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From the Presidents' Corner

January 2015

Wow! Merry and Happy have come and gone already, and 2015 is hard upon us.

There was a great item on the evening news the other night about a neighborhood that has established a “Hope Tree.” During the holiday season, people (neighbors and people passing by) hang tags on the tree listing something they hope for in the next year. The picture of the tree was fabulous— a deciduous tree covered with manila tags instead of leaves. Some of the “hopes” were children hoping for gifts, but a lot of them were far more meaningful, things we can all hope for—peace on earth, reconciliation with family members, healing from disease. In the “lesser” category, what would you hope for? (This is far easier than resolutions!) Spending more time with friends, getting all unfinished projects done, learning new hooking techniques, finding a group to hook with on a regular basis, learning how to dye, attend a camp, read the entire Loop each month, the list could go on for a long time.

So as we barrel forward in 2015, we have a lot of upcoming Guild activities—Retreats 1 and 2, great programs, challenges, camp, the Festival. Please read The Loop. (This Loop and every other one you get. It is filled with news and details you need to know). Do you want a massage at the January Retreat? Read the article on how to sign up. The Retreat, by the way, is totally filled and no more names are being taken. Want to attend Retreat 2? Read the Loop. (Oh, you didn’t know there was going to be a second one? RTL!). Want to make a Tavern Sign rug? RTL—Karl will be teaching us at one of our meetings. Want to attend the January auction? Be sure to read the article so you come on the correct day. See where this is going?

We just want to wish each and every one of you a wonderful, joyous, healthy, and happy 2015.
— Weezie and Therese

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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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