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.
The times for the Friday through Sunday event range from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Johnston is VERY serious about sharing her craft with others. She has held quilting summer camps for children and has hosted a number of events promoting quilting as part of one charitable exercise or another.
Her Jacksonville shop opened its doors in January 2012.
Prior to that, the a retired Jacksonville Independent School District educator, had another shop in Bullard, “All Those Quilts,” which opened in November 2009.
If anyone is, indeed, QUILTY in this group, it is Johnston. Much like she did with her Bullard shop, this retired educator has become extremely well-known around Jacksonville as a passionate quilter.
Incidentally, the quilt show event motto on Johnston's webpage is, “Greatest Show on Earth! Not a circus – much better than that!”
CHRISTMAS ON COMMERCE: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along downtown Commerce, www.Jacksonvilletexas.com, (903) 586-2217.
HOLIDAY OF QUILTS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce. For more information, visit www.heartandhomequiltshop.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (903) 586-9546 or (903) 258-2937.
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