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Arts & Entertainment 100 quilts showcased in downtown Sylva at Airing of the Quilts

Jackson County's quilting heritage will be showcased during the Airing of the Quilts, June 24-25 at the Jackson County Public Library and Historic Courthouse.

An exhibit of 100 quilts will be displayed both days at the newly-renovated courthouse overlooking Main Street, and there will be quilting demonstrations both days.

Friday's activities also include the official presentation of a Library Quilt to library officials at noon. The quilt is a gift from Tuesday Quilters, a local quilt guild.

Saturday's highlight is a fashion show and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the courthouse. Patchwork, quilted and hand-woven garments will be the focus of the show, which includes a catered lunch and a raffle ticket for a free quilt.

The event is presented by Tuesday Quilters of Sylva and the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild of Franklin.

“We want everybody to know that quilt making is alive and well, and it will carry on through the generations like it always has," said event organizer Laura Nelle Goebel. "Our event will share stories about old quilts and new quilts, and include quilting demonstrations."

Airing of the Quilts also serves as a precursor to a larger event - the North Carolina Quilting Symposium - which will be held in June 2012 at nearby Western Carolina University.

Daily admission to the Airing of the Quilts is a $3 donation. Tickets for the fashion show and luncheon are $20, and include a raffle ticket.

For event information, call (828) 508-8697.

For lodging and other area info, visit www.mountainlovers.com.


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