90 years of Douro Do­ings

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JES­SICA NYZNIK Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

DOURO — The most sought-af­ter prizes in Douro will be raf­fled off on Mon­day.

That’s when the Douro Do­ings are hap­pen­ing, and that’s when the 20 quilts are up for grabs.

“When some­body wins a quilt, they’re so ex­cited. They’re one of the most cov­eted prizes in the town­ship,” said Deb­bie Young­man, mem­ber of the Women’s Catholic League of St. Joseph’s Par­ish Hall.

The league or­ga­nizes the Douro Do­ings ev­ery year as a fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Church in Douro.

Aside from a break dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, the Do­ings has run since 1929. It’s now in the 90th year.

The Do­ings is a day of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties at Douro Park, fol­lowed by a roast beef din­ner from 3 to 6 p.m. Tick­ets are $16 at the door.

Then it’s time for “The Wheel.” That’s how the hand­made quilts are raf­fled off, in Wheel of For­tu­nate style.

The league sells 300 tick­ets at $3 apiece for the quilts – and some­times there are friendly fights over the last few tick­ets, Young­man said.

If the league mem­bers are lucky and there are tick­ets to spare, they scoop them up.

Barbara Vol­ler­ing, who has helped co-or­di­nate the Do­ings for more than 50 years, won twice.

She dis­plays the quilts on her spare beds at home.

“If some­one is in the bed, the quilt comes off,” said Vol­ler­ing with a laugh.

Vol­ler­ing knows just how much work goes into the quilts – she’s a quil­ter her­self – so she likes to pre­serve them.

It takes the league sev­eral months to cre­ate 20 quilts and all the ladies’ names are on the back.


From left, Anna Dyer, Barb Vol­ler­ing, Deb­bie Young­man and Barb Meade, mem­bers of the Women’s Catholic League of St. Joseph’s Par­ish Hall, show­case this year’s Douro Do­ings tulip quilt out­side St. Joseph’s Church in Douro on Wed­nes­day. Douro Do­ings, hap­pen­ing Mon­day, is a fundraiser for the church.

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