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From the Presidents' Corner

September 2016

Presidents’ Letter - Welcome to the end of summer - The days right now are ridiculously hot and humid, and I am so thankful for my A/C. My weeds are enormous, my house is a mess, and I am hooking to beat the band.

We had a GREAT camp last week -- I have decided that, for myself anyway, the title of what we did last week was Rug Hooking School, but when we are there it is camp—it is too much fun to call it school. Big THANKS go to Eleanor Dunker and Anndee Byers who have run the school for the last three seasons, and done a wonderful job bringing in new instructors, and leaving their imprint on our experience. We look forward to the excellent job Debbie and Lydia will do for us in the next few years. They are both such capable women. Be sure to read their article on next summer’s offerings.

Speaking of next summer’s event, there will be a special, one-time only, scholarship offered in Teri Dabrowski’s name. Our beloved Teri is no longer hooking, and she asked Weezie to help her sell her frame and her stand. When she was given the money for the items, she handed back $200 for the Guild, and asked that we use it for a scholarship. This scholarship will be a random drawing from the names of those members signed up (at the member by November rate). We are not sure of the date of the drawing—probably late winter, to give everyone time to sort their schedules out.

We have a lot of events being planned for this coming year, so be sure to pay your dues so you don’t miss a thing! There will be three retreats (!), and great monthly meetings. There are also things in the earliest stages of planning, such as a possible hook-in sometime.

Weezie will be back in Iceland in September, so the year-long “design exploration” conversation will not start until October’s meeting. But still bring in your 5” x 5” project (or even just your design) taken from the pattern you were handed at the June meeting. Please also bring your camp rug and anything else you have finished or are working on, to share with us during show and tell.

Wishing you good loops, Weezie, Jan, and Fred

PS At the end of the June meeting, Lynda Kling volunteered to be a Program Co-Chair. One can only be a co-chair if another ‘co’ is found. You won’t be doing this alone—there is lots of help. Please, please, please consider helping out in this capacity. Our meetings are one of the things that make our Guild so great. (Think about what the Guild would be like without them…)

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The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild was founded in April 1977. We currently have over 130 members from nine states. The mission of the Guild is to perpetuate the tradition and art of rug hooking, to encourage creativity, to provide the means for an exchange of ideas and information and to promote educational activities to enhance the interest in rug hooking. Monthly meetings in Flemington, New Jersey offer programs for someone new to rug hooking as well as the seasoned artisan. Members have opportunities to participate in hooking demonstrations, rug exhibits, rug camps and “hook-ins”. A supportive environment is provided for those new to the craft and for those looking to refine their technique. New members are always welcome!

For more information, please contact Weezie Huntington at weezie711@gmail.com or Jan/Fred Cole at jantique@ptd.net

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