This weekend, May 3 and May 4, was such a phenomenal success
for the 10th Annual Airing of the Quilts as well as the Sebastian
County Historical Society in Greenwood.
Even among the hundreds of quilts, there were Civil War era games for the children, children’s Spelling Bee, Civil War cannon firing, Wild West show, US Marshall re-enactment, Blacksmith demonstrations, Silent Auction, Raffle and so much more.
At the Ed Wilkinson Pavilion at Bell Park in Greenwood,
there were many people who visited to view the contemporary quilts. They are
indeed works of art and you can tell there is a love for the craft in every
stitch and piece of material. Many people also enjoyed their lunch at Miss
Anna’s Tea Room. In fact, the room was beautifully decorated and the tables
were always full yesterday.
On the grounds where the 1892 jail sits in Greenwood, I
listened to the musical talent and singing by Common Thread as many people were
also doing the same. The backdrop of the old home was perfect.
As I went inside the old jail, there are many antique
artifacts from the coal mining in this area as well as Civil War artifacts. It
is somewhere everyone should visit.
The antique quilts were beautiful. While I looked at some of
them, it was hard to distinguish between machine-sewing and hand sewing, the
threads so minute and almost perfect. How much time was involved, don’t you
also wonder? To work on it for months in dim lighting just to have something to
keep the family warm and become an heirloom to future families is astounding.
Next year, there will be another Airing of the Quilts and
the events supporting the Sebastian County Historical Society and an
opportunity you won’t want to miss.
In the meantime, take your family and visit the old Jail and museum, schoolhouse near the courthouse in Greenwood and possibly volunteer some or donate to help them keep our history of Greenwood alive.
Visit this article for Part 1 of Airing of the Quilts.