The Mason Study Club met on Wednesday, February 26th in the Stribling Room of the Library. Lunch was served by the hostesses, Mary Freytag, Trudy Irwin, Kathy Jordan and Deanna Handlin. Two new members were welcomed, Jan McCann and June Hall, pictured.
Carol Holmes introduced the guest speaker, Susan Summers, also pictured. Susan currently lives in McCullough County moving some time ago from Santa Fe, New Mexico. While living in Santa Fe, Susan was instructed in the art of making Ukrainian eggs. These eggs, also known as pysanky, represent Susan's love of anthropology, art history and ancient magic. The decorations on the eggs are made up of circles, triangles, crosshatch design, ladders, dots, wheat, and fish. All the designs have dual meanings, both Christian and pagan or magic. The eggs can take six to eight hours each to make. First the design is penciled on the empty egg shell, then the pattern is outlined with melted beeswax. The egg is dipped in a light colored dye, then waxed, and dyed the next darker color, then waxed, etc. When the egg pattern is finished, the wax is melted off with a candle flame, cleaned with lighter fluid, and then lightly coated with a polyurathane. The pysanky are awe-inspiring, marvelous and very appropriate for the Easter Season.
Also at this meeting the Study Club discussed their Spring fundraiser. Instead of selling hams for Easter, there will be four items rotating around the Square in a silent auction. These items are a painting by Sue Kaan, a beautiful quilt by Pam Scott, a "Spring time in the Hill Country" wheelbarrow filled with gardening needs, and the fourth item will be a limestone cross piece of art by Penny Ruthven. Watch for more information on each piece, plus times and places to place your silent bid.