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Joy Bedsole, Alabama
(Scheduling, Agenda, and Webmaster)

Sue D'Antonio, Florida
(Vendor, CFO, Everything Else and the Complaint Department)

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Set-up and some earlybird activities on Thursday, May 28

Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds
441 Sequoyah Trail
Cherokee, NC
 (right beside the Museum of the Cherokee Indian)
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Tribal Liaison:  Darlene Whitetree (NC)
Vendor Coordinator:  Harlan Groover (GA)
Class Registration:  Marcia White (FL)
Auction:  Sue D'Antonio (FL)
Raffle:  Doris Trombley (NC)
Name Badge Contest:  Mike & Michelle Thompson (MS)
Theme Gourd Contest:  Jeannine Thames (KY) & Susan Byra (MS)
Silent Auction:  
Journal of Tutorials:  Sandy Jordan (FL)
Swapportunity Items:  Harlan & Elly Groover (GA)
Group Instrument Making Project:
Batt Battstone (IN/OH) and Bobby D'Antonio (FL)
Electrical:  Chuck Trombley
Creation Station:  Sarah Kemp & Michael Winchester (LA)
Photographer:  Char Suda (NC) & Becky Benton (FL)
Gourd Art Exchange:  Becky Benton (FL) & Kyle Rowland (MD)
50/50 Split-the-Pot Raffle - Georgie Ellwood (MD)

Food Service will be provided by
the folks at
Creek Hollow Farms
No dogs are allowed on the Fair Grounds (except Service Dogs)
Classes are outside (under cover of roof or canopies)
Be prepared by packing clothing you can layer
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13th Annual
Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering

"Paws for Gourds"

May 29 - 31, 2015
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About the Gathering
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contact:  Sue D'Antonio
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Wait a minute . . . that was last year’s theme, Gourds of Oz. But you can see where I might get them mixed up with this year’s theme: Paws for Gourds!

Wikipedia states, “A paw is the soft foot of a mammal, generally a quadruped, that has claws or nails.”
So let’s consider animals with paws. Of course, the first ones we usually think of are our domesticated four-legged furry family members, cats and dogs, which come in many breeds, shapes, sizes, and personalities.

But keep in mind, there are many more animals with paws. To get your creative juices flowing, here’s a few:
In the cat family we have tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cougars, cheetahs, lynxes, and ocelots. The dog family includes wolves, foxes, and jackals. Rabbits, bears, and raccoons all have paws, along with weasels and rodents. Belonging in the weasel family are ferrets, minks, polecats, badgers, skunks, otters, and wolverines. The most well-known of the rodent family are mice, rats, squirrels, prairie dogs, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, and hamsters.

So many possibilities to choose from to paint, wood burn, carve, and more on the surface of our favorite canvas, the gourd!

We can’t wait to see what you do with gourds and pieces of gourds sculpted, molded, carved, cut and fashioned into the animal of your choice.

We are looking forward to another fun year with our first-ever “Paws for Gourds” theme!  Will there be a clear favorite ~ cats vs. dogs ~ or will we be out of our gourds with animals from the wild?

Artwork and photos courtesy of Sammie Crawford, The Fairy Gourdmother
Artwork and photos courtesy of Sammie Crawford, The Fairy Gourdmother
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 May 16, at 4:00 pm EDT
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