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Decorate your own gourd at Gourd Education Day.
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Decorate your own gourd at Gourd Education Day.

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Learn about gourds
Saturday in Huntsville

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com 340-2446

Gourds are much more than birdhouses on poles these days.

You can learn about growing, crafting and decorating gourds for your home and garden at Gourd Education Day on Saturday.

This free event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jaycee Community Building at the Madison County Fairgrounds off Johnson Road/Airport Road in Huntsville.

The Huntsville Gourd Patch, a division of the American Gourd Society, will sponsor the spring meeting of the Alabama Gourd Society along with Gourd Education Day.

The event will feature demonstrations of gourd crafting (cleaning, carving, cutting, painting, wood burning and more) and a children's "make and take" corner, where for $2 they can make and decorate a gourd basket, birdhouse, rattle, dipper or mask.

Gourd craft vendors will sell supplies, gourds and tools, and concessions and door prizes will be available.

The Gourd Patch is an area group of gourd crafting and growing enthusiasts, as well as vendors who sell gourds and gourd crafting supplies.

"Saturday will also be a good chance to learn about the Gourd Patch club and the fun things we create," said member Sue Duff. It meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Huntsville Botanical Garden. Also, on the second Saturday of each month, an all-day gourd workshop is held in Owens Cross Roads to learn new techniques and ways to craft gourds.

Some Gourd Patch members' creations include a totem pole made of decorated gourds, a pirate, and an Indian village, which were on display on the autumn Scarecrow Trail at the Botanical Garden, plus vases, pitchers and other gourd containers.

While the Alabama Gourd Society has been in existence since 2000, there was no gourd group in North Alabama until recently, when the Huntsville Gourd Patch was organized.

"We are seeking new members because it would be nice to get acquainted with other 'gourders' in our area," said Duff.

For information, call Jean Mann, 527-2371.

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