Wood­carv­ing show set

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Mary Dame

I would like to tell you about a group of se­nior cit­i­zens who hap­pen to be the most kind, gen­tle and shar­ing peo­ple I know. These peo­ple are mem­bers of the Se­nior Cen­ter in Payson, and they meet ev­ery Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day in the Carv­ing/Wood Shop at the cen­ter.

They are learn­ing and teach­ing wood­carv­ing and paint­ing. Some days are quiet and re­lax­ing and oth­ers are bustling with ques­tions and sug­ges­tions, but one thing is sure: they are shar­ing their tal­ents and skills with each other and ev­ery­one who walks through the door seems a lit­tle in­ter­ested in what they are do­ing. One of the carvers makes canes and gives them away to peo­ple he can see that need some help walk­ing. So far he has given away over 130 canes. Another group de­cided to cheer up peo­ple the Vet­er­ans Home in Payson at Christ­mas­time by cre­at­ing hand-carved and painted or­na­ments to dec­o­rate one of their Christ­mas trees. They started around April of this year and have made over 100 or­na­ments so far.

I have had the priv­i­lege of carv­ing with them for two years and it is al­ways joy­ful. We com­pare our work with each other and share new ideas.

The next item they have on their cal­en­dar is the Utah Val­ley Wood­carv­ing Club Show in Oc­to­ber in Span­ish Fork. Many of them will par­tic­i­pate in the show by en­ter­ing projects they have carved as well as work­ing to help set up the show and make it suc­cess­ful. It takes a lot of hours and work to do this, but these guys and gals love to par­tic­i­pate and see the joy on your faces when you come to see their projects. In the past, the show has had 150 to 200 en­tries and many dis­plays and fun things to see and do.

Please come and join us at the Payson Se­nior Cen­ter and par­tic­i­pate in the Utah Val­ley Wood­carv­ing Club Show by en­ter­ing a carv­ing or com­ing to see oth­ers carv­ings.

The 10th An­nual Wood­carv­ing Show will be held at the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Build­ing, 400 N. Main, Payson, on Fri­day, Oct. 16, from noon to 7 p.m. and on Satur­day, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reg­is­tra­tion and set up will be con­ducted on Thurs­day, Oct. 15; there will be no public view­ing on this day. Ad­mis­sion is $3 for adults and free for chil­dren 10 and un­der when they are ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Scouts and lead­ers can at­tend free of charge if they are wear­ing a Scout uni­form.

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