Surry County’s Extension and Community Association clubs held its annual Cultural Arts Day on March 17 at the Shelton-Badgett Center for Viticulture and Enology on the Dobson campus of Surry Community College.
The event included a judged exhibition of clubmember’s cultural artwork, a business meeting, a presentation by Marion Venable on the history of decorative painting in the county and a soup and salad lunch.
In the past year, two of the county’s ECA clubs have disbanded, White Sulphur Springs, which celebrated its 75th anniversary not long ago and the Busy Bees. Both of the clubs were Mount Airy based and their closure leaves Mount Airy without an active ECA Club.
The annual business meeting included discussion on how to attract younger members to replace the older members who are aging out. Current plans favor starting a new Mount Airy club from scratch, rather than attempting to revive either of the now-defunct clubs, according to Carmen Long, Area Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences.
Long tossed out ideas to make the organizations more attractive to younger people still in the workforce, as opposed to the retirees who make up the bulk of current members. Clubs for people with a special, shared interest, lunch meetings to accomodate an employed person’s schedule and venues for meetings more convenient for younger people, for example, fitness centers and gyms.
Marilyn Geiger of the Pilot Mountain Achievers summed up with “We are going to have to think outside the box or we are going to disappear.”
Cultural Arts Day winners
Sewing: home furnishings — Gloria Bryant 1st place, Marion Venable 2nd place
Crochet — Carolyn J. Martin 1st place, Judy Davis 2nd place
Embroidery — Ann Davis 1st place
Heritage Skills — Marilyn Geiger 1st place, Terri Ratliff 2nd place, Lisa Royal 3rd place
Chair Bottoming or Baskets — Debra Wagoner 1st place
Wood Craft — Terti Ratliff 1st place
Christmas Decorations — Ann Davis 1st place
Jewelry — Judy Davis 1st place
Quilts: appliqued, pieced, hand quilted — Gloria Bryant 1st place
Quilts: other techniques — Shirley Grubbs 1st place
Flower arrangement — Margaret Rakes 1st place, Phyllis Davis 2nd place
Photography — Judy Davis 1st place, Joy Hemmings 2nd place, Jane Snow 3rd place
Fine Arts: Acrylics — Lisa Royal 1st place
Miscellaneous — Marilyn Geiger 1st place
Creative Writing: Poetry — Sara Bryant 1st place
Creative Writing: Short Story — Marion Venable 1st place
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.