The South Sebastian County Historical Society’s Airing of the Quilts has been a tradition for nine years and continues to be a big draw for tourists to the city. The Airing of the Quilts will be this Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5.
The quilt show has grown quickly in popularity, bringing quilters and quilt-lovers from eleven states in years past. The show has become known for the high quality of its exhibits and vendors and the hospitality that is its hallmark. “We seek to provide an experience to visitors,” says quilt show committee member Donna Goldstein. “From the welcome at the front door, to the way the quilts are displayed, to the ambience of the tea room, visitors can feel the love we have for quilts, quilters and this event. Making the show special for our visitors and exhibitors is important to us.”
Founding committee member and quilting guru Kay Voss, owner of Mama’s Log House Quilt Shop, and long-time organizer of quilt shows, set the tone for the show from its inception and is responsible for obtaining the quilts for display. Committeewomen Becky Rainwater and Ann Akins, officers of Alpha Delta Chapter, ESA, the show’s sponsors, work with their fellow sorority members behind the scenes to make the show a reality each spring.
The community of Greenwood shares their enthusiasm. Residents and merchants have been invited to welcome visitors by displaying quilts on their porches and in their shop windows. Mayor Doug Kinslow will bestow the Mayor’s Choice award to his favorite quilt at the exhibit. The South Sebastian County Historical Society joins in the celebration with a display of vintage quilts on the southeast corner of the Town Square at their Old Jail Museum, 1848 Vineyard cabin, Ole Barn and Redwine Pioneer Schoolhouse. They will also showcase a blacksmith demonstration, a presentation by Mountain Dulcimers and Civil War re-enactors.
Airing of the Quilts is presented May 4 and 5 at the Pavilion, Bell Park, 1050 Bell Park Road, in Greenwood. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Miss Sue’s Tea Room at the pavilion will be serving Old South Chicken Salad on Croissant, field greens with seasonal fruit, dessert and drink from 10:30- 2:00 daily. Luncheon tickets are $8. Proceeds benefit the South Sebastian County Historical Society. For more information, call 479-806-1081 or the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce at 479-996-6357 or visit Facebook at www.facebook/GreenwoodQuilts.