I head up our local quilt during Archway Days here in Centerville. Last night we spent two hours hanging all the quilts in the Mansion House, a stage coach stop way back when. The first court house of Wayne County is also on the property. We have a beautiful display of quilts and needlework this year and for the first time we had to spill over into the Court House because we were full. The Mansion House is three stories high and many years ago this quilt show filled all three floors. Rather than going up a floor for the extra things we used the Court House because some people just can't do steps.
Today a bus with 25 women stopped and were we ever surprised. It was so great. This is the first bus load of people we have had since I have been a part of this. When this quilt show was in its prime, groups would charter buses to come and see it. We are having a silent auction for three antique quilts that are in very good condition. There is also a display of antique quilts from a friend of mine from back in college. She has a picture that goes with one of the quilts. It is of the women in a group who each made a block with her name embroidered on it as a friendship quilt that was then given to someone as a special remembrance of the group. Everything was done by hand of course.
We have a flea market that is always very popular. People are asked to donate books, magazines, patterns, fabric, etc., that they want to get out of the way and we sell it and the money goes towards the maintenance and upkeep of both buildings. We got an estimate of $13,000 for the repair of the chinking and varmint damage in the Court House. The new roof for the Mansion House is costing $8,000 and the replacing the driveway will cost $6,000. Admission to the quilt show is $3.
There are food vendors and crafters with booths down on Morton Avenue and yard sales all over town. Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day and then we will have to take everything down for people to pick up their projects and I will have to figure out what to do with what doesn't sell at the flea market.
Does your town have a festival of some kind and does it include a quilt show? If you are a part of a group that needs to raise money, I recommend a Garden Tour. Ours has been very successful. The money from that also goes to Historic Centerville for the maintenance and upkeep of the Mansion House property as well. This year we added an ice cream social to the Garden Tour which went better than I expected. We had home made pies (I made peach and blackberry - of which I had none), ice cream, and a drink.