Bayfest quilts show­case his­tory

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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 fes­ti­val 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 dated back to the mid-1950s, an old Davy Crock­ett jacket and some older play­ing cards.

Or­ga­niz­ers hoped to raise be­tween $1,000-$1,500 through the show with pro­ceeds be­ing put back into the com­mu­nity.

Pre­vi­ously known as Tomato Fest, the cel­e­bra­tion has been held for more than 30 years. This year’s fes­ti­val be­gan with a fam­ily movie night on Bay Street at Port Rowan 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, dog show, build-a-boat by the bay, wacky hair con­test, 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 fes­ti­val con­tin­ued Sun­day with a kids’ fish­ing derby, adult cast­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Big Boy toy show, skate­board show, pa­rade, red­neck rodeo, ‘Bayfest Has Tal­ent’ show and a fire­works dis­play at night.

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