Regional Director: Christine Waller
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GREETINGS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO OUR REGION 2 MEMBERS!
It has not been an easy year for any of us, has it? Covid-19 and its continuing grip on our daily lives, devastating fires in most of the western parts of the country, and general unrest throughout the USA (and the world) have had an unsettling effect on us all. I hope you are finding some comfort in knowing that things will get better.
Looking Forward to Convention and Regionals in 2021
Several club members have found unique ways of coping with social distancing. Nothing can replace the joy of getting together with family and friends, especially during the holidays, but Zoom meetings and video chats have helped us maintain contact with those we care about. Currently, our combined Regions 2 and 4 meeting in Peoria, Illinois is scheduled for April 30 and May 1. Decisions are still pending on this activity based on COVID numerics and vaccine availability. I will pass on any details as they unfold.
Our convention in Middleton, WI (near Madison, WI) is scheduled for July 22-24, 2021. Convention committees are working hard on scheduling activities and the FBICC Board of Directors are closely following the current situation to make sure our members feel comfortable and safe in attending. If you have any concerns that may prevent you from attending, please let me know so I can pass them on to the Board for discussion.
The Mike Vail Auction
Although not sponsored by the FBICC, Mike Vail is going to have another personal auction on March 6, 2021. This will follow the same guidelines as his July 2020 auction. It will be handled through the Dennis Jackson Auction House. Please contact Mike Vail if you would like more information.
(His contact information is in the roster.)
December: A Time of Celebration
St. Nicholas Day (December 6): By tradition, St. Nicholas left fruits, nuts, and candies for children in Europe. In Holland, children put their wooden shoes outside their bedrooms on the eve of the saint’s day, hoping to find the shoes filled with goodies in the morning.
Chanukah/Hanukkah: (December 10-18, 2020): The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where, according to legend, Jews had revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts.
St. Lucia’s Day (December 13): Legend has it that once during a great famine in Sweden, Saint Lucia miraculously appeared, her head circled in light, to deliver food. This day marks the start of the Christmas celebration in Scandinavia, as the winter solstice approaches.
Boxing Day (December 26): In England and Canada, Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first weekday after Christmas. People give small gifts and gratuities to tradespeople, postal workers, and others whose services make life easier.
Kwanzaa (December 26-January 1): A seven-day non-religious holiday observed in the US, meant to honor African Americans’ ancestral roots. The name comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits.” Created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a black nationalist and professor of Pan-African studies at California State University at Long Beach, Kwanzaa became popular in the 1980s and 1990s in tandem with the black power movement — making up the trio of winter holidays along with Hanukkah and Christmas. The holiday is defined by Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles. Each day of the festival is dedicated to a specific principle, marked by lighting a new candle on the kinara, a seven-branched candelabra.
New Year’s Eve (December 31): Traditionally a time to say goodbye to the old and hello to a new beginning, we can all look forward to saying “good riddance” to 2020 and start 2021 with a clean slate. To quote Ben Franklin, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better person”.
What More Can I Do to Help Make Your Club Membership Worthwhile?
Please let me know if you have any concerns, questions, thoughts, etc. about how you can get the most out of your FBICC membership. I am just an email away and if I am not made aware of any problems you may have, I will not be able to help or find an answer from someone in the club who can help you. Stay connected with me! If you would prefer that I mail out letters to you instead of emailing them, I will do that. Just LET ME KNOW!
Your Membership Renewal Notice was mailed out with the final Blue Berry Notes issue of this year. Renewals should be sent in by January 1, 2021 to ensure continuation as a member and inclusion in the club roster. I hope you all will be renewing your club membership. If you have misplaced your renewal form, let me know and I will re-send the form to you.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep in touch!
P.S. One thing I learned about this past summer was a program on Facebook, called Marketplace. Lo and behold, I found this pretty corner cabinet within driving distance of our home. It now houses some of my Cavendish and Labelle pieces!