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North Carolina Gourd Society


North Carolina Gourd Society

Website: http://www.ncgourdsociety.org
Members: 34
Latest Activity: Aug 15, 2014

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Taking Gourds to Events in NC 5 Replies

Putting final touches on some gourd instruments and display art for two upcoming festivals in the Sandhills of NC: The Buggy Festival in CarthageSaturday, May 7th…Continue

Started by Dan DeBruler. Last reply by Dan DeBruler May 2, 2011.

nc gourd member 5 Replies

I am a member of the nc gourd soc. I would like to be on this site

Started by Naomi Jean Foust. Last reply by Naomi Jean Foust Nov 8, 2010.

A Great Success 2 Replies

Well the North Carolina Show was a great success.  We were in the smaller venue at the State Fairgrounds and I think it was a very wise decision because it was "size appropriate" (in other words we…Continue

Started by Shelly Nowik. Last reply by Catherine Devine Sep 15, 2010.

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Comment by Mary Ann Rood on April 19, 2010 at 5:36am
Marvin Johnson Museum

Hi Bill,
Yes, I actually helped pack the first of the gourds to move from Marvin's farm. But it's former Angier Mayor Wanda Gregory, who is interviewed here, who deserves a standing ovation for preserving the collection--for everything from negotiating permission to display the gourds and a place where people can see them, to moving, organizing and cherishing. I know she'd say she had a lot of help, but she made it happen. What people do with gourds has changed a lot over the years. There are some wonderful pieces here carved with a pocketknife. Marvin's museum includes Native American household utensils, much of the collection of the original, long-defunct New England Gourd Society and craft donated by members of the NC Gourd Society. Marvin was president for many years. Our picnics used to take place on his lake--the one with the 10-foot alligator.
Mary Ann
Comment by Bill Watkins on April 6, 2010 at 10:00am
Did you know the Angier, NC gourd Museum was moved moved to the Angier town hall?
Here is a link to the Tar Heel Traveler story about Marvin Johnson's gourds at the town hall.
Comment by Bill Watkins on March 25, 2010 at 5:54pm
Mary Ann, Sorry I did not make it on the 6th. I was out of town that weekend.
Comment by Mary Ann Rood on March 5, 2010 at 7:05am
Beth--I can forward you the most recent issue of NC Gourd News--I'm the editor. My email is lagenaria@yahoo.com. You'll receive all the news of the festival in future issues.

Bill--Welcome. You're doing great work. Hope to see you 2 p.m. Saturday at the Durham Main Library, 3rd floor conference room. I have a few record-setting dipper seed to share--no, I didn't grow them.
Comment by Beth Caveny on March 4, 2010 at 8:26pm
Unfortunately, I don't live near any chapters of the NCGS, but I hope to make it to the festival in Raleigh in September. I need to mail in my membership info. and dues this week. I look forward to getting the newsletters.
Comment by Mary Ann Rood on March 3, 2010 at 5:29pm
Welcome, Judy and Beth, I hope you get to NC for real-world activities. Seed sharing and alcohol ink craft will be part of our meeting March 6.
Comment by Mary Ann Rood on February 19, 2010 at 7:14am
I love it when people like the newsletter. Thank you. Let's make some Into the Woods gourds we can use to publicize the show.
Comment by Mike Connolly on February 19, 2010 at 6:54am
The NCGS Spring Newsletter was superb. The suggestions for the September show are good ones and I hope many of the members will pick up on them and contribute their talents and knowledge to making the 2010 show even better than 2009.
Comment by Mary Ann Rood on February 5, 2010 at 9:40am
Hi LouAnn,

Welcome to the NC Gourd Society!

The Society meets four times a year. Our next meeting is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 6 at the Durham library (http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org). The program is gourd growing and seed sharing with a craft demonstration to follow.

Our dues are $12 (checks to NCGS) sent to

Paul Buescher, Treasurer
2713 Peachtree St.
Raleigh, NC 27610

Our newsletter comes out four times a year. Please email me ( your home email to the address below) and I'll send you the winter issue.

Good gourding,
Mary Ann
Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor
Comment by LouAnn Ingram on February 5, 2010 at 7:00am
I would like to join the North Carolina Gourd Society, what do I have to do to get and application?

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