NEWTON FALLS - A group of women who enjoy working on a variety of crafts have been meeting since the 1960s each month.
The Hobby Hunters group is celebrating 50 years.
Flo Martin, president, said the group, which has been together more than 40 years, simply involves women getting together for crafts.
Helen Fischer, who has 38 years with the group, said Yvonne Weakley started the club in April 1962 for mothers to get together while their children were in school.
"This gave the moms something to do together such as a hobby,'' she said.
A special luncheon was held this spring for the anniversary.
Fischer said years ago the club had 47 members and would go on one-day trips and overnighters.
"I enjoyed doing the crafts because they were always different. We made so many things. What didn't we make?'' she said.
The group made bracelets, swags, flower arrangements, necklaces and corn husk dolls, among other items.
The members have died or left the group over the years. Currently there are 19 members.
Martin said new members are always welcome.
She said the club also does community service and has helped needy families at Christmas, helped Girl Scouts, helped raise money to cover costs for a senior citizen van, contributed to Easter egg hunts, and purchased tables for the community center and backpacks for the children at school.
Fischer said if students need money for events or for something at school, the group would help.
Margaret Smith, who has been with the club for 46 years and has served in many positions, said she enjoyed the trips held in the spring and fall.
Every meeting two people take care of refreshments and another two take care of the craft.
Smith said she enjoyed the annual craft shows and helping prepare the food in the kitchen.
"Everyone got involved. The craft shows are always a lot of fun," Bertha Wagner said.
Betty James said she also enjoyed the craft shows and the company of others and being involved in community service.
''The camaraderie and getting together,'' she said.
Some years the kitchen made $1,500 to $2,000 at the craft shows and food sales.