President’s Message

What a crazy world we are living in at the moment. I hope all of you are staying safe and sheltering in place. Thank goodness we have a great hobby to keep all of us occupied and home during this COVID-19 health emergency. When we are able to meet together again I hope everyone will have some great carvings to share with all of us.
We have a few items and events to look forward to in the future that I would like to share with you. Our first event that is still scheduled to take place is the Matthew’s Farmers Market on May 16th from 8AM to 12PM. Please bring a lawn chair and come to share and promote woodcarving to the public. Enjoy the fellowship with your fellow club members after being isolated for so long. This event will be repeated on October 10 from 8AM-12PM latter in the year. Thanks to Bill Robinson for being in charge of these two outreach events at the Matthew’s Farmers Market.
Everything is on track for Wild Acres which will be held August 17th-23rd this year. If you have ever gotten a chance to go for this carving extravaganza it is a treat. Please see Rod Gatlin’s article about this retreat for all of the details about our instructors and Wild Acres beautiful setting.
On September 5th -7th Matthew’s Alive Festival will be held and we need everyone to participate to support our club for this fun filled weekend. The hours are September 5th 11AM-7:30PM, September 6th 12PM-7:30PM, and September7th 9AM-4PM. Come carve for the day or half a day all weekend long. This is a tremendous opportunity for our club because we receive money that sponsors our two social events during Christmas and for our Summer picnic. We also pass out cards for our February Showcase which is scheduled for February 19th-23rd this year.
Autumn Treasures Festival in Waxhaw is one more way we reach out to the public to promote our club and hobby. It is held the second weekend in October. The hours are Saturday 10AM-6PM and Sunday 12PM-4PM in Waxhaw. Local crafters, entertainment, along with great BBQ make this event one you do not want to miss. The Charlotte Woodcarving Club will have a tent and we will need club members to participate. Thanks goes out to Joe Bomba for heading up this event.
We will remain closed on Tuesdays at the Woodcraft and Carmel Presbyterian Church locations for carving or until the stay at home order is lifted. I leave you with a quote to lighten your spirit:
just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly

Stay safe and hoping we will be together again very soon!

Marcy Chirdon
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club