The refreshment table decorations were suitably patriotic for the upcoming Fourth of July.
Member Nancy Countryman did a program on bears created by artist Robert Raikes. She told the club that Robert Raikes began carving wood sculptures while still in school and continued carving during his stint in the military. He carved everything from award-winning bird sculptures to carrousel horses. When bears became popular in the 1980s, Raikes created bears with fabric bodies and individually hand-carved wooden faces. The bears were so popular that Raikes entered into a contract with Applause, Inc., a toy company, who made versions of his bears with resin faces, although he continued to produce wooden-faced bears as well. Nancy said that it appears that Raikes' company is no longer active.
This is a resin-faced bear made by Applause.
Although best known for his bears, Raikes created other animals, like these bunnies, as well as dolls, including his version of the famous Hitty.
Member Jenell Howell brought two beautiful vintage Madame Alexander dolls to share, a hard plastic bridesmaid doll with the Maggie mold face and an exquisitely outfitted composition Wendy Ann.
Wendy Ann has magnets in her hands and came with a variety of special objects that she could hold.
Pam Wolf, who is the United Federal of Doll Clubs Region 3 director, displayed a center piece she had won at a recent regional meeting.