Events & Gatherings
Fairless Hills—Bucks County Technical High School, 610 Wistar Rd (off New Falls Rd.). Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. $5 admission donation, children under 12 free with adult; free parking. Decoys, birds, animals, caricatures, more. Featured carver Floyd Rhadigan (president of Caricature Carvers of America). Books, tools, materials, door prizes, raffles, demos. Contact: www.delvalwoodcarvers.com.
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.
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 adult per day, $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 $70,000 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.
Rumson—Rumson Country Day School, 35 Bellevue Ave. Hours: 10–4. General admission $10, children under 12 free with adult; discounted rate for decoy clubs and DU members. Brand new show in Monmouth County. Exhibits, displays, vendors, children’s activities. Competition includes NJ State Decoy Championship $500 Purchase Award, NJ State Shorebird Championship $2,000 Purchase Award, and other divisions for decoys, decoratives, contemporary antiques, youth. Featured Artist George Strunk. Honorary Show Chairman Anthony Ciambrone. Contact: Nancee Jo Luciani, (732) 349-8046, Njluciani@comcast.net; Kathy Marchut, (973) 927-4842, firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook.com/TwoRiversExhibition; www.rcds.org/horizons.
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.
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: Brenda Mitchell (780) 968-1693, Bob Steele (780) 464-4622; www.albertawildlifecarving.squarespace.com.
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.
Punta Gorda—75 Taylor St. (Hwy. 41). We have moved! Set-up and drop off Friday morning. Hours: Sat and Sun 9–4. $7 admission, $12 for a two-day pass. Watch website for more info and classes offered. Cash awards, demos, silent auction, and raffle. Contact: Charlene Lowe, Charlene.email@example.com; www.flwoodartexpo.com.
Hudson—Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Rd.Hours Sat 10–4, Sun 10–3. $3 suggested donation allows you to vote in the people’s choice competition, participate in soap carving, attend demos, and visit the show. Competition open to Calusa Club members only. Contact: Dave Gourley, (727) 376-2180, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jensen Beach—Langford Park, 2369 NE Dixie Highway. Hours: 10–4 both days. Juried competition, sale of art and supplies, and live carving and turning demonstrations. $5 suggested admission donation; children under 12 free. For more information: www.treasurecoastwoodcarvers.com.
Punta Gorda—Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Hours: 9–4. Free admission; free parking. Silent auction, used tool sale, carving and burning demos, and vendors. Contact: Bob Brunner, (941) 505-4246.
Sebring—Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center, Polstom Auditorium, 4509 George Blvd. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 admission donation. Contact: Eric Maron, (863) 273-6136, email@example.com.
Sarasota—3100 Fruitville Rd. Hours: 9–3. $2 donation to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Contact: Elaine Bordner, (941) 365-4252, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charleston—various locations. Hours: Fri and Sat 10–6, Sun 10–5. Fees: $25 application fee for first-time applicants; $100 registration fee for accepted artists; $20 admission Fri and Sat, $10 admission Sun. Artist demos, quick draw/speed sculpt, artists, lectures. Contact: Natalie Wooten, Artist Director, (843) 723-1748, email@example.com; www.sewe.com.
Charlotte—Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Rd. Sponsored by the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club and the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. Hours: Sat 10–4, Sun 10–3:30. Carving competition and sales. $1,800 in cash awards. Free admission. Contact: Rod Gatlin, (704) 529-1748; Harry Lawrence, (704) 589-0829; Rebecca Black, (704) 847-4047; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swan Quarter—Mattamuskeet Early College High School Gymnasium, 20392 US 264. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. $5 admission. Contact: Natalie Wayne, (252) 714-1635.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tristatecarvers.com.
Strongsville—Strongsville Holiday Inn (new location, formerly Westlake), 15471 Royalton Rd. Hours: Sat 9–4, Sun 9–3. Fees: $5 per person, free to members in good standing and children under 17. Live auction immediately following show close on Saturday. Competition categories: decorative decoy, rest of the marsh, cocktail bird, vintage decoy, IWCA hunting decoy, IWCA hunting shorebird, many others. Flat art contest, kids paint on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon for kids, swim and sell, live auction and cocktail party, seminars, decoy raffle, more. Contact: Vendors, Wayne Baldwin, (419) 674-4361; General, Carol and Richard Kmetz, (419) 798-1274, or Mark Costilow, (440) 320-3039; Room Reservations, (877) 408-2913; www.odcca.net.
Cedar Rapids—Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, 90 Twixtown Rd. NE. Hours: Set-up Sat 6–9 a.m.; open to the public Sat 9–5, Sun 10–4. Fees: Free adm; $35 per table. Judged competition, only one level. Carvings entered into competition must have been carved within two years prior to the show. Entries are to be in the judging room prior to 9 a.m. Sat; no carvings accepted after that time. The Woodcraft Shop of Bettendorf, IA, will be on site. Door prizes, carving demos. Contact: Maurie Vandewalle, 2801 29th Ave., Marion, IA 52302, (319) 377-6520, email@example.com.
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.
San Diego—McMillin Events Center, 2875 Dewey St. Hours: 9:30–4 both days. Fees: $15 first entry, $5 each additional, with a maximum of $40. Competition categories: decorative life-size, decorative miniature, shorebirds, IWCA, working decoys, palm fronds, soon-to-be-antiques, fish, heads, silhouettes, others. Friday night cocktail party, youth painting event Sunday afternoon. Contact: Del Herbert, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.pswa.net.
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, email@example.com; or George Newell, (805) 542-0923, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com.
San Juan—Cielo Banquet Hall, 1011 East FM495 (Ferguson Rd.). Hours: 10–4 both days. $2 admission. For more information: rgvwoodcarvers.org.
Aransas Pass—Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W Wheeler Ave. Many classes available from well-known teachers. Competition for all levels. Contact: Classes, Frank Norman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (361) 226-3636; show, Larry Dale, email@example.com, (316) 648-2766, (316) 782-3339; www.texascarvers.org.
Bremerton—West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E St. Hours: Sat 11–5, Sun 10–4. Free admission (donations welcome). Anyone can submit an entry. Contact: Ernie Travelstead, (360) 876-5441.
Lincoln City—Chinook Winds Convention Center, 1777 NW 40th St. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. Free admission. Free seminars. For more information: http://home.teleport.com/~coastalcarvers/.
Boise—Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 Vista Ave. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 10–4. Fees: $3 per entry with advance registration, $5 per entry on registration day. Youth, Novice, Intermediate, and Open classes. Banquet and auction Feb 22. Demonstrations, vendors, raffles, and more. Contact: Doug Rose, (208) 387-0492, firstname.lastname@example.org; http://idahoartistryinwood.org.