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Show-Me Gourd Society

The Show-Me Gourd Society is the Xi chapter of the AGS, officialy organized in 1997.  See the website for details.

If you live in Missouri, please join this new group and share news etc.

Website: http://www.showmegourdsociety.org
Location: Springfield Missouri
Members: 33
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2016

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Bonnie Gibson's class in Missouri 2013

Hey everyone! I know that Linda Ashmore from Arkansas is going, as am I, Barbara Moore along with Brenda Saffioti. Is there anyone else from Arkansas going this year?Continue

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Bonnie Gibson Workshop in Missouri June 4-6 2012 2 Replies

 Only 2 or 3 spots are still open as of this evening! 3 Day gourd workshop with Bonnie Gibson.   JUNE 4-5-6, 2012 in Raymonville, MOClasses include Power Carving, 3-D Feather Carving, Inlace Inlay,…Continue

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Comment by Theresa Tyler on April 8, 2013 at 6:00pm

Carolyn, Thank you so much for responding :) That is the one I was thinking too. I will contact Merril (I didn't know who to contact) and try to get his thoughts as well.

Really appreciate it! Have a great day!

Comment by Carolyn Owen on April 8, 2013 at 2:50pm

Hi Theresa,  My best guess would be #75 Distinctively Different.  Assuming you are entering in the Open Division.  Read through the list and this is the only one I really think fits. You can contact Merril at mbmchenry@sbcglobal.net.  He's the competition chair and can help you decide.

Comment by Theresa Tyler on April 8, 2013 at 7:10am

Good Morning! I am trying to get my gourds classified into the proper categories for the up coming show and am having a problem with one. I have a bee with copper embellishments on a limestone base. I have no idea which category to enter him into. Anyone have a suggestion? There are two pictures of him in my photos if you would like to look.

Comment by Theresa Tyler on February 18, 2013 at 5:56am

Got my camping spot reserved at the KOA for the show dates!!! Very excited!

Comment by Theresa Tyler on January 25, 2013 at 6:25am

Every time I mention to someone that I am thinking of starting a gourd patch, they think I mean a patch to grow gourds! LOL Funny

Comment by Theresa Tyler on January 23, 2013 at 2:52pm

Ok, for some reason, I am having trouble with your email address. Errrr :) Oh well, you can use the following email address:


Thanks so much!

Comment by Bill Decker on January 23, 2013 at 12:20pm

Theresa, please send me your e-mail address and I will return the write

up to you today. My e-mail is bwilliamdonna@hughes.net

Donna and Bill

Comment by Theresa Tyler on January 23, 2013 at 11:49am

Thanks Bonnie, I may just do that! :)
Donna, the Hubby and I have gone to the Pensel's twice and really enjoyed ourselves. I am still considering starting one here although I only know of one other "gourder" local to me, I am hoping there are some closet gourders that I haven't met yet. I would very much be interested in the memo you spoke of, maybe it can help me decide if I want to do it or not, depending on what all would be involved. If you need any information from me please let me know.

Thanks to you both for responding so quickly!

Comment by Bill Decker on January 22, 2013 at 12:00pm

Teresa, thanks for your show of interest in beginning a Mo. Gourd Patch! How exciting for you and everyone who is nearby that can attend. Jerry and Mary Sue Pensel have a gourd patch meeting in St. Louis one time a year and everyone shares what has been going on all year. This year it is in April. Pls. reference our website for info on all Mo. Patches. www.showmegourdsociety.com Should you decide to start a patch also, we will be delighted to help you advertise by putting your patch info on the website also. The Mo. Society has issued a "how to start your own gourd patch" memo and I will be happy to forward you a copy if you would like. As Bonnie said, it is very easy and very fun. Our write up on the "how to" is very clear and gives you ideas on how to prepare for the first meeting so that all will be set up for the following year. Good Luck, and let us hear from you. Donna Decker, SMGS Pres. 

Comment by Bonnie Adams on January 22, 2013 at 9:47am

When I started a local group, I posted a notice in the local library. Library's usually have a calendar of events they can put you on, a free meeting room and are glad to have more people getting interested in coming to the library. You have to be a non-profit group in order to meet there but it's a great starter pace for a group.

There were 14 at my first meeting. Some were just curious, some were trying to find something to do with spare time and some were actually serious about gourding.

If you do form a group and it looks like you have some serious members, then contact your State Gourd Society and have them include your Patch in the State's group.

 Not much to get going really, and the folks you meet along the way will give you pointers for meeting ideas and what the future can hold for your group.

Some Patches get together to work on a project or their own projects. There's usually a Show-n-Tell so everyone can show off what they've been doing and share ideas with the group. Sharing is a big thing in most Patches. Some are planning sessions for festivals. Patch members teach each other or introduce fellow members to better ways of doing things, new tools and tricks of the trade. Great place for pot lucks, too!

You'll make new friends and learn from most of them. It's all good fun so best of luck in getting your Patch started.


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