Chat and Craft group celebrates

The Mansfield Community Church Ladies Chat and Craft group held it’s second annual “happy birthday to us” celebration on July 18. In the back, from left, are Sawyer Ericson (held by Tara Tupling), Adrienne Douke, Nancy Harshaw, Nancy Glessner, Joanna Scheibe and Raven Devers; in front, Sequoia Easton, Hannah Tupling and Jeanette Cavadini. (Provided photo/Diana Mickelson)


By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

The Mansfield Community Church Ladies Chat and Craft group held a “happy birthday to us” celebration July 18 in the church basement.

The Wednesday morning Chat and Craft is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend, socialize and work on craft projects. Children of all ages are also welcome.

“We have a playroom in the basement for the kids,” said Nancy Harshaw, wife of church Pastor LeRoy Harshaw.

Chat and Craft is held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Wednesday, except for holidays or if another event is scheduled. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and a sack lunch.

Chat and Craft is a fun outreach that the church has offered for many years.

The first “happy birthday to us” celebration took place last July and it was such a success that, “We decided to do it again,” Harshaw said.

This year’s event attracted about 10 women who brought a variety of potluck dishes which included cool vegetable salads and a meat and cheese plate. A dessert of homemade whipped cream and fresh picked berries for a pound cake completed the luncheon.

Joanna Scheibe has participated in Chat and Craft for many years.

“I’ve been coming to Chat and Craft for the last few years,” Scheibe said. “It’s a really fun way to connect and socialize with the other ladies, some whom I have known for over 35 years… as well as meeting and making new friends. My granddaughters Raven Devers and Sequoia Easton come with me every chance they get. They really enjoy it…”

The birthday luncheon is a fun way for everyone to celebrate each other, Scheibe said.

A birthday banner was hung above the buffet table, the women said grace, then sang “Happy Birthday to Us” as a group. Laughter and smiles ensued.

Tables were pushed together and the group sat down to enjoy a potluck meal, and catch up on family and life events.

Conversation covered a wide spectrum of interests, from horses, to children, to grandchildren, and old and new craft ideas and projects.

Diana Mickelson who has crafted handmade jewelry for many years said, “I love our Chat and Craft time because it’s so much fun to see what others are doing, and often I learn new things from them. Celebrating our birthdays together is equally fun. My family doesn’t do a lot with birthdays, so having friends to celebrate with gives me that extra bit of fun I wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Veteran crafters admit that sometimes Chat and Craft can be a bit more “chatty” than “crafty.”

At the end of the day, “We are happy we can provide a place where we all can meet weekly and enjoy each others’ company and share craft ideas,” Harshaw said. “And we have a lot of fun too.”