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November 18, 2013

QUILTY (KWIL-TEE) AS CHARGED!

Having fun is no crime! This weekend's 'Christmas on Commerce & The QUILT Show' brings Yuletide and quilting frivolity to numerous area residents.

JACKSONVILLE —

The verdict is in for a jam-packed Jacksonville weekend: QUILTy!

Not "Guilty, with a “g.” "Q-U-I-L-T-Y,” with a “q.” As in – this weekend's FIRST ANNUAL Festival of QUILTS.

By the time you read this, this well-woven affair will have already kicked off Friday. It runs through Sunday.

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring this Nov. 15 to Nov. 17 quilt event at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce. It is being held simultaneous to the chamber's Saturday, Nov. 16 “Christmas on Commerce” event, which features arts and crafts, entertainment and provides access to parking at 15 downtown shops and to as many as 30 vendors.

“Be sure to stop and shop!” a chamber rep posted on a Facebook page.

This is the first year for the quilt event, explained Anita Johnston, owner of Jacksonville's Heart and Home Quilt Shop & Sewing Center on Commerce Street.

“Tell everyone you know,” Johnston said at a recent meeting of the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club.

"Christmas on Commerce" meanwhile, is designed to provide local vendors and retailers situated between Bolton and Main Street to showcase their product, officials said.

The 'Commerce' event has a festive air similar to Tomato Fest.

Participants include Sadler’s Kitchen & Catering, Serendipity Consignments, Gerry’s, Home & Heart Quilt Shop, Linda Kay Shop, Lipstick and Rouge, Tigerlillies, Tilman's Antiques, Collectibles, Merle Norman, Naturally Spotted, NBF Finance & Furniture, Picture This and additional shops, officials said.

Santa also will be available for photos, reports show.

As far as the Quilt Show is concerned, Johnston posted Wednesday that she was still accepting volunteers for this weekend.

“I still need a few white glove assistants," she posted.

Admission fee for the quilt show is $5 per person and $3 for seniors and children under 10.

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