For the fourth consecutive year, Maumee Bay Carvers participated in the Grand Rapids, OH, Apple Butter Festival, held Sunday, October 11, 2015. Thousands of people attend this event annually. Our booth was located in front of the historic Town Hall. The event also included pioneer crafts, a juried art show, a living history village, bluegrass and country music, and the sweet smell of apple butter.
As part of our continuing outreach and mentoring program, we demonstrated decoy carving and painting techniques. And once again, we offered children the opportunity to paint silhouette heads of mallards, redhead ducks and of course, apples.
It has become a tradition for families to stop by our booth. Many of the parents said they can see how their kids' painting skills have progressed from year-to-year. And the children look forward to displaying their projects at home.
We distributed fliers and answered questions concerning our Wednesday Carve-A longs at WoodCraft in Toledo, Ohio, that are open to the public. We also promoted the upcoming Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Show to be held March 12-13, 2016, in Strongsville, Ohio.
Most importantly, our painting activities provided children the opportunity to shut off their electronics and enjoy using their hands, minds and spirit in painting a duck head or apple.
The number of children who participated exceeded last year's estimate of 125. Club members Ted Fisher, Karen Higgins, Mark Langenderfer, Bob Lund, Garrett Secord, Steve Secord, and Jeff Thomas volunteered at the booth.
Contacts for the Maumee Bay Carvers are as follows:
Steve Secord, President -
Garrett Secord, Vice President
Karen Higgens, Secretary
Jim Frankowski, Treasurer - 419 836 7931
A special program for Jim Wilson will be held at the Fallen Timbers Ducks Unlimited Banquet. It will be held on Saturday March 12, 2016. They are looking for any items that can be auctioned or raffled off (any hand carved decoys for example). The funds raised from this event will go to acquire a park bench at Side Cut Metro Park in memory of Jim Wilson.
Annual Christmas party was held at the Numbeer 1 Fire Hall. The pot luck was excellent and great dishes were shared with the club members.
The Christmas Tree Carving was won by Ted Fisher. Karen Higgins and Jeff Thomas were the winners of the annual Drawing.