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Questions about TLCF
1. Is the day structured?
No, working schedule is up to the individual.
2. Can friends or family come to visit?
No. Accommodations cannot be made for family members or friends of applicants.
3. Can my dog come with me?
Except for service dogs, no pets of any kind are allowed in or around the premises. However, please be aware that there are dogs, cats and a multitude of wildlife on the property.
4. Is TH2 wheelchair accessible?
No. TH2 cannot handle wheelchairs at this time.
5. Should I bring food?
TLC provides 3 meals per day; however, if there are special snacks or drinks you like please feel free to bring them with you. Simple special dietary needs and vegetarian alternatives can be arranged in advance.
6. What if I get sick while I am there?
Applicants to TLC should be aware that there are no medical facilities or medical personnel on site. Applicants with special medical needs should contact the Executive Director before applying. A complete full-service hospital is located within driving distance. We do not provide insurance for any medical needs. Please note we are located in the country and ticks and poison ivy are hazards in the area. Additionally, roads and walkways can be icy and slippery in the winter.
7. What about transportation to TLC Foundation?
If you have a car we strongly suggest you bring it. Grant awards cover the costs of your round-trip travel expenses on the Steamship Authority boat, or - if you do not have a car - your round-trip bus transportation from most hubs in New York and New England. If you need transportation while at Tree House 2 we will do our best to provide it.
8. Can I smoke there?
TH2 and the grounds are a smoke-free environment. In addition, law prohibits use, possession or selling of drugs. Alcohol and prescription medications may only be used in a legal and responsible manner during your stay. We do not permit firearms on the property. TLC reserves the right to end a grantee's visit when there is abuse of these rules, which also includes the excessive use of alcohol.
9. When I'm not working are there things to do?
There are great country roads and paths to wander and beaches to walk. We are about four miles from town, where there is a movie theater, coffee shop, library, restaurants, and limited shopping.
10. Will there be other people at TLC Foundation while I'm there?
No, you will be the only grantee unless you are involved in a collaboration project. However, there will be maintenance people from time to time on the property and there will be scheduled visits from our chef and cleaning people. The owner of the property lives next door, but will not always be in residence. Please be aware that TH2 is in a country setting and is fairly isolated.
11. What about clothing?
Plan to bring country clothing appropriate for the season of your visit (i.e, rain gear, boots, walking shoes, layered clothing.) Please also be aware that we are located in a remote, wooded area, and plan to bring bright colored (preferable orange) clothing should you be with us during the fall hunting season.
12. What if I need to meet with a colleague regarding my project?
We provide unlimited local and long distance phone calls from a private line within the Tree House. In addition, grantees have signed up for and used Skype accounts for meeting. If you must meet in-person with a colleague, we require 24-hour advance notice and your colleague/s must be off the grounds by 8 pm.
13. What happens if I need to leave early?
We understand that medical emergencies arise. However, in the event a grantee decides to leave early in a non-emergency situation then the grantee is responsible for their transportation planning and costs and will forfeit any stipend awarded. Grantees must understand that there is significant planning and prepaid costs from cleaning and cooking involved as well as our space being unavailable to another grantee.
14. How can I stay connected with my family while I'm on retreat?
We offer unlimited local and national phone service. In addition, grantees have stayed in contact with their friends and family using Skype. We highly recommend signing up for a Skype account before you come.
15. I like to exercise. What can I do to stay fit while at the Tree House?
There are wonderful walking and running trails around our property and when it's raining or too cold outside we have a treadmill available. We also have a bike with helmet for further excursions. Yoga mats, excerise ball and workout bands are also available.
16. Can I go home for a day or weekend midway through my stay?
We do not allow grantees to come and go from the Foundation during their stay unless an emergency medical situation arises.
Sunset over the pond
Photo by Pam Loring, Fall 2014 Grantee