Since you are reading this, we must assume that the world didn't end at the stroke of midnight on December 31st. Hopefully, everyone still has their computers up and running. Most of all, here's hoping we all still have plenty of food and water and enough money to buy wood and carving tools. I admit that I did take the time to back up my computer files and update my virus protection package before the big night, but I didn't take out all my money, stock pile food and water, install generators or sell my stocks. Of course, since I am writing this before the big day, I can only hope that I am not inserting my foot where only black-eyed peas and hog jowl should be placed.
I am also hoping each of you had a marvelous Christmas with good health and happiness, and that Santa Claus was kind to you. Here's also wishing you the happiest and most productive new year ever. Don't fall for that "New Millennium Next Year" junk. The real Millennium actually started about 4 or more years ago. The actual year 1 was recalculated some time back and found to be closer to the years 4 to 8 B.C. So, since the start of the 2000 years is a mystery, we can only celebrate the change of the 1 to 2 in the date. So I hope you celebrated and are ready to do the Y2K thing. By the way, if you think the Y2K problem was bad, you should have been there for the Y1K problem -- Vikings!
I have rambled enough, so lets get on with the business at hand. We have to select new officers, vote on the new By-Laws, and pay those 2000 dues at the January 5th meeting. So, think about which office you could run for, read the By-Laws that were in the December newsletter, and air out the old check book. Here's looking to see you on the 5th.
JANUARY DISPLAY CASE - Charles Sapp
Interest: Carving in the Round, Wood Spirits, and Chip
Affiliations: St. Charles Area Woodcarvers and National Wood Carvers Association.
Awards: Wonders of Wood novice and intermediate class ribbons
Background: Engineer at Boeing. Wood worker for over thirty years. Started carving about three years ago.
The WOODCARVER’S Night Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas
Arnold was nestled
At the Cultural Arts Center
So Charlotte carved bridges
Twas way long past midnight
Sue’s little mouth
Chic heard the phone ring
Rainy was trying
Charlene had just copied
John’s sense of humor
Bill’s native home
Ray is the sheriff
And Billy---where is he?
Pat, Lu and John
Don Wilson’s really in the chips
The three Sisters, we need them
Russ and Bill’s county fair
The secretary is Charlie,
Barb’s the great woodburner
Rich sells us books and knives
Dee clearly loves her Santa's
Fred Slagle’s little minnies
Our artist, Dorothy, is new
Fern carves with fervor
Tom, and Glenn, and also Jack
If this time you’ve escaped us
So as this old year passes
Recited by Bill Maguire at the
Thanks to both for a wonderful job.
To all who missed this event, I hope you can arrange your schedule and join in on the festivities next year. The food is great and the camaraderie is par excellence.
Merry Christmas 1999
The Christmas party was a great success. The mystery guest that came last year didn't make a showing this time and Walt and Doc (Top Left) were pretty miffed. They didn't seem to mind when the food was served, however. Lu brought out the old Christmas spirit (Bottom Left) with her songs. I thought it was going to be a rough crowd by the looks (Below) that she was getting as she tuned her Casio Banjo, but they had been loosened up by Bill Maguire's rendition of the Woodcarvers Night Before Christmas (printed above). I can't wait to see who she pings with the sequel she promise, or was that a threat.
Saturday carving has been a fun activity for several years. We have had sessions on a variety of projects conducted by volunteer instructors. There were also open carving sessions where you work on any project you like. Either way, Saturday's are great for camaraderie and improving carving skills. The only problem with it was that it was only scheduled from January through March.
The feasibility of having Saturday carving all year met with a favorable response last year and we added several additional sessions through November. Barb Smith has contacted the Art Center for available open Saturdays this year and has succeeded in getting all the Saturdays that follow regular meetings. That is, Saturdays following each Wednesday meeting will be a carving day starting in January and going through November. Note, this may not be the first and third Saturdays. It depends which day the first Wednesday falls on. Saturdays were selected this way to make it easier to remember.
No projects are planned to date. They will be added if there is sufficient interest among the participants. Food has been provided in past sessions, but we normally eat out or order in. That too, will be at the discretion of the participants. This is a fun event and a chance to practice and improve your craft. Come and enjoy.
Upcoming Events and Activities
|January 5||Regular monthly business meeting|
|January 8||Saturday Carving, 9 to 3|
|January 19||Regular carving meeting. No planned project.|
|January 22||Saturday Carving, 9 to 3|