The Tobacco Valley Board of History had their annual fall rummage sale recently. And yesterday evening there was a fundraiser for the Historical Village at HA) Brewery. Now the first quilt of the season has been put on a frame. The women are quilting every Friday again now that fall has settled in and the first snow has appeared on the mountains.
Lynda wants the word to get out that we are in need of quilts to sew. We are working on a beautiful one now, have another in the cupboard to be quilted later but after that the cupboard is bare. If you have a quilt top and are looking for some lovely, painstaking by hand quilting to be done on it – let us know. Our prices are extremely reasonable and there is so much wonderful energy added to your quilt by the women sitting around the frame sewing on it. Not only will you get a hand quilted heirloom, but you will help maintain the Historical Village.
Every now and again someone asks if they can order a quilt, that is not bring us a top already pieced but order a quilt in certain colors or a style to match a particular room or individual. Yes, we can do custom quilts as well. We actually have a couple for sale that we made last year. But really what we most want now are quilts to sew as we like looking forward to the winter season with a cupboard full of quilts waiting to be finished.
Yes, I admit it. I tend to focus on the women quilters when writing this blog. They are such a remarkable group and I could listen to their stories, watch their meticulous sewing for hours and hours, never growing tired of it. I appreciate so much what they each give – Cathryn’s advice, Lynda’s organization, Joan’s stories, Bev’s energy. But there are men as well who help make the Historical Village what it is. Gary sets up the volunteers for the museum which means finding people to fill in slots every single day from late May until early September. Everyday from 1:00 – 5:00pm a volunteer needs to be at the Village to open the buildings, talk to visitors, tidy up the museum and Gary makes sure this happens. And then there is Darris who attends meetings and helps with organizing the historical facts. Who did what when and where was that old photograph taken? Darris always knows these sorts of things. Lewis and John help a lot with building maintenance and constructing things that are needed. They tend to be quieter. I must admit I don’t often hear their stories but they are always ready to lend a hand and a smile.
It seems as we start another winter season that it is only right to recognize these men who help keep the Village going. The women will quilt all winter on Fridays, plan rummage sales, discuss this and that, laugh at Mary Louise’s jokes or the antics of Joan’s cats. The men who are part of the Tobacco Valley Board of History are mightily appreciated though and deserve recognition. Thank you, gentlemen!