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President's Blog

Happy Fall Y’all


October should be a good and busy month. We begin with great fall weather, what a joy it is.
The Waxhaw Autumn Treasures festival is Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10. Richard DiFranco is in charge of that event, but we can use as many as can help. No one is expected to attend the whole thing, but come when you can and stay as long as you can. Richard will appreciate your help, and it will benefit the club.
The Matthews Farmer’s Market has invited us back on the 30th. Keep that date open as it is an opportunity to spread the word about carving. It should be a very pleasant time carving under the tent and spreading the word about our hobby. We will be able to hand out the 2022 Showcase flier as well. Great opportunity.

Happy Autumnal Equinox


The summer heat should be declining, and the autumn colors exploding. This is a great time of the year. A great time to get after those carving projects around the house half done. (You can’t fool me, I know you have as many as I do.)
September is an especially good month to get carving as there are no club events coming up. Wild Acres was a success again this year (see the write-up later in this edition), and the Matthews Farmer’s Market as well. We are looking forward to an even better retreat next August.
October will have us at the Waxhaw Autumn Treasures being held this year on October 9-10, at least that is the plan as of this writing. More details next month.

Happy Dog Days of Summer


Summer is peaking, and carvers are taking vacations. While attendance is down a little, the old guard is returning. Who knows, we may be looking at you next Tuesday for the first time in a long time.
I asked at the picnic, and Bob Gerbe responded to the call. I am pleased to announce that he has joined our board of directors as the Vice President. I have given him the responsibility of arranging experts to come and teach their specialty. He is working on getting Tom Gow to come and teach Cottonwood Bark Carving again. Tom was with us in 2019 at the Wild Acres event. Hopefully Bob can schedule a weekend something this fall.
August 7th will find us at the Matthews Farmers Market for the second time this year. This continues to be an opportunity to share our hobby and art, and recruit new members.

Happy Patriots Month

Summer is in full swing, and the chips are flying. Tuesday carving has seen an increase in attendance over the past few weeks. Some who have been hidden the past year are rejoining the club, and we love having you back.
The summer picnic was fun. You can see some of the photos of projects later in this newsletter. Now we can look forward to an even larger group in December for the Christmas party.
We still have a number of members who haven’t paid their 2021 club dues. If you are one of these, please mail or bring it to the club at your earliest convenience. At $15.00 per year, membership is a bargain.
We introduced the Youth membership division last month, and we have our first youth member. Check out here bio later in this newsletter. We are grateful for new members joining in these uncertain times.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.
I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
Abraham Lincoln

Animated Carving
Neil McGuire, president
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club

Happy Summer Solstice


Ah, summer has arrived. The days are getting warmer and longer. It won’t be long before we will be complaining about the heat! But for now, it is a very pleasant time and I hope everyone is enjoying themselves.
And just in time for summer, the government granted to the citizens the privilege of being in public unmasked. So we are a group that no longer is covered up.
We will have our annual summer picnic this year on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 5:30pm. This year we will be at the Ligon and Cathcart centers, Carmel Presbyterian Church. Please bring a salad and desert. The main dish will be provided by the club. More information will follow in an email. Our other social event, the Christmas party, will be on December 7, 2021. Save the date.

Congratulations David Boone

Congratulations David Boone, Best of Show winner in the 2020 Showcase of Woodcarvers, Charlotte, NC. Bill Johnson Eagle

Congratulations Vic Hood

Congratulations Vic Hood for carving Best of Show Runner Up in the 2020 Showcase of Woodcarvings, Charlotte, NC.

Carve in Charlotte

We meet every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Cathcart Center on the grounds of Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Road Charlotte, NC 28226.

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