Work Weekends

Work Weekends 2016

The Volunteer Work Weekends were the genius, grass roots program, thought up by former owners Anne LeDuc and Judy Bartella in the early 1980's. It was a way for the Chalfonte to get freshened up for a new season, and for her to finally be offered some rest for the winter. As today, the early volunteers were Plumbers, Painters, Electricians, and Master Gardeners bringing their individual talents to each project. The Volunteer's cleaned and did laundry, hanging curtains and vacuuming, many commenting "I don't do this much at home!" All for the grand old Hotel in a beautiful seaside resort.

Although it is hard work, we all know that it is the food that is the reward: Dot's Fried Chicken, Lucille's potato salad and yeast risen rolls, Linda's homemade yogurt, biscuits and spoon bread.

No season can be complete without the support from those Weekend Warriors, and our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone's hands, strength, perspiration and paint splatter that has been contributed.

Since 2008, the Chalfonte has seen continual (and astonishing) improvements: air conditioning, private bathrooms, new roof, guest room upgrades, plumbing and electrical upgrades, Tito Alvarez, our year round painter, and Walker Taylor, our resident landscaper, combined to make the Chalfonte strong and viable as a summer resort and wedding destination.

2016 Work Weekend Dates

April 29 - May 1
The Chalfonte's first wedding is Saturday May 7, 2016. There will be plenty to do to get ready for the event. Shutters open, awnings up, rocking chairs distributed, guest rooms ready, and flower beds uncovered. We usually have sewing and organizing projects as well.

October 28 - 30
Our last wedding is Saturday October 22, 2016. Therefore, we are closing up the Chalfonte on Halloween weekend again! We will have fun. Closing the hotel is the exact opposite of opening.

We provide 2 nights accommodations in the hotel and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch in exchange for ten hours of labor, six on Saturday and 4 on Sunday. To thank all of our Work Weekenders, and founders Anne LeDuc and Judy Bartella, there will be no registration fee. Participants must be 18 years of age. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER.

TO REGISTER: Send an e-mail to with Work Weekend as the subject
Give us your full name, a telephone contact and an email contact
Indicate which dates you are interested in
If new to the program give additional information of how you can help

We look forward to hearing from you!

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