Columbiana Quilt Walk is Nov. 2

Friends of the Columbiana Public Library members meet to plan for the Columbiana Quilt Walk to be Nov. 2. Front from left are Friends' officers Olivia Kalin (secretary/treasurer), Jane Keeton (president), and Fran Sharp (vice president). Back from left are Agnes Poole, Sarah Atchison, Beverly Hall, Judy Jones, Library Director Dutcha Lawson (holding the Raffle Memory Quilt), Mayor Dr. Stancil Handley, Judi Elliott, Linda Major, Anne Thomas, Helen Dean and Peggy Wood (holding the Gees Bend quilt). (contributed)

Friends of the Columbiana Public Library members meet to plan for the Columbiana Quilt Walk to be Nov. 2. Front from left are Friends’ officers Olivia Kalin (secretary/treasurer), Jane Keeton (president), and Fran Sharp (vice president). Back from left are Agnes Poole, Sarah Atchison, Beverly Hall, Judy Jones, Library Director Dutcha Lawson (holding the Raffle Memory Quilt), Mayor Dr. Stancil Handley, Judi Elliott, Linda Major, Anne Thomas, Helen Dean and Peggy Wood (holding the Gees Bend quilt). (contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnist

The Friends of the Columbiana Public Library presents the Columbiana Quilt Walk on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come enjoy a walking tour and view heirloom quilts in some of Columbiana’s historic homes, buildings and churches.

Tickets are $10, available in advance at the library (50 Lester St.), Busy Hands (202 S. Main St.), Shelby County Arts Council (104 Mildred St.), and Dr. Stancil Handley’s office (112 S. Main). Tickets will be on sale on tour day at each tour site. All proceeds benefit the Columbiana Public Library.

The Quilt Walk starts at the library where a tour map will be given to ticket holders. RSVP Executive Director Marvin Copes will provide transportation for senior citizens unable to walk the tour. Twelve sites will feature more than 100-130 quilts: 1. Columbiana Public Library; 2. George Washington Museum; 3. Columbiana United Methodist Church; 4. Shelby County Courthouse; 5. Atchison’s home; 6. Corley Ellis’s home; 7. Columbiana Inn; 8. South Shelby Chamber of Commerce (Niven House); 9. Major’s home; 10. Shelby County Museum and Archives; 11.Handley Building; and 12. St. James AME Church. As a special bonus, ticket holders will receive a free quilt pattern at each tour site and opened Columbiana merchants.

Special Events include Quilt of Valor ceremony honoring WWII, Korean, Philippine, Viet Nam, and Gulf War veterans at 11 a.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse. Sack lunches ($5) will be available at Columbiana United Methodist Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the CUMC youth.

At noon, the Macedonia Choir will perform at the library. Alabama author Irene Latham will speak on her book “Leaving Gees Bend” at the library at 1 p.m. A Gees Bend quilt by Freedom Quilter Bee Polly Bennett c. 1970 will be on displayed. The quilt, owned by Fran Sharp, is an Eight Point Star/Lemoyne Star pattern. At 3 p.m. the winner of the Memory Quilt, created by Agnes Poole, will be announced and refreshments will be served. Chances made be purchased at the library for $1/each, 6 for $5.

About Phoebe Donald Robinson

I am President of Donald Real Estate and Ins. Co., Inc., a company that my grandfather , Charles J. Donald, founded in 1925. I am the third generation owner of the business. I am also the Columbiana Columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.

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