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Airing of the Quilts – Part 2


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.

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