"Warren Furniture Manufacturing" was the topic of Crissi Winans at the Nov. 26 meeting of Warren Antiques Study Club. Winans displayed photos and clippings of the many factories that have existed in Warren and several examples of their products. Members remembered family members and friends who worked at these establishments, and they and Winans related stories of furniture acquired through the years that were made in Warren factories, the last of which was in the process of being torn down in November. It was very interesting hearing why and how these factories were established here 100 or so years ago, how they merged and changed direction through the years, and the unique features of several of their pieces of furniture.
Pat Slattery, president, led a business meeting before the presentation, and refreshments were served by hostesses Liz Horsley, Lisa Blair, Roberta Ward, Mary Mahood, Mary Putnam, Sally Metzgar and Patricia Bengston after the presentation.
The Christmas lunch was held Dec. 10 with harp music by Ellen Paquette during the noon social hour at the Conewango Club. Dottie Higgins led the group in grace, and after lunch there was a lively share-and-tell event with members showing and/or describing happy memories of Christmases past. A collection for A Safe Place took place.
Hostesses for the event supplied traditional table decorations of greens, vintage postcards and holiday-themed dolls while Slattery gifted everyone with a calendar with a teacup theme. Hostesses were Rebecca Ryan, Judith Scalise, Susan Mitchell, Shirley Hooker, Sally Siefert and Madeleine Shanshala.
The next program will be held at the Woman's Club on Jan. 28, and will feature a program entitled "The Craftsman Era" by Cathy Grant.