a dress code) and of course a beautiful hat. An extra bag is suggested to carry walking shoes. When we disembark from the Coho ferry we can engage one of Victoria's finest horsedrawn carriages and tour the area. After Tea you can sightsee and shop the wonderful downtown Victoria..

The Empress

The Jewel of the Pacific, The Empress is one of Victoria's highlights. Cresting the city's Inner Harbour, this 460-room hotel was built in the Edwardian style and recently restored to its original grandeur, with antique furniture and luxurious decor. Considered to be the most photographed attraction on Vancouver Island, The Empress was originally designed by Francis Rattenbury, and opened in 1908.

Rising regally on the banks of Victoria's Inner Harbour, the Empress is the symbolic centrepiece of Victoria and conveniently located adjacent to the Convention Centre, Parliament Buildings, Royal British Columbia Museum, shops and local sites. The hotel has long been accustomed to entertaining Hollywood celebrities; Rita Hayworth, Jack Benny, Pat O'Brien, Douglas Fairbanks, Katherine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Tallulah Bankhead, Roger Moore, John Travolta, Barbara Streisand, Harrison Ford and a host of others have passed through its lobby.

In true British tradition, the hotel is famous for its elegant Afternoon Tea - served to over 75,000 visitors annually! Savour tea in the finest tradition, accompanied by berries and Chantilly cream, scones, crumpets, preserves, sandwiches, pastries and tarts, all served with silver service in the main lobby!

Due to increased border security requirements, you WILL REQUIRE at least a PASSPORT or an ENHANCED DRIVERS LICENSE for Customs and Immigration. The Coho Ferry fare is about US$18.50 each way. The Empress High Tea is about C$99. A carriage ride is about C$33.00 per person. We will meet in the Registration Area around 7:30 AM. Note that a small US border entry fee may apply to non-US citizens (see Travel Information, Traveling Across the Border).

In 2004 when the Esprit ladies returned to The Empress after a one year absence, the group was approached at the front door by a sturdy man in a blue blazer and an earphone hanging out of his ear. He inquired "Are you from Emerald City?" and uncertain of his intent, the trip organizer Debra Darling simply answered "yes". He then proceeded to explain how The Empress lamented the ladies' absence the previous year and he escorted the ladies in for a fine afternoon of tea.

Of course, you can simply join the group for the ferry ride to Victoria, spend the day how you like and meet up for the ferry ride back to Port Angeles.

Presenter Info

Stephanie Avion - Trip leader

9:00AM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Morning

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Registration OPEN - Morning

Esprit Lobby, on Tuesday May 11 at 9:00AM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

Hospitality Suite : Hospitality Suite

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Hospitality Suite

Hospitality Suite, on Tuesday May 11 at 9:00AM

The hospitality suite is normally open from 9 to 5 unless a meeting is scheduled.

Stop by first thing for a morning cup of coffee or tea. Swing back later for light snacks. It’s a good place to rest your feet and meet other attendees.

First timers should attend the Koffee Klatsch in the Peninsula Room, but are welcome to stop by later.

Peninsula : Koffee Klatsch

Alyssa Lee

Koffee Klatsch

Presenter: Alyssa Lee

Peninsula, on Tuesday May 11 at 9:00AM

A morning get-together for first-time attendees. Come share stories, insights, experiences and feelings with your friends. While you're here, enjoy a morning coffee or tea and catch up on what's coming up today.

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY, PLEASE.

Presenter Info

Alyssa attended her first Esprit in 2001. Among her many duties, she is the Big Sister/Little Sister Liaison in addition to leading the Koffee Klatsch.

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Tuesday May 11 at 9:00AM

For SO's ONLY. For the Significant Other of the transgender partner, whether you are male, female, or questioning.

Details TBA

Presenter Info

See writeup under "Overview" session

11:30AM

Hotel Lounge : SO Luncheon

Dotti Berry

SO Luncheon

Organizer: Dotti Berry

Hotel Lounge, on Tuesday May 11 at 11:30AM

Luncheon in Hotel Lounge for SOs ONLY.

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

1:30PM

Peninsula : Cross Dressing 101

Suzanne Adams

Cross Dressing 101

Presenter: Suzanne Adams

Peninsula, on Tuesday May 11 at 1:30PM

This is the ideal introduction to cross-dressing for the beginning crossdresser. The class will cover an array of topics in Suzanne's inimitable rapid-fire style. Learn about clothing, sizing, how to discreetly size clothes in the store, basic style advice, recent trends, and more in this popular class.

Presenter Info

Suzanne_Adams has been involved within the TG community since the early 1990's. She has served two years as President of Emerald City in the 1990's and six years as President from 2000 to 2006 and is currently the Secretary of the Board for Emerald City. She was a Facilitator for Pacific Gender Support groups and Treasurer of the parent organization Pacific Gender Institute in 2006 and Vice President of PGI for 2007. Since 2001 she has been Co-Chair and is currently the Chair on the Seattle Chief of Police Advisory Committee for Sexual Minorities. She is also the Seattle Police Firearms Review Board Citizen's Observer, appointed by the Seattle Mayor since 1996. She has served on the Ingersoll Gender Center Board and facilitated groups for 15 years (1993 through 2008). She has been secretary for five Esprit Committee Chairs and is the current Chair of the Esprit committee. Suzanne has been a presenter at Esprit every year since 1993.

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Tuesday May 11 at 1:30PM

For transgender couples (all parties must attend)

Details TBA

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

2:30PM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Afternoon

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Registration OPEN - Afternoon

Esprit Lobby, on Tuesday May 11 at 2:30PM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

3:30PM

Olympic : Basic Self Defense for Women and Those Who Present Themselves as Women

Suzanne Adams

Basic Self Defense for Women and Those Who Present Themselves as Women

Presenter: Suzanne Adams

Olympic, on Tuesday May 11 at 3:30PM

Suzanne has extensive past and current experience in law enforcement. She will teach you about awareness, avoiding risky situations, moving safely through different surroundings, a variety of self-defense moves, and how to handle interactions with the public and the police. Although this is a self defense course, movement is kept to a minimum and "dressing down" is not necessary.

Presenter Info

Suzanne_Adams has been involved within the TG community since the early 1990's. She has served two years as President of Emerald City in the 1990's and six years as President from 2000 to 2006 and is currently the Secretary of the Board for Emerald City. She was a Facilitator for Pacific Gender Support groups and Treasurer of the parent organization Pacific Gender Institute in 2006 and Vice President of PGI for 2007. Since 2001 she has been Co-Chair and is currently the Chair on the Seattle Chief of Police Advisory Committee for Sexual Minorities. She is also the Seattle Police Firearms Review Board Citizen's Observer, appointed by the Seattle Mayor since 1996. She has served on the Ingersoll Gender Center Board and facilitated groups for 15 years (1993 through 2008). She has been secretary for five Esprit Committee Chairs and is the current Chair of the Esprit committee. Suzanne has been a presenter at Esprit every year since 1993

7:00PM

Juan de Fuca : Esprit Ascot Races

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Esprit Ascot Races

Juan de Fuca, on Tuesday May 11 at 7:00PM

The horses are real, the races are real, the fun is real! Only the money is play! Dress up in your fanciest hat - yes, there's a hat contest! (Need inspiration? Try here!)

Hone your betting skills and bring all your horse race savvy - and a healthy appreciation for the whimsical - to the Juan de Fuca Room Tuesday night. You don't have to know anything about horse racing to have a great time! Your lovely and talented hoss boss and mistress of ceremonies Stephanie Mitchell will make sure you stay on track, regardless of what the horses get up to.

Our talented and beautiful decorators, coordinators, runners and counters are all Esprit attendees and all volunteer their time. Would you like to volunteer to help? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator now!

How it works:

We'll have a big screen onto which a series of professionally packaged, actual horse races and steeplechases will be shown (completely new races this year!). Everyone will be provided a starting amount of betting funds. In between races, you'll study the horses, check the odds, watch the horses parade before the race, and place your bets. The races are real, as is the excitement! Assorted prizes will be awarded to the evening's big winners and non-winners alike and there will be special prizes for the most outrageous and glamorous hats!

What to wear:

For fun, we encourage you to dress in the spirit of the Royal Ascot Racecourse. Think "My Fair Lady" and you'll be on the right track.

If you really want to be a stickler for the fashion police, here's how it's done: Ladies wear formal day dress and a hat that covers the crown of the head (since this is an evening event, evening wear is perfectly fine as well). Shoulders and midriff are traditionally covered and hems shouldn't be more than 2" above the knee. Stockings or tights are most proper. The Ascot is timeless and you may pick something stylish from any era.

And in our private ballroom, you don't have to worry about your heels sinking into the turf!

9:00PM

Olympic/Juan de Fuca : Dancing with DJ Icy Aly

Alyssa Lee

Dancing with DJ Icy Aly

Organizer: Alyssa Lee

Olympic/Juan de Fuca, on Tuesday May 11 at 9:00PM

After the running with the horses at the Esprit Ascot it's time to put on your favorite dancing shoes for an evening with Esprit's own DJ Icy Aly. Spinning popular hits from the 80's, 90's and today, she will definitely keep your heels moving with Electronic Dance Music beats, the newest trend in radio and dance clubs across the country.

Wednesday May 12

9:00AM

Dungeness Golf Course, Sequim : Golfing With Sandra

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Golfing With Sandra

Dungeness Golf Course, Sequim, on Wednesday May 12 at 9:00AM

Join Esprit's own Sandra Finlay on Wednesday morning for an enjoyable round of golf at the beautiful Dungeness Golf Club in Sequim. Please note that this is NOT a course for inexperienced golfers!

Sign up in the registration area. Please signup early. Price TBA. Meet at registration desk for 9:15, set-up carpools and leave no later than 9:30. Tee times will start around 10:30. Course dress code and regulations in force. Rental clubs available.

If you have never golfed before this is not a course for you.

Presenter Info

Sandra's 2009 debut at Esprit earned her a blue graduation butterfly. Since 2013 I have supported the Esprit conference as a committee member. My main function at Esprit is raising funds for the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County. I enjoy meeting new people and hearing about their life journey. My vision of Golf: walking in a beautiful park getting fresh air and exercise, enjoying time with friends. If I have a good round that's a bonus!

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Morning

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Registration OPEN - Morning

Esprit Lobby, on Wednesday May 12 at 9:00AM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

Hospitality Suite : Hospitality Suite

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Hospitality Suite

Hospitality Suite, on Wednesday May 12 at 9:00AM

The hospitality suite is normally open from 9 to 5 unless a meeting is scheduled.

Stop by first thing for a morning cup of coffee or tea. Swing back later for light snacks. It’s a good place to rest your feet and meet other attendees.

First timers should attend the Koffee Klatsch in the Peninsula Room, but are welcome to stop by later.

Peninsula : Koffee Klatsch

Alyssa Lee

Koffee Klatsch

Presenter: Alyssa Lee

Peninsula, on Wednesday May 12 at 9:00AM

A morning get-together for first-time attendees. Come share stories, insights, experiences and feelings with your friends. While you're here, enjoy a morning coffee or tea and catch up on what's coming up today.

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY, PLEASE.

Presenter Info

Alyssa attended her first Esprit in 2001. Among her many duties, she is the Big Sister/Little Sister Liaison in addition to leading the Koffee Klatsch.

Rm 151/153 : Clothing Exchange

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Clothing Exchange

Rm 151/153, on Wednesday May 12 at 9:00AM

The FREE Clothing Exchange is a daily feature of Esprit. Bring the clothes you don't wear any more and take whatever you like. A couple of ground rules, please:

  1. Donate ONLY clean clothing in good, wearable condition (no seams ripped, buttons or zippers missing etc.)
  2. HANG UP what you bring on the hangers provided.
  3. HANG UP what you try on but don't take.
  4. Enjoy!

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Wednesday May 12 at 9:00AM

For SO's ONLY. For the Significant Other of the transgender partner, whether you are male, female, or questioning.

Details TBA

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

12:00PM

Back lawn : Croquet on the Lawn

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Croquet on the Lawn

Back lawn, on Wednesday May 12 at 12:00PM

Please note - this is a signup option only so we can gauge interest and numbers.

Join us for a friendly and oh so elegant game of good old-fashioned croquet on the back lawn. How elegant, you say? You finest finery from last night's Ascot Races would not be out of place. If you want to really take it to another level by dressing the part of an English aristocrat in My Fair Lady clothes!

What? You can't play croquet? It's even easier than cricket!

What? You can't play cricket? Okay, how about tee-ball with a ground-level tee!

But really, come and enjoy the fun even if you don't want to dress up!

1:30PM

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Wednesday May 12 at 1:30PM

For transgender couples (all parties must attend)

Details TBA

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

1:32PM

Peninsula : Blue Monday

Karen Williams

Blue Monday

Presenter: Karen Williams

Peninsula, on Wednesday May 12 at 1:32PM

All good things come to an end, even Esprit. After living our dreams for a week, first timers often find "the end" stunningly traumatic. We return to our homes, jobs, loved ones, and closets with a heavy heart, tears, sometimes deep depression. Karen shows first timers (and others) how to duck the worst traumas by treating ourselves well afterwards, staying in contact with friends we meet at Esprit, planning treats to look forward to, and applying bunches of additional ideas gathered over the years from sisters facing their own blue Mondays.

Presenter Info

Karen Williams has been a member of the Emerald City since 1987. She has held numerous positions including president, newsletter editor social chair and vice president. Karen has also been involved with Esprit since its inception in 1990. She has also been involved in transgender class panels at the University of Washington, Highline Community College and Peninsula College since 1992. She lives with her wife in Kirkland, Washington and moves back and forth between her male role and female role as necessary.

2:30PM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Afternoon

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Registration OPEN - Afternoon

Esprit Lobby, on Wednesday May 12 at 2:30PM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

7:30PM

Peninsula : Movie Night

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Movie Night

Peninsula, on Wednesday May 12 at 7:30PM

For your viewing pleasure, Esprit presents Kinky Boots.  Esprit will provide popcorn and a special cartoon pre-feature. This event will be like going to the cinima but without a ticket price or concession stand line!

Thursday May 13

9:00AM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Morning

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Registration OPEN - Morning

Esprit Lobby, on Thursday May 13 at 9:00AM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

Peninsula : Koffee Klatsch

Alyssa Lee

Koffee Klatsch

Presenter: Alyssa Lee

Peninsula, on Thursday May 13 at 9:00AM

A morning get-together for first-time attendees. Come share stories, insights, experiences and feelings with your friends. While you're here, enjoy a morning coffee or tea and catch up on what's coming up today.

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY, PLEASE.

Presenter Info

Alyssa attended her first Esprit in 2001. Among her many duties, she is the Big Sister/Little Sister Liaison in addition to leading the Koffee Klatsch.

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Thursday May 13 at 9:00AM

For SO's ONLY. For the Significant Other of the transgender partner, whether you are male, female, or questioning.

Details TBA

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

11:30AM

Hotel Lounge : Couples Luncheon

Dotti Berry

Couples Luncheon

Organizer: Dotti Berry

Hotel Lounge, on Thursday May 13 at 11:30AM

Couples Luncheon. For transgender couples (all parties are encouraged to attend)

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry

1:30PM

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Thursday May 13 at 1:30PM

For transgender couples (all parties must attend)

Details TBA

 

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

2:00PM

Hospitality Suite : Talent Show Auditions

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Talent Show Auditions

Hospitality Suite, on Thursday May 13 at 2:00PM

The Esprit Talent Show is a fun and popular event for the performers, attendees and general public. This year’s show is being produced by Julia Lauer, technical director.

We welcome any type of act; acts in the past have included live musical performances, karaoke, stand-up comedy, magic, dramatic performance…the list goes on!

We want the show overall to run about 75 minutes, so to ensure as many acts as possible have time on stage we ask that you limit your act to 5 minutes. With this limitation, and allowing for changeover and short bits between acts we hope to have time for 9-11 acts to perform.

If you want to perform, here is a general idea of the production schedule and casting process:

  • First... SIGN UP! A sign-up sheet will be posted in the registration lobby. Tell us who you are, what you want to do, and how to contact you.
  • If your act involves playback of any music or other technical needs, please contact the technical director Julia Lauer by using the contact page as soon as possible and get her your media or special requests. If at all possible, please get Julia your media prior to the auditions.
  • You must attend the auditions from about 2:00-4:00pm Thursday in Room 148/Hollywood Beach hospitality suite. You will have a chance to perform your act and update your biographical information. Keep in mind the room is pretty small compared to the Elks stage, so if your act is a big modern dance piece, you might have to pare it down for the audition!
  • The show will be cast and rehearsal times posted by Thursday evening.
  • Those that are cast will be assigned a 20 minute rehearsal time for Friday afternoon. During this time you will have the chance to rehearse your act a few times, on the Elks stage, and with the sound system so you can get the feel of the stage. Okay, I know what you’re thinking, "20 Minutes to rehearse???!!?!" Keep in mind: Friday afternoon is CRAZY! We will gie you 20 minutes of undivided attention to rehearse, but please be punctual, and ready to go! We have to keep on schedule, or the show staff won't have time to change their clothes for the evening! And we don’t want that to happen!
  • Check in with the show staff before dinner. We need to know everybody's there! Now...relax. Enjoy your dinner. Have fun! You'll need to get ready backstage before dinner ends, especially if you're one of the first acts. Maybe have someone save your dessert!
  • Go out there and break a leg!

General specifications:

The stage is about 30' wide X 12' deep. 4 wireless handheld microphones will be available. Straight or boom stands are available. 6 speaker sound system with stage monitor will be provided. If you need props or furniture beyond a chair or maybe a music stand, you are on your own!

Additional needs:

1 or 2 people to volunteer for backstage coordination/stagehand duty would be awesome! Contact the Talent Show Coordinator or the Volunteer Coordinator if you’d like to help out with the show, but don’t want to be onstage. Wear your most fashionable backstage black! You’ll look all cool talking on a headset! No experience necess

Presenter Info

Julia Lauer was bitten by the theatre bug in high school. After graduating from The Evergreen State College with a degree in Theatre Technology, Stage Management, and Film / Video Production, she (cleverly disguised as her mild-mannered male alter-ego) began a career ranging from Theatre to Special Events, before settling on Audio Visual Production. She is currently employed by a Seattle Audio Visual provider as a Senior Technician.

In 2009, Julia began running audio and assisting in the production of the Esprit Talent Show. In 2012, Julia and Amanda Strong teamed up to co-produce the show, with Amanda hosting and Julia working behind the scenes as Audio Technician and Stage Manager.

Julia looks forward to again producing the Talent Show with Kara Connor, and assisting where she can with other technical issues that arise at Esprit 2020.

3:00PM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Afternoon

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Registration OPEN - Afternoon

Esprit Lobby, on Thursday May 13 at 3:00PM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

5:30PM

Lake Crescent Lodge : The Sheryl Weiller Dinner at Lake Crescent Lodge

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The Sheryl Weiller Dinner at Lake Crescent Lodge

Lake Crescent Lodge, on Thursday May 13 at 5:30PM

Lake Crescent is a beautiful getaway spot. The magnificent lodge on its shores boasts an excellent restaurant in a lovely, natural setting with a menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients carefully prepared. This is a favourite excursion for Esprit attendees on Thursday evening. Watch their 4-minute promo video here. (opens in a new window).

Ordering is from their menu and each diner is responsible for their individual bill. Entrees range from $16-$49.

The dinner is named in honour of the late Sheryl Weiller, a longtime member of the Esprit Planning Committee, in recognition of her many years of service before her retirement in 2016.

Transportation is on your own; carpooling is recommended. It's about a 20-25 minute drive. Meet in Esprit Lobby by 5:30 Thursday evening.

Please be prompt so that the dinner orders can go in and we can be eating together. The dining room staff would like us seated by 6:15. If you wish to walk around and take some pictures prior to dinner, please leave earlier to allow enough time.

Friday May 14

9:00AM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Morning

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Registration OPEN - Morning

Esprit Lobby, on Friday May 14 at 9:00AM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

Hospitality Suite : Hospitality Suite

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Hospitality Suite

Hospitality Suite, on Friday May 14 at 9:00AM

The hospitality suite is normally open from 9 to 5 unless a meeting is scheduled.

Stop by first thing for a morning cup of coffee or tea. Swing back later for light snacks. It’s a good place to rest your feet and meet other attendees.

First timers should attend the Koffee Klatsch in the Peninsula Room, but are welcome to stop by later.

Peninsula : Koffee Klatsch

Alyssa Lee

Koffee Klatsch

Presenter: Alyssa Lee

Peninsula, on Friday May 14 at 9:00AM

A morning get-together for first-time attendees. Come share stories, insights, experiences and feelings with your friends. While you're here, enjoy a morning coffee or tea and catch up on what's coming up today.

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY, PLEASE.

Presenter Info

Alyssa attended her first Esprit in 2001. Among her many duties, she is the Big Sister/Little Sister Liaison in addition to leading the Koffee Klatsch.

Rm 151/153 : Clothing Exchange

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Clothing Exchange

Rm 151/153, on Friday May 14 at 9:00AM

The FREE Clothing Exchange is a daily feature of Esprit. Bring the clothes you don't wear any more and take whatever you like. A couple of ground rules, please:

  1. Donate ONLY clean clothing in good, wearable condition (no seams ripped, buttons or zippers missing etc.)
  2. HANG UP what you bring on the hangers provided.
  3. HANG UP what you try on but don't take.
  4. Enjoy!

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Friday May 14 at 9:00AM

For SO's ONLY. For the Significant Other of the transgender partner, whether you are male, female, or questioning.

Details TBA

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

12:00PM

Olympic/Juan de Fuca : Fashion Show and Luncheon

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Fashion Show and Luncheon

Olympic/Juan de Fuca, on Friday May 14 at 12:00PM

The Fashion Show is another of Esprit's many traditions. Enjoy a lovely lunch while your fellow attendees model everything from sportswear to casual attire to formal evening gowns. You can even sign up to be one of the models!

You don't need to have any modelling experience - just a desire to wear beautiful clothes and look gorgeous!

Make sure you've signed up by Thursay morning in the Esprit Lobby! See more information at the Fashion Show.

2:00PM

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Friday May 14 at 2:00PM

For transgender couples (all parties must attend)

Details TBA

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

2:30PM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Afternoon

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Registration OPEN - Afternoon

Esprit Lobby, on Friday May 14 at 2:30PM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

6:00PM

Elks Ballroom : The World-Famous Esprit Talent Show!

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The World-Famous Esprit Talent Show!

Elks Ballroom, on Friday May 14 at 6:00PM

The Friday Talent Show is our home grown variety show featuring the various talents of Esprit’s attendees. It is the highlight of an evening that begins with cocktails and a full meal served in the Ballroom of the elegant and historic Naval Elks Lodge, a short distance from the Red Lion. Since Esprit 2000, hundreds of attendees have taken to the stage to sing a song, do a skit, maybe some standup comedy or even magic. If you would like to perform, please see the performer guidelines below. We look forward to a fun and entertaining evening for all!

The cocktail hour and dinner are for Esprit attendees only, and then we will open the doors to the general public for the Talent Show at approximately 8:00 pm. A $5.00 donation will be requested at the door, all proceeds will benefit Hospice of Clallam County. There will be a no-host bar serving alcohol, so guests must be 21 years of age. Esprit staff and a local security guard will provide security and screen local guests.

After the talent show you are welcome to linger at the Elks as you ponder the rest of the evening. The transgender band The Nasty Habits will play their edgy 80's dance covers to their throngs of local fans in town at The Metta Room.

Presenter Info

Julia Lauer was bitten by the theatre bug in high school. After graduating from The Evergreen State College with a degree in Theatre Technology, Stage Management, and Film/Video Production, she began a career ranging from Theatre to Special Events, before settling on Audio Visual Production. She is currently employed by a national Audio Visual Integration company as a Senior Technician and Video Engineer.

In 2009, Julia began running audio and assisting in the production of the Esprit Talent Show. In 2012, Julia took a major role in the production of the show; helping to coordinate the Auditions as well as working behind the scenes as Audio Technician and Stage Manager.

Julia looks forward to again producing the Talent Show, and assisting where she can with other technical issues that arise at this year's Esprit.

9:00PM

The Metta Room : The Nasty Habits at The Metta Room

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The Nasty Habits at The Metta Room

The Metta Room, on Friday May 14 at 9:00PM

PLEASE NOTE: This event is NOT included in your Esprit registration, and has its own cover charge. We show it as it will probably be of interest to many Esprit attendees. Cover is normally $10, but only $5 if you show your Esprit badge!

The girls your mother warned you about...and we are definitely not your average girls.
Playing 80's, 90's, punk, glam, and pop covers with edge and energy.
The Habits will play from about 9PM to 1AM.
The Metta Room is located at 132 E Front St, kitty corner from the hotel.

Saturday May 15

9:00AM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN - Morning

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Registration OPEN - Morning

Esprit Lobby, on Saturday May 15 at 9:00AM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN for checkin, badge photos, badge pickup and general inquiries.

Hospitality Suite : Hospitality Suite

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Hospitality Suite

Hospitality Suite, on Saturday May 15 at 9:00AM

The hospitality suite is normally open from 9 to 5 unless a meeting is scheduled.

Stop by first thing for a morning cup of coffee or tea. Swing back later for light snacks. It’s a good place to rest your feet and meet other attendees.

First timers should attend the Koffee Klatsch in the Peninsula Room, but are welcome to stop by later.

Peninsula : Koffee Klatsch

Alyssa Lee

Koffee Klatsch

Presenter: Alyssa Lee

Peninsula, on Saturday May 15 at 9:00AM

A morning get-together for first-time attendees. Come share stories, insights, experiences and feelings with your friends. While you're here, enjoy a morning coffee or tea and catch up on what's coming up today.

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY, PLEASE.

Presenter Info

Alyssa attended her first Esprit in 2001. Among her many duties, she is the Big Sister/Little Sister Liaison in addition to leading the Koffee Klatsch.

Rm 151/153 : Clothing Exchange

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Clothing Exchange

Rm 151/153, on Saturday May 15 at 9:00AM

The FREE Clothing Exchange is a daily feature of Esprit. Bring the clothes you don't wear any more and take whatever you like. A couple of ground rules, please:

  1. Donate ONLY clean clothing in good, wearable condition (no seams ripped, buttons or zippers missing etc.)
  2. HANG UP what you bring on the hangers provided.
  3. HANG UP what you try on but don't take.
  4. Enjoy!

SO Lounge : SO Program - TBA

Dotti Berry

SO Program - TBA

Presenter: Dotti Berry

SO Lounge, on Saturday May 15 at 9:00AM

For transgender couples (all must attend).

Details TBA

Presenter Info

Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform Global Communications. For details, see writeup under "Overview" session.

12:00PM

Olympic/Juan de Fuca : Luncheon and Keynote TBA

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Luncheon and Keynote TBA

Olympic/Juan de Fuca, on Saturday May 15 at 12:00PM

DETAILS TO FOLLOW - watch this space!

2:30PM

Esprit Lobby : Registration OPEN BY APPT ONLY

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Registration OPEN BY APPT ONLY

Esprit Lobby, on Saturday May 15 at 2:30PM

Esprit Registration Desk is OPEN by appointment ONLY. Phone 425-736-4013.

4:00PM

Elks Lodge Room : Graduation Ceremony

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Graduation Ceremony

Elks Lodge Room, on Saturday May 15 at 4:00PM

Your first time at Esprit is a very big step, no less significant than graduation from school. At Esprit Graduation we recognize and honor those who have made this step in a formal ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend Graduation in the Elks Ceremonial Room and welcome their new sisters. First-timers who have been at Esprit since at least Wednesday are eligible to be part of the Stage Ceremony.

We especially encourage Big Sisters and spouses to attend. Spouses can also be first-timers - after all, it's a big step for you too!

6:00PM

Olympic/Juan de Fuca : The Saturday Night Gala!

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The Saturday Night Gala!

Olympic/Juan de Fuca, on Saturday May 15 at 6:00PM

Saturday night is the night we celebrate New Friends, Old Friends and all that has happened during the past week. Where better to enjoy ourselves than the Red Lion Ballroom, transformed into a luxurious banquet room and dance hall!

9:00PM

The Metta Room : The Nasty Habits at The Metta Room

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The Nasty Habits at The Metta Room

The Metta Room, on Saturday May 15 at 9:00PM

PLEASE NOTE: This event is NOT included in your Esprit registration, and has its own cover charge. We show it as it will probably be of interest to many Esprit attendees. Cover is normally $10, but only $5 if you show your Esprit badge!

The girls your mother warned you about...and we are definitely not your average girls.
Playing 80's, 90's, punk, glam, and pop covers with edge and energy.
The Habits will play from about 9PM to 1AM.
The Metta Room is located at 132 E Front St, kitty corner from the hotel.

11:59PM

SO Lounge : Slumber Party

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Slumber Party

SO Lounge, on Saturday May 15 at 11:59PM

The Saturday night slumber party is a longstanding Esprit tradition. The Hospitality Suite begins to fill with ladies in nighties as the Saturday night graduation dinner and party draws to a close. Some snacks and pizza are usually available (as are a lot of leftover beverages that come crawling out of people's rooms). The room is usually filled to capacity and the evening is filled with lively moderated conversation, backrubs and footrubs, and more. A few diehards haul blankets and pillows to the room and stay as late as they can. The slumber party sets aside some time to share your experiences in a warm and respectful setting.

And who knows who else might show up? In 1999, a barbershop quartet was passing through the hotel late at night and stumbled onto the Saturday night slumber party. Doing what any gentlemen would do, they politely greeted the ladies in the hall and then proceeded to serenade the ladies with an impromptu performance.

You're welcome to wear anything in good taste and reason to the party. Some ladies simply pop in after the Saturday night party in their party outfits, chat for a few minutes, and disappear. Some choose to attend the slumber party in makeup; others choose to be comfortable and get cleaned up and dispense with the bra, wig, and other accessories they normally use when dressed. You may wish to lean somewhat to the more practical side if you plan on staying a while. Most of the seating consists of simple upright chairs, the floor, a counter, pillows/blankets, and perhaps a few seats on a sofa. You may be standing up and sitting down and shifting position frequently depending on how crowded the room gets and the activities that are going on. In addition, you may want to wear or bring something (such as a robe) that allows you to comfortably walk the length of the hotel to get back to your room for supplies or blankets.

Sunday May 16

11:00AM

Olympic/Juan de Fuca : Farewell Sunday Brunch

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Farewell Sunday Brunch

Olympic/Juan de Fuca, on Sunday May 16 at 11:00AM

This is the wind-up to Esprit. It's a time for goodbyes, of course, but also for "see you next year!" It's also a great opportunity to reminisce with your friends.

11:45AM

Olympic/Juan de Fuca : Storytime with Ginger

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Storytime with Ginger

Olympic/Juan de Fuca, on Sunday May 16 at 11:45AM

As a great closing to our week together, Ginger Chien entertains us with a story or two. Her tales are always funny, touching and thought-provoking, and her engaging, personal style will captivate you from the outset. Please stay for this special treat and the end of our Farewell Brunch.

Presenter Info

I attended my first Esprit in 1999 and spent subsequent years trying new things. This has included volunteering at the Registration Desk, being a Big Sister, performing in the Talent Show, maintaining the Esprit website for a number of years, serving on the Scholarship Committee, and helping to plan Esprit each year. My main excitement at Esprit is rocking out with The Nasty Habits on the final weekend.

My other interests range from the dark to the sublime. On my shelves you'll find dark, disturbing movies and light-hearted children's books side by side. I love costumes, Play-Doh, and blowing into my dog's mouth to make her lips flap. I'm an open-mic storyteller and my stories about life, love, and being have been presented at professional and technical conferences around the country.

I transitioned in 2011 and am proud to work at AT&T Mobility, a company that has earned top honors from Diversity Inc. and 100% rating from HRC year after year, even against constantly evolving best-in-class measures of transgender benefits. If you're curious about how a best-in-class company carries out diversity policies, take a look here and here.