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From the Presidents' Corner

February 2016

Presidents’ Letter - It seems we have finally received our winter…and in a big way as well! Winter is such a great season for rug hooking and we hope you are accomplishing what you‘d like to as the weeks pass by. It will be spring before we know it, although you wouldn’t think so based on January.

As we look ahead to the last couple of months under our presidency we have some great programs coming up. Of course this month will be Karl and Mary Jo Gimber who will help us to come up with ideas and show us methods for creating our own tavern signs. March is saved for Jan Cole who is going to show us how she marries and marbleizes her fabulous wool. We will have a rug finishing round robin in April which can’t be missed and then what is shaping up to be a wonderful field trip to Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center will take place of our regular May meeting. So, it is against this wonderful program backdrop that we thank Ellen DiClemente for all of her hard work. After two years of being in charge of programs, Ellen will be stepping down after May and we truly thank her for all of the wonderful programs we’ve had!

Please be aware of the changes to our HCRAG website. John Austin, our new webmaster, has been working closely with Karl to improve the member photo gallery as well as photos in general on our website. Read the update on page three of the newsletter. Thanks to the both of them for all that work.

And now, I must confess, that Weezie has written most of these Presidents’ Letters over the past two years…and truth be told, Cindy Boults wrote them when she and I were Co-Presidents. I just don’t write well; creativity does not speak to me through the written word! So, I just wanted to thank both of them for being willing to write this letter each month. It has been greatly appreciated by me (and most likely by you!)

And as we head into the spring months, with all the wonderful activities we have coming up, be thinking about the way you can best serve the Guild. Everyone needs to play a part in order to make it function as smoothly as it does. Stay warm, Therese & Weezie

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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 Therese Shick at etshick@gmail.com

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