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St. James Cathedral Women's Retreat

March 14-16, 2014

"The Linage of Jesus"

Private: $233 Double: $155 Quad: $131 R.V. or Day Use: $97 Saturday with Lunch: $25

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11th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

St. Francis of Assisi Outdoor Chapel at ECCO

Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 6:30 a.m.

Breakfast follows service - $12 per person

Reservations required for breakfast
No reservations required for Easter Sunrise Service

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Opera Class

Opera at Oakhurst

April 11-14, 2014
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Carmen and the Consequences

One of the most interesting sensations in operatic history occurred on March 3, 1875, when Bizet’s much-anticipated opera Carmen received its first performance, at the Opéra Comique in Paris. The first act was well received by the audience, but after that things went downhill fast; people left in droves during the intermissions. Those critics who stayed to the end were largely appalled at what they had seen and heard. The fiasco of the opening night did not, however, signal failure for Bizet’s opera. Far from it. Carmen quickly went on to become an international hit.

This weekend will examine the ambivalent treatment of the theme of sexuality in European opera of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to Carmen, we will consider other French operas, such as Massenet’s Manon (1884), Werther (1892) and Thaïs (1894), and  Charpentier’s Luise (1900). We will also discuss key works of Italian verismo, such as Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (1890) and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (1892), as well as Puccini’s Manon Lescaut ­(1893), La rondine (1917) and Il tabarro (1918). In addition we will look at lesser known verismo masterpieces such as Cilea’s L’arlesiana (1897) and Zandonai’s Francesco da Rimini (1914). The disruptive forces of sexuality are also a central theme of many of post-Wagnerian operas, such as Richard Strauss’s Salome (1905) and Elektra (1909) and D’Albert’s Tiefland (1903), not to mention Janacek’s luminous masterpiece, Jenůfa (1904). These works will also be part of our discussion.

Opera has frequently been thought of as a form that prefers to engage with the past rather than the present and encourages perspectives on life from a “traditional” point of view. This specific case has shown that opera can be as profoundly engaged with the present and with the worrying questions that modern life brings with it as other art forms are. Join us for a weekend of exciting discussion as we explore Carmen and the consequences.

This year the program has been shortened. If you wish to lengthen your stay at ECCO by arriving a day early or staying a day later, you may add that to your registration. Additional nights in a private room is $86/person, per night. Double rooms are $43/person, per night.

3 nights, 9 meals

$569.00 per person
Double occupancy

$699.00 per person
Single occupancy (limited availability)

$439.00 per person
Commuter (includes everything but lodging)

$539.00 per person
Triple or quad occupancy

Current college student rate
$419.00 per person Triple, quad, or dorm occupancy


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Spring Clergy Conference
April 28-30, 2014

The conference will be led by  The Rev. Jack Gabig, Ph.D

Conference Theme: Creating a Culture of Discipleship

Retreat begins with registration at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. on Monday
and closes after Breakfast on Wednesday.

Per person pricing for 2 nights, 5 meals if registered before April 14th:
Double & Quad $99 Day Use $66
Private rooms are available on a case by case basis at the rate of $189

Any registrations received after April 14th will pay full price.

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Mothers Day Brunch

May 11, 2014
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Treat Mom to delicious brunch at ECCO.
Brunch will be served buffet style and will include-

Eggs Benedict or Spinach Florentine
Scrambled Eggs
Hickory Smoked Bacon
Country Style Diced Potatoes

Fresh Seasonal Fruit and
Fresh Baked Scones, Muffins and Cinnamon Rolls

Beverages also included- Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea and Orange Juice

$15 per person
Reserve a table of 8 for the price of 7 
Raffle Items

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Nordstrom/Peterson et. al. 2014 Family Reunion

June 30 - July 4, 2014

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Gerard Family Camp 2014

July 6-12, 2014

A gathering of people of all ages for a week of fellowship, rest and refreshment, fun and games, as well as an opportunity to pray together, learn together and grow together.

Sunday afternoon, July 6th through the following Saturday, July 12th after breakfast.

Lodging & Meals:  Price includes 6 nights lodging and 17 meals:
(Dinner-Sunday evening through breakfast on Sunday) No charge for children 4 and under.

Per Person Fee       
Lodge Room : $394.00                    
Dormitory: $394.00                    
R.V. : $304.00     


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St. James Cathedral Men's Retreat

August 15-17, 2014

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Clergy Wives Retreat

October 3-5, 2014

Private: $248  Double: $170  Quad: $158  R.V. or Day Use: $112

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Thanksgiving at ECCO
November 26-28, 2014

Thanksgiving at ECCO, an annual tradition.  Imagine how wonderful Thanksgiving can be when you can relax with old and new friends, eat delicious food, enjoy the beauty of our surroundings, and no dishes to wash!  Thanksgiving festivities begin with an optional Holy Eucharist from 11:00 to 12:00, followed by appetizers, and then dinner at 1:00. p.m. Spend a quiet afternoon visiting, playing games and relaxing.  For those choosing to spend the night, a new tradition is the ringing of the bells, a fun and entertaining event.  Consider an optional stay over that evening with departure on Friday morning after breakfast. Join us; it's fun!

Per person pricing:
Thanksgiving dinner:  $29.00 for adults, $14.50 for children ages 4 to 11 
Package 1: Thanksgiving dinner, evening snacks, Thursday night lodging and Friday breakfast:  
Single:  $122    Double: $81   Quad:  $75   Children 4 to 11: $36.50

Package 2: Wednesday and Thursday nights lodging, Thanksgiving dinner, evening snacks, Friday breakfast:  
Single $212  Double $130   Quad: $118  Children 4 to 11 $57

Please submit reservations by November 13, 2014.

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New Year's at ECCO
December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015

ECCO - A Sensible Celebration for New Year's.

Have you wanted to do something fun for New Year's but not wanted to risk being on the road? Ecco wants you to Stay and Play with us. Music, Games, Dancing and Socializing.

Begin your evening with yummy appetizers and a chance to get acquainted. Then enjoy a dinner of your choice of Prime Rib or Lemon Herb Salmon with roasted red potatoes, steam vegetable medley, fresh baked rolls and your choice of fresh baked pie all served from our buffet line.

After dinner: an evening of games and music provided by DJ for your dancing or listening pleasure. Ring in the New Year on New York time at 9:00 pm and then dance and play the night away knowing your comfortable lodge room is steps away.

Complete your stay with a delicious Sunday Brunch.

New Year's Eve
Social Hour 6:30 pm | Dinner 7:00 pm | New York Midnight Toast 9:00 pm

New Year's Day: 
Brunch 10:00 am and late check-out at 12:00 pm


Includes New Year's Eve Celebration, Social, Dinner and Festivities, Sunday Brunch. Prices are per person. Prices listed below is what you pay, there are no additional charges.

  • Single Occupancy (Private Lodge Room) $99.00
  • Double Occupancy (Two per Lodge Room) $77.00

Get your friends together and reserve a table for 8. Reservation deadline is December 17th.

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ECCO shuttle service is available from Fresno to ECCO and back on opening and closing dates of Road Scholar and ECCO programs at a cost of $75.00 one-way or $150.00 round-trip, per person. Advance reservations with payment are required. Please complete the form, indicating the program date. An ECCO staff member will contact you to confirm your reservations and establish the pickup time and place.

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