This month's PBS meeting will be a BYO workshop. This is a great time to get some work done on your bonsai! Bring in some trees to work on, or to get advice and help on. There will be lots of help available if you need some guidance or questions answered. Be sure to bring tools, wire, or whatever else you might need.
If you need a cart, check with the lobby desk, or in the meeting room.
This is a fun evening - a great chance to gain some knowledge and improve your trees. Hope to see you there!
PBS BYO Workshop
Date: Friday, May 19
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Last month, we had an opportunity to watch a master carver (of bonsai), Will Baddeley. Will finished up his tour following MABS with a visit to PBS.
Material for the evening was a San Jose Juniper, which Will immediately decided to reduce the foliage mass by removing a large branch. The remaining branches were wired by Will's friend and assistant for the evening, Mike Humphrey, while Will attended to the carving of the trunk and shari.
The result was really great, with lots of movement and simulated age. Thanks, Will for a great program!
Hopefully everybody’s trees have come through winter unscathed! The Executive Board met last week to map out the next year or so of programs for Pennsylvania Bonsai. Once we have everything finalized we will publish the schedule. We also discussed The Flower Show and some changes we want the Horticultural Society to make to better insure the safety and aesthetics of our display.
We have added a few new people to the board and are hoping to make a few changes to keep with our long tradition of hosting great programs and activities.
As most of you know running a club and having guest speakers etc. costs a significant amount of money. PBS is doing well financially but we are beginning to burn through money at a much faster rate than we are bringing it in. Our costs have gone up with room rentals, the supplies and trees used in demos and of course speaker’s fees. This is why we sometimes combine meetings with the Lehigh club (BSLV) and also we try to schedule a speaker at several of the local clubs so that we may share the transportation costs across all of the clubs. Unfortunately, even with cost sharing we still have to raise dues a little to maintain our financial health. Overall our dues are still very competitive among other clubs in the area. We are always looking for ways to save money and rely heavily upon donations from members especially when it comes to our auctions.
Keep an eye out for more updates on meetings etc. in future newsletters. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
The 2017 MABS Festival was, as usual, a great weekend of bonsai! PBS was well represented at the festival.
Exhibitors for the Bonsai exhibit representing PBS were Jesse Cook, Chih Ho, Robert Mahler, and Walter Scott.
A special thank-you goes to those members who lent a helping hand during the evening auction. Things went smoothly and quickly thanks to their help. A special note - Jim Gillespie served as the sole auctioneer and did a super job of keeping things light and moving along.
Next year's dates are April 13-15 at the Connecticut venue with another great lineup of bonsai artists.
June 27 - Tuesday - (tentative) Hiroshi Yamaji - Lecture/Demo
July - No Meeting
August 20 - Picnic & Auction - Host: Mark Mahee Langhorne, PA - directions in Aug. Newsletter
Our membership year ends with the last day of May. If your address label has an 16/17 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the next meeting. Labels displaying an 17/18 indicate dues are paid for the 2017-18 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder notice will be sent.
Our meeting site is ideal for most members, but we are charged a fee for each meeting, which is causing a drain on our checking account. Income from raffles, silent auction, and live auctions is helpful, but do not make up for rental expense as well as speaker and materials costs. As a result, the Board has reluctantly decided to increase dues. Dues are now at $40. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return. The mailing address is:
The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Spring House, PA 19477
Upcoming Bonsai Events
May 13 - Open House - World Bonsai Day - Rosade Bonsai Studio - New Hope
May 13 - Bonsai Festival - Nature's Way Nursery - Linglestown
May 26-29 - American Bonsai Society Convention - Orlando, FL
June 23 -25 - National Shohin Exhibition - Kannapolis, NC
Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center
From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)-Take Exit 333 (Norristown - old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.
From Blue Route (I-476)-Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.
From Route 202-Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road.