Events & Gatherings
Millersville—Millersville University Student Fitness Center, Shenks Lane. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. Fees: $5 admission, children under 15 free with adult. 14 competition categories including songbirds, birds of prey, waterfowl, miniatures, and others. Free seminars all weekend. For more information: www.Lancarvers.com.
Millersville—Student Memorial Center, Millersville University, 101 Shenks Lane. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. $5 admission; free parking. Exhibits, displays, vendors, competition, raffle, door prizes, silent auction, more. Contact: Pete Kovarovic, (717) 392-4814, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.lancarvers.com.
Belfast—The Boathouse on Front St. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 9–4. The public is invited to attend at no charge. Entries into the competition are taken on Friday, July 11, from 12–6:30 p.m. and Sat 7–9 a.m. All types of carving welcomed. Artwork must be of Maine wildlife or Maine Coastal Scenery. Levels: youth, novice, intermediate, open, and masters. Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists Association. Contact: Ellen, email@example.com, (207) 338-5309; or Karen, firstname.lastname@example.org, (207) 789-5363.
Lewiston—Lewiston Memorial Armory (new venue!), 65 Central Ave. Seminars on Saturday, Aug 16. For more information: www.mainewoodcarvers.org.
Ocean City—Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Hours: Fri 10–5, Sat 9–5, Sun 10–4. Award Ceremony Sat at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $18 3-day pass, $10 multi-day pass, $8 seniors and students, children under 12 free with adult. From highly decorative works of art to functional hunting decoys, more than 1,200 different wildfowl carvings representing more than 150 species from around the world can be viewed at the premiere, most prestigious competition in the world. Competitors of all levels—from youth to world champions—compete against their peers for the chance to win a portion of nearly $60,000 in prize money, as well as other recognition including ribbons, medallions, plaques, and trophies. Contact: Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Schumaker Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804, (410) 742-4988, email@example.com; www.wardmuseum.org.
Sidney—Mary Winspear Centre. Hours: Sat 10–9, Sun 10–4:30; registration Fri 1–8 p.m. Fees: $5 admission; $10 first carving entry, $5 each additional. Classes: Mark Hobson three-day acrylic painting seminar and Bob Lavender two-day airbrushing a kingfisher casting. Contact: Dennis Dreschler, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.thebrant.ca.
Waterloo—RIM Park. $5 admission Sat and Sun. Seminars from master carvers and vendors of carving supplies. Contact: Peter McLaren, (519) 579-5546; www.canadiannationals.net.
Belleville—Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Rd. Hours: 9:30–4:30. Pre-registration preferred, due April 9, 2014. Cash prizes, rosette ribbons, and purchase awards. Master level judges. Contact: Ron Taylor, (613) 392-8500, email@example.com; or Ken Hicks, (613) 966-4457, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobcaygeon—Bobcaygeon Curling Club, Mansfield St. Hours: Registration Fri 2–7 p.m., Sat 8–9:30 a.m.; judging in mid-morning Sat; closes at 5 p.m. Fees: $10 first entry, $5 each additional. Beginner, novice, intermediate, and open classes. $500 purchase award for the best carving of a life-sized male eastern meadowlark. Contact: Doug Hodgins, (705) 738-4600, email@example.com; www.kawarthacarvingcompetition.org.
Cole Harbour (Dartmouth)—Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Dr. Judging starts May 10 at 10 a.m. Free admission. Judges: Wilson and Margaret Crowell. Ongoing demos, carvers table, KV Carving Supplies. For more information: http://nswcaa.ednet.ns.ca/nswcaa.html.
Cole Harbour—Cole Harbour Place. Contact: Wendy Stonehouse, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherwood Park—Sherwood Park Community League Log Cabin, 50 Spruce Ave. Registrations accepted Fri 5–8 p.m.; late and out of town entries accepted Sat 8–10 a.m. Fees: $8 per entry. Open, intermediate, and novice levels in decorative life-size non-floating, decorative miniatures, hunting decoys service class, songbirds, and many others. Prizes: rosettes, ribbons, cash. Purchase awards. Contact:
White Stone. Hours: 8–5. Competition Categories: IWCA Canvas Decoy Championship, IWCA-style decoys, buoy body decoys, foam decoys, youth, bench, contemporary antiques, working shorebirds and decorative shorebirds, Chesapeake Working Decoys, Rappahannock Hunting Decoys. $10 first entry, $5 each additional, $45 maximum; no charge for Youth. Grand Champion award. Contact: Heck Rice, (804) 537-5033, email@example.com.
Chincoteague Island—Chincoteague Combined School, 4586 Main St. Hours: Fri 12–6, Sat 9–5. Auction Sat at 7:30 p.m. Fees: $4 per day, children under 12 free. Local and national carvers and artists exhibit their work. Awards are given in various carving categories, art, and photography. Special awards for best carving display and best art display. Children’s Choice Award, Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence. Silent Auction of hand carved and/or painted wooden Easter eggs. Contact: Suzanne Taylor, (757) 336-6161, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.chincoteaguedecoyshow.com.
Port St. Lucie. Contact: www.treasurecoastwoodcarvers.com.
New London—Crystal Falls Banquet Hall, 1500 Handschke Dr. Hours: 10–4. $3 admission, under 12 free. Carving demos hourly. Features 60+ carvers with exhibits and sale items. Chainsaw carver demos outside, weather permitting. Wood, tool, and book vendors on site. Food and beverages available. Contact: Jayne Neuenfeldt, (920) 982-5582, email@example.com.
Stevens Point—Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 9–4. Fees: $3 admission, under 12 free. Largest woodcarving show in Wisconsin. Featured carver: Ron O’Kray. Shops on site include: The Woodcraft Shop of Larry and Carol Yudis, Krantz Wood Sales, and Moore Roughouts. Demos both days. Contact: Ron O’Kray, (715) 341-2214, (715) 570-2534; or Greg Wirtz, (715) 423-0471, (715) 323-2035.
Oconomowoc—Life Enrichment Center, 1306 West Wisconsin Ave. Contact: (920) 474-4075, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portage—Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. $4 admission for two-day pass, under 17 free with parent. For more information: www.dunelandwoodcarvers.com.
Evansville—National Guard Armory, 3300 Division. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 10–4. $3 admission, children 12 and under free. Amateur, intermediate, and open levels in 14 categories. Special event: “Carvings for Charity” to benefit Easter Seals. Contact: Jack Winkleman, 7601 Hwy 66, Wadesville, IN 47638, (812) 499-3516, email@example.com; www.tristatecarvers.com.
Maquoketa—Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 E Quarry St. The longest running competitively judged woodcarving event in the U.S. Mail-ins accepted. Contact: Larry Yudis, (563) 676-8264; www.awcltd.org.
Archbold—Sauder Village. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 11–4. $15 admission adults, $8 students (show only). Special Guest Rick Jensen. Contact: Sauder Village, 22611 State Rte. 2, PO Box 235, Archbold, OH 43502, (800) 590-9755; www.saudervillage.org.
Waterloo—Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St. Hours: Sat 12–5, Sun 11–4:30. Contact: Steve Russell, (319) 269-3450; www.neiawoodcarvers.com.
Faribault—Ice Arena. Free admission, $50 each for classes. No competition. Over 50 carving workshops from top names. Contact: Chris, (507) 339-0336; www.carvfest.com.
Cayucos—Cayucos Vet’s Hall, 10 Cayucos Dr. at the foot of the pier. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. $2 admission donation, under 12 free. Local and statewide carvers will display and sell their art. Demos, competitions, raffle for carvings; tools and carvings will be available for sale. Contact: Ed Zirbel, (805) 927-3951, firstname.lastname@example.org; or George Newell, (805) 542-0923, email@example.com.
Sacramento—Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way. Open, intermediate, and novice levels. Mail-ins welcome. Carving Categories: decorative floating, CWA Carver of the Year, PFDA traditional hunting (floating pairs), IWCA style decoy, gunning shorebirds, and many others. Junior Carver event. Live painting and carving contests, Friday afternoon seminar, Friday night reception, Saturday night banquet and auction. Decoy collectors, appraisals, sales, and trades. Contact: Fritz Zanker, (530) 894-5951; Bob Solari, (925) 487-2013; Maurie Hicks, (541) 899-8239; or www.pacificflyway.org.
Colorado Springs—Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 South 33rd St. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. $3 admission adults, $2 military and children, children under 12 free with paid adult admission. Contact: John Armstrong, (719) 590-8694, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creede—Underground Mining Museum, Community Center, and Firehouse. Learn to carve or improve your carving skills; 25 carving instructors and 10 non-carving instructors will teach over 100 classes during the 7 days. There is something for everyone, beginner to advanced. Tool and wood vendors, artist displays and sales, whittling contest, auction, banquet, and more. Contact: Diana Smith, (623) 584-3541, email@example.com; or www.creedewoodcarvers.com.
Vancouver—Water Resources Education Center. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. Free admission. Northwest Championship; first decorative carving competition through digital entries; miniature decoy trade: redhead drake; second foamer competition for working decoys; Washington State Federal Junior Duck Stamp exhibit. Contact: Don Baiar, (360) 892-6738, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Byrn and JoAnne Watson, (360) 736-1082, email@example.com.
Spokane—gymnasium on the Salvation Army Campus, 222 E Indiana. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 12–4. $5 admission; children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. Raffle (over 100 items last year), featured artist, carving demos and advice. Vendors present with carvings, tools, wood, and supplies for sale. Contact: Tim, (509) 244-3467, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spokane Valley—Spokane KOA, N 3025 Barker Rd. Both Friday and Saturday start with registration at 8 a.m. followed by sign-up for classes at 8:30. The morning classes run from 9 a.m. to noon; the afternoon classes run from 1–4. The only cost to the carver is the nominal cost of the wood, usually under $5 per class. The event is open to all carvers from beginning to expert, including those interested in becoming carvers. Each class will have an experienced instructor providing the class members with individual guidance. Past classes have included chip carving, reliefs, animals and humans in the round, and more. Vendors will be on hand with wood, tools, and carving books for sale. Contact: Roger, (509) 467-3342, email@example.com.
St. Helen’s—Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Rd. Hours: Fri 12–5, Sat 9–5, Sun 9–12. $10 admission, $2-off coupon at OWF website. IWCA-sanctioned Decoy Contest, Oregon Decoy Carver of the Year $1,000 Purchase Award, Waterfowl Head Trade Contest, State Duck and Goose Calling Championships, Boat Blind Contest, vendors, Sat evening barbeque, and much more. Mail-ins welcome. The Oregon Waterfowl Festival is the largest event of its kind west of the Mississippi. Contact: Jerry Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 884-7905; www.oregonwaterfowlfestival.com.