TUNKHANNOCK — Every quilt has its own story, and the town is full of such stories, according to Nancy Parlo, director of the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association.
“I think the community is really rich in quilting and the art of quilting, and it’s a fun process to see,” she said.
The association will hold its first-ever Tunkhannock Quilt and Artisans Walk in celebration of these local treasures on Saturday, Oct. 3 throughout the downtown district. The free event is a continuation of a tradition started 14 years ago by the former Endless Mountains Quiltworks. After the shop announced its closing, the community refused to let the event go out with it.
“A lot of people in town asked our organization if we would consider a way to…have the event continue, especially the quilts along the street,” Parlo said. “So, we sat down, and just kind of brainstormed for the past year and have come up with this.”
The event will feature an outdoor quilt display, quilting and other art demonstrations, live entertainment and more.
The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau is accepting quilts to be displayed along Tioga Street and in area businesses.
Parlo said so far there has been an enthusiastic response.
“So many people are coming out — so many quilters are coming forward and sharing their quilts, and their stories of quilting and just networking,” she said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity. “
In addition to the quilts, other types of artwork will be on display during the event. Selected works of three regional artists — Sue Hand, Brian Keeler and Earl Lehman — will be exhibited at the Wyoming County Courthouse.
Other activities and participating venues are as follows.
• The Dietrich Theater will display the Glass Freedom Quilt, a “Stack and Whack” kaleidescopic quilt and an art exhibit titled “Hands On”; host a presentation underwritten by the Tunkhannock Rotary, “Quilts and the Underground Railroad” at 11 a.m.; present a free showing of the documentary “Stitched” at 1 p.m. and offer a hands-on “make-and-take” quilting opportunity with Ingrid Rogler from 1 to 3 p.m.
• The Wyoming County Historical Society will host an heirloom quilt display and its Genealogical Library will also be open.
• PA Designs and Friends will hold its Quilt and Fine Crafts Show and Sale at Triton Hose Company.
• Tunkhannock Manor will hold an open house and quilt display, including residents’ quilts.
• The Tunkhannock Public Library will host a quilt display and book sale, including quilt-related items.
• Folk Artist Cheryl Korb will create a quilt-inspired painting, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Kitson and Co., to be sold when completed. Live music at the same location will include blues guitarist Matt Bennick, performing original music from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; Tunkhannock’s London Force duo, featuring Shannon Walling and Angelo Maruzzelli, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Clarks Summit duo Skip Monday, featuring Kaylin Karr and Nathan Montella, from 4:30 to 5:30.
• The Blogg Pub and Grill will again feature London Force, Skip Monday and Matt Bennick from 7 to 11 p.m. A $5 cover charge will benefit Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen and food and drink specials will be available. The Blogg will also display artwork by Erika Gibson-Bertram.
• Kaleidoscope will offer a mini quilt display.
• Monzie’s Floral Design will host a book-signing with local mystery author Deborah Courville.
• Keystone Confections will feature “Artworks” award-winning art. It will also offer a family quilt cookie or cupcake decorating activity, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Greenwood’s Furniture will host the HANDS Quilt Display, along with representatives from Project DJ with a fundraiser to help provide quilts for sick children. The Wyoming County Players’ Junior Players and Little Hams will occupy the storefront window from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with quilt-themed skits.
• White Sewing Machines will feature machine quilt demonstrations and quilt fabric sales.
• Sherwood Chevrolet will host a collection of quilts by area quilter Cindy Holdridge.
• Nimble Hill will feature works of area artist Lance Montross.
• Shadowbrook Inn and Resort’s Bogey Bar and Grill will feature food and drink specials and a drawing for a free foursome golf outing.
• Whipple Dance Studio will host its Harvest Hoedown from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring line dancing, square dancing and a campfire cookout. Tickets, which benefit the Wyoming County Players, are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.
• In conjunction with the event, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold a telling of the Gospel and Blessing of Animals the next day, Sunday, Oct. 4.
When asked what she believes visitors will most enjoy about the Tunkhannock Quilt and Artisans Walk, Parlo said it is the “whole atmosphere of the town welcoming them, putting out the quilts” and “just to share their appreciation for it.”
For more information about the event, call 570-687-1584.