Thank You, Robson Ranch Residents

Check out the Gourd Club display case!

Martha Spillane

As we move into 2023, the Gourd Club wishes all our residents a healthy, peaceful, and creative new year. We are fortunate to be living in a community where community comes first.

The Gourd Club would like to thank all the dedicated men and women from Support Our Troops. Their commitment in lining our streets with the waves of red, white, and blue brings pride and heartfelt gratitude to all those men and women who served and sacrificed to keep us free.

The Gourd Club would like to thank the many clubs and organizations who help keep our local children fed and clothed. Also our Robson Ranch volunteers who share their time at the food banks and pet shelters. The Heart of Eloy thrift shop is also helping in the revitalization of downtown Eloy. Thanks to the organizers of Denim & Diamonds for their relentless fundraising to improve the quality of life of brain tumor survivors, caretakers, and families. And lastly the faithful supporters who walk, run, and ride for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Thanks to the residents who spend months and days organizing and decorating their carts for our holiday caravan parades, which are always great fun. I wish I could mention all the individuals, clubs, and organizations that deserve credit for their timeless efforts in bringing all of us together and making living at Robson Ranch a vacation every day.

The Gourd Club will be offering orientation classes in January. If you are interested in learning the art of gourding, developing new friendships, and just plain having fun, we are the club for you. I promise you that you don’t need to be an artist. Our members are always willing to help you with pointers they have learned and developed. If you’re interested in signing up, come to our studio at the Fine Arts building. We are open Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays, 1 to 4 p.m., Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orientation is $10—we supply your first gourd and all supplies. Membership is $20 per year.

We will also be offering an array of new classes to members, such as preparing a thunder gourd, birdhouses, and weaving. Look for more information in 2023’s Mid-Week Scoops.

We always welcome visitors to our studio. Come in, walk around, and see what each of us are working on. If you feel a bit shy, view our showcase—many of our gourds are for sale. Think about a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone.

On Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Creative Arts Center will hold an open house. This will give everyone the opportunity to peruse all the creative art clubs, and maybe even discover a club you want to join.

Don’t forget to visit Wuertz Farm Annual Gourd Festival on Feb. 3 at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. It features gourd vendors selling unique one-of-a-kind masterpieces from around the country. It’s well worth a day out!