LeDFAS chairman John Andrews and president June Robinson cutting the cake
LeDFAS 20th Birthday
On Wednesday 8 March we celebrated our 20th anniversary as a society: one branch of many in the National Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS). Leatherhead is particularly privileged in that our branch president, June Robinson, is also the chairman of what has now become an international organisation. She joined our chairman, John Andrews, for the celebration and helped him cut the superb cake (which had been baked by his wife Mary).
We had a most enjoyable lecture by John Ericson, on the subject of art inspired by wine. He is a very popular speaker and the event was well attended. He started with a joke that got everybody laughing, and the humour continued throughout his talk. Pictures of the infant Bacchus, and some cartoons on the subject of the over-enjoyment of wine, were particularly amusing.
He showed us some beautiful decanters and interesting corkscrews, noting that there are more than 300 British corkscrew patents. He continued by talking about the importance of wine labels, which have a great influence on which bottles we choose to buy. Château Mouton Rothschild has invited famous artists to contribute artworks for its labels, which have become collectables. We all learned a lot about wine and its accessories.
At the end of the talk we had glasses of wine to celebrate (though sadly not from that château). People stayed longer than usual to chat to each other, and that rounded off the evening.