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More Quilts on Show and the Grand Reopening of the Barn

July 4, 2024
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A room with two chairs and a quilt on the floor

Did you see the gorgeous quilts hung in the library this August?  Sponsored by the Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society and curated by resident Anne Flitcraft, this display was the first half of a two-part exhibit.  The sequel is a family-friendly outdoor Pop-Up Show on the Darling House grounds (1907 Litchfield Tpke.) on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8 from noon to 5 p.m. (weather permitting).

Forty quilts loaned by local artists will be displayed in, around, and even on the museum and outbuildings.  They range from a petit bright-eyed owl quilt to a colorful triptych and a king-sized floral. Children & adults alike will be starstruck by the video of astronaut Karen Nyberg’s quilt-making project.  Also on display are fabric swatches illustrating views of earth’s terrain from space.  Both adults and children may try adding stitches to a sample quilt while youngsters can color paper quilts.  Other kid-activities are a “Pop-It Quilt Challenge” and a scavenger hunt.  At 2:30 each day a quilt story will be read aloud.

Inside the Darling House, antique quilts from the Historical Society’s collection will be on display.  They range from a group of “signature quilts” from the 1850s sewn and signed by families from Amity to an embroidered “crazy quilt”.

Although the event is free, sales items will be available including notecards illustrating the historic quilts, quilting books and patterns, gift cards for local businesses and a bake sale and Cafe.  All proceeds will go directly to the Society for preservation and future community events.

In addition, the Historical Society is thrilled to present the re-opening of the cow barn at the museum.  It is the oldest and largest outbuilding, for which a comprehensive preservation project was just completed.  Come and learn about the multi-year, multi-grant project that has ensured the preservation of this wonderful structure for future generations.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy at the Museum, so please stop by and see all we have to offer.

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