Convention General Information
HOME is an organization dedicated to promoting homeschooling. We welcome all who are homeschooling or are interested in homeschooling to our conventions. Attendees are sure to find encouragement regarding homeschooling and the many approaches to education at home. We hope the Convention will be informative and beneficial to everyone who attends. (The Convention is based upon Christian principles which are often reflected in vendors, speakers, workshops and general sessions.)
Admission to exhibit areas is included as a free benefit with all paid Convention registrations. Exhibit Hall Only passes are available on Thursday from 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Friday from 1:00pm - 4:00pm and Saturday from noon - 3:00pm. The cost of the Exhibit Hall Only Pass is $10/person for both adults & children. No Exceptions concerning the Exhibit Hall Only Pass.
HOME will be recording Convention workshops and general sessions. Recordings will be available at our website soon after the Convention as an added benefit to attendees. Each registered family will receive access to a downloadable recording of all recordable sessions and workshops.
Parents of Preschoolers Program
In an effort to promote homeschooling in Maine, HOME offers free convention admission to families who meet the following criteria:
1. Must have only children of preschool age (aged 6 or under at the time of the convention),
2. Must have never attended a HOME Convention before, AND
3. Must submit a written recommendation from a HOME County or Regional Representative to the HOME Office, along with a completed convention registration form.
Please contact your HOME Regional or County Representative for more information.
Every year I grow more thankful for those who are fighting the good fight on behalf of faith and freedom. As we look at the world through the media, politics, and the cultural norms today, it may be easy to feel like Elijah did when he cried out to God. He felt like he was the only one serving God. The Lord revealed that he was not alone, that in fact, there were thousands others like him.
Since 1990, HOME has offered us an opportunity to come together as homeschoolers. It gives the ability to realize once again that we are not alone, to learn and grow together in a common cause, and to realize that there are those called by God to fight for us in public so we can be free to live our convictions in private.
HOME’s annual convention is a chance for us to show our support of an organization that supports us as homeschoolers in the great state of Maine. When you attend this year’s convention, you will be sowing financially into an organization that has your best interest at heart. Obviously, you will be sowing into your own family through nationally known guest speakers, access to vendors, and building new relationships. You can also have the opportunity to sow into the legacy of homeschooling beyond your own family. By volunteering to help work at the convention, you are helping HOME connect with families. More than just helping an organization during a busy weekend, you can help put a face to an organization that wants to connect personally with families in Maine. Many are considering homeschooling, some are wading through their first year, others are struggling with finances, confidence, or overwhelming circumstances. A volunteer can make the difference. A smile, a helping hand, and caring ear are sometimes all it takes. As the saying goes, people do not care what you know, until they know how much you care. Would you consider helping HOME care for others?
The bottom line is relationships. Getting involved insures you will not remain one, but joined with others of like heart and faith. From set up, to tear down, helping vendors, opening doors, or answering questions, there is something for anyone. Therefore, whether you could spare an hour or a weekend, we would love to hear from you!
See you at the convention!
Chris and Tiffany Wilcoxson
Volunteer Coordinators, HOME
P.S. As a volunteer, who has committed to working a total of 3 hours throughout the convention, you will be allowed to shop early at the Volunteer Sale, which is the kickoff to the Used Curriculum Sale in Augusta on April 21st. The Volunteer Sale is scheduled one hour before the sale is open to the public. YOU will have the first choice of items!
If you are interested in being involved, please contact us We would love to speak to you!
Contact: Chris & Tiffany Wilcoxson, Volunteer Coordinators
Phone: (207) 650-4921 or (207) 650-2920
Those interested in exhibiting at the HOME Convention may apply by contacting Amy Bartlett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-785-2423. Or get the forms and information at the following links: Exhibitor Convention Information 2014 and Exhibitor Application 2014
Samoset Concession Stand: Soups, pizza, hot dogs, chips, cookies, soda, etc. will be available during lunch breaks.
Samoset Restaurants: La Bella Vita Ristorante will offer lunch & dinner from the menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In addition, a cold and hot breakfast buffet will be available on Friday and Saturday.
Rockland Amenities include:
and other restaurants and stores.
The pool will be open according to the rules and the times of the Samoset Resort. There will be NO lifeguard. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children in the pool at all times.
Directions to Samoset Resort
Proceed North on I-95 to Exit 52, Falmouth
From Portland, ME: (90 mins.)
95 North to Falmouth Exit 52 to Route 295 North to Topsham Exit 31 to Rt. 1 North. Turn LEFT on Rt. 90 (Warren) and follow until it reconnects with Rt. 1. Turn RIGHT at this light onto Rt. 1 south. At this point you are 4 miles north of the Samoset. Follow Rt. 1 south, At the fifth light turn LEFT onto Waldo Avenue, you will pass Home Depot on the right and Walmart on the left. (Tim Horton’s is on the right at the fifth light) The Samoset entrance road is ½ mile down Waldo Avenue on the RIGHT.
95 North to Gardiner exit 102. Turn RIGHT onto Rt 126 (Lewiston Rd), follow Rt 126. Turn LEFT on Rt 201 (Maine Ave). Turn RIGHT onto bridge, turn RIGHT onto Water Street. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto Rt 226, continue to follow Rt 226. Turn RIGHT onto Rt 17. Continue to follow Rt 17 Turn LEFT on Rt. 90 (Warren) and follow until it reconnects with Rt. 1. Turn RIGHT at this light onto Rt. 1 south. At this point you are 4 miles north of the Samoset. Follow Rt. 1 south, At the fifth light turn LEFT onto Waldo Avenue, you will pass Home Depot on the right and Walmart on the left. (Tim Horton’s is on the right at the fifth light) The Samoset entrance road is ½ mile down Waldo Avenue on the RIGHT.
From Augusta, ME: (45 mins.)
Route 17 East approx. 41 miles, when Route 17 meets Route 1 turn left (McDonald's on left), onto Route 1 North. 1/3 mile down turn right at the light onto Waldo Avenue (Littlefield Baptist Church) 1/2 mile on Waldo Avenue to the Samoset Resort entrance.
From Bangor, ME: (75 mins.)
Route 1A South to Route 1 South through Belfast and Camden, 7 miles beyond Camden and 1 mile beyond Penobscot Bay Medical Center, turn left onto Warrenton Street just past the Glen Cove Rest Area, 1 mile on Warrenton Street to the Samoset Resort entrance.
Are You the Member of a Local Support Group?
Are you grateful for the vast amounts of time and effort that your support group leader invests in you and the others in the group? Would you like a real great way to show your leader that he/she has your support?
The HOME Annual Convention is a wonderful opportunity for training. Top notch, national speakers, much local talent, an extensive exhibit hall, uplifting music and awesome fellowship—all rolled into one weekend!
Consider, either individually, or as a support group in general, paying for your leader (and their spouse!) to attend. They give so much—give back a little to them! Not only will they benefit, but you will too. It’s a great way to say thank-you.