Happy Thanksgiving To Your Family

Well, there are no club activities, events or classes this November. How strange is that? We had a successful Waxhaw Autumn Treasures on October 9 and 10. Many people stopped and spoke with us. The last Matthews Farmers Market was the 30th, and all went well there as well.
Looking forward, we will have our annual Christmas banquet on December 7. Again, we will use Carmel Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall. This year we will have the choir from Carmel Christian Academy as our guests and entertainment. They will give us a Christmas program lasting about 20 minutes. I know the director, and am looking forward to the music she has chosen.
Speaking of the Christmas banquet, I would appreciate anyone who has a donation for giveaways. Anything will do; a carving, knife, finishing materials, books, etc. What you donate we will give away to the lucky few.
It is time for our annual elections in January. Nominations will be accepted by Rod Gatlin again this year. Nomination deadline is Dec 28 for the January 4 election.
Covid is on the decline, so, if you can, please join us on Tuesday anytime from 9am to 6pm. We have novice to advanced carvers, young to old, carving everything from bark houses to caricatures to chip carvings and birds. The conversation is inviting as well.
Thanksgiving is one of the three (3) most significant holidays we have, at least as far as I am concerned. (Christmas and Easter being the other two.) Those 102 souls who left the comfort of civilization and sailed to the New World are inspiring. Their arrival was delayed due to weather on route, which caused them to remain on the ship their first winter. Half of them died that winter! They depended upon God and one another to build a society which would grow to what we have today. They suffered, but persevered. I find them amazing and worthy of remembering. So, God may bless you during this Thanksgiving season.
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
H. U. Westermayer

Quixotic Carving
Neil McGuire
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club