History put on dis­play at quilt show

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PORT ROWAN - The pews in the Port Rowan Com­mu­nity Church were cov­ered in history on the week­end. More than 120 lo­cally-made quilts were on dis­play as a quilt and an­tique doll show took over the church as part of Bayfest 2018. “All of these quilts come from the ladies’ of the con­gre­ga­tion,” Vir­ginia Mitchell, who spent the week­end talk­ing to vis­i­tors about the dis­play. “Quilt­ing is not dy­ing out. Not by a long shot. “The quilts you see here were ei­ther made by the women of the con­gre­ga­tion or by their moth­ers.” The only dif­fer­ence is that these days, the quilts are more likely to be made with the help of a ma­chine rather than by hand. Some of the quilts on dis­play go back to the early 1990s in­clud­ing a few that were brought to the church by Ruth Thomp­son. The quilts, now owned by Thomp­son, are in won­der­ful con­di­tion and were cre­ated by her late mother Nel­lie. The week­end ex­hibit was the third year for the show but it was the first time it was held in con­junc­tion with Bayfest, a com­mu­nity celebration that brings thou­sands of peo­ple to the vil­lage on the Labour Day week­end. Other quilts that cap­tured the eyes of vis­i­tors in­clude one that fea­tured the Bri­tish Union Jack while an­other fea­ture the Stars and Stripes of the flag of the United States. Some lo­cally-made quilts are turned over to the Men­non­ite Cen­tral Com­mit­tee which, in turn, do­nates them to hos­pi­tals, or­phan­ages and refugee camps. While the quilts were draped over the pews of the church, the al­tar was taken over by an­tique dolls and toys. The ex­hibit in­cluded a cou­ple of Ger­man dolls that date back to the 1900s. “The dolls are quite valu­able and will likely be­come even more valu­able in the fu­ture be­cause there aren’t any doll mak­ers left in Canada,” Mitchell said. “They’re all gone now.” The dis­play also fea­tured some older toys in­clud­ing a train set that dates back to the mid-1950s, an old Davy Crock­ett jacket and some older play­ing cards. Or­ga­niz­ers hoped to raise between $1,000 to $1,500 through the show with pro­ceeds be­ing put back into the com­mu­nity. Pre­vi­ously known as To­ma­toFest, the celebration has been held for more than 30 years. This year’s Bayfest celebration be­gan with a fam­ily movie night in the park,the open­ing night of the quilt and an­tique doll show as well as a fish and chip din­ner at the Port Rowan Le­gion Branch 379. Events Satur­day in­cluded a baby con­test, Friends of the Li­brary book sale, a dog show, build-a-boat by the bay, a wacky hair con­test, a hula hoop con­test, soap box derby and the Dolly Par­ton Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary Fam­ily Pic­nic with mu­sic by Tia McGraff. Other Satur­day events in­cluded pie and ap­ple eat­ing con­tests as well as a street dance and scav­enger hunt. The celebration con­tin­ued Sun­day with a kids’ fish­ing derby, adult cast­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Big Boy toy show, skate­board show, a red­neck rodeo, ‘Bayfest Has Tal­ent’ show and a fire­works dis­play at night.

VIN­CENT BALL/ POST­MEDIA NEWS

Vir­ginia Mitchell used more than 120 lo­cally-made quilts to de­liver a history les­son to vis­i­tors of the Port Rowan Com­mu­nity Church on the week­end. The church was the home of a quilt and an­tique doll show that was added to Bayfest 2018 com­mu­nity celebration in Port Rowan. The ex­hibit also in­cluded some an­tique dolls and toys from mem­bers of the church con­gre­ga­tion.

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