Happy Easter

May the blessing of Easter be with you and your household. He is Risen.
Well, let’s get the disappointment out of the way, the 2021 Showcase of Woodcarvings has been cancelled. The Showcase committee and board met to vote, and such was the result. Although the climate is changing, it was the prudent decision to make. A number of readers made comments on the decision, which you will see later in this newsletter.
On a positive note, the 2022 Showcase of Woodcarvings will be April 2-3, 2022, with setup on the 1st. We will keep the same show theme, Anything Tom Wolfe. I am sure everyone is looking forward to it. I know I am.
The Wildacres Carving Retreat will be held the week of August 23rd. Jim Hiser is first up, and Mitch Cartledge is second. The camp has made many accommodations for the health situation we are in. If you are interested you must get with Rod Gatlin, gatlinrw@gmail.com, as soon as possible.
We have been invited to carve at the Matthews Farmers Market on May 21, 2021 and October 30, 2021. Bill Robinson will need some help with this event. Please contact him if you are available. click to email
The Matthews Alive festival has cancelled all indoor events. Since we carve indoors, we have been cancelled. We have not heard about the Waxhaw festival as yet, so there is still hope for that one.
On another positive note, I reported on a woodcarver that was down in the dumps last month. I am thankful to report that he seems to be back in business. He has resumed carving, sold a couple of commissions and has a few more to carve in the near future. Good for him. So how about you? Tuesday meetings have seen members return. It is good to see things progressing back to semi-normal. So how about it? The governor has upped the number of people inside to 75%, so come and be part of that 75%.
“One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge.
Roy T. Bennett

Audacious Carving
Neil McGuire
Charlotte Woodcarvers President