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Saturday, May 14 - quilt exhibit $5 / airing & reception free ... Sunday, May 15 - lecture $5 / reception & exhibit free
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Rowayton Historical Society
Pinkney Park, 177 Rowayton Avenue
Wilton, CT 06853
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Norwalk Quilt Trail Opening Weekend

Rowayton Historical Society
5/14/11 - 5/15/11


Attendees at opening weekend activities for the Norwalk Quilt Trail (NQT) can join in a public quilt airing, attend a lecture and enjoy two receptions. The NQT is a six-month collaborative event by local cultural organizations spotlighting beautifully crafted, handmade quilts made and collected in Norwalk.

From 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, residents are invited to bring personal quilts to Rowayton’s Pinkney Park for display plus documentation by members of the Rowayton Historical Society. The Historical Society’s display in Pinkney House illustrates important milestones and events in family life through the medium of quilts and admission is $5.00 for adults. A reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, May 15, activities shift to the Norwalk Historical Society’s Town House at Mill Hill in Norwalk, where the quilt display features a selection of Norwalk-made and Norwalk-collected quilts. At 3:00 p.m., Sue Reich, a nationally-recognized quilting historian and author, will present “Quilts & Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut: a Chronology of Connecticut Quilts from 1759-1950.” The $5.00 lecture fee for adults includes a reception that follows from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The reception begins with the presentation of a Norwalk Quilt Trail Proclamation by Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia.

In addition to the two historical societies, Norwalk Quilt Trail displays are planned for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk Museum, Norwalk Seaport Association’s Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Switch Tower Museum and other venues. Also, a display of blocks from the AIDS Memorial Quilt is scheduled at City Hall in September.

Extensive public programming at sites throughout the city augments the exhibits. This includes lectures by quilt scholars, quilting workshops and opportunities for residents to display their personal quilts. One of the project highlights will be a new Norwalk quilt created by residents from throughout the community for display at City Hall.

Support for the Norwalk Quilt Trail has been provided by the Connecticut Humanities Council, Coby Foundation, Norwalk Arts Commission, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, The Triangle Community Center and Gail Wall. Media sponsors include Connecticut’s Cottages & Gardens, The Hour Newspapers and WSTC-WNLK.

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