HSMG Participates In CNY Soapmakers 2010 Gathering

CNY Soapmakers Gathering

Central New York Soapmakers, (CNY Soapmakers), a Yahoo group of over 197 members held its 10th Annual Gathering in Syracuse, NY on July 31, 2010 at the lovely home of Samantha Kingsley. There were over 33 attendees who traveled as far away as Pennsylvania and Connecticut. There was even one visitor who traveled from Russia after hearing about the group on the Internet.

Each year the “list moms”, Beth Byrne, Sarah “Shaye” Hayes and Colleen Johnston do a fantastic job of organizing and making sure everything is run smoothly. There are demonstrations, workshops, product swaps, Yankee soap swaps, soap contests, raffles and door prizes that are donated by numerous vendors, suppliers and organizations.

This year the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild, who has several members that belong to this group, sponsored The Ugly Soap Contest. Delores Harris from the HSMG Public Relations Committee handled the registration, voting and distribution of prizes to the winners. There were twelve entries ranging from “down right pretty” to “down right disgusting” ugly soaps. It was a hard decision but after the votes were counted there was agreement that Amy Emm, Trina Twitchell and Maria Gelnett had concocted some “ugly creations” that no one would ever want to use in their bath. There is talk that they are already planning next year’s ugly soap creations.

Ugly Soap Contest Winners

The 1st Place winner Amy Emm was presented a $50.00 gift certificate to be used at the HSMG Store, 2nd Place went to Trina Twitchell who received a 2011 HSMG Calendar that boasts hundreds of beautiful photographs of soaps by various members and 3rd Place went to Maria Gelnett who received the insulated HSMG travel mug. All the ugly soaps are being donated to Clean The World on behalf of the CNY Soapmakers and HSMG.

If your Gathering or Conference would like HSMG participation, please contact Public Relations Director, Dolores Harris at deloresh@soapguild.org.

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5 Comments

  1. Is it true that all roads lead to New York? Gee, I wish I could have found one here in Clyde MO! It sounds like a great time was had by all. Congratulations for pulling off a wonderful gathering.

  2. The one on the right looks like one of mine! I made a batch once that came out a little strange.

    Sounds like it was soooo much fun! I will try really hard to attend next year’s event. It would have been nice to meet new people and see some of my friends from the HSMG Conference!

    -Donna

  3. We had a great time! I drove 4 hours to get there and didn’t even get sleepy on the drive back. CNY Soapmakers Annual Gathering ROCKS!

    The day goes by so quickly but we enjoy the camaraderie of those who attend.

    It also does serve as a mini HSMG reunion!

  4. It was a beautiful day. The workshops by Deb Sturdevant (liquid soapmaking) and LaShonda Tyree (fizzy bath balms) were excellent. The goodie bag items were awesome. I enjoyed being with old friends and making some new ones.

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