Message from Ann: March 2015

Dear Friends,

Seems like spring has finally arrived! The excitement is starting to percolate, both outside and in here at The Scrap Exchange, with all kinds of offerings and events coming up.

One of the projects I’m most excited about is our new Garden Club!

We’ll be building a community garden in our back courtyard area and the Garden Club are the folks who’ll be making it happen. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. so come on out if you’re ready to start digging in the dirt!

Our first project will be to create raised gardens using pallets. You can learn how to make the beds and help us get the community garden area ready for composting and planting, all at the same time.

Along with those actual gardens seeds we’ll be planting, we’re also planting some “reuse seeds,” with our third Creative Reuse Boot Camp.

Participants from as far away as Stillwell, Kansas and as near by as Fayetteville, North Carolina will be with us from Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, March 20, for 30 hours of intensive training on how to start a creative reuse center.

Our next Boot Camp is scheduled for October 13–16, so let us know if you’re interested. You can check out the Boot Camp page of our website for more information:

Another program offering we hope will plant some seeds is our SUMMER CAMPS!

We have four weeks of programming scheduled with a different theme each week: DIY Designers, Eco-Scouts, Adventure Playground, and Market Makers.

Do you know a kid who would love a week of Scrap Camp? Check out the website for complete details about the camps and how to sign up.

We’re always working to get the word out about The Scrap Exchange. We recently were interviewed by Lee Anne McClymont at WCOM community radio on her Courage Cocktail show. You can download the show as a podcast — it’s Courage Cocktail Radio Show #132 The Scrap Exchange, Durham, NC.

The show was great and was a fitting send-off for our marketing manager Ruth Warren, who has served the organization tirelessly for more than five years as the marketing and communications point person, and has been involved with The Scrap Exchange for more than 10 years.

Ruth came to us as a volunteer helping to process fabric, and created her own job as our PR, social media, and e-commerce maven. She is also a working artist, taught classes, sold products in the Artists’ Marketplace, and was featured in a number of gallery shows. She and her husband are retiring to sunny Florida — we wish them the best and she will truly be missed!

And last but not least, it is Third Friday this week! Come on out for the opening reception on Friday, March 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. This month’s show is “Absolute Green” — recycled visual art by Nghi Vollmer. Nghi is a self-taught, recycled visual artist, who breathes new life to disposable paper materials. The show will continue until April 11, 2015.

Many thanks,

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

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