It has been a long time planning and Sat. will be the big day. Old traditions and new traditions will come together to help bring people from all over the state and even the country to participate. The Airing of the Quilts has been a tradition in Greenwood over the last six years. "Nothing reminds us of our heritage quite like the cozy warmth and craftsmanship of a quilt," said Donna Goldstein with the South Sebastian County Historical Society.

"Quilts have been cherished and passed down from generation to generation throughout history.

Greenwood’s Alpha Delta Chapter of ESA invites you to experience the quilting artistry of a new generation of quilters at the Seventh Annual Airing of the Quilts May 6 and 7 at Bell Park’s Sen. Ed Wilkinson Pavilion. Your $5 admission benefits the South Sebastian County Historical Society."

Over fifty quilts will be displayed. Visitors will have a chance to vote for "Viewer’s Favorite." There will be vendors, a raffle quilt and a silent auction, according to ESA president Beckie Rainwater, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, Friday and Saturday. A special exhibit, "Sisters Sewing Together" will be featured. Three quilting sisters (Jeannie Evans, Shirley Goforth and Mary Ruth Farrar) will display their own unique interpretations of several quilt patterns, side by side. The show’s popular "Miss Sue’s Tea Room" will once again serve an elegant and tasty lunch from 10:30 am to 2 pm.

Greenwood residents and merchants are urged to display a quilt on their porches or at their places of business during the show to welcome visitors. Last year’s show brought over four hundred to the city and more are expected this year, thanks in part to funding for advertising

provided by the city’s A & P Commission. Following the quilt show, visitors are invited to visit the Old Jail Museum where they will see classic vintage quilts displayed in the historic buildings, hear the Mountain Dulcimers Friday afternoon, and see a blacksmithing demonstration Saturday. The first annual ArtFest, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, will also be in full swing Saturday on the trail behind the museum.

For more information about the Airing of the Quilts, find them on Facebook at GreenwoodQuilts.

A new tradition in Greenwood, which will also be on Saturday will be the Artfest. The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce will be holding its first annual Art Festival Saturday May 7 from 9 am to 5 pm that will run along the city’s walking trail from the Coal Miner’s Memorial to the Betty Wilkinson Senior Center.

The festival will be free for all artists with no sign up fee or commission for the first year in order to raise interest in the the first year. May 7 should be a busy day in Greenwood.

Those with handcrafted Items such as arts and crafts, homemade soaps and jellies will be able to set up on the square and be apart of the farmers market on the day of the event.

"I would like to see this become a bustling weekend for Greenwood," said Hicks.

The Chamber received a grant from the Advertising and Promotion Commission in the amount of $8,800 to promote the festival and help bring people from out of town to Greenwood to see the artwork, the quilts and hopefully buy gas, eat and shop here in town.

Hicks stated that her vision for the festival will be one that eventually runs all the way from city hall up into Bell Park one day.

Artists and food vendors are encouraged to call the Chamber at 479-996-0634 or visit the web site at to download applications for the festival.