9Here Stephanie Krauss and Celeste Allen look to fill the volunteer charts. Some things never change.
10Hanging the first show was both same and different Hanging the first show was both same and different. We hadn’t yet worked out a lot of bugs such as the artist clearly identifying their work. Here wonderful Rachel Jacobs is hunting for the rug that matched the label. Not all titles really helped. What is Annie’s Dream ? Was it the cat rug, the flower rug, or maybe an abstract? The Orientals were the worst!
11All the labels were hand written in the early years All the labels were hand written in the early years. Kate Murray Jones did each and every one. The first year we had 190 rugs.
13We also did not charge admission, but asked for donations We also did not charge admission, but asked for donations. In the first year made a profit of $Here a guest signs our guest book with our front desk crew – Pam Finnegan and Patty Yoder.
14We also had a shop area from the very first year We also had a shop area from the very first year. Local vendors such as Stephanie Krauss (pictured far right) were able to cover their own area. We also allowed vendors from a distance to send us their wares and the guild actually manned the area. It was a lot of work taking care of the nightly ledger not to mention the inventory. Here Judy Phillips takes a turn at the booth.
15The Viewer’s Choice started from the very beginning and here is the list from our newsletter of our first winners.
16We offered classes from the beginning and used the Inn’s facilities We offered classes from the beginning and used the Inn’s facilities. One location was in the pool area. One of our funniest moments happened when a guild member decided to cross the lap pool, thinking the floating cover was a hard surface. Down she went, camera and all.
18May 3-11, 1997 Message RugsThis year we decided to create a theme for the show which was extremely popular among the members. Judy and Kate continued as co-chairs.We had 900 people attend and made a profit of $ One big winner was the “proddy” workshop that Judy Phillips arranged netting us $500 alone.
19We also created the logo rug We also created the logo rug. Stephanie Krauss and Julie Smith were in charge. The rug was housed at the Inn for many years in the off season. When we moved to Shelburne the yellow barn was re-hooked to be red.
20Song in my Heart April 25- May 3, 1998 This year we moved to a theme open to interpretation. Patty Yoder and Diane Kelly took over the reigns as show chairs from Judy and Kate.
21Notice the hours our show was open Notice the hours our show was open. Thursday evening we stayed open late and in one of the first years we convinced the Mad River Chamber of Commerce to hold its “mixer” that night to help draw in a larger audience and bring rug hooking to those who might not otherwise attend.We also had to work around the Sunday worship service that was held on the second floor of the barn. So on Sunday we opened at 11:00.
221998 Show Stats 1100 visitors Donations up 40% 47 hookers attended classes taught by Anne Ashworth, Roslyn Logsdon, Sue Hammond Diane Moore and Ann WinterlingSue Hammond’s beginner class had 13 participantsPhoto shows volunteers and teachers having lunch
23April 24-May 2-1999 Stars and Stripes Forever This year’s theme was Stars and Stripes and was chaired once again by The Viewer’s Choice started from the very beginning and here is the list from our newsletter of our first winners.Patty and Diane.This year we spent $10, on show expenses and realized a profit of $2, We made money on the shop, the door (split the $2, with the Round Barn)
24Money MakingJean Evans and her students received permission from Mary Azarian to use a woodcut from the book, A Symphony for the Sheep, as a raffle rug.The raffle netted us $1,958.
25Under the Big Top April 29-May 7, 2000 Davy DeGraff, Rae Harrell and Diane Phillips chaired what was to be our last show in Waitsfield. This show also featured the Circus Train rugs.Sadly for us the wedding business at the Inn was making it hard for us to secure two weekends during the busy spring wedding season. That season has since grown to encompass nearly the entire year.The Inn’s growing business also meant less space for us to hold workshops each year.Luckily Rae Harrell had the ability to make the Shelburne Museum possible for our next phase of venues.
26This is from the Under the Big Top Year just after the crew finished hanging. Notice the Circus Train rugs around the top of the walls.
28The First Show at Shelburne Hooked in the Mountains VIDavy DeGraff, Rae Harrel and Diane Phillips chaired the show. Diane also ran the classes offering nine choices over the week.The theme for this year was “Going Places”This show marked our first Opening Reception.
29April 20-28,2002 Founders and You Are the Star, Self Portraits Show Number 7 featured the work of the Guild Founders and the theme was portrait rugs. Bev Conway was the show chair this year.We enjoyed Helen Wolfel at the opening and she was as entertaining as ever.We had over 70 rugs hooked by the women who were responsible for our guild’s beginnings. In all we exhibited over 400 rugs.
30April 26 – May 4, 2003 Come Home to Vermont In this year we featured the work of Dick Labarge. Celia Oliver and Amy Oxford chaired the show.We also raffled off a Warren Kimble rug this year as a fund raiser.
31This was the poster and the post card for the year featuring Dick’s work. It was the last year that we issued a poster.
32In the Garden April 17-25, 2004This year featured the work of Jule Marie Smith and the theme was “In the Garden”. The very popular Vermont Vignettes were displayed for the first time as well.This was also the year of Amy’s first book which created a flurry of activity. We showed 635 rugs and had 760 members by the end of the show.
33Come Play with Us April 16-24 2005 Rae Harrell and Barbara Held chaired the show this year and it featured the “Playing Cards” which was curated by Linda Rae CoughlinThe Viewer’s Choice winners for this year were:Jen Lavoie – Woman in the Red SuitSuzi Prather Wanna PlayJoan Mohrmann BuckinghamLori Lupe Pelish Seriously SwirledSandy Ducharme Nature’s HarmonyRae Harrell The FluteShirley Chaiken KimonosAnn Hallett The Sheepish GrinAnn Hallett Who Let the Cows Out
34Strong Women AprilBarbara Held and Rae Harrell chaired this show which featured the work of Emmy Robertson, Pat Merikallio and Michelle MicarelliThis year we decided to limit the rugs to five per member but still had 940 hooked pieces due in large part to Amy’s second book.The sheer number of rugs demanded a two volume set!
35Together -November 8-16, 2007This showed chaired by Julie Marie Smith featured Jen Lavoie and Suzanne Dirmaier.It also was the first year that we moved the show to November. The museum was using the round barn for more exhibit space and could not accommodate our usual April date.
36November 8-16, 2008Julie Marie Smith chaired the show that featured the work of Rae Harrell and Diane Kelly. This was also the year that Mary Lee O’Connor took over the classes from Diane Phillips.Who can forget the giant web ushering viewers into Rae’s area or the warmth of a New England home housing the work of Diane Kelly.
37Possibilities November 7-14, 2009 Julie once again had her arm twisted and continued on as rug chair. This year featured Sharon Townsend, Diane Phillips and Gail Duclos Lapierre.
382010This year we decided to take a year off. No one came forward to chair the show and that became the perfect opportunity to review our options. Luckily for us, Jen Lavoie stepped forward and is in the midst of planning the November 2011 show. Stay tuned for more information.