We believe in Spring
The lilacs haven’t started putting out buds yet, and the grass still has patches of snow. But we can feel the sun warmer through the windows as we quilt and the days are definitely growing longer. And before you know it – it will be time for Rendezvous (April 29 at the Historical Village)!
The winter has gone well for those of us volunteering at the Village. The women are busy making lovely quilts. Darris ordered lots of new books for the museum so we will be ready for summer. Wayne, a new volunteer is making storm windows for the old schoolhouse, which we will surely appreciate once they are finished and installed keeping us toasty on winter mornings. Sally has done a remarkable job organizing our inventory of quilts, books, and handmade items. We sell these at the schoolhouse every Friday when the women are quilting, then at the museum over the summer months, and online. It is wonderful to have someone with Sally’s organizing abilities take on this task. It certainly takes a village to run the Tobacco Valley Board of History! Jane keeps track of our finances, Robin handles small repairs of which there are many, and Cathryn sets up displays. Of course there are many others as well – from Renata bringing in cookies for the quilters to Jan finding just the right fabric for the next quilt we will put on.
There are many other tasks that we could surely use help with in case you are thinking about giving some time. We would enjoy having you stop by the old schoolhouse on a Friday this Spring to talk about it. Summer is especially a season when we can use extra hands. Don’t hesitate.
Technically it is Spring but it doesn’t feel quite warm enough just yet, or look quite green enough just yet. Although there are a few hardy crocuses coming up at Sally’s, and the lilacs at the old schoolhouse have tiny buds, I do believe most of us are tired of winter by this point.
But things are shifting into the new season at the Historical Village. The Rendezvous Days celebration is scheduled the end of April which means on April 30th the Historical Village will be filled with vendors and people, the museum buildings will be open, and the Friends of the Library will be having their book sale in the back of the community building there.
The Eureka Montana Quilt Show is set for August 6th – and you know what an amazing event that is as the Historical Village fills up with hundreds of quilts. Even Shakespeare in the Parks is already on our calendar, when they perform “Twelfth Night” on August 18th in the Village.
Of course a lot will surely happen before mid August! The museum officially opens for the summer on May 29th which means every day until September, the buildings will be open at the Historical Village from 1:00 – 5:00pm. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand daily to answer questions, point out things of interest, and suggest places to get a good dinner in town. Oh – and the museum in the Fewkes Store building will have delightful things on sale including pine needle baskets, handmade quilts, books by local authors, postcards, and much more.
We are all looking forward to Spring and spending more time outside. And as we wait for the temperature to go up a bit more, you can stop by the old schoolhouse any Friday until mid May to visit the quilters and see the handmade items for sale. We have some amazing quilts we finished this year that you might just need to purchase for a wedding gift or to spruce up your own home as you get ready for Spring.