Antiques Club hosts egg program

The March meeting of the Warren Antiques Study Club was held at the Woman’s Club March 25. Members were treated to an Easter and spring theme to celebrate the upcoming holiday and the first day of spring. From president Pat Slattery’s poem lauding special meanings for jelly bean colors, to the ceramic eggs and other mementos of the season provided by the hostess committee, the afternoon was a reminder of warm days, daffodils and Easter bunnies.

Nominees for office for the next two years were presented and then voted upon; the new president-elect, Cathy Grant, was named, as were Liz Brown for the post of vice-president, Tara Harrington for treasurer, and Margie Smith for secretary. Congratulations to these women and to the other members chosen for posts as chairwomen. In addition to the election, Slattery reminded members that May 20 is the date of the group’s spring bus trip to Eastman Kodak and other sites in Rochester, N.Y. Additional information will be given at next month’s meeting. She also reminded members that dues for next year are to be submitted to Harrington by May 1, either at the next meeting or by mail.

The program was a discussion of Ukrainian Easter eggs by Susan Mitchell, who displayed some of the eggs she has made and also gave a demonstration of how this craft, which is similar to batik, is done. She was assisted by Sandra McIntyre, who brought several family eggs made by her grandmother, and also a beautiful embroidered cloth that was a family heirloom. McIntyre explained how her family celebrated Easter when she was young, following the traditions of eastern European culture. Mitchell then spoke of the long history of decorating eggs, with traditions going back to pre-Christianity, and how important this craft was and still is to each country that follows it. She talked about the symbolism of the colors and patterns used on the eggs, and showed how their meanings changed as time progressed, making the eggs a living history of their places of origin, and then showed the techniques and special products used to produce these colorful pieces of folk art. Legend states that as long as these pysanky (Ukrainian) eggs are produced, the world will never end.

Afterwards, members were treated to a snack by hostesses Kathleen McLaughlin, Audree Ord, Josephine Gerardi, Sally Clark, Lee Jones, Cindy Hammersley, Kay Smith and Patricia Williams. Next month the program will be on Cranberry Glass by Josie Gerardi. Participants are invited to take any cranberry glass they would like to share with the group.