FSW Holiday Party


Our annual Holiday Party & Luncheon will be Saturday, December 9th, at 12 noon.  Scroll down for complete details.

If you have dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies, etc.) please let us know in the “Order Notes” field during checkout.  Or shoot us an email.


Blue Ball Barn exterior at dusk

Blue Ball Barn Conference Center

Our annual Holiday Party will be Saturday, December 9th, at 12 noon.  We will once again meet at the lovely Blue Ball Barn Conference Center, just off Rt. 202, Wilmington, Delaware. The address is: 1914 West Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Blue Ball Barn is a beautiful, two-story facility nestled in the scenic Alapocas Run State Park in northern Delaware.  Converted from a dairy barn built in 1914 by Alfred I. DuPont, this spacious meeting place also houses a collection of Delaware Folk Art.

As always, a catered lunch will be provided. Activities will include:

  • Catered Lunch and Beverages
  • Instant Gallery / Show & Tell
  • Silent Auction  (see details below)
  • Turning Contest  (see details below)

This luncheon is for FSW members and guests, however if you are not currently a member and would like to join for 2024, you will be grandfathered in for this event!

We are requesting $10 per person to help cover costs.  Spouses / Partners / Guests / Children are welcome!  (Children under 12 free)

2023 Turning Contest

Since this is our end-of-year celebration, the entries can be anything you’ve turned this year.  Bring your best work from 2023!

Six Categories:

  • Bowls
  • Plates & Platters
  • Hollow Forms / Vessels
  • Boxes
  • Ornaments (either hanging or free-standing, e.g., trees, snowmen, angels, nutcrackers, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous (architectural turnings, furniture, treenware, pens – anything that doesn’t fit the first five categories)


  • Enter in as many categories as you like
  • Please limit to only ONE entry per category
  • Entries should be turned in the past year
  • Bring your best work from 2023!
NoteA “set” counts as one entry.  For example, a set of nested bowls or a matching pen/pencil set would be considered one entry.  Space is limited, so if you’re not sure, please contact us for guidance.


  • As always, everyone in attendance will vote by paper ballot for their favorites in each category


  • $25 Gift Certificate for each category


Silent Auction


We will have a Silent Auction during the party.  We ask members to provide items for the auction.  Members can donate items outright, or for high-value items, you can let us know what percentage should go to the Chapter.  The proceeds help us pay for demonstrators and activities in the coming year.

Suggested Items for Auction:

  • Tools!
  • Lathe / woodturning / woodworking accessories
  • Books on wood turning or woodworking
  • DVDs on wood turning or woodworking
  • Wood
  • Bowl blanks
  • Spindle blanks
  • Pen blanks

Note:  For high-value items, you can let us know what percentage of the proceeds should go to the Chapter.

Auction Bidding Form:

If you plan to bring items for the auction, you can download, print, and fill out bidding forms in advance.

(We will also have forms available at the party.)