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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.