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"Spit & Whittle" Weekend

Sept. 15-16, 2001-Osceola Fairgrounds, Evart MI

By Sandy Holder <roundup@netonecom.net>

The first ever Spit and Whittle Weekend is an informal get together for all carvers. You don't have to belong to a club or organization to attend. The event will be held at the Osceola County Fairgrounds, Evart MI (the same place as the Wood Carvers Roundup) and it is open to all carvers or anyone interested in learning the ropes. It is basically a weekend of carving and whittling on whatever you would like. Not much planned, but lots of visiting and just plain ole' 'R & R'

On Saturday the Evart Lions Club will have breakfast and lunch available. Saturday evening there will be a potluck (there is a supermarket and deli just over the fence) and sometime on Saturday afternoon we will have a "Carvers Swap Meet". The swap meet is also open to everyone, and you can bring anything for swapping as long as it is carving related; old tools, books, blanks, patterns, etc. This is a real swap meet; no money will exchange hands. You can see we aren't planning any certain time for things to happen, just whenever we all get around to it. There will also be a "Bring & Brag" display table, so bring your favorite carving so others may enjoy it.

The Michigan Wood Carvers Association will be holding their September meeting at the fairgrounds on Saturday and it is open to anyone interested in learning more about the state organization.

Donuts and coffee will be available Sunday morning and there will be a hot dog roast over the campfire for lunch. Maybe even a carving contest??? Any other ideas for something fun to do is always welcome. E-mail us at the addresses below.

The 4th Wood Carvers Roundup is set for June 12-15, 2002 at the fairgrounds and suggestions or ideas for next year will be welcome at the Spit and Whittle Weekend. If you attended this years Roundup or are planning to attend next June and haven't picked up your quilt block you may do so this weekend. The $1.00 quilt blocks are to be returned carved and finished to the 2002 Roundup, where they will be assembled into our international wood carvers quilt, which is on permanent display at the fairgrounds. You may also return your finished block on Spit and Whittle Weekend.

Folks can drive in for either or both days and if you plan to camp you may come any time before Saturday. The Osceola Fairgrounds is open for camping all that week and is $10 per night. Since so many carvers are also recreational musicians we might even have some music for those early birds on Friday or maybe even Saturday evening. If you have a non-electric instrument bring it along and join us. Come and relax with fellow carvers.

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