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Rendezvous turns 12

January 31, 2011

Zoe Boni concentrates on the opening stages in creating her work of art Friday at Appalachian Arts Studio. Photo by Joseph Bell.

This February, the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous will turn 12 years old. The popular event runs from Feb. 19-26.
While the event has evolved over the years, so has the planning, as committee members' efficiency constantly improves.
"Our meetings aren't as often as they used to be because the committee that we have has been doing this for 12 years," said Liz Boni, co-founder of the popular event. "We do a lot of e-mails, a lot of phone calls and back-and-forth communication that way. Everybody really knows what to do and we have an incredible grounds crew, and without that crew, we could not do this event.
"We have incredible people and Veolia donates all the dumpsters for us, and without that, it probably would be a hard thing to do."
While the event has grown in the eyes of the local townspeople, Boni credits the carvers with shaping the weeklong event into what it is today.
"The event has grown in its own way to become what it is and the carvers come and turn it into their own show, and because of that, you never really know what's going to happen," Boni said. "This year, I think we'll see some exciting things.
"We have the guys from the west coast, the Wolf Pack will come and Michael Blaine will be doing the competition Friday for fastest bear carver and we've got a few other things planned that I don't even know about yet.
"They're telling me it's going to be fun and I look forward to it every year because the carvers bring such energy with them, and the art form just keeps growing and it raises the bar."

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