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In 2021, our competition/fundraising activity will be Fowl Play. Yes, we know chickens are fowl, but the term fowl comprises two biological orders of birds—land fowl, such as chicken, guineas, quail, turkeys, and pheasant, AND waterfowl, such as ducks, geese, and swan. So…let your imagination fly and enter the Fowl Play competition and auction. Gonna be a whole lot of chirping and quacking and honking and cooing and clucking going on! Certified judges will judge FOWL entries, and ribbons and monetary prizes will be awarded.
Participants understand that their entries are a donation to the silent auction and will be sold. Proceeds raised from the “FOWL” silent auction will be divided into $100 Gourd Gathering Scholarships for 2021.
The fine print….
· Entries must be received at the Gourd Gathering no later than 12Noon Friday, May 31, 2019.
· Participant(s) will enter themselves into one of the following two Divisions:
o Novice - Gourds are fun and I like to design projects for my own purpose and may provide them as gifts to family andco-workers.
o Advanced - Gourds are fun and I like to design projects for my own purpose and may provide them as gifts to family and co-workers, BUT I also teach gourd art techniques and projects for a profit, sell my finished work at shows and festivals, and/or display my gourds in art guilds and art galleries.
o Group – Two or more people.
· Entries will be entered into one of the following two Categories:
o Whole Gourd
o Cut Gourd
o Multiple Gourds or Gourd Pieces
· Participants may enter only one (1) piece per category.
· Entries will be judged by certified judges and scored based on 50% Technique and 50% Artistry.
The Gourd Gathering at Cherokee has always supported the gourd community. Since its beginnings in 2003, the gathering has tried to provide affordable classes, a relaxed setting, and a platform to share ideas.
Currently Cherokee is the largest gourd gathering on the East Coast. Although we are not an organized gourd society it is our responsibility to promote, educate, and share so our gourd community continues to grow.
Over the years the Gathering has reached out to help others. In 2017 we sponsored our first fundraiser, with the monies raised donated to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts to help rebuild from the fire that destroyed so much in Gatlinburg. In 2018 we donated eight $100 class scholarships to state gourd societies. In 2019 we raised money to help people attend and take classes in 2020. Unfortunately, due to the corona virus outbreak, the 2020 Gourd Gathering was canceled. The twelve people who received class scholarships will be able to use the money in 2021.
Looking forward to 2021, our plan is to offer a gourd class to students in the fifth grade attending Cherokee Elementary school or a neighboring elementary school from Swain or Jackson county. To raise funds for this activity we sold Ranger Alcohol Alloy Inks at a discounted rate.
The Gourd Gathering at Cherokee