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27Dec2014: FYI... The 2015 NC Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival will take place September 12-13 in the usual facility (Holshouser Bldg.) on the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. Details will be posted as I get them, but at least now you know when and where so you can make plans to attend! And, perhaps, even participate?? :-)
A new Triangle Gourd Patch has been formed!! (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area) Four monthly meetings have already been planned for January - April 2015. Scroll down to the "North Carolina Gourd Patches" section for more information.
The Gourds & Seeds source list has been updated! Click on the "Contacts" tab above-left and scroll down to find the links.
SPRING MEETING >> March 28, 2015 The next meeting of the NC Gourd Society will be held at 1:00pm on Mar. 28, 2015. This is our annual Seed Sharing meeting and it will be held at:
Southwest Regional Library - Durham County Library 3605 Shannon Road Durham, NC 27707 919-560-8590
We have used this facility a few times now and it is a very nice, comfortable place. Not nearly as big or crowded as the downtown library we have also used. The Southwest Regional Library is in a nice area near the old Southgate Mall.
HOW TO GET THERE
From the north or west of Durham: Take Hwy 15-501 By-Pass south and exit onto Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Cross University Drive. Turn right onto Shannon Road, then take the first left into the Southwest Branch parking lot.
More Directions and a map are on the library website/directions. <<= Weblink tested by me 27Dec2014.
The North Carolina Gourd Society (formerly the Gourd Village Garden Club) first met in Cary in 1937. The oldest chapter of the American Gourd Society, it is among the oldest garden clubs in North Carolina. Early festivals were held in the school cannery, a dry cleaners and a furniture store. Over the years festivals have featured dolls, a gourmet gourd buffet, hard-working, practical gourds, Mother Goose gourds and many others.
Gourds are grown as garden novelties for their strange and wonderful shapes, as craft material and musical instruments, as well as practical, working implements. The smallest can be the size of a marble and the largest a 200-pound armful. A household necessity since the beginning of civilization, gourds still are used today. Many growers raise birdhouse gourds as homes for purple martins, colorful ornamentals decorate our Thanksgiving tables, and luffa sponges are popular bath time buddies. What U.S. gourd growers call gourds are three different plants. All are cousins of squash, some closer kin than others.
Membership in the North Carolina Gourd Society is $12 and includes four issues of the society's quarterly newsletter Gourd News. The newsletter contains dates and locations for the quarterly meetings of the North Carolina Gourd Society officers and general membership in central North Carolina, along with information on the Western Carolina Gourd Patch, and is filled out with interesting and timely articles for gourd crafters and growers alike.
Click HERE to see our current by-laws. The North Carolina Gourd Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the culture and heritage of gourds in America.
A new Triangle Gourd Patch has been formed! A room at the NCSU Crafts Center has been reserved for the initial meetings. These will be held the following Saturday afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm: January 10 February 14 March 14 April 11 Details about locating the NCSU Crafts Center are here: NCSU Crafts Center (Note that parking is free on Saturdays.) Contact Barbara McGeachy (919) 787-3266 for more information about the Triangle Gourd Patch and its future activities.
Additional Triangle area contacts are Judi Fleming (336) 908-6341, and Paul Buescher for general Triangle gourding information. Judi is also very active with the Triad gourd patch.
There are two Triad patches that cover the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Highpoint areas. The basics and intermediate work are taught every other month (starting in January) on the third Tuesday of that month at the Flower and Garden Building of the Dixie Classic Fair Grounds in Winston-Salem. The even months feature an advanced workshop in Judi's Summerfield, NC studio north of Greensboro. Contact Judi Fleming for more information.
The Far Western North Carolina Gourd Patch meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Shooting Creek Fire Dept. Community Room.
Shooting Creek Fire Dept. Community Room,   -   18 Eagle Fork Rd.   -   Hayesville, NC 28904,
This location is east of Hayesville, N.C. off of Hwy64. Members come from over a hundred miles in all directions from east Tennessee, Georgia and western NC. The patch is open to the public and only requires each participant to donate $2 per meeting to cover the cost of renting the space. Every month a technique or project is presented for a minimal cost, generally $5-10. Notices of the meeting project are sent out over e-mail at the beginning of each month so that supplies can be gathered up and gourds prepared. All are welcome and can email Fonda Haddad or call her at (321)298-2796 for more information and directions.
Star Fleming is very interested in starting a "Beach Patch". If you live along the North Carolina coast and would like to check it out, please contact Star. Her phone number is: (252) 264-4649
The 74th Annual North Carolina Gourd Festival will be September 12-13, 2015, in the Holshouser Building on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. Details and links to maps are on the "Festival" page.
For your entertainment we have added many pictures of past NC gourd festivals to this website. Click here to see them.
In 1965, Marvin and Mary Johnson established their gourd museum in a small building on their farm in the Kennebec community, just north of Angier, NC. Marvin grew over 200 types of gourds on the farm and, between them, he and Mary traded gourds and seeds with people in countries all around the world. The museum let them share their treasures with the public and admission was always free.
After more than 40 years, the farm was sold. In 2006 the town of Angier, North Carolina stepped forward to provide a new home for The Marvin and Mary Johnson Gourd Museum and, in the Johnsons' tradition, admission is still free to the public.
To learn more, click Gourd Museum. To go directly to Angier's gourd museum page, click www.angier.org/gourd-museum
Last modified: 10Jan2015 by: EC