Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

May 19 - Beasties Challenge and Joint meeting with River City Group
June 16 - Charity Dolls/Advanced Style Video
July 21 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Virginia - Faces
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday Mary Jane, Virginia, and Janet.  Hope your special day is fabulous!

April Meeting Minutes
Members present at our April meeting were Julie G., Ron, Barbara, Colleen, Jude, Ann R., Vicki, Kathryn, Cindy, Julie W., Andrea and Elena.  So glad our Illinois members could join us!

We did not have an official meeting as we met at Newfields to tour the Bes-Ben exhibit.  Janet Brandt, our docent, guided us through the exhibit.  She gave us a history of Bes-Ben founded by Benjamin B. Green-Field who was known for his elaborate, humorous, and flamboyant hat creations.  Many hats in the exhibit had been donated to the museum by a member of the Ball family and others were on loan from a Chicago museum.  He crafted hats for many famous celebrities of his era such as Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor.  The exhibit showcased hats with birds, horses, dogs, fruit, and so many more things beyond your imagination.  Janet showed us some of the materials used to make hats and inspired us to make hats for our own doll creations.  Thank you, Janet, for such an enjoyable time at Newfields.  It is definitely a place to return to.  The grounds were beautiful with all the brightly colored spring flowers.  After our tour we had a wonderful lunch at The Cafe' at Newfields.  Everyone loved their soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Janet, our Docent

Materials of Bes-Ben


Benjamin Green-Field

Fruit Hats

Swan and Dog Hats

Horse Hat
Hat Hat

Members attending Bes-Ben

Next Meeting

Our May meeting on May 19th will be a joint meeting with the River City doll club from Cincinnati.  River City is hosting this year and have invited us to meet at 'The Sherman"  a German restaurant in Batesville, Indiana.  We will meet there at 11:00 a.m.  River City challenged us to make a "Beastie" doll.  You may also bring Show and Tell dolls.  We will be having a pin doll gift exchange and goodie bag door prizes for those who want to participate.  These are all optional.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
May 19 -"Beasties" Challenge with River City
July 6-8 - Danville, Illinois Retreat
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

May Meeting Check list:

  • Nametag
  • money for lunch
  • a couple of show and tell dolls
  • your Beastie challenge doll
  • a wrapped pin doll to exchange
  • optional: a goodie bag for the door prizes