2022/2023 EVENTS

Events are listed chronologically

 All planned events for the 2022/2023 year are presently "in person" and will be primarily be held at the Garden Club Council Building. I've been informed that the GCCB will have Wi-Fi available. This means it will be possible to Zoom meetings from that location. At present, we do not have security access but that information will be made available during the first meeting. We hope to be able to zoom the meeting. We will make every effort to be online via Zoom for our monthly meetings and workshops. Meeting details are in Members Only.

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AUGUST LUNCHEON and FLORIST TOUR
Grecian Gardens and Jarrett's Jungle

August 17, 2022 at 11 AM

This year's inaugural meeting will first be a luncheon at Grecian Gardens restaurant at 11 AM. Grecian Gardens is at 2312 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169. We have a room reserved in the back. Following lunch, we will make a short trip to Jarrett's Jungle, 1621 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169. Jarrett's jungle is a well-established florist and horticulturist where we can examine the availability of materials and flowers for upcoming events.    

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SEPTEMBER DEMONSTRATION and WORKSHOP
"Homecoming" Celebration Arrangements

Hideko Rainey and her New Instructors
John Spence, Holly Crowe, Lin Ko, Virginia Allen and Ann Corbett

September 21, 2022
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 
Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Workshop and Program: 10:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 

IN-PERSON MEETING and DEMONSTRATION/WORKSHOP
EXHIBITION of CELEBRATION ARRANGMENTS by NEW INSTRUCTORS
The ZOOM portion of the meeting has regrettably been cancelled.
Inaugural event in the Garden Club Council Building

 

For our first "Homecoming" event in the Garden Club Council Building, we have prepared a special demonstration of CELEBRATION arrangements by Hideko Rainey. The

lineup of her new instructors will also each showcase their unique capabilities by each exhibiting an individual celebration arrangement created that morning. All the arrangements will be exceptional, using a "celebration" theme to mark the reopening of the GCCB. The format for this demo/workshop will be unusual because it can essentially begin with a "workshop", members can immediately begin their own arrangements (jumpstarting the workshop) ongoing with Hideko's demonstration. Chapter members can bring whatever container and material they prefer to make a celebration arrangement. Bright colors are preferred in keeping with the celebration theme. Members are extremely encouraged to make an arrangement to inaugurate the homecoming theme and the reopening of the GCCB. 

 

Hideko Rainey from Chapter 182 in Augusta Georgia has been an instructor and established member of our chapter as well, for decades. She has over 50 years experience as an instructor and has attained the highest level of the instructor certification in the Sogetsu school, Riji, first grade. Her presentations are always outstanding.

The "Celebration" arrangement in the Sogetsu School

Celebration arrangements in the Sogetsu school are somewhat defined. There are certain traditions but the overall idea is to create an arrangement that makes people happy. One tradition which has applicability to our situation is to avoid the color red because it's associated with fire. Considering the building burned down in 2018, this might be advisable. Another is to avoid the use of hydrangeas which are associated with instability because of the changing flower color. Regardless, of the taboos, the first priority is to be flexible and make the viewers (and the arranger) happy. A suggested arrangement shape is a spreading shaped like an open fan, symbolizing a prosperous future and increasing luck. The use of Japanese paper string (mizuhiki) or ribbons, particularly the gold, silver, red, white and metallics are also typical. 

Workshop Flowers, Line Material and Containers

Chapter members can bring whatever container and material they prefer to make a celebration arrangement. Bright colors are preferred in keeping with the celebration theme. However, if they wish to follow Hideko's demonstration, the recommended materials and container will be updated depending on availability the floral supplier. That update of necessity, will be posted last-minute here.  

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SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR EXHIBITION

October 10-23, 2022
South Carolina State Fairgrounds
1200 Rosewood Ave.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Ikebana International Chapter 182 has been invited to create an ikebana exhibition for the SC State Fair. Over a dozen arrangements will be on display. Please join us in the Cantey Building to see our ikebana arrangements as well as the flower shows put on by various South Carolina garden clubs. The ikebana exhibition will run the entire duration of the state fair from October 10 until the 23rd.  

Our website continues to be linked to the State Fair website so updated information about the two organizations and events is readily accessible. 

Chapter members please refer to the Members Only page for set up and take down information.

 

The State Fair link to our website is located at:

 https://www.scstatefair.org/attractions/flower-shows

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OCTOBER SOGETSU MEETING and WORKSHOP
Hosted by Lin Ko

October 19, 2022 
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 

Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15

Program 10:15-11:00

Workshop: 11:15-12:00

Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 
IN-PERSON meeting at the GCCB

Arrangement theme: Tropical Materials For All to Use

Chapter 182 member Lin Ko became a Sogetsu instructor in 2021.

Information about containers, flowers and material will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. 

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NOVEMBER OHARA MEETING 
Hosted by Robert Neese and Jean Davis

November 16, 2022 
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 
Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Program 10:15-11:00
Workshop: 11:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 
 IN-PERSON meeting at the GCCB

Arrangement theme: Ohara school

Jean Davis completed her instructor certification in the Ohara school in Japan and has been a chapter member since 2000. Robert Neese has been a chapter member since 2011. 

Information about containers, flowers and material will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. 

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DECEMBER EVENT
TBD

December, 2022 
The venue is still undecided. Options are a CMA tour, potluck or lunch at a restaurant or a Christmas gathering and gift arrangements. A vote will be held at the September meeting. 

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JANUARY DEMONSTRATION and WORKSHOP 
Li Yueh Huang, Ikenobo

January 18, 2023 
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 

Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Program 10:15-11:00
Workshop: 11:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 
 IN-PERSON meeting at the GCCB

Arrangement theme: Ohara school

 

Chapter 182 member and Ikenobo Instructor, Li Huang will lead an interactive program for our January Ikebana meeting.  She will have materials and containers for 4 Ikenobo arrangements and will specifically be demonstrating the Shoka Shimputai style. She will ask for 3 people to place a different material for each arrangement - that means 12 volunteers total for the four arrangements.  This is a fun way to learn how to be creative and think on the spot!  Li will of course provide comments and guidance.
 

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FEBRUARY EXHIBITION PREPARATION WORKSHOP
Li Yueh Huang, Ikenobo
John Spence, Sogetsu
Lin Ko, Sogetsu

February 15, 2022 

Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 

Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Workshop: 10:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 

Note: Every member is encouraged to make an arrangement for the exhibition. It is enormously beneficial to your growth as an ikebana practitioner to exhibit. This workshop is specifically intended to assist all members to make an arrangement for our annual exhibition but even so, is an excellent opportunity to get a great deal of one-on-one assistance and feedback. Exhibitions push you to do your best work and that is how all of us grow in our capabilities as practitioners.

 

Bring your favorite container, kenzan, line material and flowers to practice making your best work. Whether you exhibit or not, this workshop is invaluable to develop your skills as an ikebana practitioner. We will have instructors from the Ikenobo and Sogetsu schools on hand to provide assistance and ideas. There is no presentation and the focus of this event is entirely to assist chapter members in a workshop.

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MARCH - ANNUAL EXHIBITION

March 15, 2023

10 AM-5 PM 

Garden Club Council Building
Located opposite the swim center at Maxcy Gregg Park
1605 Park Circle
Columbia, SC 29201

Ikebana International Chapter 182 in Columbia SC is proud to announce its Annual Ikebana Exhibition and Tea. Typically we have approximately 80 Ikebana arrangements, Zen Gardens and miniatures on display. We will be showcasing arrangements in a variety of schools and styles. 

We will also have a live demonstration. Details will be forthcoming. 

A variety of teas will be available. 

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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
April 1-2, 2023

Ikebana International Chapter 182 is privileged to annually have a booth in the Cantey Building. We may not be a country but we're (almost) always next to Japan. Several dozen arrangements will be on display and the public is invited to stop by and have a free lesson in ikebana. 

Please check https://www.cifonline.org/ and here for updates.

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APRIL DEMONSTRATION and WORKSHOP
Sandy Pait and John Spence
Bamboo in Ikebana

April 19, 2023
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 
Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Program 10:15-11:00
Workshop: 11:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 
 Sandy and John, Chapter 182 members will demonstrate novel uses of bamboo in both containers and in arrangements. Bamboo inherently has an extraordinary line and has been commonly used in arrangements for centuries. We both promise to bring something new to the table that the chapter has not seen before and consequently, we are not going to tell what we will be doing apart from that it involves bamboo.
Come see something new. It will be very worthwhile. 


Please continue to watch this page for updates.

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MAY ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
and 
OFFICER ELECTION
DETAILS  FORTHCOMING!

May 17, 2023
We welcome our new leadership at the May meeting, and we have our annual business meeting.
This is an essential meeting to make plans for next year (to begin in August), pay dues and have lunch.
The venue is still undecided but possibly will be at the Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

YEAR END POTLUCK LUNCH AT JOHN'S

May 15, 2019 11 AM

Special Event

The final event of the 2018-2019 year will be a Potluck Lunch and Make-Your-Own arrangement at the Chapter President's house. Line material is readily available on the surrounding 5 acres of forest. Bring a good pair of shoes, your cutters, flowers and favorite container and we can learn from each other.

J. Spence

188 Castle Road

Columbia, SC 29210

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MAY SOGETSU CLASS

May 22 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the GCCB

These classes are offered to Chapter members by Norman Churchill who will provide all materials. There is an additional fee of $40 per class. Please contact Norman directly to arrange scheduling and payment.

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