|Dick, Jeff, Murph and Ed discuss one of Dick's pines.|
The club provides the meat, prepared by Jerry Kittle, our all-around man-behind-the-scenes. The rest of the food is carried in, and since we have some fine cooks among our members, there's always plenty and it's always plenty good.
(For me, the evening meal a few hours later is never more than a formality.) I didn't get any pictures while we were eating; I was otherwise occupied!
Part of the fun is a silent auction; anything bonsai-related can be offered. We used to hold a traditional auction, with our inexperienced members as auctioneers. (Translation: you are the auctioneer for your own sale items.) But as the quantity of plants of all sizes, pots, stones, etc. grew, that became too cumbersome. The present format saves a lot of time.
|Murph and Nancy check out one of the five auction tables.|
One is the Dead Tree contest: the judges decide which entry would be the best bonsai, if it were still alive. Dick Ruthsatz's pine won that distinction. (Sorry, I have no good pictures of those trees.)
|"Club Tree" entries. Don't ask me how Murph kept getting into these pictures!|
A new contest was added this year: Best On-One's-Own Styling in the Last 12 Months. The name, while cumbersome as a drunken hippo, is self-explanatory. (I'm sure we'll come up with a shorter name by next summer.) I had the privilege of winning that one, with a shohin 'Denisformis' yew. My 12-year-old will help me decide where to place the cheery little birdhouse I won. ☺
|Dave, Bruce, and MyShaun examine the Styling candidates.|
|(But what will the birds think?)|
|As purchased. (Forgive the picture quality.|
|Potted up, tied in, and mulched with sphagnum.|
Until next year! (On this topic.)
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