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And then it was fall

All at once the summer finished up and today the museum at the Historical Village will close for winter.  The quilters met last week at the old school house to begin their season.  They set up the first quilt to work on, a lovely Dresden plate design that belongs to a woman in Oklahoma.  After discussion about which pattern to use for quilting, we settled down to sew.  We hadn’t met as a group since the middle of May so our needles and thimbles felt a bit rusty but in no time at all we were in the flow.rafflequilt2020

A woman in Rollins, MT won last year’s raffle quilt. A lovely lavender one pieced by Vivian Vanleishout and quilted by the women at the Historical Village. This year’s raffle quilt is one of my favorites.  Each of the quilters made 2-4 unique blocks from various shades of blue and rose that Sally selected. After piecing them together, the fun began as each block needed to be quilted differently.  Raffle tickets go on sale soon and then next August at the county fair, a lucky winner will be selected.  It could be you (if you buy the right ticket). You are certainly welcome to stop by the old school any Friday between 10am – 3pm to see this special quilt.

As you put together your schedule for the upcoming season, you want to keep in mind a few important dates.  On Wednesday, November 27, the Tobacco Valley Board of History will have a Pint Night at HA Brewery.  A dollar for every beverage sold will be donated for maintenance of the Historical Village.  Always a fun evening (this is our third annual!) with a huckleberry pie to raffle and great music. Be sure to come out to enjoy the evening with us.

On March 14, another great fundraiser is a concert in Eureka featuring The Wardens, an awesome Canadian band who performed here in 2018.  Songs and stories of the backwoods, wildlife and life as a ‘government cowboy’ will fill the evening.  The concert starts at 4pm; tickets available at the door. More details to follow.

And just in case you live in the Tobacco Valley and are interested in learning to hand quilt or volunteering, know we would be glad to see you.  Stop by the school house in the Historical Village on Fridays when we are quilting to find what you might do.

Coming up

Last winter we did a fundraiser for the Historical Village. Midwinter seemed a great time to offer people a chance to get out on a gray, cold afternoon to enjoy some live music, visit with neighbors and support our local museum.  The event was a wonderful success and afterwards many people asked if we were going to do it again.  And we are!!

On Saturday March 2 beginning at 4:00pm, we hope to see you at the Trego Civic Center to hear Mark Ross, musician and historian.  Mark is someone who knowmark_rosss Montana well. He lived in Butte, Montana for twelve years and also spent eleven years in Missoula, five of them doing a live Saturday night show for Montana Public Radio. From 1997 – 2000 he was the Artistic Director and Producer of the Butte FolkFest.  Needless to say, Mark Ross is also a consummate musician playing guitar, banjo, harmonica and a dozen other instruments.  He lives in Oregon now but jumped at the chance to come back up to Montana (even in winter) for this fundraising event.

Following Mark’s show, there will be a potluck so bring your favorite dish-to-pass.  We will have everything else needed at the Trego Civic Center.  After dinner, there will be a jam with Mark and any local musicians who happen to bring along an instrument.

All proceeds from this home-grown event support the Historical Village. Can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon this time of year. So put it on your calendar and invite along some friends.  Admission is $12 at the door. We will also have raffle tickets and our handmade quilts available for sale.