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Hallockville Museum Farm To Celebrate National Quilting Day With Free Tours, Demonstrations, And Special Presentations

Sydney A. Braat

National Quilting Day will give community members the opportunity to learn how quilts are made. (Courtesy Photo)

Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead will celebrate National Quilting Day on Saturday, March 17 with tours, demonstrations, and a special presentation on rural women and their use of textiles. National Quilting Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in March and celebrates the traditional craft and art form along with recognizing quilt makers and the love and skill that goes into the creation of each quilt.

Quilting goes back many centuries but the reasons for quilting and doing needlework has not changed throughout the years. "Women enjoy making handmade gifts for family and friends, the fellowship of the craft, and sharing experiences and stories," said Connie Klos, leader of Hallockville Museum Farm's Quilt and Stitch Group. "I enjoy sharing what I know with others since it helps keeps my creative ideas flowing. Ensuring that the traditional needle arts is passed to the next generation is important."

Hallockville is honored to announce that as part of the festivities, Ms. Hallie Bond, a noted historian and former curator of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, will present Material Remains, a talk on the twentieth century, rural women who produced most of the textiles used in their homes.

Ms. Bond was Curator of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York for 27 years. She has written on regional history and material culture including Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks and Adirondack Cookbook. She conceived and managed the No-Octane Regatta for its 17-year lifespan. Ms. Bond holds a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado, an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of York (England), and an M.A. in American History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware. She is now an independent historian/museum consultant and former Director of the Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College.

National Quilting Day celebrates the traditional craft and art form along with recognizing quilt makers. (Courtesy Photo)

The lecture will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Hallock State Park Preserve Visitor Center. The quilts and coverlets these women crafted are now prized by collectors for their looks. In Material Remains, participants will develop an understanding about rural women's lives through their material culture. The free presentation is made possible through the support of the Humanities New York's Public Scholars program.

Guests of the Museum Farm on National Quilting Day will also have the chance to go on special tours of Museum houses and out-buildings. Ongoing embroidery and quilting demonstrations by Hallockville's Quilt and Stitch Group will be happening throughout the day at Hallockville's historic homestead. There will be variety of antique and modern 'crazy' quilts on display at the homestead.

The entire day is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Hallockville Museum Farm is located at 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. The Hallock State Park Preserve Visitor Center is located at 6062 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. For more information, call 631-298-5292 or visit hallockville.com.

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