Five CFUW members (Barbara Pipher, Janet Simpson, Janet MacDonald, Mary Miller, and Sue Thoms) went to Holland from April 17 to 26, our purpose being to see the masses of flowering spring bulbs growing throughout Holland. We were certainly not disappointed! The Keukenhof Gardens were absolutely outstanding and from the train rides we took, we witnessed acres and acres of farm fields filled with all kinds of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Even the weather cooperated by sending us warm sunshine and no rain.
Our downtown Amsterdam hotel gave us easy access to the Central Train Station as well as restaurants and shops. As a group, we also visited the traditional fishing villages of Volendam & Marken, the historic towns of Haarlem and Delft…for the pottery of course, and the Rijksmuseum to see some of the old masters paintings. One could throw in two canal cruises, a windmill tour, a cheese factory tour, a wooden shoe factory tour, a concert and a ferris wheel ride to round out the activites. Some ladies went to see Anne Frank’s home and some went to Rembrandt’s home. Janet Simpson went on a successful adventure to northern Holland to find the gravesite of her uncle that was shot down in WWII.
There will be a silent auction at the February general meeting for those members who admired and would like to own one of the creative aprons worn by the Arts Outings interest group at the recent luncheon.
The unique table centrepieces from the luncheon will be on display at the meeting as well.
Congratulations to the Arts Outings Interest Group for hosting the successful January Luncheon. The creativity of the group was evident in the arts-themed aprons worn by the servers and the table centrepieces. Each of the centrepieces represented a Canadian woman in the Arts. It was our task to examine the displays and use the accompanying clues try to determine the identity of our artist/author/musician.
We were entertained by some of the talented students of the Michael Faulkner School of Music who performed a variety of vocal and piano solos and duets.
The quilt/scrapbook group meets twice a month and enjoys seeing the works in progress and finished items produced by its members.
Read the World Lunch – After enjoying a lovely lunch hosted by Anne Lanning we had a lively discussion about the clothing industry in reference to the book, “The Coat Route” by Meg Lukens Noonan.