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Airing of the Quilts

Airing of the Quilts

Greenwood's Airing of the Quilts 

May 5-6 will be colorful days when the 8th annual Airing of the Quilts is held at Greenwood’s Bell Park. This celebration of patchwork, pattern and stitching is sponsored by the Alpha Delta Chapter, ESA, an international service organization that supports the South Sebastian County Historical Society.

“This is the historical society’s biggest fundraiser and it’s a joint effort between the historical society and the quilters,” explained Ann Akins, treasurer for Alpha Delta and the Quilt Show and the incoming president of the Belle Pointe Quilters Guild.

More than 100 beautiful examples of the quilter’s art will be on display. Most of the quilts have been made by members of the Belle Pointe Quilters Guild,  but quilters enter from other cities and clubs, as well.

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Kay Voss is the woman behind the idea of the Airing of the Quilts fundraiser and owner of Mama’s Log House Quilt Shop, where quilters seek out her knowledge. “It’s so special that we are able to help the historical society preserve our history for the next generations. This came about because we wanted to do something for Sebastian County and nationally not just for Greenwood,” she said.

“Each year, the Airing of the Quilts grows, from a nice start of 100 visitors the first year to over 600 visitors from all over the world. We’ve had people come from 11 states, including as far away as Maine and California,” said Donna Goldstein, curator with the South Sebastian County Historical Society. Vendors will offer other handcrafted fiber art. Two are Greenwood artists, Virginia Stewart’s 55 Stitches aprons and Valerie DiMaggio’s hooked wool rugs.

One of the most popular amenities of the show is Miss Sue’s Tea Room inside the quilt show. Sue Lewis and a group of women create a unique tea room atmosphere for their visitors, with proper cups and saucers. The tea room is open for lunch or dessert from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be available for $8.

As always, a special quilt has been selected as a focus of the show. “Every year, we have a special exhibit. This year is the Mother/Daughter’s quilt made by Letha Wilson and Maxine Rogers,” said Voss. Wilson has been making quilts since 1959 and has created 75. Maxine made her first quilt in 2016 and plans on making more.

To enter a quilt in the show, inquire about special hotel rates or for other information, call 479-883-0254 or 479-806-1081. Find them on Facebook at Airing of the Quilts.

Quilt show visitors also are invited to see vintage quilts displayed nearby in Greenwood historical district's 1848 log cabin, 1892 Old Jail, Pioneer School and Old Barn at the northeast corner of the town square, Main and Center Streets. At the historic site, there also will be Civil War-era historical re-enactors and a blacksmith demonstration.

Admission is $5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Sen. Ed Wilkinson Pavilion, Bell Park, 1050 Bell Park Road, Greenwood, Ark.

By Karrie Stewart

This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine.

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