Tandem…A Weekend for Two - February 10-12, 2017

Give your Valentine the gift of time!

Tandem A Weekend for 2 at Sandy Cove

A Tandem Couples Weekend Getaway for Two…
time to relax, talk and fall in love all over again.

Couples on pier

Speakers: Travis and Carol Turner from Divine Romance Ministries!

Saturday Night Concert Artist: Phil Keaggy

People don’t fall out of love, they make choices. You can fan the flames, kill with neglect, or douse with water. Love is often a choice rather than a warm and fuzzy feeling. Let this weekend be the breath on a glowing ember!


“Had an awesome weekend at Sandy Cove [for the 4th year in a row] with my best friend in the entire world. Love time time to connect with each other and God and leave the world behind us for a few days!! We have learned a lot and will take it all with us. We will only grow stronger from being here with our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you Sandy Cove for all that you do. Until next year!” Elizabeth, Facebook Review


Schedule subject to change

4:00 pm Registration & Check in
5:30 Dinner
7:30 Session 1
Spaghetti Time
Making it Stick!
9:00 Snack Break

7:30 am Fitness with Cedric
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Session 2
Spaghetti Time
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Session 3
Spaghetti Time
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 Free Time
5:30 Banquet
7:45 Concert
8:30 Snack Break
9:00 Saturday Night
at the Movies

8:30 am Breakfast
10:00 Session 4
Spaghetti Time
Noon Lunch

Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!

What they're saying...

“We have committed to coming yearly to the Tandem Couples Weekend. We consider it our marriage tune-up. Each and every year we grow closer and God always shows up in a big way!” Jamie, Strasburg, PA

“We were able to unplug from our daily routine and be surrounded by peacefulness!” Joanne, Loysville, PA

“God is obviously at work at Sandy Cove!! Wonderful program and music. Content of program was perfect for this weekend.” Jeff, Stevensville, MD

“I already loved my wife but this weekend just made me fall deeply in love with her even more. Thank you.” Mark, Darlington, MD

“Helped my wife and I to be reconnected. Gave good ideas to help our marriage grow stronger.” Bill, Clementon, NJ

“Helped me totally refocus on how to maintain a strong bond with my husband.” Davina, Charlottesville, VA

“Being able to just be together in this environment. To be able to be with others of the same beliefs. We were able to talk and discuss things with each other.” Stephen, Lewes, DE

“This weekend sparked conversation between the two of us. This has helped us understand each other better in different part of our relationship.” Lynette, Deer Park, NY

Special Guests

Travis and Carol Turner

Travis and Carol Turner have been mentoring men and women in the area of marriage relationships since 1992. They are the Founders of Divine Romance Ministries based in Phoenix, Arizona. Travis and Carol, married in 1985, home schooled their two children: Tiffani is a pediatric ICU nurse and a graduate of Arizona State University and Taylor is a world class swimmer who attended the University of Southern California on an athletic scholarship.

Travis is a featured instructor in the Christ Quest Institute, that is being presented in several locations around the country. As a business man, Travis was instrumental in building the largest home inspection firm in Arizona. He also established a thriving real estate business. Travis takes a unique blend of ministry, business and sports experience to inspire leadership in the home, where it begins. Travis was the starting quarterback at the University of Nebraska in 1984-85.

Divine Romance Ministries, Inc. provides Christ-centered mentoring/coaching. Their goal is to strengthen Christian marriages in an effort to eliminate divorce. The focus of their message is a complete and total submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 13:8 tells us that “Love Never Fails”. This is a promise they take literally. They believe that the love of Christ can guide, direct, humble and inspire us to overcome any relationship conflict we encounter.

They know that the principles they teach work, because they have seen them transform their home.

Visit the Turners’ website

Saturday Night Concert Artist
Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy’s mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don’t play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.

Phil’s solo career has spanned more than 40 years, and has included over 60 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, 8 releases with his band, Glass Harp, as well as numerous duets and trio albums. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Phil also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

Born on March 23, 1951 in Youngstown, OH, the ninth of ten children, Phil grew up in a home filled with music. On Phil’s 10th birthday, his brother, Dave returned home with a Sears Silvertone guitar. That’s when the magic began.

Phil spent most of his younger days involved in music, and at the young age of 13, he joined his very first band, the Keytones. He later went on to join such local groups as The Vertices, The Squires, and the Volume Four, who later changed their name to New Hudson Exit.

But it wasn’t until 1970, when Phil’s band Glass Harp (with childhood friend John Sferra on drums, and Dan Pecchio on bass) recorded their self-titled first album, that people really began to take notice of this incredibly gifted guitar player. Glass Harp gained more popularity in the Ohio area, opening for such bands as the Kinks and Yes, and even performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. Over the next few years, they recorded two more albums entitled “Synergy” and “It Makes Me Glad”.

By 1972, Phil saw his life going in a different direction, and made the tough decision to leave Glass Harp and pursue a solo career. His first solo album, “What A Day”, was recorded in just a week’s time during January 1973. He married his sweetheart Bernadette that summer, and the following year, they moved to Upstate New York and joined a Church community called Love Inn.

During his years there, Phil took a break from recording his own music. It wasn’t until three years later in 1976 that Phil would record his second solo album, “Love Broke Thru”, which was soon followed by a string of albums, including the acclaimed instrumental album, “The Master And The Musician”.

With the Christian Music industry really beginning to grow, Phil won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, “The Wind and the Wheat”. Phil’s second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, “Beyond Nature”. Each year from 1998 to 2001, Phil has dominated the “Instrumental Record” category at the Doves, winning for “Invention”, “Acoustic Sketches”, “Majesty and Wonder”, and most recently “Lights of Madrid”. For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers.

These days, Phil Keaggy continues to delight audiences all over the US performing primarily acoustic shows, and occasional concerts with a band. He is aware that God gave him a calling to deliver the Gospel through his music, and for over 40 years, Phil Keaggy has been grateful to do just that, and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.

Visit Phil’s website

Worship Leaders
Jeff and Debbie Vogan

Debbie and Jeff met on his first day on campus at Houghton College. She was recruiting people to audition for a musical outreach group, and he was quick to sign up! They started singing together in that group, and it wasn’t long before they started dating. They got married right out of college and started serving together in part-time church ministry. Debbie is a vocalist and pianist, and she was Jeff’s choir accompanist for eleven years.

Jeff is the former Director of Program Ministries at Sandy Cove from 1997-2003. He is currently Director of Worship at McLean Presbyterian Church, a 2000-member congregation just outside Washington, D.C.. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Houghton College, a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. In addition to his responsibilities at MPC, Jeff enjoys his “musicianary” worship leading opportunities with Mission to the World – having served at Team Berlin’s annual retreat in Germany since 2008, as well as MTW’s 2013 Europe Area Retreat in Spain.

Jeff and his wife, Debbie, have four children.


Tandem Weekend Packages

Overnight Rates are per couple and include two nights lodging, six meals, snacks, program and activities.

Chesapeake Lodge
$498 per couple

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

Looking for a slightly different Retreat? Try our campground!
Log Cabins are open all year.
Log Cabin Rates: $498 per couple

Financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available.

Modest swimsuits are required…baggy trunks for guys, one-piece for girls of all ages!

10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.

This is a Child Free Event. We love babies and children and we know you do too! But “Child Free Events” are your opportunity to be free from some of your normal daily responsibilities. It also provides a distraction free time for everyone to focus on the spiritual purpose of the event. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.