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Sweep-In planning progressing

Sweep-In planning progressing

Sweep-In 2014 is fast approaching. The date, for those that haven’t looked at the page yet and have not marked your calendars, is April 11-13. The unofficial agenda looks a little like this:

  • Thursday, April 10
    • We can begin setting up after 5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ALL BROOM MAKERS
    • We will all gather and greet and get organized in the a.m.
    • We’ll have classes in the p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ALL BROOM MAKERS
    • Classes and demonstrations and such in the a.m. and p.m.
  • Sunday, April 13 OPEN TO REGISTERED BROOM MAKERS ONLY
    • We can now have our swap and tie up any loose ends before we pack up and say our farewells.

Our classes – which are not firmly scheduled yet, but are on the books, so to speak – this year include:

  • Kickwound brooms with Wayne Thompson;
  • Turkey Wings and Cobweb Brooms with Leesa Thompson on foot reels;
  • Spirit Faces on handles with Dan Stewart;
  • A dyeing demonstration by Shawn Hoefer;
  • And a Table v. Kickwinder talk with Shawn Hoefer.

I’ve also reached out to Robert Stone, the tinsmith that could not make it last year and he has high hopes that he’ll be able to make it this year, but is also talking to another tinsmith just in case, so we may have dustpans back on the menu.

We may be able to add another repeat class or two to Sunday if we reach maximum.

What we do not have is a general purpose vendor. Wayne and Leesa Thompson have always filled this roll and done such a marvelous job, but have decided to scale back a bit this year. If someone wants to bring a truckload of broomcorn or bundles of dyed broomcorn (are you reading this Richard? Berea?), I would be happy to hear from you.

As usual, we’ll have a people’s choice art broom competition.

Am I missing anything? Let me know by email or in the comments, and remember that you can keep an eye on things on the Sweep-In page or via email on the Broom Maker’s Group.