Great news! Another year has gone off without a hitch at the Gretna Retreat held at the Gretna 4 H Camp! A Big “Thank You” goes to John and Mary who have been instrumental in keeping this tradition going, and to everyone who made the show a success.
One highlight of the weekend was the beautiful weather, no snow, no ice, and temperatures did not drop to the teens or lower this year! With that kind of weather, it reminded me that spring is coming. This year as with years in the past, we had carvers form several states join us. We had a gathering of woodcarvers of all levels of expertise, for learning, carving, camaraderie and relaxation. Carvers at all levels of experience can find classes to meet their needs at our Gretna Retreat.
As I worked on my project and visited with friends that I only get to see once a year at Gretna, it came to mind that if you have not been able to attend one of our retreats, you are really missing out on a wonderful weekend. We even had our very own concerts performed each evening by our class of dulcimer makers this year. That is right, one of the classed taught this year was how to make a dulcimer, the class even included lessons on how to play! Another big draw this year was evening domino games. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves this weekend, and to top it off, the classes are not expensive. The food tastes great and there is always plenty of it. Carvers bring an assortment of snacks for everyone to share, so there is always something for every taste out there (for those of us who need a little something between meals)! The cabins that are available to stay in, for those traveling a distance or who like us, like to stay where the action is are the typical bunk style cabins. I must say however, they are very comfortable. You just need to bring your sleeping bag, towels and your own toiletries. I took some pictures to show you what goes on at Gretna, hope you enjoy them.
My parting words are, “If you have never been able to make it to the Gretna Retreat, make next year the year!” It is an awesome time with interesting people and amazing instructors, a perfect “get-a-way” in the middle of winter in Nebraska!
There is always a BUY, SELL, SWAP, TRADE table for wood, carving items, tools, etc. You are welcome to bring things you have for this. Be sure to mark with your name and prices.
CAMPERS – Don’t forget a flashlight, your bedding and towels beside your clothes. Definitely pack warm clothing. Ice cleats or trackers if you have them. Sidewalks are salted often, but bring them if you have them.
CLASSES: Thursday start when instructors are set up and come. Rest of the time classes start at 9.
There is still room and time to sign up for any of the classes except for the dulcimer class. It is full.
Visitors are welcome so invite your friends to come check out the retreat.
Please click on the Sign Up page and download your enrollment form today! Check out the instructor list and review the Things That You Will Need to make sure your stay is a great experience!
Roger Jacobs of Woodland Park, Colorado has passed away. Roger has been a carver at Gretna for many years. He usually took Marty Dolphin’s class. Their address to send a card to Carol and their family is 1259 Mountain Meadows Drive, Woodland Park, CO 80863-7407. You could send them a card and be praying for their family.
GRETNA WOODCARVERS RETREAT
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center – Gretna, NE
Feb. 9th -10th – 11th – 12th – 13th 2017
Sign-in begins at 9:00 A.M on Thurs the 9th
First meal Thur lunch is at 12:00 pm – Last meal Mon for breakfast
INSTRUCTORS FOR 2017
KEN ARMSBURY – Whimsey Bark Houses – Every day
TRACI BATES – Gourd Creations (Thur, Fri, Sat)
LORETTA BROBERG – Intro to Incised Carving – Thur & Fri mornings
MARTY DOLPHENS Bark Carving Faces – Every Day
ROGER NADRCHAL – Snowman – Fri, Sat & Sun
NANCY OLUFFSEN Animal Shot Glass Hanger Fri aft or Sat
STEVE REED – Hill Billy Caricatures (4-6 in) Every Day
GREGG THOMPSEN The Bear, a Farmer or a Gnome – Every day
MARY JO WOLF – Chip Carving – Every Day
GEORGE BLEDSOE – Wood Vendor Saturday & Sunday
Registrations and complete descriptions will be available at the
Mid-American Woodcarvers Association, Inc
42nd Annual Fall Show & Sale
October 7- 9, 2017
|FOR MORE INFORMATION:
See website: www.gretnawoodcarversretreat.com
Contact: JOHN or MARY ROBBINS
Call 308-236-3307 or 308-627-4435
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