It’s Schmai Time Wed., April 23

What do you get when you combine WTB, green thumbs and food?  It’s a WTB get together we call Schmai Time.

Come join other women as we all browse through Hafner’s greenhouse and share a meal at Jo Li Me Cafe in North Syracuse, Wednesday, April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30.

The address is  7265 Buckley Road. You can enter from Buckley Road by walking through the greenhouse or else you may enter from Taft Road.

Book Club Selection Set in Nigeria

The novel, Oil on Water, follows two journalists, one young, one older, who are looking for European who was kidnapped. Her  husband is an oil executive. Author is Helon Habila.

Read the book now and then join other women to discuss the book on Monday evening, April 28. Contact Jennifer Crittendon, 633-2817, for information on location.

We Heard Poetry and Celebrated the Art

Several local women poets shared their poetry as we talked about the art form on Sunday, April 13.

More from the meeting will be added here once the notes are published.

In March, We Learned About Kolam

Yuko Kise and President Joy Pople work on Kolam designs.

In India 3000 years ago, and even to this day, women arise with the sun, wash the area in front of their doorsteps and make creative designs with rice powder to  welcome the goddess of good fortune, Lakshmi. The tradition, known as Kolam, was explained Sunday, March 9 at the WTB meeting. Then women got to try out making various designs using a preprinted grid of dots. See the results at the right.

Saro Kumar explained the benefits of the tradition. The women get exercise, breath fresh air and use their concentration in designing the patterns.   And Kolam also provides socialization as people walk the streets and look at the various designs.

The rice powder becomes food for insects and is normally gone by day’s end.  So Saro said Kolam illustrates the principal that like life, nothing is permanent. Kolam is practiced by Jains, Buddhists and Parsis.

You may occasionally see the Kolam tradition here in the U.S., Saro said, explaining she had a friend create a Kolam design at the venues where her children were married.


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