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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Area 1 Picnic 2011

Area 1 Picnic - June 11,  2011
By Carolyn Ells


Centennial Hall, Beaconsfield
The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (BHCG) hosted the annual picnic for the Area 1 of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield, QC. Approximately 50 hookers from Ottawa Old Forge, Prescott Hoops & Hooks, Beaconsfield, On Track 2, Brockville Thousand Island and others OHCG branches met for an active day of visiting, hooking and admiring each other’s talents.
 
Denise Vandenbemden
Hookers arrived to the welcoming scent (and taste) of Belgian waffles and coffee. Denise Vandenbemden made waffles for as many people as could eat them, using a recipe (Gaufre de Liège) created in 1700 as a dessert for the Prince of Liège. Hookers kept Denise in action at the waffle iron until nearly lunchtime!

The emcee throughout the day was Louise G. de Tonnancour, president of BHCG. She was assisted by her two nieces, ages 13 and 16, who helped out in many ways, including artwork, photography, and behind-the-scenes operation of a fish pond from which numerous door prizes were drawn.




Fish pond
Vendors

When hookers needed to stretch their legs, they often visited Jane Cuthbert, Christine Gibson and Elaine Tigges, the 3 vendors who were on hand with colourful wool and other supplies to inspire and replenish our stashes. 





Show and Tell was another occasion to stretch and take turns telling stories about our work. As a rug was held up, it’s maker told the assembly about it. The collective talent in the room was very impressive. 


 
The corsage challenge
Jane Cuthbert


Lou McCrae (Burritt's Rapids) won the Corsage Challenge for a corsage called  "Windblown". Denise Vandenbemden’s (BHCG) corsage of birds and flowers won runner-up. An array of corsages  were modeled ranging from the whimsical to the stylish. Many were hooked and a few had a hooking theme.

While gale winds kept the picnic indoors (except for a few brave excursions to admire the grounds), it did not blow away our cheer. Indeed, at the end of the day, as people made one last trip to the sweet table, there were many comments about a wonderful day and looking forward to future Area 1 gatherings.

Rhonda Kellet, from Area 1, talk to the public.

Louise G. De Tonnancour and Denise Vandenbemden