Some of the most beautiful and practical items of Ozark life will once again be on display during the 18th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival June 15 and 16 in downtown West Plains, Mo.
The Southern Belle Grandmothers Club of West Plains will host their 8th annual quilt show in conjunction with the festival, and organizers encourage area residents and quilt enthusiasts to bring their favorite quilts to display. The show will take place in the Magnolia Room of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St., one of the venues for the two-day festival. Admission to all festival events is free.
The quilt show was first held in 2005 in the historic Butler Building on Washington Avenue and joined the festival in 2006 as an annual featured exhibit. It showcases all types of quilts, individually made, group quilted, hand-pieced, hand-quilted, machine-pieced or quilted, or any combination. Those visiting the show are given stickers to vote for their selection for the People's Choice Award announced at the end of the exhibit.
Those wishing to display a quilt should drop it off during set-up the evening of June 14 or early morning June 15. All participants are asked to pin a note on their quilts that tells the story of its maker, use or other history of the piece. "Every quilt has a story, and sharing that is part of the festival mission," organizers said.
Southern Belle Grandmothers Club Chapter No. 1011 is a member of the National Federation of Grandmothers Clubs of America, a non-profit organization that supports charitable projects relating to cures for children's cancer. The local chapter supports Ronald McDonald Houses of Missouri and St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., as well as addresses local needs of children's groups.
As part of their fundraising efforts, club members offer a handmade quilt each year. This year's "Green Delight" quilt was machine embroidered by Wanda Hunter and will be exhibited at the festival. It will be given away in October. Registration information for the giveaway will be available at the festival, organizers said.
Help setting up the exhibit is always appreciated, organizers said. Those wishing to lend a hand should contact Barbara Butler at 417-256-6184 or Cheryl Kuschel at 417-257-1067.
The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains. The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands.
Major sponsors include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center and Missouri State University-West Plains. Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
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